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FDR's Salute

to the Officers and Men ... USS “San Francisco"’

 

—USS San Francisco Memorial —

 
"In Salute to the Officers and Men ... USS San Francisco" image. Click for full size.
By Grace C. Miller, October 7, 2012
1. "In Salute to the Officers and Men ... USS San Francisco"
Inscription.
In Salute
to the Officers and Men, living and dead, of the
U.S.S. “San Francisco”
a warship named for our city, which though
sorely wounded, emerged triumphantly from the
Battle of Guadalcanal, November 12-13 1942
after inflicting heavy losses on the enemy.


“A very powerful Japanese force was moving at night toward our position in the Solomon Islands. The spearhead of the force that we sent to intercept the enemy was under the command of Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan. He was aboard the leading ship, the cruiser San Francisco. San Francisco sailed right into the enemy fleet – right through the whole enemy fleet – her guns blazing. She engaged and hit three enemy vessels, sinking one of them. At point-blank range, she engaged an enemy battleship – heavily her superior in size and firepower. She silenced this battleship’s big guns and so disabled her that she could be sunk by torpedoes from our destroyers and aircraft. ** The San Francisco herself was hit many times. Admiral Callaghan, my close personal friend, and many of his gallant officers and men gave their lives in this battle. But the San Francisco was brought safely back to port by a lieutenant commander*, and she will fight again for our country. The commander of
The USS <i>San Francisco</i> Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Grace C. Miller, October 7, 2012
2. The USS San Francisco Memorial
the task force of which the San Francisco was a part has recommended that she be the first of our Navy’s vessels to be decorated for outstanding service. But there are no citations, no medals, which carry with them such high honor as that accorded to fighting men by the respect of their comrades-in-arms. The commanding general of the Marines on Guadalcanal, General Vandergrift, yesterday sent a message to the commander of the fleet, Admiral Halsey, saying: ‘We lift our battered helmets in admiration for those who fought magnificently against overwhelming odds and drove the enemy back to crushing defeat’. **Let us thank God for such men as these. May our Nation continue to be worthy of them, throughout this war, and forever.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt
President of the United States
and Commander –in- Chief
November 17, 1942


The City and County of San Francisco offers this tribute in commemoration of loyalty to God and Country. *Lieutenant commander mentioned [above]: Rear Admiral Herbert Emory Schonland, U.S.N., Ret. - upon whom was conferred the Congressional Medal of Honor.
 
Erected by The City and County of San Francisco.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location.
FDR and his Naval Aide, then-Capt. Daniel J. Callaghan, 1940 image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy
3. FDR and his Naval Aide, then-Capt. Daniel J. Callaghan, 1940
37° 46.967′ N, 122° 30.689′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker can be reached from El Camino Del Mar north of Sea Rock Drive. Touch for map. Marker is part of the USS San Francisco Memorial, located in "Fort Miley" (a unit of the National Park Service: Golden Gate National Recreation Area) at the west end of the parking area, overlooking the Land's End Trail and the Golden Gate. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94121, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Heavy Cruiser USS San Francisco (CA38) (within shouting distance of this marker); This Memorial to Rear Admiral Daniel J. Callaghan (within shouting distance of this marker); The Naval Battle of Guadalcanal (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutro’s Steam Train (within shouting distance of this marker); Navigating the Golden Gate - Bonfires, buoys, and foghorns (within shouting distance of this marker); Peoples of the Coast - Why did they live here? (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); In Memory of Adolph Sutro (approx. ¼ mile away); Schooner Parallel “Blown to Atoms” 1887 (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Capt. Cassin Young (<i>San Francisco's</i> C.O., K.I.A. at Guadalcanal), image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy
4. Capt. Cassin Young (San Francisco's C.O., K.I.A. at Guadalcanal),
receiving his Medal of Honor for heroism as C.O. of Vestal at Pearl Harbor from Admiral Nimitz, 14 Aug 1942.
To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. USS San Francisco (CA-38). (Submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. RAdm Herbert Emory Schonland, USN. (Submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. RAdm Daniel Judson Callaghan, USN. ... Commander Callaghan was appointed Naval Aide to President Roosevelt in July 1938. He would fill that role for the next three years. ... (Submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 

4. RAdm, Bruce McCandless,USN. (Submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
5. "Frisco" Memorial. (Submitted on October 9, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
6. Capt. Cassin Young, USN. Commanding officer, USS San Francisco, killed in action, 13 Nov 1942 at the "Naval Battle of Guadalcanal." (Submitted on October 28, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. HeroesWar, World IIWaterways & Vessels
 
BM1/c Reinhardt J. Keppler, image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy
5. BM1/c Reinhardt J. Keppler,
posthumous Medal of Honor recipient for his heroism aboard San Francisco in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.
Medal of Honor recipients: CDR Herbert E.Schonland (left) & LCDR Bruce McCandless image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy
6. Medal of Honor recipients: CDR Herbert E.Schonland (left) & LCDR Bruce McCandless
(right), San Francisco's senior surviving officers, with CINCPAC, ADM Chester W. Nimitz in Pearl Harbor upon the ship's return from the South Pacific.
"The Honored Dead" image. Click for full size.
By Grace C. Miller, October 7, 2012
7. "The Honored Dead"
plaques listing Sailors and "Marine Detachment" crew members lost during the Guadalcanal Campaign.
USS <i>San Francisco</i> passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, December 1942 image. Click for full size.
By U.S. Navy, October 11, 1942
8. USS San Francisco passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, December 1942
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 31, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 630 times since then and 41 times this year. Last updated on January 25, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on October 28, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on October 29, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   6, 7, 8. submitted on October 8, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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