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The above photo has an incorrect caption.
The “two rescued aviators" are not pictured
The names of the back row should be as follows;
MELTON – AE2 Bruce Dallas (first crewman) – ADJ3 Don West (second crewman) – Ltjg Leroy Cook (co-pilot) – Ltjg Clyde Lassen (pilot)
Thanks to:
Ron Milam
HC-7 Historian
for the update
1/12/2012

From page 161 of the first
Jouett cruise book

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No. 172-01
April 19, 2001

NAVY TO COMMISSION GUIDED MISSILE DESTROYER LASSEN

The Department of the Navy will commission Arleigh Burke class
guided-missile destroyer Lassen (DDG 82) Saturday, April 21,
2001, during an 11 a.m. EST ceremony at the Florida Aquarium
Pier in Tampa, Fla.

The ship is named in honor of Navy Cmdr. Clyde Everett Lassen, a native of Fort Myers, Fla., (1942-1994), who received the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam.

On June 19, 1968, Lassen, a lieutenant flying a UH-2 Seasprite helicopter, made several attempts to recover the pilots, but dense tree cover, enemy fire, and intermittent illumination conspired to frustrate his efforts. Determined to complete his mission, Lassen turned on the landing lights of his helicopter despite the danger of revealing his position to the enemy. After the pilots made their way to the helicopter, Lassen, his bullet-riddled helicopter dangerously low on fuel, evaded further anti-aircraft fire before landing safely on a guided missile destroyer, the USS Jouett (DLG 29). Lassen became the first naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam. One previous Navy ship named Lassen (AE 3) (1941- 1947), an ammunition ship named for the volcanic peak in the Volcanic National Park, Calif., received three battle stars during World War II.

Vice Adm. Edward Moore Jr., commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, will deliver the ceremony's principal address. Linda B. Lassen, wife of the ship's namesake and Barbara O. Pilling, wife of retired Adm. Donald Pilling, former vice chief of Naval Operations, will serve as ship co-sponsors. In the time-honored Navy tradition, the sponsors will give the order to "bring our ship to life."

Lassen is the 32nd ship of 58 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress. These highly-capable multi-mission ships can conduct a variety of operations, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy.

The mission of Lassen is to conduct sustained combat operations at sea. The ship is capable of fighting air, surface, and subsurface battles simultaneously. It is equipped with the AN/SPY-1D phased array radar, the most powerful air search radar in Navy's inventory. The ship contains myriad offensive and defensive weapons designed to support maritime defense needs well into the 21st century.

Cmdr. Sean O'Connor, a native of Rumson, N.J., is the commanding officer of Lassen. With a crew of 32 officers, and 348 chiefs and enlisted personnel, Lassen will be homeported in San Diego, Calif., as a member of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The ship was built by Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., and is 513 feet in length and has four gas-turbine engines which power the 9,238 ton ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

For more information on Arleigh Burke class destroyers, visit:
http://www.chinfo.navy.mil/navpalib/factfile/ships/ship-dd.html
or the ship's web site at: http://www.lassen.navy.mil.

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US Navy christens newest Guided-missile destroyer Lassen (DDG 82)

The newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer, LASSEN (DDG 82), was christened Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999, during an 11 a.m. ceremony at Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.

Rep. Steven T. Kuydendall of California delivered the ceremony's principal address. Linda B. Lassen, wife of the ship's namesake and Barbara O. Pilling, wife of Navy Adm. Donald Pilling, vice chief of Naval Operations, served as ship co-sponsors. In the time-honored Navy tradition, Mrs. Lassen and Mrs. Pilling broke a bottle of champagne across the bow to formally christen LASSEN.

The ship is named in honor of Navy Cmdr. Clyde Everett Lassen, a native of Fort Myers, Fla., (1942-1994), who received the Medal of Honor for his courageous rescue of two downed aviators while commander of a search and rescue helicopter in Vietnam. On June 19, 1968, Lassen, then a 27-year old lieutenant flying a UH-2 Seaprite helicopter, made several attempts to recover the pilots, but dense tree cover, enemy fire, and intermittent illumination conspired to frustrate his efforts. Determined to complete his mission, Lassen turned on the landing lights of his helicopter despite the danger of revealing his position to the enemy. After the pilots made their way to the helicopter, Lassen, his bullet-riddled helicopter dangerously low on fuel, evaded further anti-aircraft fire before landing safely on a guided missile destroyer USS JOUETT (DLG 29). Lassen became the first naval aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery in Vietnam. One previous Navy ship named LASSEN (AE 3) (1941-1947), an ammunition ship named for the volcanic peak in the Volcanic National Park, Calif., received three battle stars during World War II.

LASSEN is the 32nd of 51 Arleigh Burke class destroyers currently authorized by Congress. Truly multi-mission combatants, these destroyers are the most capable surface warships ever built. They are capable of conducting a variety of missions, from peacetime presence and crisis management to sea control and power projection, in support of the National Military Strategy.

Equipped with the latest weapons, electronics, helicopter support facilities, and propulsion, auxiliary and survivability systems, these destroyers will carry out the Navy's missions well into the next century. Navy Cmdr. Sean O'Connor, a native of Rumson, N.J., is the
prospective commanding officer of LASSEN . Upon commissioning in the year 2001, LASSEN will be homeported in San Diego, Calif., with a crew of 340 officers, chiefs and enlisted personnel, as a member of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. The ship, being built by Litton Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss., is 509.5 feet in length, and has a waterline beam of 66 feet. Four gas-turbine engines power the 9,238 ton ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.

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