|Namesake:||Eugene E. Lindsey|
|Builder:||Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, San Pedro, California|
|Laid down:||12 September 1943|
|Launched:||5 March 1944|
|Commissioned:||20 August 1944|
|Decommissioned:||25 May 1946|
|Struck:||1 October 1970|
|Class and type:||Robert H. Smith-class destroyer|
|Length:||376 ft 6 in (114.76 m)|
|Beam:||40 ft 10 in (12.45 m)|
|Draft:||18 ft 10 in (5.74 m)|
|Speed:||34 knots (63 km/h; 39 mph)|
|Complement:||363 officers and enlisted|
Lindsey was laid down as DD-771 as a Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer on 12 September 1943 by Bethlehem Steel Company, San Pedro, California and launched on 5 March 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Eugene E. Lindsey, widow of Lt. Comdr. Lindsey. The ship was reclassified DM-32 on 19 July 1944 and commissioned on 20 August 1944, Commander T. E. Chambers in command.
After shakedown off southern California, the new destroyer minelayer sailed from San Francisco on 25 November 1944 via Pearl Harbor for Ulithi, arriving on 3 February 1945. Underway from Ulithi the morning of 8 February, Lindsey steamed toward Iwo Jima. Operating off Iwo Jima from 17 to 19 February, Lindsey knocked out six guns ashore and provided covering fire as minesweepers cleared the harbor. On 23 February she returned to Ulithi to prepare for landings on Okinawa.
Underway 19 March, Lindsey arrived off Okinawa on 24 March and swept the harbor for the inbound transports. Then as the Marines gained a foothold, the ship bombarded Japanese gun installations and transferred wounded soldiers to hospital ships. On the afternoon of 12 April, Lindsey experienced a mass kamikaze attack. Her gunners scored repeated hits on seven onrushing dive bombers, but two Aichi D3A "Val" bombers damaged and out of control, crashed into Lindsey killing 57 sailors and wounding 57 more. The explosion from the second "Val" ripped some 60 feet (18 m) off her bow. Only the “all back full” ordered by Commander Chambers prevented the pressure of inrushing water from collapsing the fireroom bulkhead and sinking the ship.
Towed to Kerama Retto the same night, Lindsey remained in the lagoon for two weeks repairing battle damage. On 28 April she departed under tow for Guam, where, after arrival 6 May, she received a temporary bow. She sailed under her own power 8 July for the east coast via Pearl Harbor and the Panama Canal, arriving Norfolk, Virginia 19 August 1945.
After extensive repairs at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Lindsey steamed 6 March 1946 for Charleston, South Carolina, and arrived the next day. Lindsey decommissioned 25 May 1946 and entered the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 October 1970.
Lindsey received two battle stars for World War II.
- Smith, Peter C (2014). Kamikaze To Die For The Emperor. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Books Ltd. pp. 109–110. ISBN 9781781593134.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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