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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:09:52 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 8:12:26 AM EDT by Dog1]
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:10:55 AM EDT
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=uss+reuben+james
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:10:58 AM EDT
<red storm rising>What the hell is a Reuben James?</rsr>
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:13:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:13:57 AM EDT
If you are meaning the one sunk in the Aleutians during WWII, my great uncle did. Was in the least load of guys on shore before she sunk.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:14:25 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:15:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:16:17 AM EDT
OP clancy fail.
Rueben James was a far far badder ass mother than I could ever hope to be.

From wikipedia entry on Rueben James

Born in Delaware around 1776, James joined the United States Navy and served on several ships, including the frigate USS Constellation. During the First Barbary War, the American frigate Philadelphia was captured by the Barbary pirates when it ran aground in the city of Tripoli, on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, along with a group of volunteers that included Reuben James, entered the harbor of Tripoli under the cover of darkness in an attempt to burn the Philadelphia so that the pirates could not use her.

The volunteers boarded the Philadelphia on 16 February 1804 and were met by Barbary pirates who were guarding their prize. In the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, Reuben James, with both of his hands already wounded, positioned himself between Lieutenant Decatur and a sword-wielding pirate. Willing to give his life for his captain, James took a blow from the sword but survived.

James continued his Naval career, serving many years with Decatur. He was forced to retire in January 1836 because of ill health. He died in 1838 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Washington, DC.
Influence

Three warships of the Navy have been named Reuben James in his honor:

Reuben James (DD-245), a four-stack Clemson-class destroyer
Reuben James (DE-153), a Buckley-class destroyer escort
Reuben James (FFG-57), an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:20:52 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NorthPolar:
If you are meaning the one sunk in the Aleutians during WWII, my great uncle did. Was in the least load of guys on shore before she sunk.

He's talking about FFG57.

OP my little brother was on a Perry Class FFG I'll see if he has any photos. Probably be next week I think he's in Boston for the holidays this weekend.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:26:36 AM EDT
navsource.org
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 8:31:09 AM EDT
That mid-ships 76mm naval gun always makes me think WTF!? Of course they didn't have room up front for that and the Mk 13 launcher. These days even that's gone.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:38:21 AM EDT
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 9:48:55 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 12/28/2012 9:50:24 AM EDT by vellnueve]
There's a guy on the other gun forum I frequent who was a SWO on the Reuben James, but haven't seen him post lately.

There's a few guys here at my current duty station who have been on Perry-class frigates (and in fact one of them is headed to one in a few weeks) but I don't think anyone would have pictures of the ships.
Link Posted: 12/28/2012 12:19:45 PM EDT
Originally Posted By DarkNite:
That mid-ships 76mm naval gun always makes me think WTF!? .


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