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The Secretary of the Navy Citation to the Crew of the USS Trathen

September 2001


The actual document is hard to read, so I have recreated it below.


On behalf of the Department of Defense and the Department of the Navy, I am pleased to send greetings to the former crewmembers and families of the USS TRATHEN (DD 530) on the occasion of your reunion.

USS TRATHEN's lengthy service demonstrates the lasting contribution she and her crew made to the Nation, from the height of World War II, to combat action in the Korean War, to service off the coast of Vietnam. This year's reunion is particularly notable because it coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Korean War's beginning. USS TRATHEN's contribution in that conflict was significant, including the bombardment of Communist targets on the coast.

Throughout World War II, the Korean War, and during some of the most trying days of the Cold War, the valor of those who served aboard USS TRATHEN was unquestioned; that legacy represents the timeless nature of American naval traditions, and the officers and Sailors who have brought such great credit upon the United States Navy for two hundred and twenty six years.

As Secretary of the Navy, I am pleased that you continue to meet. Your dedication to each other ensures that the lessons and values of your own service will be passed to future generations. You are helping keep alive the spirit that has made our Navy the finest in the world and has allowed it to prevail during difficult times. Please accept my very best wishes for a memorable occasion.



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In September of 2001 the Trathen Association held their annual reunion in Washington, D.C. In commemoration of that event and in memory of all the crewmen of the Trathen, the Secretary of the Navy wrote the citation you see to the left.

Walt Cross