Thursday 21 July at 2 PM
This valiant four battle star decorated ship landed an advance party of Alaska Scouts on 11 Jan 1943 and then guarded transports off-loading the other 2,100 soldiers on 12 Jan. When exiting the harbor she was swept by a storm and very strong currents onto a pinnacle rock which ripped her hull under an engine room. A sister destroyer USS Dewey DD-349 passed her a line which soon parted in rough seas. USS Dewey was able to save most of the sailors but 14 were lost when the USS Worden drifted onto the rocks, broached, was torn in half and lost.
The loss of this gallant ship and 14 of her crew has never been memorialized. Mr. Pete Fineo, a retired US Fish and Wildlife employee from Homer, started this effort many years ago but could not gain traction. Pete approached the Alaska Veterans Museum because he knew they had funded and placed a permanent memorial to the Attu Villagers. AVM said yes we'd take it on, and partnered with private donors to fund it. Special thanks to Pete Fineo, Pat Garley, of Arctic Fires Bronzeworks, for giving the museum the work at his cost and also paying its shipping, and to Bob Sherrill for building the reinforced stand.
Come be a part of history and help Alaska commemorate their service and sacrifice on our behalf. The museum is at 333 W 4th Ave, Suite 227 in the blue Market Place at the corner of 4th Ave and D St, right behind the Alaska Territorial Guard statue on the sidewalk. Free admission for this event.