USS LEARY DD/DDR 879

This is the official web site of the USS Leary DD/DDR 879 Reunion Group. All Information regarding

upcoming reunions,minutes of the last reunion,officers and any other information will be published

here. The USS Leary is the second destroyer to be so named.The first Leary was torpedoed and sunk in

the Atlantic Ocean by a German submarine on Dec.24,1943.This Leary,built in Orange,Texas by

the Consolidated Steel Corp. and launched on January 20,1945,commissioned on May 7,1945 is

her successor.Both destroyers were named after Lieutenant Clarence F.Leary USNR,Executive

Officer of the USS Charlton Hall.On July 20,1918 when a fire started on the Charlton Hall,Lt Leary

entered the burning hold in effort to save the burning ship and her crew.He died as a result of

burns and smoke inhalation.He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. His courage and

devotion to duty in sacrificing his life for his shipmates will be an inspiration to all who may sail

in the USS Leary.