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This list catalogs the most honored US ships of the Second World War. It is placed in descending order of earned Battle Stars; descending precedence of unit recognitions; descending ship size by type; and ascending hull number. It contains only vessels that earned fifteen or more Battle Stars for World War II service. Honors awarded that are not listed may include:
Unit WWII Service Awards
USS Enterprise (CV-6) in Puget Sound, September 1945.jpg

USS Enterprise (CV-6)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 20 Battle Stars

US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Presidential Unit Citation
Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [1]

USS San Diego underway in 1944

USS San Diego (CL-53)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 18 Battle Stars [2]
Entering San Francisco Bay in December 1942.

USS San Francisco (CA-38)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars

US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Presidential Unit Citation [3]

USS O'Bannon (DD-450)

USS O'Bannon (DD-450)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars

US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Presidential Unit Citation [4]

USS New Orleans (CA-32) underway in Puget Sound on 30 July 1943 (NH 94847).jpg

USS New Orleans (CA-32)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars [5]
USS Minneapolis

USS Minneapolis (CA-36)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 17 Battle Stars [6]
USS Maury (DD-401) as completed, in mid-1938 (NH 42150).jpg

USS Maury (DD-401)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Presidential Unit Citation [7]

USS Nicholas (DD-449)

USS Nicholas (DD-449)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Presidential Unit Citation [8]

USS Buchanan (DD-484)

USS Buchanan (DD-484)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

US Navy Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon.png Presidential Unit Citation [9]

USS Portland (CA-33) at Pearl Harbor 1942.jpg

USS Portland (CA-33)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars

Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [10]

IUSS Russell (DD-414)

USS Russell (DD-414)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars [11]
USS Saufley (DD-465)

USS Saufley (DD-465)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 16 Battle Stars [12]
USS Taylor (DD-468), 1944.

USS Taylor (DD-468)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars

Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [13]

USS Thresher (SS-200).jpg

USS Thresher (SS-200)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars

Navy Unit Commendation ribbon.svg Navy Unit Commendation [14]

USS North Carolina (BB-55) off the coast of New York City

USS North Carolina (BB-55)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [15]
USS Morris (DD-417)

USS Morris (DD-417)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [16]
USS Fletcher (DDE-445) underway, c. the 1960s.

USS Fletcher (DD-445)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [17]
USS Narwhal (SS-167), underway in 1931.

USS Narwhal (SS-167)

Bronze-service-star-3d.png 15 Battle Stars [18]

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "USS San Diego (CL-53) Memorial". http://www.tourofhonor.com/pages/2012ca_sandiego.html. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
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  8. "USS Nicholas DD-449". Destroyer History Foundation. http://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/ussnicholas/. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  9. "USS Buchanan DD-484". Destroyer History Foundation. http://destroyerhistory.org/benson-gleavesclass/ussbuchanan/. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  10. Stables, Joe. "The Portland's History". http://www.ussportland.org/. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
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  14. "USS Thresher SS200 History". http://www.broseker.net/babroseker/history.htm. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  15. "History". North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources. http://www.battleshipnc.com/AbouttheShip/History. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
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  17. "USS Fletcher DD-445". Destroyer History Foundation. http://destroyerhistory.org/fletcherclass/ussfletcher/. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 
  18. "USS Narwhal SS-167 Kill Record". http://www.pigboats.com/ww2/narwhal.html. Retrieved 4 May 2012. 

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