NEWBERRY — Each year as Fourth of July nears, Newberrian and Navy veteran Sam Berry said he embraces patriotism and love, not only of country, but of this county
He recently brought to our attention the county’s namesake, the USS Newberry, a WWII era ship that saw action in the South Pacific including missions at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.
The ship faced sorties, kamikaze attacks and other obstacles from weather as she completed her service before being decommissioned in 1946.
Among its duties were decoy amphibious landings on Okinawa to confuse the enemy, but the USS Newberry saw intense combat at times such as the day it moved within 3,000 of the beach at Iwo Jima to support the landing parties during that pivotal battle.
As a Haskell Class Attack Transport Vessel, the USS Newberry carried 56 officers and 480 enlisted personnel and had capacity to also transport up to 86 officers and 1,475 enlisted troops.
The ship, per the Navsourceonline.org, received two battle stars for her battle service and was led by Commander David R. Phoebus.
— Source: Vic MacDonald — Your Neighbors Column from The Newberry Observer