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On this page you will find articles, both old and current about the USS Caperton. Where possible, the article will include a link to the original newspaper clipping at the end of the article with the credits.

Damn the Torpedoes!

Destroyer Caperton was World War II workhorse

One of the first ships to enter Japan's Tokyo Bay at the end of World War II was the destroyer Caperton (DD 650). While some crew members believe their ship claims the honor of "first in," absolute proof likely is an illusive goal.

Radioman 1st Class Kenneth Schroeder of Coon Rapids, Iowa, a Caperton veteran who died in 1999, told his brother Dick that the Caperton was the first warship to enter Tokyo harbor after Japan announced its willingness to surrender. This prompted Kenneth Schroeder's son, retired Master Chief David Schroeder, to begin searching for evidence.

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Shad Point Man Cited for Distinguished Service

Carroll Penn Marshall, 21-year-old Shad Point sailor, a veteran of naval action in the Marianas, the Gilberts and Marshalls, Saipan, and Truk, has been commended by his destroyer squadron commander for distinguished service aboard the destroyer USS Caperton.

Marshall was given a commendation for meritorious service during the night of February 21-22 in the first strike against the Marianas

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