Captain Dixie Kiefer, badly injured in an air attack four days earlier, addressing his crew one more time before being transferred from USS Ticonderoga to the hospital ship Samaritan at Ulithi, 25 Jan 1945.

Caption   Captain Dixie Kiefer, badly injured in an air attack four days earlier, addressing his crew one more time before being transferred from USS Ticonderoga to the hospital ship Samaritan at Ulithi, 25 Jan 1945. ww2dbase
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Added By David Stubblebine
Added Date 1 Jun 2019

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
10 Jun 2019 12:35:55 PM

When Captain Kiefer addressed the men of Ticonderoga for the last time, he said:
“Well, gang; this is the last time I'll speak to you. I have tears in my eyes and it isn't because I am hurt. I always did know that you were a *** good peacetime crew, and the other day out there, you proved to me that you were the best *** wartime crew in the Navy.
“I did not leave the bridge until 11:30 that night, but afterwards seeing how you men kept fighting back, I realized that I could do more good alive when I could come back out here again.
“I want to thank you men for saving the ship, which I thought was beyond saving. I'm going back to the States soon, and I'll be on the dock when you come in.
“The Captain who takes my place will treat you like I did. Keep up your good work. The Big ‘T’ still is and always will be the best damned ship in the Navy. Don’t forget the Big ‘T’ and that you are still Dixie’s kids …”

And he kept his promise. When Ticonderoga put in to Pearl Harbor on her way to Puget Sound, Dixie Kiefer was waiting on the dock, covered in bandages and with his arm in a sling.

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