SAN DIEGO – Fleet Adm. William F. Halsey’s granddaughter, Missy Talbot, a sponsor of the guided-missile destroyer USS Halsey (DDG 97), toured the ship September 7 during a visit to San Diego.
Talbot is one of Halsey’s three sponsors and one of Fleet Adm. Halsey’s grandchildren. Halsey’s Bull mascot and the ship’s commanding officer greeted Talbot and her husband, Bud Talbot, both of Sharon, Conn., on their first visit to the ship.
In October l942 Fleet Adm. Halsey became the commander of South Pacific Forces and South Pacific Area. He assumed command of the Third Fleet, and was designated Commander Western Pacific Task Forces in 1944. As such, he operated successfully against the Japanese in the Palaies, Philippines, Formosa, Okinawa, and South China Sea. Following the Okinawa campaign in July 1945, his forces struck at Tokyo and the Japanese mainland. The last attack of his forces was Aug. 13, 1945. Admiral Halsey's flag was flying on USS Missouri (BB 63) in Tokyo Bay when Japanese forces formally surrendered Sept. 2.
“It is one of the greatest honors I have ever had in my life to sponsor the USS Halsey,” said Talbot. During a luncheon with members of the crew, the Talbots presented the ship with one of Fleet Admiral Halsey’s Task Force 38 ship’s four-star pennants broken aboard USS Twining (DD 540) in 1945.
“The flag was a tremendous gift by Bud and Missy Talbot. It is fitting that a ship like Halsey, whose namesake is of a man who had a remarkable consequence on history, is able to carry a piece of the history he made; we are eternally grateful for this gift,” said USS Halsey Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Jordy Harrison.
Mr. and Mrs. Talbot had the opportunity to speak with many of Halsey’s crew members as they toured the primary controlling stations of the ship, including the engineering central controlling station, the combat information center, and the pilothouse.
“Adm. Halsey would have a hard time believing the technology this ship has,” said Mr. Talbot, “The camaraderie that exists between (the captain) and the crew is very evident. It was absolutely amazing to me.”
“There is a different feel when a ship carries the name of someone so prominent,” said Mr. Talbot, “It transfers to the entire crew, and I could really tell a difference on this ship.”
Missy Talbot said she was thankful for the sacrifices the crew makes and was “blown away” by their professionalism and positive attitude.
“I am so blessed to sponsor such a great ship and crew,” she said, “I think Adm. Halsey would be very proud of Halsey and her crew. It will be a day we will never forget.”
“It was an absolute pleasure to host Bud and Missy Talbot,” said Harrison. “It is important to have such great Americans supporting our ship and our country as we prepare to deploy into the some of the very same waters in which Fleet Adm. Halsey changed the course of history.”
Halsey is home ported in San Diego and will depart Sept. 11 for a routine deployment with the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group.
The Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group consists of flagship USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 9 and the guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71).
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