Army & Navy - COMMAND: Glory for a Tin Can

HEROES

The Navy's destroyers get a lot of the dirty work and seldom get much glory. But honors rained down on one destroyer last week. She received a Presidential unit citation and her skipper, handsome, ruddy Commander Donald J. MacDonald had a seventh medal pinned upon his chest. It made him the most decorated U.S. naval officer of this war.

U.S. destroyers, the "tin can fleet," are generally named after naval heroes. MacDonald's can, the O'Bannon, is named after a marine. The marine was Lieut. Presley N. O'Bannon, a whooping, crop-haired Irishman from Kentucky, who...

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