Life on the USS Cassin Young

Maintenance volunteer to tell story of the ship


DEVENS — Visitors at Ft. Devens Museum on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. can hear the story of the World War II USS Cassin Young from one of the ship’s present-day tour guides and “Wrench-Turner” crew members.

The ship is now a floating museum in Boston National Historic Park, a companion to the USS Constitution.

Launched and commissioned in late 1943, the Cassin Young, a US Navy destroyer, served heroically in World War II, surviving two kamikaze plane hits, and continued service in the Korean War, and Cold War.

The speaker will be Warren “Buzz” Smith of Pembroke. He served 14 years as a hospital corpsman with the U.S. Marine Corps on shipboard and in field hospitals and 16 years with the Air Force Medical Corps, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel before retiring.

As a civilian, having earned advanced degrees in defense management, fire sciences, and fire service management, he served for years as superintendent of fire alarms for the Weymouth Fire Department and now devotes himself to Civil War reenacting and to researching and restoring the Cassin Young with several other volunteers.

The Fort Devens Museum is located on the third floor at 94 Jackson Road, Devens and is wheelchair accessible. The museum’s regular hours are: Tuesdays, Fridays, and the third Saturday of each month, each from 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

This program is open to the public, but donations are much appreciated so that we may continue to offer these special presentations.