Entering Charleston, South Carolina Nov. 1945 heading for the Reserve Fleet on the Wando River.
|Built by Federal Kearny, N.J. Launched 7, Dec.1942, Commissioned 23, Jan. 1943. Joined squadron July 1943. Commanding Officers - Capt. V.B. Russell, 1/43 to 5/44, Cmdr. G.P. Chung-Hoon, 5/44 to 6/45, Cmdr. H.A. Barnard, 6/45. Plank owners - 2 Officers and 48 enlisted men. Individual Awards - 1 Navy Cross, 1 Silver Star, 1 Legion of Merit, 4 Bronze Stars, Casualties - 4 KIA and buried at sea, one died in hospital of wounds one month after Kamikaze hit, 18 MIA and declared KIA, Wounded - 68, Purple Hearts - 91, one sailor lost overboard in Atlantic Area 1943. Shore Bombarments - 6. Enemy Aircraf Shot Down - 4. Times Under Air Attack - 50. Times Under Shore Battery Attack - 5. Mines Sunk or Detonated - 8. Operations as OTC or Flagship - 6, 1 UDT and 5 Picket Line. Other Operations Areas - Atlantic Convoy and Caribbean Anti-Submarine Patrol Jan. to Aug. 1943. Sea Rescues - 24, 8 Pilots, 8 Aircrew. Longest Period at Sea - 37 days Okinawa Area. Fueling at Sea - 50 Pacific Area. Provisions/Ammunitions at Sea - 5 Pacific Area. Decommissioned March 31, 1947 and placed in reserve. The 502 was stricken Dec. 1, 1974 and was broken up.|