The USS Higbee DDR/DD-806, a Gearing-class destroyer, was built by Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. She was commissioned January 27, 1945 and entered the shipyards in Boston to be converted to a radar picket ship. The USS Higbee was the first American warship named in honor of a woman. Mrs. Lenah S. Higbee was superintendent of the Navy Nursing Corps during the First World War. She was awarded the Navy’s highest decoration, the Navy Cross for “distinguished service in the line of her profession and conspicuous devotion to duty”. The USS Higbee was decommissioned in 1979 at Pier 91 Seattle, Washington. Stricken July 15, 1979. The USS Higbee was sunk as a target ship in the Pacific April 24, 1986.
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