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      U. S. Navy Sea Cadet Corp                           

Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center

640 Plantation St., Worcester, MA 01605-2098



Our Namesake:

USS Worcester (CL-144) 1948-1972

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.           Photo #: NH 97335
USS Worcester, lead ship of a class of two 14,700-ton light cruisers built at Camden, New Jersey, was commissioned in June 1948. After a year of service in the western Atlantic, she deployed to the Mediterranean Sea during September-December 1949 for the first of seven Sixth Fleet tours. Worcester returned to the "Med" in May 1950, but this cruise was cut short by the outbreak of the Korean War in late June. Accompanied by four destroyers, she transited the Suez Canal on 29 July 1950, en route to the Far East.

From late August to late October 1950, Worcester operated with the Seventh Fleet off Korea, escorting Task Force 77's aircraft carriers and using her six-inch guns to bombard enemy targets in support of the Inchon Invasion and the Wonsan Landings. The cruiser returned to the U.S. east coast in late November, having steamed around the World on this extended deployment. During the next half decade, Worcester made five more trips to the Mediterranean and, on two occasions, also visited ports in northern Europe.

Worcester was transferred to the Pacific Fleet in January 1956, subsequently going twice to the Western Pacific for Seventh Fleet service. She decommissioned at Mare Island, California, in December 1958, joining the Reserve Fleet there. Later shifted to Bremerton, Washington, Worcester remained in "mothballs" until December 1970, when she was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register. She was sold for scrapping in July 1972.









For service as set forth in the following citation:

“From 23 April 2004 to 25 April 2004 Cadets and Officers of Worcester (CL 144) Division participated in the New England Flagship Competition.  Worcester (CL 144) Division placed second overall out of seven units attending the competition. Worcester (CL 144) Division took first place in one event, second place in four events, and third place in one event.  The Cadets worked long and hard honing their skills and their performance was outstanding.  The Cadets and Officers used these opportunities to project a positive image of the Navy Sea Cadet Corps and the Navy League Cadet Corps. Based on their appearance, behavior, precision, conduct, and performance, they were all outstanding examples of what the Corps has to offer.  Their actions reflected great pride in themselves, and was in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Navy, United States Marine Corps, United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Navy League Cadet Corps and the Worcester (CL 144) Division”


Recommended:  For the Executive Director:
Commanding Officer Field Representative, Northeast
Worcester (CL 144)


U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps





In Memoriam

Gary W. Neisz

Commanding Officer

Worcester (CL 144) Division

U.S. Naval Sea Cadets

2000 to 2004


Gary Neisz served as the third Commanding Officer of Worcester (CL 144) Division of the U.S.  Naval Sea Cadets from June 2000 until his death in February 2004.  A decorated combat veteran of the Vietnam War, Gary devoted his life to the service of his country and its citizens.  He was highly active in the Marine Corps Toys for Tot program and served as the Director of the Family Support Advocacy Program at Naval and Marine Corps Reserve Center Worcester, Massachusetts.  Gary’s influence on the Sea Cadets was wide reaching.  Through his efforts, the division became one of the hallmark units in the New England Region and the Nation.  In his honor, the Gary Neisz Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004.  Each year a graduating cadet from Worcester (CL 144) Division who best displays the traits of Honor, Courage and Commitment will receive this scholarship.  It is a fitting tribute to man who gave so much, and asked for nothing in return.