During the month of November, the 27th Enlightenment for Peace Flag at Fort Taber – Fort Rodman Military Museum honors the memory of Linden Sidney Worden, who served in World War II as a 1st Class Radioman aboard the ‘USS Greene.
Worden was born in New Bedford, MA on February 6, 1923, the son of the late Robert and Ida (Faulkner) Worden, who grew up on Mott Street in the south of the city. He enlisted in the US Navy on October 1, 1942, leaving school to serve his country.
He attended the United States Naval Training Station in Newport, RI, and completed a 16-week training course at the Massachusetts Radio & TE School in Boston, MA. He was then assigned to the USS Greene.
According to the history.navy.mil website, the USS Greene was commissioned on May 9, 1919 and launched on November 2, 1918 by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. in Quincy, MA. He was decommissioned on June 17, 1922.
The USS Greene was then returned to service in June 1940. A week after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor; the AVD-13 sailed for Brazil. During the summer of 1942 it served as a seaplane tender. In January 1944, it was converted to a high speed transport, designated APD-36. After intensive training, he participated in Operation Dragoon, the invasion of southern France, then served as an escort in the Mediterranean, until his departure in December for Norfolk, Virginia. Then, in April 1945, the USS Greene escorted four aircraft carriers to Okinawa, as the Battle of Okinawa raged. In October 1945, the USS Greene was struck by a typhoon that brought it to a standstill beyond repair. He was decommissioned in November of the same year.
Worden served three years, three months and eight days in the United States Navy and was honorably discharged in January 1946. He received the following awards for his military service: World War II Victory Medal, American Theater, Good Conduct Medal, European-African Medal – Middle Eastern Theater Medal, Amphibious Force Insignia, Presidential Unity Citation (1 blue star) and Asia-Pacific Theater Medal (1 bronze star).
Upon completion of his military service, Worden worked in the retail trade, most notably at Cumberland Farms for many years. He was an avid amateur radio enthusiast as well as an avid reader, before retiring to West Palm Beach, Florida.
He died on August 9, 2021 following a long illness. He spent the last month of his life in Hinton, WV at the Bowers Hospice House, near his daughter, Lynne.
According to Worden’s son, Stephen, his father “literally traveled the world from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific. His unit received a Presidential Unit Citation for escorting merchant ships through German submarine infested waters and participating in the capture of a German submarine. He was the last surviving crew member of the USS Greene. Stephen proudly describes his father as a “very humble man and a great father”.
Linden Worden is survived by her son Stephen Worden and his wife Kelly of New Bedford, MA; two daughters, Marilyn McKillop and her husband James of Walpole, MA and Lynne Bauer and her husband John of Hinton, WV; eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Rhea (Aubut) Worden, who died in 1999, and his brother Robert Worden.
Linda Ferreira, of Empire Ford of New Bedford, researches the life stories of area residents. American flags are supplied by Empire Ford of New Bedford. The flags are hoisted by the staff of Fort Taber – Fort Rodman Military Museum. Those wishing to honor a local veteran in the future can contact Ferreira at [email protected]