USS Jenkins (DDE-447)


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Entry: 79458
Subject: BROWN WATER

Jim Riggs wrote on June 28, 2011

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City and State: LOS ANGELES CA

Unit: USS JENKINS DD 447

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: I have many health problem such as diabetice heart trouble CHF. recent heart surgery and Parkinsons being the lastest. I wanted to hear someone talk on our mission up a Viet Nam river one trip only around 1967 we backed out of the river because we could not turn around.This is where I think I was exposed to agent orange. I applied for a pension in 84 I applied again last year.despite all these problems I function pretty well just a tremor here and there. Jim Riggs ships serviceman barber. I also painted (ll on the way) on the forward stack. Hope to hear form you guys

Keywords: I would like to hear form Roy Cowan.Paul Henderson,ALLen Van Horn. 



Entry: 78244
Subject: NEWCASTLE HARBOUR, AUSTRALIA, REPAIRS

Roma Harris wrote on March 19, 2011


City and State: URUNGA, NEW SOUTH WALES

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: My husband has Malignant Mesothelioma. He worked on USS Jenkins in Newcastle, Australia docks about Feb 1969. I think repairing lagging. I'm seeking anyone who may have some association with this time and place.

Keywords: re-fit, repairs,Australia, Newcastle Docks,1969



Entry: 67613
Subject: ANYONE WHO KNOWS

Tammy Hill wrote on October 25, 2008

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City and State: KIMBALL MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Looking for someone who remembers JAMES LEE HILL who was on the Jenkins from 1958-1959 and then went on to USS PICKING..

Keywords: BM3



Entry: 67062
Subject: CRUISE BOOKS WANTED

Barbette Lane wrote on September 1, 2008


City and State: FIFE LAKE MI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I am looking for Cruise Books for the USS Vance - DER387 (1958) and for the USS Jenkins - DDE447 (1959) for my father (Gordon Steele).

If anyone knows where I can purchase these books, I would greatly appreciate finding out.

Thank you.

Keywords: ships



Entry: 65820
Subject: MY GRANDFATHER

Joshua DeForest wrote on May 29, 2008

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City and State:

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Did anyone serve on the Jenkins with my grandfather Johnny F DeForest? He passed away almost 5 years ago and I just want to know more about his time in the military. Anything would be great.

Keywords:



Entry: 65652
Subject: NO MENTION OF OPERATION DOMINIC 1962-1963 ATOMIC TESTING CHRISTMAS ISLAND

Ron Cayea (Diemarker) wrote on May 18, 2008


City and State: OCALA FL

Unit: 2ND DIV

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments:

Keywords: Few names clendenon/Fred Mobley/ any operation dominic 63-63



Entry: 64418
Subject: SERVED ABOARD USS JENKINS DD447 1961-1965 NEED TO FIND 1963 CRUISE BOOK AN E-MAIL/PH NOS FOR 1ST DIV

Raymond (Ray) Hartley wrote on February 22, 2008

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City and State: WICHITA KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: i served aboard the uss jenkins 1961-1965. i am looking to find a 1963 cruise book and or e-mail addresses/phone numbers of anyone who served during this period in the deck divison. lowery, valpoon, sheldon, silva. to mention a few

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Entry: 62861
Subject: SEARCHING FOR-WILSON, OLSEN, BIRD, GRAHAM,HECKLINGER,RILEY, ANDERSON, HARRIS, JERNIGAN,VALASHINAS, A

Robert (Ski) Laschanzky wrote on November 5, 2007

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City and State:

Unit: USS JENKINS DDE 447 1956-1959

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: i have many photos of shipmates from this time period and am willing to share

Keywords:



Entry: 61404
Subject: LOOKING FOR ANYONE ABOURD 62 TO 64

Delwood Locke wrote on June 25, 2007


City and State: AMARILLO

Unit: USS JENKINS DDE447

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments:

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Entry: 56318
Subject: WHERE IS MY OLD SHIP NOW

Benjamin Etris wrote on March 21, 2006

Deceased

City and State: HOMER GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Other

Comments:

Keywords: I was on board with Floyd Richards and John McTight from 1961- 1963



Entry: 53442
Subject: USSJENKING DDE 447

Charles Langford SR. wrote on October 5, 2005


City and State: MACON GA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: enjoy the 6 month west pack cruise and pearl harber Hiwaii an proud to be a member or the USA NAVY.

Keywords: "red" friends -Richard Reeves-Russel smith -Robert Finny-Greenway-Evans-



Entry: 52337
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES

Richard Reeves wrote on July 29, 2005


City and State: MONTGOMERY AL

Unit: USS JENKINS DDE 447

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran

Comments: Would like to hear from old shipmates, 1957 to 1960. I was a shipfitter in "R" division.

Keywords: USS Jenkins, DDE 447



Entry: 50923
Subject: 51/52 LOOKING FOR PATTON

Rosalee Ramos wrote on May 17, 2005

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City and State: SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Rudy Ramos 51/52 USS Jenkins DDE 447 is looking for Patton. Remembers giving his Saint Christopher medal during a Typhoon.

Keywords: Saint Christopher



Entry: 50347
Subject: 2 DIV.U.S.S.JENKINS,D.D.E.447

Larry E. Newton wrote on April 22, 2005

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City and State: GRANDY NC

Unit: DDE447U.SJENKINS

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Please Call Or Email Bearfootlennie.Yahoo.Com

Keywords: Family Member Larry Newton Santos



Entry: 49848
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIPMATES 50-52 USS JENKINS DDE 447

Rosalee Ramos wrote on March 29, 2005

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City and State: SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO CA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments:

Keywords: Looking for any shipmates of my Uncle Rudy Ramos served on the Jenkins 1950-52. He would love to talk about the good old days with any ship buddies



Entry: 49400
Subject: TIGER OF THE PACIFIC AKA OARFISH

John Hamilton wrote on March 6, 2005

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City and State: WAIPAHU HI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: There has been much written about this venerable ship. However, there is one distinction that I have not come across yet that, I feel, should be included with the USS Jenkins' history.
The Jenkins has the distinction of being the first destroyer, or any ship to my knowledge, to hunt, find and sink the USS Nautilus, in wargame exercises. This feat earned the ship the name of "Tiger of the Pacific". I would really like to hear from any shipmates aboard during that perod of the USS Jenkins history.

Keywords: DDE 447



Entry: 49126
Subject: 50-54 LOOKING FOR YEARBOOK

Therman C. (Jake) Jacobs wrote on February 21, 2005

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City and State: BRISTOL FL

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: How do I obtain a 1954 Ship Book?

Keywords: Jake Jacobs, DOB: 08/14/1939, am a Navy veteran of Korean War, I was inducted 10-11-1950, Sandiago, CA, was on Bonhomme and DE447 USS Jenkins. I served from about 1950 to July 1954. Elton A. McWhorter Fluster and Bell, were personal friends of mine.



Entry: 47925
Subject: LOOKING FOR SHIP MATES

Michael Roberts wrote on January 5, 2005


City and State: MAGNOLIA TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: I am the son of Walter H Roberts (nickname Junior )looking for anyone that knew him. I have already found one buddy of his that was aboard the U.S.S. Hubbard.
Jim Purington.

Keywords: Walter H Roberts ( nickname Junior )may have been aboard the U.S.S. Jenkins in Korea , 1950's



Entry: 45278
Subject: USS GILBERT ISLAND

Kathy Mendell (Watson) wrote on August 17, 2004


City and State: BEDFORD MA

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Navy Veteran - Korea

Comments: My Dad, Robert M. Watson, I, was in the Korean War on the USS Gilbert Island. He passed away 3 months ago. I am try to put together a scrap book for my family. Anyone who was with him or knows of him and can share information would be greatly appreciated.

Keywords: USS Gilbert Island



Entry: 34001
Subject: A TIN CAN HISTORY, USS JENKINS

Richard Jenkins JR. wrote on May 5, 2003


City and State: SAN ANTONIO TX

Unit: 23RD INF. DIVISION, VIETNAM

Service or Relationship: Interested Person

Comments: I thought you would find this interesting as I found it on the Internet and am only providing the informations just as it appeared on the web. t the web address: http://www.destroyers.org/nl-histories/dd447-nl.htm

A Tin Can Sailors
Destroyer History

USS JENKINS (DD-447)



The third FLETCHER authorized was also the first to see fleet service. Unlike FLETCHER and RADFORD, which were laid down on the same day in October 1941, JENKINS’ construction did not begin until after Thanksgiving of the same year at Federal Shipbuilding’s Kearny (NJ) facility. DD-447 was launched in June of the following year, and commissioned in July.
USS JENKINS was the second destroyer to be named for RADM Thortan A. Jenkins, whose service included commands in the War with Mexico and the Civil War. After the war, Jenkins was named chief of the Bureau of Navigation. He completed his service as commander of the American Asiatic Squadron. RADM Jenkins later served as President of the Naval Institute. He died in 1893.

DD-447 was pressed into service immediately after a brief training cruise to escort vessels on their way to Operation TORCH, the Allied invasion of North Africa. She screened the battleships and cruisers providing fire support for the landing force. Less than a month later, she had returned to New York in preparation for service in the Pacific.

JENKINS, like so many of her sisters, was immediately thrown into the battles around the Solomon Islands. The new destroyer participated in her first landing in the Pacific with the assault on New Georgia. Japanese air units hit the beachhead in force from nearby airfields, and JENKINS’ potent anti-aircraft fire accounted for several of the attackers.

By the summer of 1943, JENKINS was fully involved in the actions in the South Pacific. Kula Gulf, northwest of Guadalcanal, at the north end of "The Slot," was an active avenue of approach for Japanese reinforcements. The destroyer was in the process of refueling and loading ammunition when the call came from RADM W. L. Ainsworth to attach to this force, Task Group 36.1, in a plan to halt Japanese resupply activities down "The Slot." Another "Tokyo Express," ten Japanese destroyers carrying troops, had been spotted steaming southeast by coast watchers. In the night action that followed, JENKINS, supported by USS NICHOLAS (DD-449), slugged it out with a succession of Imperial Japanese destroyers, registering hits on IJN AMIGARI and IIN MOCHIZUKI. The Japanese were forced to retreat without reinforcing their Guadalcanal garrison, but they did draw blood; the American cruiser USS HELENA (CL-50) was lost.

The Gilbert Island chain was slated for the next assault, and JENKINS was transferred to RADM W. A. Radford's Northern Carrier Force. The destroyer would screen carriers attacking Tarawa and Kwajalein. One of the raids nearly marked the end of the valuable carrier, USS LEXINGTON (CV-2), when the carrier was hit by a torpedo. JENKINS was able to escort the damaged flat top to Pearl Harbor, where extensive repairs were completed in record time.

For the next six months, JENKINS alternated between escorting groups of tankers which provided the life blood of the carrier task forces thrusting through the central Pacific and providing needed support to the forces ashore. DD-447 added her effective gunfire support at dozens of landings in the area.

Ships were being marshaled for the Philippine invasion and JENKINS was once again called upon to provide her now-expert support for the operation. Action in the island group was intense. In one engagement off the Luzon landing zone, DD-447 took hits from a Japanese shore battery. If the enemy expected to put the veteran destroyer out of action that easily, they were mistaken. She was ready for service less than three weeks later.

A mine nearly marked the end of JENKINS’ career. While covering the minesweeping and landing activities off Borneo, DD-447 struck a mine. This time, needed repairs were far more extensive. The destroyer returned to the west coast in July, 1945. While at the repair facilities in San Pedro, CA, the war ended. USS JENKINS was decommissioned on May 1, 1946.

The Korean War brought JENKINS back into action. With new weaponry and a refit, she now carried the designation DDE-447, a label befitting her new role as a specialized anti-submarine escort. The experienced destroyer would alternate between screening carriers on the east and west coasts of the Korean peninsula and providing a deterrent to Communist forces threatening an assault across the Formosa Strait on the friendly nation of Nationalist China. With the end of the Korean police action, JENKINS found herself based at Pearl Harbor, permanently assigned to the Pacific battle force.

For nine years, DD-447 would deploy annually as a unit of the Seventh Fleet. When forces were diverted to Vietnam, JENKINS found herself in her third war. In February 1966, the destroyer returned to a well-remembered role, providing support to American forces in a hostile environment. For three years, the destroyer alternated between providing naval gunfire support off the Southeast Asian battle zones and port visits in the Philippines, Australia, and New Zealand. The word to return to Pearl Harbor reached JENKINS in Lyttleton, New Zealand in February 1969.

On April 7, 1969, the officers and men of USS JENKINS were officially informed that the veteran destroyer was again to be decommissioned. June found the destroyer on her way to the south mole piers at the San Diego Inactive Ship Center. JENKINS commissioning pennant was hauled down for the last time on July 2, 1969.

DD-447 was sold for scrapping on February 17, 1971.

USS JENKINS earned fourteen battle stars for her service in World War II and one star for Korean Operations, in addition to those won in Vietnam.

From The Tin Can Sailor, January 1998



Keywords: Just another Jenkins Army and Navy Veteran interested in the exploits of the JENKINS Surname.



Entry: 31197
Subject: GENERAL INFO ON USS JENKINS

Carol Edwards wrote on January 13, 2003


City and State: CONROE TX

Unit:

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Admiral Jenksin was my great-great grandfather, and I would just like to hear some things about the ship, I have never seen it. My grandmother sent a pic to the Captain of Admiral Jenkins when I was a teen, but as I said I personally have never seen it. I was raised in a very patriotic family and find this to be very interesting for him to have received the honor of having something connected to our Great Nation named for him. I respect all the brave people who have served not only on the USS Jenkiins but in any branch of service. So just would like to hear of things about the ship

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Entry: 26900
Subject: LOOKING FOR USS JENKINS DDE 447 SHIPMATES FROM 1954- 1959

Jerry Bell wrote on July 12, 2002

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City and State: GREENWOOD MS

Unit: DES DIV 37

Service or Relationship: -

Comments: Looking for "Red" Ellington, Gary Somoni, Nazack?, Phil Garrett, Whales( 2 brothers), and any others.

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Entry: 26435
Subject: I AM LOOKING FOR SOME INFORMATION ON MY GRANDFATHER, LAWERENCE WILHELM WHO WAS ON THE USS JENKINS

Jessica Martin wrote on June 22, 2002

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City and State: WICHITA KS

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Friend of Veteran

Comments: Grandfather-Lawerence Jacob Wilhelm
Born-Feb 24, 1926 Married to Frances Marie Krug


I would really like to get more information on my grandfather and also the ship. Any help would be appriciated. Thank you for your time.

Keywords: Served on USS Jenkins



Entry: 23559
Subject: 2 DIV.U.S.S.JENKINS,D.D.E.447

Larry Newton Santos wrote on February 28, 2002

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City and State: LODI CA

Unit: 2 DIV. U.S.S. JENKINS,D.D.E.447

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: I'AM LOOKING FOR MY FATHER THAT I HAVE NEVER MET,HIS FULL NAME WAS LARRY E. NEWTON. I WAS BORN 5 OR 6 MONTHS AFTER HE LEFT THE ISLANDS AND LAST KNOWN WORD WAS HE WAS PUT INTO THE U.S. NAVAL HOSPITAL IN OAKLAND,CALIFORIA. MY MOTHERS MAIDEN NAME IS MARY (MARIE) SALSEDO AND DURING THE YEAR 1953 HER ADDRESS WAS NORTH KING ST. OAHU HONOLULU AND IN 1954 A P.O. BOX IN LARI,KAUSI. IF YOU REMEMBER ANYTHING REGARDING LARRY E. NEWTON PLEASE CONTACT ME. AS HE HAS 2 BEAUTIFUL GRANDDAUGHTER.















Keywords: LAST KNOWN SHIP HE WAS ON THE U.S.S. JENKINSIN LATE 1953/OR EARLY 1954



Entry: 13885
Subject: INFORMATION ON USS DDE 447 USS JENKINS

Spencer Wood wrote on December 27, 2000

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City and State: MADISON WI

Unit:

Service or Relationship: Family Member

Comments: Does anyone have any information on the USS Jenkins, DDE 447? My father, Chuck Wood, was a fire control radar technician on this ship. I can't find any mention of her. If you know of her and where I might find some more information, I'd appreciate it. He could have got something wrong, but he did say that she was assigned to protect the USS Boxer some of the time and that she ran up the Yalu River quite a bit. The outbreak of the Korean conflict necessitated additional naval strength to maintain America's worldwide commitments. Jenkins recommissioned as DDE 447 on 2 November 1951 under the command of Comdr. C. F. McGivern. She departed San Diego 25 February 1952 for a training period at Pearl Harbor. Upon completion of training, she arrived Japan 12 June; and during the summer she operated with Task Force 77 which furnished air support for the ground forces in Korea. She also engaged in patrol duties off Korea and Formosa before returning to her home port Pearl Harbor 5 December.

Keywords: USS Jenkins, DDE 447, Destroyer Escort







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