USS Kennison (AG-83), San Diego, 1945

USS Kennison (AG-83), San Diego, 1945

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USS Kennison (AG-83), San Diego, 1945 - History

(DD-138: dp. 1,154 1. 314'5" b. 31'9" dr. 9' s. 35 k. cpl. 113 a. 4 4", 2 3-pdrs., 1 1-pdr., 12 21" tt. cl. Wickes)

Kennison (DD-138) was launched 8 June 1918 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif., sponsored by Miss Elizabeth Riner and commissioned 2 April 1919 Comdr. R. P. Enrich in command.

Following completion, shakedown, and acceptance trials Kennison arrived San Diego, her home port, 23 March 1920. During the summer she engaged in experimental torpedo and antiaircraft exercises. The destroyer continued coastal operations and tactical exercises until 12 August 1921 when she put into San Diego with 50 percent complement. She decommissioned at San Diego 22 June

Recommissioned 18 December 1939, Lt. W. G. Michelet in command, Kennison joined the Neutrality Patrol out of San Diego 6 May 1940. From June to September she engaged in reserve training cruises before rejoining the Neutrality Patrol 14 October. The destroyer continued patrol operations along the West Coast until the United States entered World War II. As the war effort increased in early 1942, Kennison intensifled her ASW operations including escort of convoys and submarines to various California ports until 22 September 1944 when she sailed for Bremerton to undergo conversion.

Redesignated AG-83, Kennison returned to San Diego 9 November 1944 to resume service. For the rest of the war she operated out of San Diego as a target ship for plane exercises with aerial torpedoes. These exercises provided invaluable training to Navy pilots preparing for combat. Following the war Kennison sailed for the East Coast, arriving Norfolk late October. She decommissioned 21 November 1945 at Portsmouth, Va. She was sold 18 November 1946 to Luria Bros. & ,Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Pa., and scrapped.


Esteban R. Garcia

While still a teenager, Esteban R. "Steve" Garcia learned firsthand that destroyers -- unlike nerves or stomachs -- are made of nearly impervious steel.

As waves incessantly pounded the sides of the four-stacker destroyer he was on in the South Pacific -- a ship built six years before he’d been born -- he and other newly trained enlistees slumped over the sides, with crisp white uniforms and green faces. It was Dec. 18, 1941, and they were en route to Alaska on the USS Kennison.

Having grown up in the city of Mission, in the southernmost part of Texas along the border with Mexico, the 18-year-old wondered if he’d made a wise choice in volunteering for service. But the decision was part of a proud family tradition, with five of his brothers serving in the war effort.

One of his brothers, Marine Private Daniel Garcia, died in the first wave of troops going into Iwo Jima on March 2, 1945. Another brother, Private Agustí¬n R. Garci¬a, twice received the Purple Heart for injuries, the first time after being shot while parachuting into Normandy. Three other brothers served stateside during the war. Garcia notes further that four of his sons served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam era and several grandsons served afterward in the military.

"I'd never been to sea or anyplace," he said. "Feeling the ship roll here and there, I'd rather die than be up there."

He’d already led a tough life, having toiled in the cotton fields of northern Texas. To help him cope overseas with a new set of hardships, he says he’d summon memories of his mother.

"The love of a mother is a true love. If you don't love your mom, you don't love anyone," Garci¬a said. "Even when I was overseas, my mother was with me [in spirit]. I imagine that's what kept me alive."

As a gunner's mate 2nd class on the USS Kilty, Garci¬a was involved in nearly 30 actions, and fought with tenacity in the Pacific Campaign and Okinawa landings. He was thrust into maturity swiftly, and his outlook forever changed.

"I didn't know what I was getting myself into," Garcia said, his vacant gaze fixed forward. "I don't like to talk about what I've seen, what I've been through [and] done."

One night, his ship dropped Marines off on an island in the area of Guadalcanal. It was an operation like many others the USS Kilty had been performing. By daybreak, it became apparent the Marines were outnumbered 20-to-1 and desperately needed rescuing. His ship responded but was bombarded upon arrival.

"There was nothing we could do," said Garci¬a, explaining that because their own men were dispersed on the island, the ship wasn’t able fire on their attackers for fear of friendly fire.

"I imagine [the Marines] were all killed," he said.

In April of 1945, the Kilty served as an escort to several ships transporting soldiers to the beaches of Okinawa. The ship made another voyage to Okinawa and on May 4, 1945, rescued soldiers of the USS Luce, which was sunk by a kamikaze. The ship returned to San Diego, Calif. in June.

Garci¬a's uniform would eventually display an Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with two silver stars, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze stars, Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Honorable Service Lapel Button, American Campaign Medal, Amphibious Force Insignia and World War II Victory Medal.

The decorations were hard-fought, but despite having earned the accolades, he says he never felt he was treated as an equal among his Anglo counterparts. Regardless, he was a hard worker -- an ethic that can be traced to his childhood.

"You have to be taught to accomplish things or you won't," Garcia said. "[My siblings and I] grew strong because we accomplished what we chose to accomplish."

Before the Great Depression, Garcia performed custodial services at Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic school he attended in Mission, Texas, in lieu of paying tuition. His family, 11 children and their parents, struggled to make ends meet and he did his part by shining shoes and selling newspapers after school.

"In our own way, we were doing alright. We earned our food, our living. We didn't have to ask anyone for anything," he said.

The Depression forced the Garcia family to pick cotton from dusk to dawn in fields north of their hometown. After completing the sixth grade, Garcia would drop out of school entirely. One hundred pounds of cotton was worth 20 cents at the time, and he was paid 25 cents per eight-hour-day of picking. The first of six brothers to enlist, Garci¬a says entering the service was a welcome invitation compared to the grueling days in the hot Texas sun.

Many years have passed since the Garci¬a men were in the heat of battle. Except for the one brother killed in action in WWII, two of his brothers and three of his sisters have died from cancer or heart-related ailments. Three brothers and two sisters are still living. Garci¬a has been married four times. He had six children by his second wife: José Edward, José Edian, José Eli, Heriberto, Estéban Jr. and Elda. He had three stepchildren during his third marriage: Armando, Roberto and Alma and two stepchildren from his fourth marriage: Sergio and Jorge.

Garcia was honorably discharged Oct. 25, 1945. He says he returned to his home in Mission, Texas, to find not much had changed in the way of segregation, widespread discrimination and prejudice.

A few birds singing, the rustling of grass and his own footsteps were all he could hear as he walked along a familiar dirt road in Mission upon his return. Suddenly, a swell of red dust swirled up on the horizon and the rumble of an old automobile grew stronger. Garcia recalls the truck stopping in the center of the road and blocking his path.

"You got papers to show me," a border patrol guard said roughly.

"I'm a veteran, an American citizen," Garcia recalled responding.

"In that case, you'll have no problem showing me your papers," he remembered the guard barking.

While undignified, the moment prompted Garcia to resume the education he’d been forced to interrupt prior to the war.

"When you're ignorant, you don't know how to defend yourself," he said, looking back at his encounter with the lawman.

He proceeded until the ninth grade, at which point he entered a trade school for cabinet making. He recently retired from his cabinet-making career, which included his managing his own shop.

The mental and emotional scars Garcia bears from the war are lightened by his veteran friends' support. Although he says that, at times, he feels alone, he has decided that, "Every day is a beautiful day, regardless of what kind of day it is."

Mr. Garcia was interviewed in McAllen, Texas, on April 6, 2002, by Liza Moreno.


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Ships are listed in alphabetical order by name (or number, if unnamed). The name, number, type, and date of construction of each vessel are listed, along with the location where the ship is preserved and the name of the group/organization that is responsible for the vessel. A link to each ship/museum's official website is provided, where available if no official website exists, an unofficial website may be used instead.

Although most of these vessels are at least partially restored and are open to the public, some are in the early stages of restoration and are NOT open to the public. If you plan to visit any of these museums, you should call ahead to be certain the ship will be open when you arrive. You can also check the Historic Naval Ships Vistors Guide for more information about these ships.

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Preserved Naval Vessels
Number Name Date Type Place Organization Web
? -- 1974 Soviet Submarine Seattle, WA Submarine Attractions Inc
BB 60 Alabama 1942 Battleship Mobile, AL Battleship Memorial Park (link)
AGSS 569 Albacore 1953 Experimental Submarine Portsmouth, NH Port of Portsmouth Maritime Museum & Albacore Park (link)
-- Aluminaut 1964 Research Submersible Richmond, VA Science Museum of Virginia (link)
WAL 512 Ambrose 1907 Lightship New York, NY South Street Seaport (link)
-- American Victory 1945 Victory Ship Tampa, FL American Victory Mariners Memorial & Museum (link)
ST 695 Angels Gate 1944 Army Tug Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Maritime Museum (link)
-- Arthur Foss 1889 Coastal Tug Seattle, WA Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center (link)
DD 933 Barry 1956 Destroyer Washington DC USN - Washington Navy Yard (link)
WAL 506 Barnegat 1904 Lightship Camden, NJ Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild
SS 310 Batfish 1943 Submarine Muskogee, OK Muskogee War Memorial Park (link)
SS 319 Becuna 1944 Submarine Philadelphia, PA Independence Seaport Museum (link)
SS 581 Blueback 1959 Submarine Portland, OR Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (link)
-- "HMS" Bounty (1962) Collier (Replica) Fall River, MA / St. Petersburg, FL Tall Ship Bounty Foundation (link)
SS 287 Bowfin 1943 Submarine Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association (link)
-- Cairo 1862 Ironclad Gunboat Vicksburg, MS Vicksburg National Military Park (link)
-- Californian Revenue Cutter (Replica) Dana Point, CA Nautical Heritage Museum
DD 793 Cassin Young 1943 Destroyer Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA Boston National Historical Park (link)
SS 244 Cavalla 1944 Submarine Galveston, TX Seawolf Park / Cavalla Historical Foundation (link)
CCB 18 -- Riverine Command Boat Rio Vista, CA USN / American Patrol Boats Museum (link)
CGC 83527 -- 1944 CG Cutter Rio Vista, CA American Patrol Boats Museum (link)
-- CSS Chattahoochee 1862 Confederate Gunboat Columbus, GA Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center (link)
WAL 538 Chesapeake 1930 Lightship Baltimore, MD Baltimore Maritime Museum (link)
SS 343 Clamagore 1945 Submarine Mount Pleasant (Charleston), SC Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum (link)
SS 245 Cobia 1944 Submarine Manitowoc, WI Wisconsin Maritime Museum / Manitowoc Submarine Memorial (link)
SS 224 Cod 1943 Submarine Cleveland, OH Cleveland Coordinating Committee for USS Cod (link)
WLV 604 Columbia 1950 Lightship Astoria, OR Columbia River Maritime Museum (link)
(SP-1247) Commander 1917 Excursion Boat Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY Hudson Highlands Cruises & Tours
IX 20 Constellation 1854 Sloop Of War Baltimore, MD USS Constellation Foundation (link)
-- Constitution 1798 Frigate Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA United States Navy (link)
SS 246 Croaker 1944 Submarine Buffalo, NY Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park (link)
-- Deep Quest 1967 Research Submersible Keyport, WA USN - Naval Undersea Museum (link)
(YHB 6) Delta King 1927 Passenger Steamer Sacramento, CA Delta King Riverboat (link)
(YHB 7) Delta Queen 1927 Passenger Steamer New Orleans, LA Delta Queen Steamboat Co. (link)
(SP-1248) Dorothy 1891 Yard Tug Newport News, VA Newport News Shipbuilding (link)
SS 228 Drum 1941 Submarine Mobile, AL Battleship Memorial Park (link)
DD 946 Edson 1958 Destroyer New York, NY Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (link)
-- Explorer Early Submarine Groton, CT USN - Submarine Force Museum (link)
-- Fenian Ram 1881 Early Submarine Paterson, NJ Great Falls Historic District / Paterson Museum
WAL 537 Frying Pan 1930 Lightship New York, NY Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (link)
(APA 21) Golden Bear 1941 Training Ship Oakland, CA Artship (link)
SSG 577 Growler 1958 Guided Missile Submarine New York, NY Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (link)
-- HA-8 Japanese Midget Submarine Groton, CT USN - Submarine Force Museum (link)
-- HA-19 Japanese Midget Submarine Fredricksburg, TX Admiral Nimitz Museum (link)
AM 240 Hazard 1944 Minesweeper Omaha, NE Freedom Park / Omaha Military Historical Society (link)
(P6166) Hiddensee 1985 Soviet Corvette Fall River, MA Battleship Cove (link)
-- "Holland #1" 1878 Early Submarine Paterson, NJ Great Falls Historic District / Paterson Museum
CVS 12 Hornet 1943 Aircraft Carrier Alameda, CA USS Hornet Museum (link)
-- CSS Hunley Early Confederate Submarine Charleston, SC Friends of the Hunley (link)
WAL 526 Huron 1921 Lightship Port Huron, MI Huron Lightship Museum (link)
WPG 35 Ingham 1936 CG Cutter Mount Pleasant (Charleston), SC Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum (link)
-- Intelligent Whale 1863 Early Submarine Sea Girt, NJ USN / New Jersey National Guard Militia Museum
CVS 11 Intrepid 1943 Aircraft Carrier New York, NY Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum (link)
-- CSS Jackson 1864 Confederate Ironclad Ram Columbus, GA Port Columbus Civil War Naval Center (link)
-- Jeremiah O'Brien 1943 Liberty Ship San Francisco, CA National Liberty Ship Memorial (link)
-- John Brown 1942 Liberty Ship Baltimore, MD Project Liberty Ship (link)
DD 850 Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. 1945 Destroyer Fall River, MA Battleship Cove (link)
-- "Kaiten" Suicide Torpedo Hackensack, NJ New Jersey Naval Museum (link)
-- "Kaiten" Suicide Torpedo Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association (link)
DD 661 Kidd 1943 Destoyer Baton Rouge, LA Louisiana Naval War Museum (link)
DD 724 Laffey 1944 Destroyer Mount Pleasant (Charleston), SC Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum (link)
-- Lane Victory 1945 Victory Ship San Pedro, CA US Merchant Marine Veterans of WWII (link)
AVT 16 Lexington 1943 Aircraft Carrier Corpus Christi, TX Lexington on the Bay Museum (link)
SS 297 Ling 1945 Submarine Hackensack, NJ New Jersey Naval Museum (link)
SS 298 Lionfish 1944 Submarine Fall River, MA Battleship Cove (link)
CLG 4 Little Rock 1944 Cruiser Buffalo, NY Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park (link)
LSM 45 LSM 45 1944 Landing Craft Omaha, NE Freedom Park / Omaha Military Historical Society (link)
LST 325 1942 Tank Landing Ship Mobile, AL United States LST Association (link)
LST 393 LST 393 1943 Tank Landing Ship Muskegon, MI Great Lakes Naval & Maritime Museum (link)
LT 5 -- 1944 Army Tug Oswego, NY H. Lee White Marine Museum (link)
-- Luna 1930 Yard Tug Boston, MA Luna Preservation Society (link)
-- "Maiale" Italian Midget Submarine Groton, CT USN - Submarine Force Museum (link)
-- Major General William H. Hart 1925 Ferry Bridgeport, CT "HMS" Rose Foundation (link)
SST 2 Marlin 1953 Training Submarine Omaha, NE Freedom Park / Omaha Military Historical Society (link)
-- Marquette Army Tug Chicago, IL Great Lakes Naval & Maritime Museum
BB 59 Massachussetts 1942 Battleship Fall River, MA Battleship Cove (link)
-- Mayor Andrew Broaddus 1928 Floating Lifesaving Station Louisville, KY City of Louisville
WMEC 416 McLane 1927 CG Cutter Muskegon, MI Great Lakes Naval & Maritime Museum
-- Medea 1904 Yacht San Diego, CA Maritime Museum of San Diego (link)
BB 63 Missouri 1944 Battleship Ford Island, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI USS Missouri Memorial Association (link)
MSB 5 -- Minesweeping Boat Fort Worth, TX Pate Museum of Transporation
WAL 534 Nantucket 1936 Lightship Bridgeport, CT Captain's Cove Seaport (link)
WLV 612 Nantucket I 1950 Lightship Boston, MA Privately owned
WLV 613 Nantucket II 1952 Lightship Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA New England Historic Seaport
SSN 571 Nautilus 1954 Submarine Groton, CT USN - Submarine Force Museum (link)
-- CSS Neuse 1864 Confederate Ironclad Ram Kinston, NC CSS Neuse State Historic Site (link)
WAL 116 New Bedford 1930 Lightship New Bedford, MA (City of New Bedford?)
BB 62 New Jersey 1943 Battleship Camden, NJ Home Port Alliance (link)
-- Niagara (1992) Brig (Replica) Erie, PA Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (link)
BB 55 North Carolina 1941 Battleship Wilmington, NC USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial (link)
Cr.#6 Olympia 1895 Cruiser Philadelphia, PA Independence Seaport Museum (link)
DD 886 Orleck 1945 Destroyer Orange, TX Southeast Texas War Memorial and Heritage Foundation of Orange County (link)
WAL 539 Overfalls 1938 Lightship Lewes, DE Lewes Historical Society
SS 383 Pampanito 1943 Submarine San Francisco, CA National Maritime Museum Association (link)
(PBR Mk1) -- Riverine Patrol Boat Washington DC USN - Washington Navy Yard (link)
(PBR MkII) -- Riverine Patrol Boat Rio Vista, CA USN / American Patrol Boats Museum (link)
(PBR MkII) -- Riverine Patrol Boat Hackensack, NJ New Jersey Naval Museum (link)
PCF 1 -- 1965 Patrol Boat Washington DC USN - Washington Navy Yard (link)
-- Philadelphia 1776 Gunboat Washington, DC Smithsonian Institution (link)
-- Philadelphia Gunboat (Replica) Vergennes, VT Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (link)
WAL 524 Portsmouth 1915 Lightship Portsmouth, VA Portsmouth Lightship Museum (link)
AG 25 Potomac 1934 Presidential Yacht Oakland, CA Port of Oakland (link)
PT 309 -- 1944 Patrol Boat Kemah, TX Admiral Nimitz Museum (link)
PT 617 -- 1945 Patrol Boat Fall River, MA PT Boats Inc./Battleship Cove (link)
PT 658 -- 1945 Patrol Boat Portland, OR USN / Save The PT Boat Inc. (link)
PT 659 -- 1945 Patrol Boat Portland, OR Oregon Military Museum
PT 695 -- 1944 Patrol Boat Rio Vista, CA American Patrol Boats Museum (link)
PT 728 -- 1945 Patrol Boat Key West, FL Bill Bohmfalk / Key West Brewery (link)
PT 796 -- 1945 Patrol Boat Fall River, MA PT Boats Inc./Battleship Cove (link)
PTF 17 -- 1968 Patrol Boat Buffalo, NY Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park (link)
-- RMS Queen Mary 1936 Passenger Liner Long Beach, CA RMS Foundation (link)
AK 235 Red Oak Victory 1944 Victory Ship Richmond, CA Richmond Museum of History (link)
WLV 605 Relief 1950 Lightship San Francisco, CA US Lighthouse Society
SSR 481 Requin 1945 Submarine Pittsburgh, PA Carnegie Science Center (link)
-- "HMS" Rose (1970) Frigate (Replica) Bridgeport, CT "HMS" Rose Foundation (link)
CA 139 Salem 1949 Cruiser Quincy, MA US Naval & Shipbuilding Museum (link)
"U-427" " Scorpion " Soviet Submarine Long Beach, CA RMS Foundation (link)
-- "Seehund" German Midget Submarine Quincy, MA US Naval & Shipbuilding Museum (link)
-- "Seehund" German Midget Submarine Hackensack, NJ New Jersey Naval Museum (link)
AG 23 Sequoia 1926 Presidential Yacht Norfolk, VA Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. (link)
SS 236 Silversides 1941 Submarine Muskegon, MI Great Lakes Naval & Maritime Museum (link)
DE 766 Slater 1944 Destroyer Escort Albany, NY Destroyer Escort Historical Foundation (link)
DE 238 Stewart 1943 Destroyer Escort Galveston, TX Seawolf Park / Cavalla Historical Foundation (link)
WAL 508 Swiftsure 1904 Lightship Seattle, WA Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center (link)
WPG 37 Taney 1936 CG Cutter Baltimore, MD Baltimore Maritime Museum (link)
BB 35 Texas 1914 Battleship LaPorte (Houston), TX San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park (link)
DD 537 The Sullivans 1943 Destroyer Buffalo, NY Buffalo & Erie County Naval and Military Park (link)
SS 423 Torsk 1944 Submarine Baltimore, MD Baltimore Maritime Museum (link)
-- Trieste I 1953 Research Submersible Washington DC USN - Washington Navy Yard (link)
DSV 1 Trieste II 1964 Research Submersible Keyport, WA USN - Naval Undersea Museum (link)
DD 951 Turner Joy 1959 Destroyer Bremerton, WA Bremerton Historic Ships Association (link)
-- Turtle (1976) Early Submarine (Replica) Essex, CT Connecticut River Museum (link)
DSV 3 Turtle 1969 Research Submersible Mystic, CT Mystic Aquarium (link)
"U-484" -- 1968 Soviet Submarine Providence, RI USS Saratoga Museum Foundation (link)
U-505 -- 1941 German Submarine Chicago, IL Museum of Science & Industry (link)
(BCL-710) Wawona 1897 Schooner Seattle, WA Northwest Seaport Maritime Heritage Center (link)
WAL 529 Winter Quarter 1923 Lightship Morris Canal, NJ Liberty Landing Marina
BB 64 Wisconsin 1944 Battleship Norfolk, VA Nauticus (link)
X-1 -- 1955 Midget Submarine Groton, CT USN - Submarine Force Museum (link)
CVS 10 Yorktown 1943 Aircraft Carrier Mount Pleasant (Charleston), SC Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum (link)
-- -- 1860's Early Confederate Submarine New Orleans, LA Louisiana State Museum (link)

This listing includes all known efforts to preserve naval vessels in the United States. The format of the list is the same as the Preserved Naval Vessels List. These vessels are NOT open to the public, and in most cases are moored in naval reserve fleets. Please see the individual links for information on how you can help these preservation efforts.

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Current Preservation Efforts
Number Name Date Type Potential Place(s) Organization(s) Web
DDG 2 Charles F. Adams 1960 Destroyer Bay City, MI Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum (link)
DD 979 Conolly 1978 Destroyer TBD USS Conolly Museum and Memorial
SSN 693 Cincinatti 1978 Submarine Cincinatti, OH Submarine Cincinnati Museum Foundation (link)
CA 134 Des Moines 1949 Cruiser Chicago, IL Milwaukee, WI Minnesota American Academy of Industry Milwaukee Historic Ship Association Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (none) (link) (none)
SSN 677 Drum 1972 Submarine Vallejo, CA Mare Island Historic Park Foundation
AVT 59 Forrestal 1955 Aircraft Carrier Baltimore, MD USS Forrestal Museum (link)
WAGB 4 Glacier 1955 Icebreaker Bridgeport, CT Save the Glacier Society (link)
YTB 146 Hoga 1940 Yard Tug Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI Dania Beach, FL Friends of the Pearl Harbor Tug Hoga Tug Hoga Committee USS Hoga Assocation (none) (none) (link)
BB 61 Iowa 1943 Battleship San Francisco, CA Historic Ships Memorial at Pacific Square / USS Iowa Association (link)
FF 1052 Knox 1969 Frigate Vallejo, CA Mare Island Historic Park Foundation
CV 41 Midway 1945 Aircraft Carrier San Diego, CA San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum (link)
LPH 11 New Orleans 1968 Assault Ship Long Beach, CA Long Beach Maritime Foundation
FFG 7 Oliver Hazard Perry 1977 Frigate Great Lakes The Last Patrol Musuem and Memorial
CV 61 Ranger 1957 Aircraft Carrier Everett, WA USS Ranger Museum Foundation (link)
CV 60 Saratoga 1956 Aircraft Carrier Quonset Point, RI USS Saratoga Museum Foundation (link)
CG 31 Sterett 1967 Cruiser Eureka/Humboldt Bay, CA Military Heritage Foundation / USS Sterett Association (link)
WMEC 166 Tamaroa 1943 Tug/CG Cutter Richmond, VA Tamaroa Maritime Foundation (link)
AGC 369 Williamsburg 1930 Presidential Yacht USS Williamsburg Preservation Society
DD 541 Yarnall 1943 Destroyer Camden, AR City of Camden (link)

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21 injured after an explosion and fire on a naval ship in San Diego

At least eighteen sailors were injured after an explosion and fire on board the USS Bonhomme Richard at the US Naval Base in San Diego, US Navy officials said. CNN's Paul Vercammen has more.

Twenty-one people were injured after an explosion and fire on board a ship at the US Naval Base in San Diego, US Navy officials said.

"Seventeen Sailors and four civilians are being treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital," the US Navy said in a statement.

The sailors on the USS Bonhomme Richard had "minor injuries" from the fire and were taken to a hospital, Lt. Cmdr. Patricia Kreuzberger told CNN earlier Sunday.

The sailors are in stable condition, Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck told journalists Sunday evening.

All of the crew is off the ship and accounted for, according to a tweet from the US Pacific Fleet Naval Surface Forces Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters battled a three-alarm fire on the ship Sunday morning, SDFD's Mónica Muñoz said. Several different agencies worked to fight the blaze.

Two fires crews were still on board the ship Sunday afternoon, Federal Fire San Diego Division Chief Rob Bondurant said in a statement.

"Federal Fire is rotating their crews aboard the ship with U.S. Navy firefighting crews from the waterfront to fight the fire in order to find the seat of the fire and extinguish it," Bondurant said. "Navy Region Southwest tugs are also continuously combating the fire from the bay."

As of Sunday evening, firefighters were "at the seat of the fire, if you will," Sobeck said. The firefighters are clearing compartment spaces in order to close in on the fire, Sobeck said.

"Sailors across this waterfront are absolutely doing a magnificent job," Sobeck said, "They are saving their ship. We're seeing just incredible results."

It's unclear what started the fire. When the fire was first reported Sunday morning, it was said to be in the lower vehicle storage area, Sobeck said, a "huge, open area where you store a lot of marine equipment and everything else."

There is no ordnance on board, Sobeck said, "which was our initial concern" in ensuring safety on and around the ship.

A safety zone has been set up around the ship, he said.

It's unclear what caused the explosion, Sobeck said. Initial reports indicated a "sort of a backdraft," or over-pressurization as the compartment started heating up.

The ship had about a million gallons of fuel, but it's "well below" many of the heat sources, Sobeck said.

The ship could burn for days, "down to the water line," San Diego Fire Chief Colin Stowell told CNN's Erica Hill Sunday afternoon.

Sobeck, though, said the ship will probably be salvageable.

"We're absolutely going to make sure it sails again," he said.

"She was in a stage of repair anyway," Sobeck said. "So we're just gonna get right back at it once we get this thing contained and put out."

There was an explosion just as personnel were leaving the ship, Stowell said.

Other ships moved away from the burning vessel

The Navy has moved two nearby ships away from the scene, it said in a statement.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has been briefed on the situation, according to a defense official.

Officials called for San Diego Fire Department's assistance about 9 a.m. local time, Muñoz told CNN.

A second alarm was called at 9:09 a.m. and a third at 9:51 a.m., according to SDFD tweets.

The USS Bonhomme Richard is an amphibious assault ship, according to the US Navy.

There were 160 people on board when the fire started, according to the Naval Surface Forces. The ship, which has a crew of 1,000, was undergoing maintenance.


Service history

Babbitt served with the Pacific Fleet on maneuvers and exercises until going out of commission at San Diego 15 June 1922. Upon recommissioning 4 April 1930, Babbitt reported to the Pacific Fleet and served along the west coast until February 1931, when she proceeded to the Atlantic. Between February 1931 and May 1932, she operated with Destroyer Squadron, Scouting Force, along the eastern seaboard, in the West Indies, the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Panama Canal Zone. During May 1932 to April 1933, Babbitt served at the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, and made a cruise to Chile conducting exercises with experimental torpedoes. She was assigned to Rotating Reserve Destroyer Squadron 19 at Norfolk between 25 May and 20 October 1933, and then assumed reduced commission status until January 1935. While in this status, she operated with the Training Squadron, Scouting Force, training reserves.

For a brief period between January and May 1935, she returned to Rotating Reserve Destroyer Squadron 19. Placed in full commission 15 May 1935, Babbitt served with the Midshipmen's Coastal Cruise Detachment and then, for two years, with the Special Service Squadron in the Cuban-Puerto Rican area. In April 1939, she participated in the opening of the New York World's Fair. Subsequently she was attached to Destroyer Squadron 27 Patrol Force, on Neutrality Patrol and convoy escort duty along the Atlantic and Caribbean coastlines.

World War II

Babbitt operated as a convoy escort in the waters off Iceland, along the east and gulf coasts of the United States and in the Caribbean. Between 10 March 1943 and 21 March 1944, she also completed five trans-Atlantic escort crossings one to England and four to North Africa.

Convoys escorted

Convoy Escort Group Dates Notes
HX 152 30 Sept-9 Oct 1941 [2] from Newfoundland to Iceland prior to US declaration of war 1 ship torpedoed
ON 26 20-29 Oct 1941 [3] 33 ships escorted without loss from Iceland to Newfoundland prior to US declaration of war
ON 28 31 Oct-3 Nov 1941 [3] from Iceland to Newfoundland prior to US declaration of war 1 ship torpedoed
HX 160 17-25 Nov 1941 [2] 62 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Iceland prior to US declaration of war
ON 41 4-10 Dec 1941 [3] 37 ships escorted without loss from Iceland to Newfoundland: war declared during convoy
HX 167 29 Dec 1941-7 Jan 1942 [2] 41 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Iceland
ON 55 15-18 Jan 1942 [3] from Iceland to Newfoundland 2 ships torpedoed & sunk
HX 174 9-16 Feb 1942 [2] 27 ships escorted without loss from Newfoundland to Iceland
SC 71 5 March 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
SC 73 17 March 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
SC 75 24 March 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
ON 86 15–17 April 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 90 29 April-4 May 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
SC 81 5 May 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
ON 94 13–16 May 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 98 27–30 May 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 102 14–15 June 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 106 24–27 June 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 110 7–11 July 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
SC 91 19 July 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
ON 116 25–29 July 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 120 9-14 Aug 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
ON 125 MOEF group A3 29 Aug-7 Sept 1942 [3] 28 ships escorted without loss from Iceland to Newfoundland
SC 110 29 Nov-2 Dec 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
ON 152 11-15 Dec 1942 [3] Iceland shuttle
SC 112 16-19 Dec 1942 [4] Iceland shuttle
SC 114 [4] Iceland shuttle
SC 116 22-23 Jan 1943 [4] Iceland shuttle
ON 162 26-27 Jan 1943 [3] Iceland shuttle
SC 118 6-8 Feb 1943 [4] Iceland shuttle
ON 171 7–9 March 1943 [3] Iceland shuttle
SC 121 9–11 March 1943 [4] Iceland shuttle
Convoys HX 229/SC 122 19–21 March 1943 [4] Iceland shuttle
UC 2 9–23 April 1943 [5] 11 ships escorted without loss from Liverpool to Curacao
UGS 8A 15 May-1 June 1943 [6] 80 ships escorted without loss from Chesapeake Bay to Mediterranean Sea
UGS 25 24–27 November 1943 [6] 59 ships escorted without loss from Chesapeake Bay to Mediterranean Sea
UGS 33 3–13 February 1944 [6] 4 ships escorted without loss from Chesapeake Bay to Mediterranean Sea
GUS 32 7–23 March 1944 [7] 91 ships escorted without loss from Mediterranean Sea to Chesapeake Bay

Auxiliary service

On 2 February 1945, Babbitt reported to the Underwater Sound Laboratory, New London, Connecticut, for experimental sonar work. On 10 June 1945, her classification was changed to AG-102. She remained on experimental duty until December 1945, when she entered New York Navy Yard for pre-inactivation overhaul. Babbitt was decommissioned 25 January 1946 and sold 5 June 1946.


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After a Caribbean shakedown and a European cruise during the summer of 1919, Kilty returned to San Diego and operated there until she decommissioned 5 June 1922.

World War II Edit

Kilty recommissioned 18 December 1939, and in April 1940 sailed on Neutrality Patrol out of San Diego. During the summer, she conducted reserve training cruises and resumed her patrols early in September. The destroyer continued these operations until the United States entered World War II. Then, Kilty intensified ASW patrols, trained armed-guard crews for merchantmen, and escorted coastal convoys throughout 1942.

Reclassified APD-15 on 2 January 1943, Kilty cleared Mare Island 2 March for the South Pacific. After arriving Noumea 8 April with a Marine Raiders battalion, the transport steamed toward Guadalcanal as an ASW screen 28 April. She made similar cruises until June when she reported for patrol and escort duty in the Solomons. Kilty played a vital role in the conquest of the Solomons, landing troops of the 37th Division on New Georgia Island 30 June and 4 July. Continuing operations in the area, she made three reinforcement runs up the "Slot" during July and landed troops on Vella Lavella Island 15 August.

As Allied operations built up momentum, Kilty moved on to the Treasury Islands Campaign. She successfully landed New Zealand troops on Stirling Island 27 October and a Marine force on Bougainville 9 days later, enabling Allied Forces to bypass Rabaul. Kilty effectively aided this campaign in three more landings before sailing for Brisbane 21 November.

Returning Milne Bay in mid-December, the transport began preparing for the assault on the Bismarck Archipelago. Kilty landed units of the 7th Marine Regiment for the initial attack on Cape Gloucester, New Britain 26 December. Following two more landings there, she sent troops ashore at Saidor 2 January 1944 to take an air strip which would help the Air Force patrol and support Cape Gloucester. Kilty ' s next objective was Green Island, where she landed troops on 15 and 20 February before returning to Port Purvis on Florida Island in the Solomons.

Following an unopposed assault on Emirau Island 20 March, the transport prepared for the Hollandia campaign. Completing landings at Aitape 22 April, Kilty then participated in New Guinea landings, including Wakde 17 May and Biak 10 days later before putting into Humboldt Bay 28 May.

After a minor overhaul at Milne Bay, she landed troops on Cape Sansopor 30 July before sailing to Sydney. Returning to Humboldt Bay 30 August, Kilty landed troops on Morotai 15 September to complete her operations in New Guinea area. Kilty departed Hollandia 12 October as part of the spearhead for the giant Leyte assault that bore down on the enemy like a typhoon. In the advance assault force she landed rangers on Dinagat in the entrance to Leyte Gulf 17 October to pave the way for the main Philippine invasion. While Kilty was returning to Hollandia 23 October, the U.S. Fleet was crushing the Japanese Navy in the famous battle for Leyte Gulf.

During another cruise to Leyte in mid-November, the transport splashed two Aichi D3A "Vals" before they could crash into American LSTs. Continuing operations in the strategic Philippines, Kilty landed troops 15 December in the invasion of Mindoro, and on 11 January 1945 supported the Luzon landings. She made additional landings at Nasugbu 31 January and at Corregidor in mid-February before sailing for Ulithi 25 February for overhaul.

Battle-proven Kilty cleared Ulithi 2 April as escort to four escort carriers ferrying planes to the Okinawa beachhead. During May she made another escort cruise from Saipan to Okinawa, and on the 4th rescued survivors from Luce sunk during a kamikaze attack. With the Okinawa campaign well under way, Kilty departed Guam 17 May and arrived San Diego 18 June for overhaul. Redesignated DD-137 on 20 July 1945, Kilty was still in the yard as the war came to an end. The veteran destroyer decommissioned 2 November 1945, and was sold 26 August 1946 to the National Metal & Steel Corporation for scrapping.


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