Allied Warships

USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850)

Destroyer of the Gearing class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantDD 850 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered14 Jun 1943 
Laid down2 Apr 1945 
Launched26 Jul 1945 
Commissioned15 Dec 1945 
End service 

Decommissioned at an unknown date.
Stricken 1 July 1973.

USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. is a World War II Gearing class destroyer. Although none of the Gearing class were built in time to see much combat, they represented the ultimate stage in World War II American destroyer design. Knowledge gained from the construction of the previous Fletcher and Allen M. Sumner classes was incorporated into the design of the Gearing destroyers, all of which remained in service after the war. Most of the Gearing destroyers were ultimately subjected to FRAM reconstruction and modernization, and many were converted into specialized antisubmarine warfare ships. USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. took part in the first United Nations counteroffensive of the Korean War. Later, she gained worldwide attention during the Cuban Blockade when she intercepted a Soviet freighter. Stricken from the Navy Register in 1973, Kennedy is now berthed at Battleship Cove with the battleship Massachusetts, PT 617, PT 796, the Russion-built missile corvette Hiddensee, and the submarine USS Lionfish. Exhibits aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. include the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyermen's Museum. USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. is a National Historic Landmark.


Commands listed for USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850)

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1T/Cdr. Harry Grimshaw Moore, USN15 Dec 1945

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Whitley, M. J.

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Friedman, Norman

United States Destroyer Operations In World War II.

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