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USS JENKINS (DD-42)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NID

CLASS - (Repeat) PAULDING As Built.
Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 86.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. on March 24 1911.
Launched April 29 1912 and commissioned June 15 1912.
Jenkins was decommissioned at Philadelphia October 31 1919
and berthed with the reserve fleet until her sale.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1935

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Jenkins 53kThornton A. Jenkins was born at Orange Court House. Va., 11 December 1811. He entered the Navy as a midshipman 1 November 1828 and served first in the West Indies in an expedition against pirates and slavers. Examined for a commission as Lieutenant, he placed first among 82 candidates. Prior to the Mexican War, Jenkins served with the Coast Survey and with the Brazilian and Mediterranean Squadrons. During the war with Mexico, as executive officer of Germantown, he led landing parties from his ship at Tuxpan and Tabasco. Later, he commanded hospital ship Relief and the Supply Station at Salmedena Island. In the interval between the wars, he served in the receiving ship at Baltimore, returned to the Coast Survey, and was Secretary of the Lighthouse Board. His Civil War record was distinguished. Serving primarily in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron of David Farragut, he commanded Oneida. He served as chief of staff to Farragut, and was later wounded while commanding a convoy escort group. As Senior Officer Present, in command of Richmond, he received the surrender of Port Hudson 9 July 1863. He later commanded a division of the Squadron. Jenkins was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation, from 1865 to 1869, and he commanded the Asiatic Station from 1870 until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Jenkins was President of the Naval Institute from 1883 to 1885, and died 9 August 1893. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.Bill Gonyo
Jenkins 165kMoored in a European area port (possibly Queenstown, Ireland), circa 1918. She is painted in "Dazzle" type camouflage. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 52009.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Jenkins 129kPhoto #: NH 103739, USS Burrows (Destroyer # 29) and USS Jenkins (Destroyer # 42) in port, dressed with flags, circa 1919. Courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps Museum. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart

USS JENKINS DD-42 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Edwin Hayden DeLany    Jun 15 1912 - ?
LT Arthur Wesley Sears    Apr 27 1914 - ?
LT Frederick Vallette McNair Jr.    ? 1915 - ?
LT William Henry Lee    May 17 1916 - ?
LCDR James Lawrence Kauffman    ? 1917 - Jan 2 1918 (Later VADM)
LCDR Timothy Jerome Keleher    Jan 2 1918 - Jan 1919 (Later RADM)

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