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USS KENNISON (DD-138 / AG-83)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEQX

CLASS - WICKES As Built.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard on February 14 1918.
Launched June 8 1918 and commissioned April 2 1919.
Decommissioned at San Diego on June 22 1922.
Recommissioning on December 18 1939.
Reclassified AG-83 October 1 1944.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on November 18 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken December 5 1945.
Fate Sold November 18 1946 to Luria Brothers, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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-William W. Kennison, born 28 February 1828 in Massachusetts, was appointed Acting Master's Mate 28 August 1861. During the Civil War he was promoted to Volunteer Lieutenant for gallant conduct in action between the CSS Merrimac and the USS Cumberland 7 March 1862. Following the war, he was honorably discharged 4 May 1866, but was reappointed Acting Master 20 August 1866. His final muster out date was 16 November 1868.Robert M. Cieri
Kennison 96kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Kennison 201kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Kennison 135kLaunching at Mare Island on June 8, 1918.Darryl Baker
Kennison 177kMare Island Navy Yard, California, View looking south along the quay wall from Material Stores, to the north of the ferry slip, in mid-1919. The destroyers fitting out at left are, from outboard to inboard: USS Hamilton (Destroyer # 141); USS Claxton (Destroyer # 140); and USS Kennison (Destroyer # 138). Collection of William H. Topley. Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1971. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 74060.Robert Hurst
Kennison 109kUSS Kennison (DD 138) with the USS Nanshaw (AG 3) aft of her in dry dock #2 at Mare Island on July 1, 1919.Darryl Baker
Kennison 109kUSS Kennison (DD 138) alongside USS Claxton (DD 140) at Mare Island on July 1, 1919.Darryl Baker
Kennison 140kUSS Kennison in the Mare Island channel departing the yard on Oct. 6, 1919.Darryl Baker
Kennison 115kPanoramic photograph of the Division's ships, taken by O.A.Tunnell in San Diego Harbour, California, probably on 14 August 1920. The ships are, from left to right: USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Claxton (DD-140); USS Ward (DD-139); USS Boggs (DD-136); and USS Hamilton (DD-141). The image is copied from the original print for Photo # NH106144. Donation of Rear Admiral Joe Stanton Thompson, USN (Retired), 2008. US Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 106144-A.Robert Hurst
Kennison 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kennison 105kUSS Kennison (DD-138) underway, circa 1921-1922, after her after 4"/50 gun was remounted atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 69347.Robert Hurst
Kennison 153kDestroyers laid up at San Diego, California. Some of the eighty reserve destroyers in San Diego harbor, part of some 260 destroyers laid up there and at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph dated 29 December 1926. Identifiable ships present include (from left to right): USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Jacob Jones (DD-130); USS Aulick (DD-258); USS Babbitt (DD-128); USS Twiggs (DD-127); and USS Badger (DD-126). Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Kennison 90kUSS Kennison (DD-138) in Mare Island Navy Shipyard circa 1943-1944. USS Kennison is painted in Measure 14.Gerd Matthes
Kennison 131kCirca 1944, location unknown.Marc Piché
As AG-83
Kennison 181kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Kennison 136kUSS Kennison (AG 83) in San Diego circa 1945.Darryl Baker

USS KENNISON DD-138 / AG-83 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Roy Philip Emrich    Apr 2 1919 - Aug 21 1920
CDR Abram Claude    Aug 21 1920 - Nov 26 1920
LT Frank Loper Lowe    Nov 26 1920 - Jan 5 1921
LCDR Harold Dodd    Jan 5 1921 - Jun 22 1922
(Decommissioned Jun 22 1922  - Dec 18 1939)
LT William Giers Michelet    Dec 18 1939 - Mar 20 1941
LT Bennett Smith Copping    Mar 20 1941 - Nov 14 1942 
LCDR Joseph Ronald Hamley    Feb 14 1942 - Feb 26 1943                            
LCDR James Buchanan Weller    Feb 26 1943 - Aug 31 1943
LCDR Richard Edward Babb    Aug 31 1943 - Sep 21 1944
LCDR Richard Francis Young    Sep 21 1944 - Nov 18 1945

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