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USS KENNEDY (DD-306)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAZM

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco September 25 1918.
Launched February 15 1919 and commissioned August 28 1920.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken November 18 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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Kennedy 49kJohn Pendleton Kennedy, born in Baltimore 25 October 1795, graduated from Baltimore College in 1812 and fought in the Battles of Bladensburg and North Point in the War of 1812. Although admitted to the bar in 1816. he was much more interested in literature and politics than law. He published "Swallow Barn" in 1832 and "Horseshoe Robinson" in 1835 to win a permanent place of respect in the history of American fiction. He was an active Whig winning a seat in the Maryland House of Delegates in 1820. In 1838 he succeeded Isaac McKim in the House of Representatives but was defeated in his bid for reelection in November of that year. He was re-elected to Congress in 1840 and 1842; but, because of his strong opposition to the annexation of Texas, he was defeated in 1844. His influence in Congress was largely responsible for the appropriation of $30,000 to test Samuel Morse's telegraph. President Fillmore appointed Kennedy Secretary of the Navy in July 1852. While he held the office, four important naval expeditions were organized including that which sent Commodore Matthew C. Perry to Japan. Kennedy retired from public life in March 1853 when President Fillmore left office, but he retained an active interest in politics and forcefully supported the Union. At the end of the Civil War he advocated amnesty for the South. He died at Newport, R.I., 18 August 1870. Photo from the Maryland Historical Society Library.Bill Gonyo
Kennedy 166kThe US Pacific Fleet in Hawaiian waters in the early 1920s. Identifiable destroyers are from left to right are USS Farquhar (DD 304), USS Reno (DD 303), USS Kennedy (DD 306) and USS Hull (DD 330).Darryl Baker
Kennedy 95kUSS Kennedy (DD-306) and the light cruiser USS Birmingham (CL-2) is at left, anchored off San Diego, california, circa 1920-1921 (USN Photo No 69345).Robert Hurst
Kennedy 99kUSS Kennedy (DD-306) underway off San Diego, California, during the early 1920s. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Kennedy 87kPhoto #: NH 69344: USS Kennedy (DD-306) anchored off San Diego, California, circa 1920-1921. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Kennedy 79kPhoto #: NH 52042: USS Kennedy (DD-306) laying a smoke screen, during battle practice off the U.S. West Coast, circa 1921. Note that her after torpedo tubes are trained abeam, as are some of her guns. Photographed by O.W. Waterman. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Kennedy 84kDestroyer Division THIRTY-THREE moored together off San Diego, California, on 16 April 1921. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. These ships are (from left to right): USS Stoddert (DD-302); USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Thompson (DD-305) and USS Farquhar (DD-304) Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kennedy 108k"Old Hen and Chickens" USS Kanawha (AO-1) with thirteen destroyers alongside, off San Diego, California, during the early 1920s. Photographed by Bunnell, 414 E Street, San Diego. Ships present are (from left to right): USS Meade (DD-274); USS Evans (DD-78); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Woolsey (DD-77); USS Wickes (DD-75); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Kanawha; USS Farquhar (DD-304); USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Stoddert (DD-302) and USS Philip (DD-76) Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kennedy 126kPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington Destroyers and other ships at the Navy Yard, 11 January 1922. Identifiable ships include (from front to rear): USS McLanahan (DD-264); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS New York (BB-34) and USS Texas (BB-35. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Kennedy 79kOtago, New Zealand August 1925.Marc Piché
Kennedy 90kUSS Kennedy (DD-306) underway in a harbor, circa 1923-1930. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

USS KENNEDY DD-306 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Jefferson Parrish    Aug 16 1920 - Aug 1921 (Later COMO)
LCDR Lynde Dupuy McCormick    Aug 1921 - Oct 1921 (Later ADM)
LCDR Robert Ellis Bell    Jan 20 1922 - ?
LCDR Thalbert Nelson Alford    Aug 18 1924 - ?
LCDR Percey Wilfred Northcroft    ? 1927 - ?
LCDR Whitley Perkins    Jun 24 1929 - May 1 1930

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