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USS KALK (DD-611)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBOJ

CLASS - BENSON As Built.
Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco.June 30 1941.
Launched July 18 1942 and commissioned October 17 1942.
Decommissioned May 3 1946.
Stricken June 1 1968.
Fate Sunk as target by VA66 flying from CVS-11 60 miles east of St Augustine, FL, March 20 1969.
30 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Kalk 62kStanton Frederick Kalk was born in Alabama on 14 October 1894. He received his higher education at the U.S. Naval Academy, from which he graduated in 1916. Service in the battleship Florida followed. In September 1917 he was assigned to the destroyer Jacob Jones, which was then performing convoy escort duties as part of the Anglo-American effort to control the serious threat of German U-boats. On 6 December 1917, Kalk was officer-of-the-deck when his ship was torpedoed by the submarine U-53. After Jacob Jones sank, he exhibited "extraordinary heroism" while helping move survivors among life rafts in an effort to equalize their loads. As a result of his exertions in the chilly water of the North Atlantic, Lt(JG) Kalk died from exhaustion and exposure. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Photo #: NH 48684. Midshipman Stanton F. Kalk, USN (1894-1917) photographed circa 1916, the year he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy. USS Kalk (Destroyer # 170) was named in his honor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Kalk 58kArtist's conception of the Kalk as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Kalk 51kArtist's conception of the Kalk as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Kalk 82kArtist's conception of the Kalk as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Kalk 109kUSS Kalk (DD-611) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 December 1942. Note the small tug assisting her, and the barge YOS-1 beyond the tug's stack. The city of Vallejo is in the background. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Kalk 109kUSS Kalk (DD-611) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 27 December 1942. Note large smokestack on the shore, at left, and the many seagulls flying near the ship. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Kalk 114kNavy Photo 8192-12-42, broadside view of USS Kalk (DD 611) off Mare Island on 27 Dec. 1942. She was under going repairs at the yard between 14 to 27 Dec 1942.Darryl Baker
Kalk 158kUSS Kalk (DD 611) off Mare Island on December 27, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Musuem.Darryl Baker
Kalk 65kNavy Photo 1883-3-43, forward plan view of USS Kalk (DD 611) at Mare Island on 20 March 43. She was under going repairs at the yard from 3 March to 25 March 1943.Darryl Baker
Kalk 115kNavy Photo 1884-3-43, aft plan view of USS Kalk (DD 611) at Mare Island on 20 March 43.Darryl Baker
Kalk 114kNARA 80G284958, 28 May 1944 off Biak, New Guinea.John Chiquoine/Tommy Trampp
Kalk 28kThis photo and the next 22 show the aftermath of a bomb blast aboard the Kalk on June 12 1944. This photo displays looking aft Starboard side #2 stack, & #7-20mm mount.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 36kMore damage in the area of the Starboard side #2 stack, & #7-20mm mount.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 27kMore damage in the area of the Starboard side #2 stack, & #7-20mm mount.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 29kMore damage in the area of the Starboard side #2 stack, & #7-20mm mount.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 27kForward Engine Room damage.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 39kTorpedo Rack on Starboard lifeboat.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 38kTorpedo Rack area.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 39kTorpedo Rack above Machine Shop, & #1, or Forward, engine room.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 33kLooking forward Starboard side - Machine Shop & Electrical Shop.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 30kCIC Deck area.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 31kStarboard #7- 20 mm mount area.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 46k#2 stack in foreground, #1 stack in rear. Port side looking forward.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 25k#2 stack in foreground, #1 stack in rear. Port side looking forward.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 33kRemoving the wounded.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 35kRemoving the wounded onto PT Boat.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 37kRemoving the wounded onto PT Boat.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 27kLt. Leonard Hanks 2nd from left. Lt. John Barrett 2nd from right. Lt. Gantar, XO, presenting awards.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 42kPreparing for burial at sea.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 19kBurial at sea service.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 36kThis is the burial at sea of James Leon Johnson, Chief Machinist, 13 June 1944. This was held the day after and late in the afternoon from when the KALK was hit. The ship is being towed by USS Stockton at that moment. Capt. H.D. Fuller at the front.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 31kAs above.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 38kAs above.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 23kCommemorative plaque installed at Bethlehem Shipyard honoring the Kalk dead from June 12, 1944.Gary L. Edmisten
Kalk 87kUSS Welles (DD-628), USS Gillespie (DD-609), USS Hobby (DD-610) and USS Kalk (DD-611) in Norfolk for New Year's 1944.John Chiquoine
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USS KALK DD-611 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Tod Singleton Jr.    Oct 17 1942 - Aug 26 1943
CDR Harold Douglas Fuller    Aug 26 1943 - Nov 11 1944
LCDR Charles Anthony Marinke    Nov 11 1944 - May 3 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gary Edmisten
Address: 14133 Creekside Dr., Matthews, NC 28105
Phone: (704)849-7975
E-mail: madarteest@carolina.rr.com
Next reunion: Tucson, Arizona, October 22 - 26, 2014

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


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