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USS PERKINS (DD-877 / DDR-877)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NPOV

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - LANDLORD

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. June 19 1944.
Launched December 7 1944 and commissioned April 4 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade November 1962.
Decommissioned and Stricken January 15 1973.
To Argentina January 15 1973, renamed Comodoro Py.
Fate Stricken and scrapped in 1984.

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Perkins 52kCommodore George Hamilton Perkins was born at Hopkinton, N.H., 20 October 1835. Appointed midshipman in 1851, he served the Navy to 1899. He fought with Farragut at Forts Jackson and Saint Philip, at the capture of Governor Moore and three ships of the Montgomery Flotilla, and at the surrender of New Orleans in April 1862. He also fought at Port Hudson and Whitehall’s River in July 1862, at the captures of Mary Sorley and Tennessee, the Battle of Mobile Bay, and at Forts Powell, Gaines, and Morgan in August 1864. Following peacetime naval service, he died at Boston, Mass., 28 October 1899. Photo #: NH 47485. Captain George H. Perkins, USN photographed circa 1882-1891. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Perkins 55kUndated, location unknown.-
Perkins 121kUndated, location unknown.-
Perkins 147kUndated, location unknown.Charles Whitesitt
Perkins 65kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Perkins 36kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Perkins 160kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Perkins 74kPhoto #: NH 99515. USS Perkins (DD-877) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 30 January 1947. Note the tripod mainpast and extra antennas fitted for her role as a radar picket destroyer. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Perkins 97kPhoto #: NH 99516. USS Perkins (DD-877) at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 30 January 1947. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Perkins 97kStern view of the USS Perkins (DD 877) at the South end of Mare Island on 30 January 1947.Darryl Baker
Perkins 85kBroadside view of the USS Perkins (DD 877) at the South end of Mare Island on 30 January 1947. She was in overhaul at the yard from 30 Oct 1946 to 3 Feb 1947.Darryl Baker
Perkins 98kBow on view of the USS Perkins (DD 877) at the South end of Mare Island on 30 January 1947.Darryl Baker
Perkins 159kForward plan view of USS Duncan (DDR 874), USS Perkins (DD 877) and just visible USS Henry W. Tucker at Mare Island on 7 July 1950.Darryl Baker
Perkins 171kAmidships looking aft plan view of USS Duncan (DDR 874) outboard of USS Perkins (DD 877) at Mare Island on 7 July 1950.Darryl Baker
Perkins 74kU.S. Naval Reserve recruiting poster, issued 12 November 1950 by artist Binder. Ship featured in the poster is USS Perkins (DDR-877). Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Perkins 122kPhoto #: NH 99518. USS Perkins (DDR-877) operating off the coast of Korea, 26 August 1951. Photographed by McClure, of USS Sicily (CVE-118). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Perkins 104kUSS Perkins (DDR-877) underway, circa 1953, soon after removal of her mainmast and replacement of her 40mm guns with 3"/50 twin mounts Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Perkins 167kUSS Perkins (DDR-877) refueling at sea from USS Yorktown (CVA-10), August 1953. Photographed by W.L. Pooler. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Perkins 109kUSS Perkins (DDR-877) leading other ships of Destroyer Division Eleven, Pacific Fleet, circa 1954-1955. The next ship astern is USS Orleck (DD-886). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Perkins 122kOff Okinawa circa 1960, USS Perkins (DDR-877), USS Pollux (AKS-4) and USS Oriskany (CVA-34).Doug Smith
Perkins 147kPearl Harbor Nopvember 1960.Robert Hurst
Perkins 148kPhoto #: NH 99522. USS Perkins (DD-877) underway following her FRAM II modernization, circa the mid-1960s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Perkins 101kCirca 1966, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Perkins 75kOahu 1966.Robert Hurst
Perkins 191kUSS Perkins (DD-877) pulling alongside the USS Coral Sea for fuel. It was taken in November 1966 while on WestPac Deployment.Michael O'Brien
Perkins 239kSeventh Fleet ships replenishing in the South China Sea, May 1969. Photographed by PH1 Long. Ships present are (from front to back): USS Wiltsie (DD-716), USS Tappahannock (AO-43), USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Mars (AFS-1), and USS Perkins (DD-877). Official U.S. Navy Photograph (# USN 1139357).Fabio Peña/Robert Hurst
Perkins 49kAt the South SAR area in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1970William P. Jones, M.D.
Perkins 97kPrior to her transfer to Argentina as Comodoro Py.Robert Hurst
Perkins 36kShip's Patch.Mike Smolinski
Perkins 61kShip's Patch.Douglas C. Smith
Perkins 77kShip's Patch.John Walker
Perkins 160kPhoto #: NH 68091-KN. USS Perkins (DD-877) jacket patch of a ship's insignia used during the 1960s. Courtesy of Captain G.F. Swainson, USN, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Perkins 114kShip's Patch.Ron Reeves & Wolfgang Hechler
Perkins 63kShip's Patch.Mike Smolinski
On Argentinian Service
Perkins 29kARA Comodoro Py (D-27) - Luis Py (born in Barcelona, Spain, March 22, 1819; died in Buenos Aires, Argentina, February 22, 1884) was an Argentine sailor of Spanish origin, who made much of his career in Argentina, participating in that country's civil wars, in the War with Paraguay and the defense of Patagonia for Argentina against Chilean interests.Francisco Javier Santos Vazquez
Perkins 42kUndated, ARA Py (D-27, ex-USS Perkins) underway. Argentine Navy official photo, from the ArmadaArgentina website.Robert Hurst
Perkins 146kThe First and Second Destroyer Divisions in 1979 at the Naval Base of Puerto Belgrano, near Bahia Blanca in the south part of Buenos Aires Province. Since no hull numbers can be seen it is impossible to accurately identify each ship, however, the ships present include the D 22 Rosales (ex DD 644 Stembel), D 29 Piedrabuena (ex DD 730 Collett), D 25 Seguí (ex DD 702 Hank), D 23 Domecq Garcia (ex DD630 Braine), D 24 Storni (ex DD 547 Cowell), D 27 Py (ex DD 877 Perkins) and the D 26 Bouchard (ex DD 704 Borie). Additional info thanks to Adalberto Alvarez; "In the photograph, the ships on the right belong to the 2nd Division of Destroyers. On the left, we see the 1st Division of Destroyers, and we find the Bouchard among these. (The Bouchard was assigned to the 2nd Division in 1980). The ship we see on the front of the 1st Division Destroyers is not the Bouchard, because the Bouchard didn’t have that kind of life rafts until 1982, during the war. The ship in the middle belongs to the Fletcher class. This means that the Bouchard is the one moored to dock."Horacio Héctor Virardi
Perkins 160kCirca 1979 at the Naval Base of Puerto Belgrano, near Bahia Blanca in the south part of Buenos Aires Province. Naval Cadet Fuchs in front of Mount 51.Horacio Héctor Virardi
Perkins 305kThe submarine ARA Santiago del Estero (S22, ex-USS Chivo, SS-341), alongside the destroyer ARA Almirante Domecq Garcia (D23, (ex - USS Braine), ARA Comodoro Py (D 27, ex-USS Perkins) is shown astern, circa 1982. Photo courtesy Robert L. Scheina.Robert Hurst

USS PERKINS DD-877 / DDR-877 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Martin Fleck    Apr 5 1945 - Jul 1946
CDR David Darwin Scott    Jul 1946 - Jul 1947
CDR Alfred Wiltz Gardes Jr.    Sep 1948 - Feb 1950
CDR Leon William Rogers    Feb 1950 - ?
CDR George Herbert Chapman Jr.    1951 - ?
CDR Richard Stephen Wolford    ? 1958 - ?
CDR Frank Ridley    ?
CDR Weldon Max Riggs    ?
CDR James M. McCaskill    Jul 12 1963 - May 25 1965
CDR William Alfred Teasley Jr.    May 25 1965 - Jan 5 1967
CDR Frank Parker Wells    Jan 5 1967 - ?
LCDR Richard S. Wolford    ?        
CDR Louis Henry Hamel III    1969 - Nov 18 1970
CDR Richard Wallace Reed    Nov 18 1970 - Jul 1972
CDR Eugene Joseph Erner    Jul 1972 - Nov 10 1972
LCDR Joseph Theodore Kiss    Nov 10 1972 - Jan 15 1973

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ron "Woody" Widgren
Address: 531 Corinth, St. Louis, MO 48880
Phone: None
E-mail: Ed Osborn at USSPerkinsDDR877@aol.com


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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