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|62k||Alan Goodrich Kirk (born 30 October 1888 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; died October 1963 at Washington, D.C.) was an admiral in the United States Navy and an American diplomat.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1909 and served in the United States Navy during World War I and World War II. During his wartime naval service, Alan Kirk became the U.S. naval
attache in London (1939 to 1941). He was Director of the Office of Naval Intelligence from March 1941 but, obstructed and opposed by Rear Admiral Richmond Turner, he was unable to develop
the office into an effective centre along the lines of the British Royal Naval Operational Intelligence Centre (which he had seen whilst in London). Eventually, he requested a transfer to
an Atlantic destroyer squadron. Kirk served as an amphibious commander in the Mediterranean in 1942 and 1943 (the Allied invasion of Sicily and Italy). In addition, he was the senior U.S.
Naval commander during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944 embarked on the heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA 31), and as Commander U.S. Naval Forces, France during 1944 and 1945.
He retired from the Navy as a full admiral in 1946. Kirk subsequently served as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, 1946-49; Soviet Union, 1949-51; China (Taiwan), 1962-63 and as U.S. Minister to
Luxembourg, 1946-49. Admiral Alan G. Kirk took his post as the second president of Amcomlib, in February 1952. As a former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union, he oversaw the recruitment of
emigres in New York and Munich, a group that would later form the core of Radio Liberty's staff. Less than a year after taking office, Kirk was forced to resign due to poor health. Also in 1952,
he served briefly as Director of the Psychological Strategy Board, which planned for and coordinated government psychological operations. Kirk served as United States Ambassador to the Republic
of China (Taiwan) from June 1962 to January 1963 during the Kennedy administration. Admiral Kirk died in Washington, D.C. on 15 October 1963. He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
USS Kirk (DE 1087) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(US Navy photo #80-G-701764 from the U.S. Naval Historical Center)
|221k||25 September 1971: Westwego, La. - The future USS Kirk (DE 1087) is christened by her sponsor, Mrs. Alan G. Kirk, widow of Adm. Kirk.||S. Dale Hargrave|
Newport News, Va.
|50k||undated||Daniel N. Dunham|
|99k||undated (Photo ©Steven Schenk)||Steven Schenk|
|181k||undated: USS Kirk at sea in the Pacific Ocean.||Navsource|
|219k||May 1975: The South China Sea - The South Vietnamese fleet follows the USS Kirk to Subic Bay in the Philippines. Kirk's final mission at the end
of the Vietnam War was to bring the remnants of the South's navy to safety in the Philippines.
(Photo from NPR Web Site Article based on an essay by NPR Senior Foreign Editor Loren Jenkins)
|365k||14 September 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. - An aerial view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway
(CV 41) approaching Naval Facility Subic. In the floating dry dock in the foreground is the Spruance class destroyer USS David R. Ray
(DD 971). Moored side-by-side at the pier are the Knox class frigates Kirk and USS Francis Hammond
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00330 by PHCS Steven Harris from the Defense Visual Information Center)
|207k||14 September 1981: Naval Station Subic Bay - An aerial view of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) approaching Naval Facility Subic. In the floating
dry dock in the foreground is the Spruance class destroyer USS David R. Ray (DD 971). Moored side-by-side at the pier are the Knox class frigates Kirk and
USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-84-00331 by PHCS Steven Harris from the DVIC)
|252k||24 January 1983: At sea - An aerial port beam view of Kirk underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-85-05762 by PH1 Loveall from the DVIC)
|148k||23 May 1984: At sea - Port view of Kirk entering port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-09427 by PHAN Cheryl R. George from the DVIC)
|182k||23 May 1984: At sea - Port bow view of Kirk entering port at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-84-09426 by PHAN Cheryl R. George from the DVIC)
|358k||Summer 1984: the Sea of Japan - Photo of Kirk taken from the fantail of USS Lockwood (FF 1064).
(Photo by Steven Hadley)
|89k||mid '80's (exact date unknown): in Hong Kong Harbor
(Photo ©Karsten Petersen)
(Official USN photo)
|Wendell R. McLaughlin, Jr.|
|174k||28 September 1985: At sea - Aerial starboard view of Kirk underway.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00931 from the DVIC)
|172k||28 September 1985: At sea - Aerial starboard beam view of Kirk underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-86-00699 from the DVIC)
|122k||01 October 1987: At sea - Five ships of the aircraft carrier USS Midway (CV 41) battle group steam alongside one another. The ships are, from left to right:
the frigates USS Kirk (FF 1087), USS Francis Hammond (FF 1067), USS
Lockwood (FF 1064) and USS Knox
(FF 1052), and the guided missile destroyer USS Towers (DDG 9).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-92-04059 from the DVIC)
|201k||circa 1987: the Indian Ocean - USS Midway (CVA 41) escorted by Kirk (DE 1087)
and HMS Brazen (F-91) to starboard and Francis Hammond (DE 1067) with an unidentified Royal Navy ship
to port during Naval exercises in the Indian Ocean.
(U.S. Navy photo from the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Museum / Naval Aviation Museum, Photo #1996.488.116.103)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|536k||11 June 1989: off Vancouver, B.C. - Kirk inbound for a port visit to Vancouver, British Columbia.
(Both photos by Rick Garcia, from the collection of Chris Howell)
Southland Ship Stores Ltd
Port of Bluff, New Zealand
|78k||24 September 1992: At sea - A Light Helicopter Anti-submarine Squadron 33 (HSL-33) SH-2F Sea Sprite helicopter lands on the flight deck of the frigate USS
Fanning (FF 1076) during Exercise Eager Sentry 92-4. The destroyer USS
Kincaid (DD 965) and Kirk are in the background.
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-00420by JO1 Sharie Derrickson from the DVIC)
|159k||January 1992 (exact date unknown): At sea - A UH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter prepares to deliver an external load of cargo to the deck of Kirk.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01262 from the DVIC)
|117k||January 1992 (exact date unknown): At sea - An overhead view of Kirk underway.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01288 from the DVIC) (Note: As pointed out by Steve Cunningham, this photo is NOT Kirk since it has a Sea Sparrow launcher and not CIWS. Since we have no idea which ship this is, the photo was left here.)
|293k||January 1992 (exact date unknown): At sea - A UH-46 Sea Knight Helicopter lowers an external load of cargo to the deck of Kirk.|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-93-01263 from the DVIC)
|174k||20 January 1994: Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton WA - View of several ships in storage at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. The ships include
the battleship Missouri (BB 63) and the frigates
Lockwood (FF 1064), Kirk, and Knox (FF 1052).|
(U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-93-04477 by Lt. Corrine Kelley from the DVIC)
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2006: Keelung, Taiwan - ROCS Feng Yang (FF-934) at Keelung Harbor.
|Navy Times Ship
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© Mario DeMarco
|The DANFS history for USS Kirk (DE 1087) is not presently available at the Naval History and Heritage Command.|
|View the USS Kirk (DE 1087) history located on Wikipedia.|
|Kirk's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 09 Sep. 1972 - 17 Aug. 1973||Cmdr. James Paul Kvederis (prior enl. '50 / OCS)|
|2.) 17 Aug. 1973 - 29 Aug. 1974||Cmdr. Harold Ernest Burgess, Jr. (prior enl. '59 / OCS '55) (Maplewood, Mo.)|
|3.) 29 Aug. 1974 - 10 Jul. 1976||Cmdr. Paul H. Jacobs (Me. MA '58) (Steuben, Me.)|
|4.) 10 Jul. 1976 - 12 Aug. 1977||Cmdr. James H. Langen|
|5.) 12 Aug. 1977 - 07 Sep. 1979||Cmdr. Fletcher J. Barnes III|
|6.) 07 Sep. 1979 - 10 Dec. 1982||Cmdr. Richard Clinton Davis (OCS '62) (San Francisco, Cal.)|
|7.) 10 Dec. 1982 - 04 Jan. 1984||Cmdr. Edmund L. Pratt, Jr.|
|8.) 04 Jan. 1984 - 23 Jun. 1985||Cmdr. James Francis Giblin, Jr.|
|9.) 23 Jun. 1985 - 03 Aug. 1985||Cmdr. Stanton V. Mahoney, Jr.|
|10.) 03 Aug. 1985 - 05 Aug. 1987||Cmdr. Emil Richard Diamond, Jr.|
|11.) 05 Aug. 1987 - 30 Sep. 1989||Cmdr. Larry Wayne Darling (Smithville, Tex.)|
|12.) 30 Sep. 1989 - 01 Nov. 1991||Cmdr. Thomas Morken Keithly|
|13.) 01 Nov. 1991 - 06 Aug. 1993||Capt. John Bradley (Brad) Bell|
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