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USS Kephart (DE 207 / APD 61)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - I - W
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 5 stars - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Third Row: - WWII Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia Clasp - Philippine Liberation Medal w/ 2 stars


Specifications:
Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Kephart (DE 207) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 May 1943: Keel laid by the Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • 06 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. A. P. Kephart, mother
  • 07 January 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr I. H. Cammarn in command
  • 05 July 1944: Reclassified APD61, converted at New York
  • 21 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2.5 years of service
  • 01 May 1967: Struck from the NVR
  • 23 July 1967: Transferred (MAP sale) to South Korea, renamed ROKS Kyong Puk (PF-85) (struck 30 April 1985, scrapped)
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    Kephart 6k undated wartime image -
    Kephart 24k undated wartime image Cal Shugart
    Kephart 242k undated wartime image Harold S. Deal, Phm 1/c, USS Liddle
    from his grandson, Jeff Deal
    Kephart 172k
    Kephart 139k

    View the USS Kephart (DE 207 / APD 61) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Kephart's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 07 Jan. 1944 - 19 Jun. 1945Lcdr. Irving Hamblin Cammarn, USNR (ret. as Radm.) (comm.)
    2.) 19 Jun. 1945 - 31 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Robert Michael Matthews, Jr., USNR
    3.) 01 Apr. 1946 - 30 Apr. 1946Lt.(jg) Roy James Banner, Jr., USNR
    4.) 30 Apr. 1946 - 01 Jun. 1946 Lt.(jg) Robert Jonathan Quist, USNR
    5.) 01 Jun. 1946 - 21 Jun. 1946Lt. Clarence Roy McKeely, USNR (Decomm)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    2009 Reunion for the Battle of Ormoc Bay Association
    10 - 14 September 2009
    Crown Plaza Hotel at Alexandria, Va.
    Contact: Irwin J. Kappes
    Address: 522 North Shore / Tinton Falls NJ 07753
    Phone: (732) 922-6438
    E-mail: Irwin Kappes
    or
    Contact: William M. Dallam (Sec'y/Treas., Ormoc Bay Assoc.)
    Address: 117 Tuscarora St. / Harrisburg PA 17104
    E-mail: William Dallam

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    a contact for the ship if one has been sent to us. We do NOT have crew lists or rosters available. Please see the Frequently Asked
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    Additional Resources
    Navsource APD Pages, USS Kephart (APD 61)
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Kephart
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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