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USS Kirkpatrick (DE 318)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - T - L - K
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - WWII Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 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: 8 / 201
Kirkpatrick (DE 318) Building and Operational Data:
  • 15 March 1943: Keel laid by the Consolidated Steel Corp., Orange, Tex.
  • 5 June 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Genevieve Kirkpatrick, widow of Captain Kirkpatrick
  • 23 October 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr V. E. Bakanas, USCG, in command
  • 1 May 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla.
  • 1 October 1951: Reclassified and converted DER 318
  • 23 February 1952: Recommissioned, Lcdr George S. Davis in command
  • 11 July 1952: Assigned to Newport, R.I. for radar picket operations on the Atlantic Barrier, the seaward extention of the Distant Early Warning (DEW) line across northern Canada
  • 24 June 1960: Decommissioned at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard
  • 1 August 1974: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 March 1975: Sold for scrapping
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    Kirkpatrick 7k Thomas L. Kirkpatrick was born 5 July 1887, in Cozad, Nebr., and was appointed Acting Chaplain, U.S. Navy, 19 February 1918. After serving as chaplain to stations in the United States and abroad, Chaplain Kirkpatrick was assigned to USS North Dakota on 24 June 1919. For the next 20 years he served in Utah, Pittsburgh and Saratoga in addition to duty at Samoa from 1935 to 1937. He reported to USS Arizona 13 September 1940, and was commissioned Captain 1 July 1941. Captain Kirkpatrick lost his life when Arizona was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941.

    USS Kirkpatrick (DE 318) (1943 - 1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo courtesy of Vincent J. Vlach, from The USS Arizona BB 39 Web Site thanks to Nancy Nease)
    Bill Gonyo
    Kirkpatrick 102k 6 July 1944: Underway off New York City (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-240423 from the Naval History and Heritage Command) Tracy White
    Kirkpatrick 583k 6 July 1944: off Brooklyn, N.Y. - Two views of Kirkpatrick taken in waters near the New York Navy Yard. (U.S. Navy photos #CP-DE-318 19-N-67978 and CP-DE-318 19-N-71648 from the National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, Md.; courtesy of  Chris Wright) Ed Zajkowski
    Kirkpatrick 355k
    Kirkpatrick 114k undated (Photo #BuAer 301389; photog. unknown from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter List) Mike Green
    Kirkpatrick 107k undated: off Newport, R.I. Edward R. Dube SFM3
    Kirkpatrick 91k
    Kirkpatrick 113k


    Ship's Plaque
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    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Kirkpatrick (DE 318) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion: 14 September 2015 at Charleston, S.C.

    Reunion Contact: Harmon Meeker
    Address: 19413 N. 86th Drive / Peoria AZ 85382
    Phone: 623-566-6103
    E-mail: Harmon Meeker

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