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USS Conklin (DE 439)


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 3 stars - WWII Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: John C. Butler
Type: WGT (geared-turbine drive, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1350 tons (light), 1745 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, 2 geared turbine engines, 12,000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 cal. DP guns (2x1), 4 - 40mm AA (2x2), 10 - 20mm AA, 3 - 21" TT, 1 Mk10 Hedgehog, 8 Mk6 Depth Charge Projectors, 2 Mk9 Depth Charge Stern Racks
Complement: 14 / 201
Conklin (DE 439) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 November 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newark, N.J.
  • 13 February 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. T. Conklin, mother of Private Conklin
  • 21 April 1944: Commissioned at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Cmdr. Donald C. Brown, USNR, in command
  • 05 June 1945: During a typhoon off Okinawa three crewmembers were lost or killed, Conklin logged a 78 deg. inclinometer reading
  • 17 January 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2.75 years of service
  • 01 October 1970: Struck from the NVR
  • 12 May 1972: Sold for scrapping
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    Conklin 31k undated wartime image Jerry Church
    Conklin 161k undated wartime image
    Mary Eileen McNamara
    daughter of
    Robert Louis McNamara
    RM3 USS Conklin
    Conklin 92k
    Conklin 278k 14 September 1945: Mare Island NSY, San Francisco, Cal. - Forward plan view of USS Conklin (DE 439) at Mare Island. To the right, The USS Plaice (SS 390) and USS Queenfish (SS 393) have just arrived at Mare Island. (U.S. Navy photo #DE 439 9460-45 Darryl Baker
    Conklin 227k 14 September 1945: Mare Island NSY, San Francisco, Cal. - Aft plan view of Conklin at Mare Island. She was in overhaul at the yard 9 July to 27 September 1945. (U.S. Navy photo #DE 439 4959-45) (Note the color and contrast difference in two prints of the same photo.) Darryl Baker / Pieter Bakels
    Conklin 152k 14 September 1945: Mare Island NSY, San Francisco, Cal. - Another aft plan view of Conklin at Mare Island. Pieter Bakels
    Conklin 297k 16 September 1945: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Conklin leaving the pier at the Mare Island Navy Yard. Ed Zajkowski
    Conklin 277k 16 September 1945: San Francisco Bay, Cal. - Conklin off the Mare Island Navy Yard. Eileen McNamara
    Conklin 349k
    Conklin 393k

    Conklin Memorabilia
    Launch Button
    Corbesier
    Courtesy of Tom Kermen

    View the USS Conklin (DE 439) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    Conklin's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 21 Apr. 1944 - 15 Aug. 1944Cmdr. Donald Cairns Brown
    2.) 15 Aug. 1944 - 17 Jan. 1946Lcdr. Edmund C. McGibbon

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact: Eileen McNamara
    E-mail: Eileen McNamara

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    Additional Resources

    USS Conklin Web Site
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Conklin
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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