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USS Charles J. Kimmel (DE 584)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

Class: Rudderow
Type: TEV (turbo-electric drive, long hull, 5" guns)
Displacement: 1,450 tons (light), 1,810 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 13' 9" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 CE boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 5,050 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 2 - 5"/38 Mk30, 4 - 40mm Mk1 AA (2x2), 10 x 20mm/70 Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (230 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors (40), 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks (60)
Complement: 12 / 192
Charles J. Kimmel (DE 584) Building and Operational Data:
  • 01 December 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard, Hingham, Mass.
  • 15 January 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. C. J. Kimmel
  • 20 April 1944: Commissioned, Lcdr F. G. Storey, Jr., USNR, in command
  • 15 January 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 2 years and 9 months of service having steamed 89,240 miles
  • 29 January 1947: Inactivation completed at San Diego, Cal., assigned to Submarine Group Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • 30 June 1968: Struck from the NVR
  • 13 November 1969: Sunk as target off California
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    Charles J. Kimmel

    64k Charles Jack Kimmel was born in Rushsylvania, Ohio, on 02 July 1918. He graduated from Ohio State University prior to his enlistment in the Marine Corps on 29 October 1941. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant 31 January 1942 upon completion of Reserve Officer’s training at U.S. Marine Barracks, Quantico, Virginia. His division embarked aboard the USS Wakefield at 1st Base Depot, Norfolk, Virginia and sailed on 20 May bound for the Pacific Theater. The USS Wakefield arrived at Wellington, New Zealand 14 June 1942 and his unit disembarked on the 19th. On 02 July 1942 "I" Company embarked aboard the USS Fuller sailing on 22 July to Suva, Fiji. He landed on Guadalcanal with Company "I", 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, First Marine Division on 07 August 1942. He was killed in action near the bloody Matanikau River on Guadalcanal 02 November 1942 while leading his platoon in a bayonet charge. His superb courage in this hand-to-hand combat won recognition with 2nd Lt. Charles J. Kimmel being the awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. His other awards include the Purple Heart; Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon Bar with one bronze star; American Defense Service Medal; Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and World War II Victory Medal. He was appointed to the temporary grade of First Lieutenant by an Act of Congress on 31 October 1942.

    USS Charles J. Kimmel (DE 584) (1944-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

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    Charles J. Kimmel
    161k undated wartime imag

    (Photo from crewmember Robert Bartlett, Roy's Father-in-Law)
    Roy Smith
    267k circa 1960: San Diego, Cal. - U .S. Navy Reserve Fleet ships berthed at Naval Base San Diego, California. Ships include (l-r): USS Charles J. Kimmel (DE 584), USS Richey (DE 385), USS Bivin (DE 536), USS Gillette (DE 681) and USS Bull (APD 78)

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 72678 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Charles J. Kimmel History
    View the USS Charles J. Kimmel (DE 584) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Charles J. Kimmel as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Charles J. Kimmel's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 20 Apr. 1944 - 18 Dec. 1945Lcdr. Frederick G. Storey Jr., USNR (Comm. CO) (Atlanta, Ga.)
    2.) 18 Dec. 1945 - .. Mar. 1946Lcdr. Walter Gadsby Jr., USNR
    3.) .. Mar. 1946 - .. May 1946Lt. Edward S. Marvich, USNR
    4.) .. May 1946 - 15 Jan. 1947 Lcdr. William John Rogers Jr., USN (Decomm. CO) (USNA '41)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: James Guerry
    Address: 514 Sunset Drive
    City/State: Charleston SC 29407-7745
    Phone:(843) 556-7224
    E-mail: James Guerry

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