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USS Jenks (DE 665)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - Presidential Unit Citation
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 2 stars - WWII Victory Medal

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
Jenks (DE 665) Building and Operational Data:
  • 12 May 1943: Keel laid by the Dravo Corp., Neville Island, Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • 11 September 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. M. L. Jenks, mother of Lieutenant (j.g.) Jenks
  • 19 January 1944: Commissioned at New Orleans, La., Lcdr J. F. Way in command
  • Scheduled conversion to APD 67 cancelled
  • 26 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 5 months of service
  • 01 February 1966: Struck from the NVR
  • 05 March 1968: Sold for scrapping

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    Jenks 210k 11 September 1943: Pittsburgh, Pa. - Dravo Corporation shipyard workers pose in front of Jenks prior to her launch.

    (This photo was left to Scott by his Grandfather, Ken Hobbs, who worked at the shipyard. He's fourth from the left in the front row.)
    Scott Vaughn
    Jenks 61k 11 September 1943: Pittsburgh, Pa. - Jenks attended by the crowd waiting for her launch at Dravo Corporation Denis Galterio
    Jenks 84.8k 11 September 1943: Neville Island, Pa. - Jenks (DE 665) being launched sideways at the Dravo Corp. shipyard.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN (ret.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Jenks 113k 11 September 1943: Pittsburgh, Pa. - A newspaper clipping photo of Jenks hitting the water for the first time. One of the yardworkers had lost his walkie-talkie during the launch, and Scott's Grandfather had circled it flying through the air in the photo. Scott Vaughn
    Jenks 87k 02 May 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Jenks (DE 665) had departed the Brooklyn Navy Yard on 01 May after an eight day assigned availability period. At 0939 on the morning of the 2nd she cleared the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, and at 1747 that evening she moored outboard of Garfield Thomas (DE 193) and Eisner (DE 192) alongside USS Denebola (AD 12) at Casco Bay, Maine. Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    Jenks 80k 23 May 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Jenks (DE 665) refueling astern of USS Guadalcanal (CVE 60). She had commenced fueling at 1130, and ceased at 1238 when the fueling hose parted, having taken aboard 32,750 gallons.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN (ret.)
    Mike Green
    Port Angeles, Wash.
    Jenks 96.6k July 1944: the Atlantic Ocean - Jenks (DE 665) in the Atlantic after being detached from Task Group 22.3. For most of July she had been operating out of New London, Conn. conducting ASW exercises with various U.S. submarines.

    (Source: National Archive Photo; Courtesy of Task Group 22.3 Association, Captain Jerry Mason, USN (ret.)

    Jenks History
    View the USS Jenks (DE 665) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Jenks as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Jenks' Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 19 Jan. 1944 - 07 Oct. 1944Lcdr. Julius Frederick Way, USN (Comm. CO) (USNA 27) (Lowell, Mass.)
    2.) 07 Oct. 1944 - 10 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Mason Freeman Cocroft, USNR (Providence, R.I.)
    3.) 10 Sep. 1945 - 23 Mar. 1945Lcdr. John David Lannon, USNR (New York City, N.Y.)
    4.) 23 Mar. 1945 - 10 May 1946Lcdr. Edward Hughes Winslow, USN (USNA 42) (Dallas, Tex.)
    5.) 10 May 1946 - 26 Jun. 1946Lcdr. Wilbur Thomas Holmes, USNR (Decomm. CO)

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