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Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 256)
Laid down 21 December 1944
Launched 13 May 1945
Commissioned 13 July 1945
Completed FRAM upgrade December 1963
Decommissioned 30 September 1976
Stricken 01 October 1976.
Fate Sunk as target off California, 15 October 1976

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Mac Kenzie 19kGeorge Kenneth MacKenzie, born 30 May 1910 in Brooklyn, N.Y., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1931. He attended the Submarine School and Deep Sea Diving School and the advanced course in the Submarine Officers' School in addition to serving in Raleigh, Bonita, and Plunger and commanding Falcon and Triton. Lt. Comdr. MacKenzie was killed in action 15 March 1943 when three Japanese destroyers sank Triton in waters just north of the Admiralty Islands. For heroism and courageous devotion to duty he received the Navy Cross. USN photo courtesy of Charles R. Hinman at Gonyo
USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836)
Mac Kenzie 45kUndated, off Point Loma, California. © Marine PhotosRobert Hurst
Mac Kenzie 56kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Mac Kenzie 114kUSS Paricutin (AE-18) and George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) during underway replenishment, date unknown. US Navy photo.Ken Dupree, YNCS, USN Ret USS Paricutin
Mac Kenzie 225kUndated, location unknown.Wolfgang Hechler
Mac Kenzie 101kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Mac Kenzie 148kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Mac Kenzie 36kLaunching May 13 1945 at Bath Iron Works.Ron Reeves
Mac Kenzie 33kUSS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) underway in 1948. U.S. Navy photo from USS Coral Sea (CVB-43) publication "The Natural" 1948, Vol. 1 No. 13.Robert Hurst
Mac Kenzie 121kCirca 1950, recovering the yacht "Imperia of Southampton" which was lost while under tow from Tripoli to Malta.Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie 62kCirca 1950, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Mac Kenzie 72kCirca 1952, in Venice harbor. From the collection of John T. Cannon.D. Cannon
Mac Kenzie 80kCirca 1952, location unknown. From the collection of John T. Cannon.D. Cannon
Mac Kenzie 163kUSS George K. MacKenzie (DD 836) from the photo lab aboard USS Dixie (AD-14) dated November 1955. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
846kGeorge K. MacKenzie (DD-836) underway, location unknown, January 1957. Photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mac Kenzie 152kUSS Currituck (AV-7), USS Rupertus (DD-851), USS Henry W. Tucker (DD-875), USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) and USS Leonard F. Mason at Okinawa circa 1961-1962.Gary Priolo
Mac Kenzie 139kAs above.Gary Priolo
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Yokosuka, October 7 1961, with the Mac Kenzie and 10 other destroyers being serviced by the USS Piedmont (AD-17)Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie Circa 1963-1967, USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) leading the USS Rupertus (DD-851) and the USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836).Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Mac Kenzie 198kCirca 1963-1967, USS Ernest G. Small (DD-838) with the USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) coming alongside.Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Mac Kenzie 199kAs above.Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Mac Kenzie 202kAs above.Ed Zajkowski/Terry Miller
Mac Kenzie 81kEarly 1964 off San Diego.-
Mac Kenzie 81kHong Kong, June 1966 Richard Leonhardt
Mac Kenzie 241kSeptember 18 1967 on Yankee station off North Vietnam, photo by PHC N. Crowe.Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie 934k USS George K. Mackenzie (DD-836) Underway in the Tonkin Gulf during operations off the coast of North Vietnam, 30 August 1968. Photographer: PH2 Dennis Gardner. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107001Robert Hurst
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USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836)underway during the WESTPAC 1971-72 tour. Photos by M. Jay Hatley.
M. Jay Hatley
Mac Kenzie 100kMidway Island 1973, (L-R) USS George K. Mac Kenzie DD 836, USS John R. Craig DD 885, USS Albert David DE 1050 and USS Theodore E. Chandler DD 717.Charles E. Walker Jr. STGCS (SW) USN ret.
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Change of Command pamphlet - October 19 1973
Wolfgang Hechler
Mac Kenzie 176kFebruary 19 1974 at San Diego, USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) with USS Higbee (DD-806) outboard. Photo by PH1 A. J. Dooley.Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie 181kNovember 18 1975 during an unrep from USS Wichita (AOR-1) in the South China Sea. Photo by PH2 J. Kristoffersen.Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie 181kDecember 1975, a crewman performs maintenance work. Photo -NPC 1166394 by JO1 Paul Long.Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie 197kDecember 1975, PO1 Ira Neal watches gauges in he engine room. Photo by JO1 Paul Long, 1166392.Ed Zajkowski
Mac Kenzie 48kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mac Kenzie 32kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mac Kenzie 42kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mac Kenzie 53kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mac Kenzie 81kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Mac Kenzie 39kShip's slim Zippo circa 1963.John A. Altfeltis
Mac Kenzie 40kShip's Zippo circa 1974.John A. Altfeltis

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alvin Weems Slayden    Jul 13 1945 - Jan 1947

CDR George Kirtley Williams    Jan 1947 - Aug 1948

CDR Raymond Paul Hunter    Aug 1948 - Sep 1949 (Later RADM)

CDR Roland Omer Lucier    Sep 1949 - Jul 1950

CDR William Franklin Laird    Jul 1950 - Jul 1951

CDR Joseph Allan Houston    Jul 1951 - Nov 1952

CDR Clifford William Bundy    Nov 1952 - Oct 1954

CDR William Abraham Morgan    Oct 1954 - Jul 1956

CDR John William Newland Jr.    Jul 1956 - Jun 1959

CDR George William Stroud    Jun 1959 - Jan 1960

CDR Ralph DiCori    Jan 1960 - Sep 1961

CDR John Kenneth Leslie    Sep 1961 - Jan 1963

LCDR Robert Russell Ricks    Jan 1963 - Oct 1963

CDR George Edwin Barton    Oct 1963 - Oct 1965

CDR William Frederick Casper    Oct 1965 - Dec 23 1966

CDR Sherwin James Sleeper    Dec 23 1966 - May 1969

CDR James Anthony Allen    May 1969 - Nov 1970

CDR Curtis Odean Anderson    Nov 1970 - Jun 21 1972

CDR Gordon McDoinald Monteath    Jun 21 1972 - Oct 19 1973

CDR David Ervin Buck    Oct 19 1973 - Jul 25 1975

CDR Thomas Alfred Edward Davis    Jul 25 1975 - Sep 30 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Stanley Baggett

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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