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|51k||Thomas LeRoy Kirkpatrick was born 05 July 1887, in Cozad, Nebr. Upon completion of high school he entered Colorado College where he graduated with
a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1911. Completing the divinity program at McCormick
Theological Seminary in Chicago in 1918, he was ordained on 06 February 1918, by
the Presbytery of Chicago, Presbyterian Church in the United States of America
and would very soon be ministering in the military. He was appointed Acting
Chaplain, U.S. Navy, on 19 February 1918. Chaplain Kirkpatrick
was assigned to USS North Dakota on 24 June 1919. After
serving as chaplain to stations in the United States and abroad, 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 on 01 July 1941. On Sunday morning, 07 December 1941, Capt. Kirkpatrick was the first chaplain of the United States military killed in World War II. Chaplain Kirkpatrick had been going about his Sunday duties while drinking coffee and chatting with the men in anticipation of the morning service he would lead. However, Chaplain Kirkpatrick along with hundreds of others were gone, in an instant, when a Japanese 800 kilogram bomb found its target and detonated the magazine of USS Arizona in an explosion that heaved the deck before it broke apart into shrapnel, conflagration, wreckage, and billowing smoke. Captain Kirkpatrick lost his life when Arizona was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
USS Kirkpatrick (DE 318) (1943 - 1960) was the first ship to be named in his honor.
(U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 68504 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|345k||06 July 1944: Lower New York Harbor - USS Kirkpatrick (DE 318) underway off New York City while on Atlantic convoy escort duty. She is painted with Design 3D
of the Camouflage Measure 31-32-33 series
(U.S. Navy photo #80-G-240423 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
|583k||06 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)
(Photo #BuAer 301389; photog. unknown from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter List)
Port Angeles, Wash.
|437k||06 October 1952: Narragansett Bay, R.I. - USS Kirkpatrick (DER 318) underway off Newport, Rhode Island. The large radar antennas atop her forward and after superstructures have
not yet been installed.
(U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives #80-G-659246 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
Navsource Archive Manager
DE / FF / LCS Archive
|107k||undated: off Newport, R.I.||Edward R. Dube|
|View the USS Kirkpatrick (DE 318) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.|
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