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Ship's Commemorative Patch
Courtesy of Nick Tiberio

USS Kendall C. Campbell (DE 443)

Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - K - O - F
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/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal
Third Row: Navy Occupation Service Medal w/ Asia Clasp - Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal

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
Kendall C. Campbell (DE 443) Building and Operational Data:
  • 06 December 1943: Keel laid at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Port Newark, N.J.
  • 19 March 1944: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Carl B. Campbell, Ensign Campbell's mother
  • 31 July 1944: Commissioned at the New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn; Lcdr R. W. Johnson in command
  • 22 November 1945: Arrived in San Pedro, Cal., reported to Commander, 19th Fleet for pre-inactivation overhaul and decommissioning
  • 31 May 1946: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 1 years and 10 months of service
  • 15 January 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 15 January 1973: Sold for scrapping
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    Size Image Description Contributed
    By And/Or Copyright
    Kendall C. Campbell 41k Undated Wartime Image (© Carmen N. Trimarchi) Carmen N. Trimarchi
    RM1/c, DE 443
    Kendall C. Campbell 537k Undated Wartime Image Pieter Bakels
    Wehl, The Netherlands
    R.W. Suesens 311k 1973: Vallejo, Cal. - 4 DE's (left to right: ex-Gentry DE 349, ex-Kendall C. Campbell DE 443, ex-Hanna DE 449, ex-Richard W. Seusens DE 342), all heading to the scrap yard. Photo from the DOD sealed bid offering dated 14 November 1973. Ed Zajkowski
    Tim Rizzuto

    K.C. Campbell
    Launch Button
    K.C. Campbell
    Courtesy of
    Tom Kermen
    Ship's Emblem
    K.C. Campbell
    Courtesy of
    Len Nowak

    Kendall C. Campbell History
    View the USS Kendall C. Campbell (DE 443) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Kendall C. Campbell as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Kendall C. Campbell's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 Jul. 1944 - 21 June 1945Lcdr. Raymond Wilber Johnson, USNR (Brooklyn, N.Y.) (Comm. CO)
    2.) 21 June 1945 - .. .... 1946Lcdr. Henry R. Elmer, USNR (Longmeadow, Mass.)
    3.) .. .... 1945 - 31 May 1946Lcdr. Richard E. Warner (Oakland, Cal.) (Decomm. CO)

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Contact Name: Len Nowak
    E-mail: Len Nowak

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    Additional Resources

    Marilyn Barton's K.C. Campbell Web Site
    Tin Can Sailors
    The U.S. Navy Memorial
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer Escort Historical Museum
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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