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USS Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683)

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N - H - D - S
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row: European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Ribbon

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
Ship Name Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) Building and Operational Data:
  • 29 September 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem Steel (Fore River Yard) Shipyard, Inc., Quincy, Mass.
  • 30 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Verna Markham Kenyon, widow of Ensign Kenyon
  • 30 November 1943: Commissioned at builder's yard, Cmdr. C. M. Lyons, Jr., in command
  • 03 February 1947: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 3 years and 2 months of service
  • 01 December 1969: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 October 1970: Sold, scrapped
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    ***Creamer/Henry R. Kenyon*** 172k Henry Russell Kenyon, Jr., was born 04 February 1916 in Bronxville, N.Y., and enlisted in the Navy 05 November 1940. He was discharged in 1941 to accept an appointment as Aviation Cadet and was commissioned Ensign 04 August 1941. After undergoing advanced flight training Kenyon joined Torpedo Squadron 8 for duty in the Pacific. He flew as a member of that squadron from famous carrier Hornet in the Battle of Midway 04 June 1942. The squadron took off to attack the enemy fleet without fighter cover in the face of murderous opposition. Knowing that they had insufficient fuel to return to the carrier. Kenyon and his comrades attacked gallantly until all were shot down. Ens. Kenyon was presumed dead 05 June 1942 and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously for his heroic actions.

    USS Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) (1943-1947) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (U.S. Navy photo #NH 93595 from the Naval History and Heritage Command)

    (Note: This photo of Torpedo Squadron Eight pilots was taken in May 1942. The only pilot to survive the Battle of Midway in June of 1942 was Ens. George H. Gay, Jr.)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.
    Henry R. Kenyon 55k undated wartime image

    (U.S. Navy Photo provided by Lt. Hoppe, Kenyons' weapons officer during WWII)
    Jim Hocking
    son of WWII veteran
    William J. Hocking, TM2
    Henry R. Kenyon 62k A photo of Lcdr. C. M. Lyons and his crew aboard USS Henry R. Kenyon
    Henry R. Kenyon 129k 17 December 1945: USS Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) underway off San Diego, California.

    (U.S. Naval Historical Center photo #NH 79815, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974, from the Naval History and Heritage Command)
    Bob Hurst
    Worksop, Nottinghamshire,
    England, United Kingdom

    Henry R. Kenyon History
    View the USS Henry R. Kenyon (DE 683) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Henry R. Kenyon as submitted by the ship at war's end.

    Henry R. Kenyon's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 30 Nov. 1943 08 Jun. 1944Cmdr. Charles Malaher Lyons Jr., USN (Comm. CO) (Philadelphia, Pa.) (ret. as Radm.)
    2.) 08 Jun. 1944 04 Jan. 1945Lcdr. Arthur D. Berliss Jr., USNR (Chicago, Ill.)
    3.) 04 Jan. 1945 23 Nov. 1945Lcdr. George F. Stearns Jr., USNR
    4.) 23 Nov. 1945 .. .... 1946Lcdr. Alan Ray, USN (USNA '41) (Yonkers, N.Y.)

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