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1 Thu December 12 2013 - 20:22:18
Name: Sid Peterson
Email: Spea@bak.rr.com
Where are you from?: Originally, Arkansas -- Currently, California
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My Brother, Ross E. Peterson, served on the Kearney when it was torpedoed. Later he was killed by a kamikaze attack off Okinawa. I was only 6 years old when the Kearney was torpedoed so I do not know much about it.


2 Tue March 26 2013 - 22:31:15
Name: Michael Robertson
Email: mlrpa@sbcglobal.net
Where are you from?: Palo Alto, CA
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My Grandfather was Frank Wheeler, the last Skipper of the Kearny. Thank you for keeping the memories of these great men, the ship, and their history alive.

My 7 year old son asked me, "Daddy do you know any ship names that got torpedoed by a U-boat. Well, yes I do - one, if not the very first US Navy ships. And it didn't sink!! Later during WWII, your Great Grandfather was the Captain of that ship."


3 Wed March 20 2013 - 20:54:31
Name: Kristina Hopkins
Email: kitten8777@gmail.com
Where are you from?: Huntsville, Alabama
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My great grandfather Leonard Jones served on this ship. He served in the army and the navy. I would love more info if anyone has a picture of anything.


4 Fri January 11 2013 - 13:20:20
Name: margie hunnell
Email: margie_stewart@hotmail.com
Where are you from?: lake ridge, va
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My dad, Herbert Adler, served aboard this ship during WW II.


5 Wed December 05 2012 - 18:24:15
Name: James Kenney
Email: kenneygen@yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Marietta, Ohio
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: Found a hand written poem, memorial to shipmates, by Raymond E Hibbet, Coxswain, USS Kearny and a crew picture among yard sale items. Available to interested persons.


6 Sun September 16 2012 - 13:30:35
Name: Ancil Newport
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Where are you from?: Scott County, Tennessee
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My grandfather Ancil Newport served on the USS Kearney. The captain said he was like a fly on poop because he was always around him.


7 Mon August 06 2012 - 10:53:45
Name: Jason Oskin
Email: jasokin1@comcast.net
Where are you from?: New Kensington, Pa
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: I am the grandson of Casper Sakala who served on the Kearny through WWII.


8 Fri April 06 2012 - 20:42:39
Name: Michael Pettersen
Email: pettersen_michael@shure.com
Where are you from?: Rockford Illinois
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Reference: Another Navy Site
Comments: My father, Frank J. Pettersen (1926-1997), served on the Kearny from August 1944 until decommissioning in 1946. He was a machinist mate and worked in the engine rooms. He also was the was the bugler for the ship. I have a photo album of his two year Navy career. Stories he told about the Kearny included rough passages on the Atlantic, passing through the Panama Canal; Oran Algeria, southern France, Hawaii, Phillipines; getting tatooed; carrying mail and movies for the troops; a captain admired for keeping the ship and the crew safe, while still performing its naval duties. And all this before my dad was 20 years old.


9 Thu March 15 2012 - 13:53:41
Name: Timothy DuBois
Email: tdubois1@nycap.rr.com
Where are you from?: Ballston Spa, NY
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: I am looking for infomation on my uncle whom I just found out served proudly on the US Kearney.
His name is Robert DuBois, (Bud)


10 Tue March 13 2012 - 14:37:45
Name: Michael Reichman
Email:
Where are you from?: Monticello, FL
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My father Dennis Reichman served on the Kearny from 1943 until no later than November, 1945. He had to have been discharged by then, as I was born in July, 1946.

He kept a journal, but his handwriting was so atrocious that it will take forever to interpret it all. I regret that it was not more legible.

My mother kept every letter he sent her, but 40 years later after his death destroyed all of them. However, after her death in 2006, we found two photographs of the Kearny which are on my office wall along with a first day cover commerating it's commissioning. Oddly, the Post Office spelled it's name "Kearney."


11 Sat March 10 2012 - 18:16:09
Name: Linda
Email: anagnoslla@aol.com
Where are you from?: Dover, New Hampshire
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My father, Robert H. Anagnos, was listed as being on this ship during WWII. I found this information searching Ancestry.com. I don't have anymore information to offer.


12 Tue February 21 2012 - 20:02:40
Name: Sarah max
Email: Seabeemax@yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Virginia beach
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: Was in the navy and my daughters name is Kearny! So interesting to read!


13 Mon December 26 2011 - 23:07:28
Name: Janet Bentley
Email: jbcar54@att.net
Where are you from?: Magnolia, Texas
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My dad, Wilbur D. Bentley, who was on the USS Kearny on October 17, 1941 (which was also his 19th birthday), when it was torpedoed passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2011.


14 Mon December 26 2011 - 09:28:40
Name: Don Davis
Email: joannedon2@gmail.com
Where are you from?: Santa Fe
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My Dad Eugene L.Davis served on the Kearny as an electrician's mate 1945-46. Still remembering days on board and many stories at 93 yrs old. Was defining experience for a young man coming out of the depression
with not many prospects. I was born in 1943 and had never seen him until 1946 when he was discharged.
I made a scratch built model of the Kearnyandfor him. Will gladly share picturesof model on request.


15 Sat November 12 2011 - 19:43:13
Name: Nancy
Email: nancha53@msn.com
Where are you from?: New Hampshire
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My Uncle William "Bill" H. McKenna served on the USS Kearny in 1942. He was later transfered to the USS Livermore, where he served for the remainder of the war. He was very proud of his service and the men he served with. Thank you all for your service, thank you just doesn't seem enough for all you who served went though.


16 Wed October 26 2011 - 20:39:55
Name: PATRICIA A. KELLEY
Email: pat110@tx.rr.com
Where are you from?: Dallas, TX
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My Uncle was blasted from his battle station by the German U Boat's torpedo. He was my Mother's Brother. We learned of the attack from the radio, which was usually on. My brother and I were watching as Mother and Daddy were getting ready to go out when we heard Walter Winchell announce: "Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea, the USS Kearny was torpedoed,..... missing in action are: Floyd Andrew Camp".....Mother fainted or fell to the floor. We kids did not understand whathappened.


17 Sat October 15 2011 - 14:21:31
Name: Roger Pastorcich
Email: pastorcich@aol.com
Where are you from?: LA Lower Alabama
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: Never ben in the Navy.32 years Alabama National
Guard. Trying to get History on all ships put on
Index CARDS. One ship per Index card. Stack is a
little over 5" and 3/4 Have have done. many more
to go.

Roger Pastorcich Mobile county, Alabama 36578


18 Tue August 09 2011 - 15:57:11
Name: Betty Holmwood
Email: bettyhedge@yahoo.com
Where are you from?: Erie, Pa.
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Homepage URL: Samuel R. Kurtz
Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My uncle Samuel R. Kurtz lost both of his legs when the U.S.S. Kearny was torpedo on October 17, 1941. This never slowed him down one bit, he was a great man. To this day his family misses him greatly.


19 Mon June 27 2011 - 07:02:26
Name: James Borchardt
Email: jpborchardt@ca.rr.com
Where are you from?: San Pedro, CA
Homepage Name: James Borchardt
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: Hello, My father was a member of the initial crew. You have him listed as Buchardt, W but the correct spelling of the last name is Borchardt. Buck as he was called retired after 26 years and went on to retire a second time from Todd Shipyard in San Pedro .


20 Sun February 13 2011 - 20:54:07
Name: Jack Stout
Email: stoutjc@aol.com
Where are you from?: Balt, MD - Currently Memphis, TN
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Reference: NetSearch
Comments: My father, John (Jack) Wolfe Stout Jr, was an Ensign aboard the USS Kearney when it was attacked in 1941. In the photo "Officers, USS Kearney 1941" he is standing 4th from left between Ensigns Perley and Munson. He X-ferred to the USS Brown (DD-546) and remained with that vessel in support of South Pacific operations throughout the war. He was a Captain in the reserves following active duty and prepped students for the Naval Academy. He still had the cat/ball matches when he passed away in June 1989.


21 Wed January 26 2011 - 00:18:15
Name: Bud Blodgett
Email: debbiedianeb@gmail.com
Where are you from?: Phoenix,AZ
Homepage Name: n/a
Homepage URL: n/a
Reference: NetSearch
Comments: Information on crew members.


22 Mon January 24 2011 - 20:08:32
Name: Edmund Jaworski Jr
Email: edjaworski@comcast.net
Where are you from?: Hatfield
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My father served on the Kearny. I just wanted to provide my email address in case any of his shipmates wanted to contact him


23 Mon January 24 2011 - 18:18:55
Name: Edmund Jaworski Sr
Email:
Where are you from?: Hatfield Ma
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: I served on the Kearny from January 22 1942 until May 1945 I served as Boatsain Mate 2nd Class I was a gun captain on gun 2. Lundsford was the hotshell man
Was at North African invasion also Casablanca we fired 29 rounds on the beach at Casablanca. Then we went to sea with no fuel then we had a fuel ship and broke eight hoses because the sea was so rough. Oil went all over the compartments. Messier from Northfield was a gun captian on gun five. I visit him once in a while. I am 89 years old and still kicking. I attended about ten Kearny ship reunions. We watched the Massachusetts fire a big shell which hit the Jean Bart the battle ship and it sunk in the harbor. I saw four different captians serve on the Kearny. Also went to angio and france with the Kearny. We fired 139 rounds with out stopping in Southern France. At Angio we stayed for two weeks off and on firing at Angio beachhead We would fire then go back to sea for those two weeks. We fired and the ship would feel like it was going to roll over.We saw Mt Vasuvious volcano erupt in Naples Italy not sure on spelling of Volcano.



24 Wed November 10 2010 - 02:10:45
Name: Melissa Sullivan
Email: votainastrum@gmail.com
Where are you from?: Alabama
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Reference: Another Destroyer Site
Comments: My grandfather, Buford Perry served proudly on the Kearny. He told great stories about his friends and experiences. Any pictures or stories would be greatly appreciated!


25 Mon October 04 2010 - 22:58:19
Name: Mark Pearrow
Email: gpearrow@cablelynx.com
Where are you from?: Bald Knob Arkansas
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Reference: Just Surfed On In!
Comments: My father Wesley Charles Pearrow was a machinists mate in fall of 1940 he boarded the USS Kearny at San Diego headed for Pearl Harbor to be assigned to work on submarines. They kept him on board the Kearney instead of letting him and Art off at Pearl they stayed on the Kearney. When it was torpedoed my father and Art they were blown overboard. They suffered several injuries each. They were transported to San Diego naval hospital where they stayed for several months before they were discharged. My father was denied his disability until 1981 when they gave him 10 percent service connected disability. They never gave him his Purple Heart. Their reason for not doing this and his disability was that it was not wartime when he was injured. Him and Art his friend were among the first injuries of WWII. I have a crew photo taken at San Diego before they left going to Pearl. My Father passed in 1984 and he was proud of his service on the Kearney. Thank You Mark Pearrow

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