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USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850) Crew List

The table below contains the names of sailors who served aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850). Please keep in mind that this list does only include records of people who submitted their information for publication on this website. If you also served aboard and you remember one of the people below you can click on the name to send an email to the respective sailor. Would you like to have such a crew list on your website?

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There are 55 crew members registered for the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD 850).

Select the period (starting by the reporting year): precomm – 1967 | 1968 – now

NameRank/RatePeriodDivisionRemarks/Photo
Whitten, Harry B.FIREMAN 1ST CLASS1943 – 1943EngineeringThis was my father. He was on the commissioning detail and made the shakedown cruise w/ a stop in Havana. He was discharged early because of a serious family emergency.
Oberlin, Glennsonarman 2nd classDec 15, 1945 – Sep 1949CICThis was my father as he was a part of the commissioning crew
Swartz, DonaldFIREMAN1949 – 1950 This was my Dad. He often talked about the great times and friends he had while serving aboard the ship. He made his last visit to the ship in 2004.
Hemming, James STORPEDO MAN TM3Aug 1950 – Jun 1954
Dorman, DannySEAMANJun 14, 1952 – Sep 15, 1953
Yeary, James (Jim)SO 2Jan 1955 – Jul 19561 (Fire Control, Torpedoman, Sonarman)A grear year for me. A cruise to Norway, Germany, Med, and chasing Russian subs off Lebanon, and a stop in Beirut. A scarry tirp from France to Lebanon with 60 ft. waves and many 35 degree rolls. The whole voyage was a rough water trip.
Ashcraft, WycheET 2Jun 1955 – Jul 31, 1958OperationsBetween 6/55 and 7/58 we steamed the Atlantic, Med, Suez canal, and Red Sea into ports from the northern Europe to Pakistan. Great duty!
Leahy, Richard LeahyS/MSep 1955 – Jul 19562nd Hello from pa . I will remember the JPK always and the friens i made while on her. I remember when jack kelly and i almost missed the kennedy in melvill ri we had to jump from the pier to the quarter deck Phew! it was close but we made it .
Beinstein, WillardRM3Oct 1955 – Oct 1957CommunicationsThe DD850 was home to me for two great years. It was a time in life when I learned to grow up. It's good to know that the JPK still exists.
Peters, Jr., TracyRD3Oct 17, 1955 – Jan 17, 1957Radar
Alderson, LeroySNAug 1956 – Mar 19601st
Brown, Ronald (Ron)BT3Dec 15, 1958 – May 15, 1959BI came onboard in Dec. 58 and left just before the Great Lakes cruise 1959. I got out of the Navy and went back in later and stayed for 20 years total. Retired as a CWO-2 Machinist July 1975.
Miller, William (Bill)E-4 Radioman1959 – 1961Not sureThis is my father who served on board the Kennedy, the dates of service may be a little off, he has since passed. I just wanted to get his name on here. If anyone here remembers him, Please feel free to contact me.
Powers, JRM3Jan 1959 – Oct 1959CommunicationJoined ship in Newport from NAS Argentia, NFLD. Promoted to E4 on board. Operation Inland Seas to Great Lakes July 59. Ship driven on breakwater at Michigan City, IN. Towed to Milwaukee to replace screws.Cmdr Volante.
Roberts, TomRM3 (PASSED E-5 PRIOR TO DEPARTING THE KENNEDY)May 25, 1959 – Sep 22, 1961RadioI made the St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise, one Med. Cruise, several to the Carribean and put the ship into the NY Shipyards for Fram. Served under CDR Volonte and LCDR Jack Guentz. Great experience....
Faraone, Dominickqm3Jun 1959 – 1961COMMUNICATIONserved on board under the command of capt joseph e volonte .great ship great crew
Hilton, DavidSN1960 – 1962DeckI was in the first division deck force
McCloskey, JimSK3Mar 1960 – Mar 1961SupplyWas on 1960 Med Cruise. Got to Olympics in Rome for summer games. Many good memories.
Renshaw, WinfieldGMGSNSep 1960 – Oct 19632 nd was on board for the Cuban crisis MT 51 pointer, primed the guns about 4 AM, secured MT., took our second position on the O3 Level with the 2 BAR's and also when Mr. & Mrs. Kennedy were aboard for the American Cup rac
Charles Carpenter Bm3, ChuckBM3Aug 1961 – Jul 1963deckI clearly remember the stopping of that freighter during the cuban missile crisis. We were at general quarters from 5:00 AM til the whale boat returned to the Kennedy. We then proceeded to the panama canal
Horohoe, JackSNDec 4, 1961 – Dec 5, 1963DASH
Cox, Billy (Bj)MM2Dec 20, 1961 – Jul 25, 1965M
Buckner, IvanHM 31962 –
Tribby, James F.MM21962 – 1964EngineeringIn Sep. of 1962, President and Mrs. Kennedy were aboard the Kennedy on several different days to watch the American's Cup Yacht Races. My photo appearred in the Glad To Have You Aboard handbook.
Fickes, BillE3Jan 15, 1962 – Feb 15, 1963MParticipated in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Bashline, TerrillBT2May 1963 – May 1965B DivisionServed on board in the forward fireroom. Was aboard when President Kennedy and guest came aboard for the Americas Cup Challenge Race in 1962 in New Port, R.I.
Gurganus, Victor (Danny)ETR3Sep 7, 1964 – Apr 10, 1967electronicsRepaired all radar and repeaters in "CIC" as well as all "Cryptographic" equipment on board and other Destroyers in our squadron. Enjoyed 2 Med cruises, 1 very stormy north Atlantic cruise, & a gitmo cruise among others. Enjoye
Lindsay, KernETSASep 15, 1964 – Mar 15, 1965OE/OIWas an ET striker learning OJT before going to ET "A " school at Great Lakes. Like to get a hold of ETs Gurganus & Ralph Levy
Gratz, RonaldRM31965 – 1967Operations
Mercer, DaveMM21965 – 1970M
Inman, Everett (Squeaky)Machist Mate third class1965 – 1968MI was a snipe in aft engine room. Stood lower level watch underway and answered helm for sea and anchor. 2 Med cruises. 1 Caribbean and 1 Nova Scotia. I am looking for Swede.
Chernowsky, Rich SkiFTG1965 – 1967FOXJoin the NAVY & see the world & I did. 2 tours in the MED. Going through SUEZ Canal just before it was closed. Crossing the Atlantic. Getting separated in RIO & Heading home for my discharge. Many wonderful memories.
Masseo, AndrewMM3Mar 20, 1965 – Jul 20, 1968
Hitchcock, CharlesSTG 31966 – 1968Fox
Porreca, PaulSK2Jun 8, 1966 – Feb 21, 1970SupplySpent 4 years & 3 Med cruises,one in Red Sea 1967
Wohlrab, JamesFTG2Sep 1966 – Jun 19673rd
Levandowski, Benjamin profile iconSN1967 – 1970Not sureThis was my dad. He passed away this year .just wanted to get his name on here. If anyone here remembers him, Please feel free to contact me.
Whipple, RobertRD31967 – Jan 1968OI Division
Young, BarrySNFeb 1967 – Oct 1968!stHighlights - Sea bat on the fantail 2 Med cruises and Red Sea Crossing the equator twice
MacCartney, John (Mac)GMG2Sep 1967 – Jun 1970FoxCame aboard as GMGSN out of A School and was assigned to ASROC Deck. Spent next 33 months aboard before transfer to USS Grand Canyon when I made 2nd class. Lot of fond memories and good friends.

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