U.S.S. Atik
   
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(Atik Photo)
" U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) ".
1940 Photo soon after launching
Public Domain

 
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WW II
 

( All wording in " BRIGHT BLUE " within this document are clickable links ! )

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U.S.S. Atik
Sunday,
" October 16, 2022 "

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         The " U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) " was a " Gleaves-class Destroyer " of the United States Navy named for " Commodore Lawrence Kearny " ( 1789 - 1868) and was the only ship to bear that name in the U.S. Navy.

         The " U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) " was launched on March 9, 1940, by the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Company in Kearny, New Jersey, sponsored by Miss Mary Kearny.   The ship was commissioned on September 13, 1940 with Commander Anthony L. Danis in command.

         The " U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) ", after shakedown and sea trials, got underway February 19, 1941 from New York Harbor for St. Thomas, Virgin Islands where she took part in the Neutrality Patrol off Fort de France, Martinique, French West Indies, until March 9, 1941.   The new destroyer patrolled around San Juan, Puerto Rico, and escorted ships in the Norfolk area until August when she sailed for NS Argentia, Newfoundland, to escort North Atlantic convoys.

         The " Kearny " escorted convoy HX-151 traveling from Newfoundland to Iceland on September 24th thru October 1, 1941.   She then escorted convoy ON-24 from Iceland to Newfoundland on October 13th and 14th, 1941.   


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The Attack on the

" U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) "

         In October 1941, while the U.S. was still officially neutral in World War II, " Kearny " was docked at Reykjav√≠k, in U.S.-occupied Iceland.   A "wolfpack" of German U-boats attacked a nearby British convoy, and overwhelmed her Canadian escorts.   " Kearny " and three other U.S. destroyers were summoned to assist.

         Immediately on reaching the action, " Kearny " dropped depth charges on the U-boats, and continued to barrage throughout the night.
( This action was specifically cited as a provocation in Hitler's declaration of war on the U.S. two months later. )

         At the beginning of the midwatch on October 17th, a torpedo fired by German U-boat U-568 struck Kearny on the starboard side.   The crew confined flooding to the forward fire room, enabling the ship to get out of the danger zone with power from the aft engine and fire room.   Regaining power in the forward engine room the " Kearny " steamed to Iceland at 10 knots and arriving on October 19th.

         The " Kearny " lost " 11 crewman killed " with " 22 " others injured.   After temporary repairs " Kearny " got underway on Christmas Day 1941, and moored six days later at Boston, Massachusetts, for permanent repairs.


(Atik Photo)
" U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) ".
Close view of torpedo damage
Public Domain

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         The following below listing was created in the memory of those that SERVED ON " AND " those who " GAVE THEIR ALL " on the " U.S.S. Kearny ( DD-432 ) ".   There are personal "online memorials" for each of these honored men that were created for them by using the "Find A Grave" website.   You will see a blue " Yes " behind their names and by clicking on the " Yes " you will see a personal memorial that has been created for them by myself or someone else.

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NC
   Awarded the " Navy Cross " ~ ( 2nd highest military decoration for valor that may be awarded to a member of the Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard )
PH
   Awarded the " Purple Heart " ~ ( Awarded for being wounded or killed in action )

Other Medals
      Such as Good Conduct, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, American Defense Service Medals, etc. " Are Not " included in this listing.

= Photo of person shown on online memorial

= Photo of tombstone or listing shown on online memorial

n/a ~ ( in awards field ) = not applicable
n/a ~ ( in photo field ) = not applicable
n/a ~ ( in notes field ) = not applicable

Cenotaph
   A memorial stone only ~ ( remains not recovered, interred somewhere else, or possibly interred somewhere unknown )

    

   Last Name, First Name, M.I.

Photos ~ Awards

Notes ~ ( If Available )

Military
Rank
Branch
of Service
State Of Residence
~ ~ ~
Killed / Missing
" Or " Survivor
Cemetery /
Memorial
 For Online 
Memorial
Click on

" Yes "
( below )

  Calvert,  George Alexander

    ~  PH

Fireman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Illinois
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" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Camp,  Floyd Andrew

  ~  PH

Seaman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Virginia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Curtis,  Luther Asle

  ~  PH

Water
Tender
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Dobnikar,  Louis

    ~  PH

Water
Tender
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Ohio
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Gajeway,  Herman A. C., Jr.

    ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Water
Tender
1st Class
U.S. Navy
New York
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Lafleur,  Lloyd Dalton

    ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Pharmacist's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Larriviere,  Sidney Gerald

    ~  NC ~ PH

" Family Link Included "

Fireman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Louisiana
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Pyle,  Dwight Floyd

    ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Seaman
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Georgia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Stoltz,  Iral William

  ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Fireman
1st Class
U.S. Navy
Pennsylvania
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Wade,  Russell Burdick

    ~  PH

" Family Link Included "

Fire
Controlman
3rd Class
U.S. Navy
Alabama
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941

  Young,  Harry Tull

  ~  PH

Machinist's
Mate
2nd Class
U.S. Navy
Virginia
~ ~ ~
" Missing In Action "
Cambridge
American Cemetery
Coton, England

~ ~ ~
( cenotaph )
" Yes "
~ ~ ~
Last Bell:
October 17, 1941



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Russ Pickett  ~  ( russpickde@comcast.net )