USS Rodgers (DD-876)





Gearing Class Destroyer
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.

Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. June 3, 1944.
Launched November 20, 1944  Commissioned March 26, 1945.
Decommissioned (?).
Stricken October 1, 1980.
 To South Korea July 25, 1981, renamed Jeong Ju.
Decommissioned Dec 31, 1999

Museum ship at SapKoyohp National Sightseeing Resort, located at Dangjin gun, South Korea
Additional links for USS Rodgers:
http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/876.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Rodgers_(DD-876)
http://www.destroyersonline.com/usndd/dd876/
http://home.earthlink.net/~desron37/
http://www.hullnumber.com/DD-876

My Duties with USS Rodgers
Apr 1979 - Mar 1980

When I realized that QMs had no reenlistment bonus, I didn't re-enlist in the regular Navy, but I continued with the reserves and joined the SelRes of the USS Rodgers a reserve ship out of the Portland OR Naval Reserve Center.

In civilian life I was the mechanic and heavy equipment operator for Hicks Plumbing.

I loved the Summer cruises and it convinced me that I made the wrong decision by leaving active duty.

Mar 1980 I returned to the regular Navy and was assigned to USS Sacramento (AOE-1).

Note: In the mid 90s I met a QMCS who was assigned to the Fleet Training Group  (FltTraGru) He told me that in 1979 he was a QMSR assigned to a ship in overhaul in Portland.  His ship sent him TAD to USS Rodgers so he could get some "sea time" and he was assigned to be under instruction with me.  He told me that my enthusiasm and and love of navigation is what convinced him to make the Navy his career.  After he retired from the Navy he became a merchant captain.  He was the master of the vessel that sealed the BP oil well fire in 2010.

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