Gearing Class Destroyer
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
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
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. June
Launched November 20, 1944 Commissioned
Stricken October 1, 1980.
To South Korea July 25, 1981, renamed Jeong
Decommissioned Dec 31, 1999
When I realized
that QMs had no reenlistment bonus, I didn't
in the regular Navy, but I
with the reserves and joined the SelRes of the USS Rodgers a reserve ship out of the
Portland OR Naval Reserve Center.
SapKoyohp National Sightseeing Resort, located at Dangjin gun,
My Duties with USS
1979 - Mar
In civilian life I was the
heavy equipment operator for Hicks Plumbing.
I loved the Summer cruises and it convinced me that I made the
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
who was assigned to the Fleet Training Group (FltTraGru) He
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
some "sea time" and he was assigned to be under instruction with
me. He told me that my enthusiasm and and love of navigation
what convinced him to make the Navy his career. After he
from the Navy he became a merchant captain. He was the
the vessel that sealed the BP oil well fire in 2010.