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
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
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. June
Launched November 20, 1944 Commissioned
March 26, 1945.
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
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.
at SapKoyohp National Sightseeing Resort, located at Dangjin
gun, South Korea
My Duties with USS Rodgers
1979 - Mar 1980
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 the Regular Navy.
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.