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The U.S.S. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. - By Robert F. Sumrall

This publication, covering the technical and operational history of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850), is currently out of print. There are possibly remaining copies which may be purchased from, Battleship Cove, contact

This publication is the third in a new series of books from TIN CAN SAILORS, the National Association of Destroyer Veterans. It is devoted to the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr (DD-850), a Gearing-class destroyer. It covers its technical and operational history.

The technical portion not only explores the exterior of the ship where the guns radar and other features are clearly visible but also the areas deep inside where the magazines, machinery and other equitment neccessary to operate the ship are located. This section is a presentation of "how things work".

The operational history follows the Kennedy from the time she was built until she became a museum ship at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. The story of her service during the Korean war and Cold War periods is illustrated with numerous photgraphs and graphics.

The series is written by noted naval historian and author Robert F. Sumrall; graphics and color renderings are by John R. Barrett ; and the cover art and paintings are by US Navy combat artist Robert D. Watts.

The USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr (DD-850) book consists of seventy six pages plus covers. Eight pages and the covers are in full color, as are more than twenty of the 125 photgraphs. Three line drawings show the Kennedy in her various service configurations, and six tables cover general information and data.

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