USS Jenkins (DD-42)

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USS Jenkins (DD-42)
Name: USS Jenkins
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Laid down: 24 March 1911
Launched: 29 April 1912
Commissioned: 15 June 1912
Decommissioned: 31 October 1919
Struck: 8 March 1935
Fate: Sold for scrap, 1935
General characteristics
Class & type: Paulding-class destroyer
Displacement: 787 long tons (800 t)
Length: 293 ft 11 in (89.59 m)
Beam: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Draft: 8 ft 4 in (2.54 m)
Propulsion: Oil burner
Speed: 29 kn (33 mph; 54 km/h)
Complement: 83 officers and enlisted
Armament: 5 × 3 in (76 mm)/50 cal guns, 6 × 18 in (460 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Jenkins (DD-42) was a modified Paulding-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was named for Rear Admiral Thortan A. Jenkins.

Jenkins was laid down on 24 March 1911 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine; launched on 29 April 1912; sponsored by Miss Alice Jenkins, daughter of Rear Admiral Jenkins; and commissioned on 15 June 1912, Lieutenant Commander E. H. Delany in command.

Pre-World War I[edit]

In the years that preceded World War I, Jenkins, based at Newport, Rhode Island, trained with the Atlantic Fleet, sailing to the Caribbean for winter maneuvers operating along the East Coast in summer. In addition, she sailed to Tampico, Mexico in mid-April 1914 to support the American occupation of Veracruz.

World War I[edit]

As the war raged in Europe, Jenkins continued patrol operations along the North American coast in search of possible German U-boats. The patrols and maneuvers sharpened her war-readiness, so that she was ready for any eventuality when she sailed for Europe on 26 May 1917.

Based at Queenstown, Ireland, Jenkins and her sister destroyers patrolled the eastern Atlantic, escorting convoys and rescuing survivors of sunken merchantmen. She continued escort and patrol duty for the duration of the war. Though she made several submarine contacts, no results were determined. Following the signing of the Armistice on 11 November 1918, Jenkins sailed for home, arriving Boston, Massachusetts on 3 January 1919.

LCDR James L. Kauffman received the Navy Cross for service as Commanding Officer of Jenkins during World War I.[1]

Inter-war period[edit]

The destroyer operated along the Atlantic coast until arriving at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on 20 July. She remained there until decommissioning on 31 October. Jenkins was scrapped in 1935 in accordance with the London Naval Treaty.


  1. ^ "Military Times Hall of Valor Awards for James Laurence Kauffman". Retrieved 2014-06-13. 

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