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USS Kennison (DD-138/AG-83)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Kennison (DD-138/AG-83)

USS Kennison (DD-138) was launched 8 June 1918 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Calif.; sponsored by Miss Elizabeth Riner; and commissioned 2 April 1919, Comdr. R. P. Enrich in command.

Following completion, shakedown, and acceptance trials, USS Kennison (DD-138) arrived San Diego, her home port, 25 March 1920. During the summer she engaged in experimental torpedo and antiaircraft exercises. USS Kennison (DD-138) continued coastal operations and tactical exercises until 12 August 1921 when she put into San Diego with 50 percent complement. She decommissioned at San Diego 22 June 1922.

Recommissioned 18 December 1939, Lt. W. G. Michelet in command, USS Kennison (DD-138) joined the Neutrality Patrol out of San Diego 6 May 1940. From June to September she engaged in reserve training cruises before rejoining the Neutrality Patrol 14 October. The destroyer continued patrol operations along the West Coast until the United States entered World War II. As the war effort increased in early 1942, USS Kennison (DD-138) intensified her ASW operations including escort of convoys and submarines to various California ports until 22 September 1944 when she sailed for Bremerton to undergo conversion.

Redesignated AG-83, USS Kennison (AG-83) returned to San Diego 9 November 1944 to resume service. For the rest of the war USS Kennison (AG-83) operated out of San Diego as a target ship for plane exercises with aerial torpedoes. These exercises, provided invaluable training to Navy pilots preparing for combat. Following the war USS Kennison (AG-83) sailed for the East Coast, arriving Norfolk late October. She decommissioned 21 November 1945 at Portsmouth, Va. USS Kennison (AG-83) was sold 18 November 1946 to Luria Bros. & Co., Inc., Philadelphia, Pa., and scrapped.

For a complete history of USS Kennison (DD-138/AG-83) please see its DANFS page.