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USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808/DDR-808)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808/DDR-808)

USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) was launched 20 December 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp., Bath, Maine; sponsored by Mrs. D. J. Buckley, mother of Fireman First Class Buckley; and commissioned 2 March 1945, Commander K. C. Walpole in command. She was re-classified DDR-808, 18 March 1949.

USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) sailed from Norfolk 7 November 1945 for occupation duty in the Western Pacific, arriving at Tokyo Bay 22 December. She operated in the Marianas and visited Manila, Philippine Islands, before returning to San Diego 13 April 1946. She returned to New York 22 February 1949, completing a round-the-world cruise.

USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) departed New York 1 March 1949 for a brief period of operations on the west coast, returning to the Canal Zone 10 May for exercises in Caribbean waters. Between 1952 and 1955, USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) completed three tours of duty in the Mediterranean, and served as gunnery and engineering school ship for destroyer officers. She participated in air defense exercises in the North Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico and trained midshipmen and reservists.

USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) sailed from Boston 1 May 1956 to join the Pacific Fleet. Arriving at Long Beach 28 June, she got underway 9 July for a tour of duty in the western Pacific from which she returned to Long Beach 21 October. Local operations engaged USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) until 23 August 1958 when she again sailed for the Far East where she joined TF 72 to resupply Nationalist Chinese holding the Quemoy Islands against the threat of Communist seizure.

Returning to Long Beach 27 February 1959, she sailed again for duty in the western Pacific 15 October. USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) returned to Long Beach 11 March 1960 for operations until May, underwent a 3-month overhaul, and then resumed west coast duty for the remainder of the year.

For a complete history of USS Dennis J. Buckley (DD-808) please see its DANFS page.