Kyne file photo [1568]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassCannon-class Destroyer Escort
BuilderWestern Pipe and Steel Company, Los Angeles, California, United States
Laid Down16 Apr 1943
Launched15 Aug 1943
Commissioned4 Apr 1944
Decommissioned14 Jun 1946
Displacement1,240 tons standard; 1,620 tons full
Length306 feet
Beam37 feet
Draft12 feet
MachineryFour General Motors Mod. 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, two screws
Power Output6,000 shaft horsepower
Speed21 knots
Range10,800nm at 12 knots
Armament3x3in Mk22, 1x2x40mm Mk1 anti-aircraft, 8x20mm Mk4 anti-aircraft, 3x21in Mk15 torpedo tubes, 1x Mk10 hedgehog projector, 8x Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2x Mk9 depth charge tracks
Armor3 3in, 1x2 40mm, 4x1 20mm, 1 hedgehog, 2 depth charge tracks, 8 K gun projectors, 3x3 21in torpedo t
Recommission21 Nov 1950
Final Decommission17 Jun 1960


ww2dbaseCommissioned during WW2 to Commander A. Jackson, destroyer escort Kyne's shakedown cruise took place off San Diego, California, United States. She departed Los Angeles, California on 6 Jun 1944 for Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, United States, arriving on 14 Jun 1944 to join the US Navy Pacific Fleet. She spent the following two months performing training, escort, and mine clearing duties in Hawaii.

ww2dbaseOn 12 Aug, Kyne departed for the South Pacific as screen to a task force which brought material and ships for the Palau Islands invasion. On 15 Sep, she departed Manus, Admiralty Islands as escort to transports filled with garrison troops and supplies to Peleliu. On 17 Sep, she sighted for the bombardment of Anguar Island. On 20 Sep, she escorted a convoy evacuating wounded US Marines.

ww2dbaseUntil end of 1944, Kyne operated out of Ulithi Atoll in Caroline Islands, escorting vessels that replenished ships of the US Navy Task Forces 38 and 58. On 2 Jan 1945, she departed Ulithi to provide escort for vessels that refueled ships destined for the Luzon, Philippine Islands invasion. She remained in the Philippine Islands area until 21 Jan.

ww2dbaseOn 8 Feb, Kyne escorted vessels that refueled ships en route to Iwo Jima, Japan. She remained in the general Iwo Jima area until 5 Mar. On 25 Mar, she departed from Ulithi on a similar role off Okinawa, Japan, returning to Ulithi on 21 May.

ww2dbaseDeparting from San Pedro Bay in the Philippine Islands on 26 Jun 1945, Kyne acted as screen for carrier escorts as their aircraft supported the invasion of Balikpapan, Borneo.

ww2dbaseOn 28 Aug, after the war ended, Kyne entered Tokyo Bay, Japan as a part of the occupation force. She remained in Japan until 2 Oct. She returned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States on 23 Nov 1945 via Pearl Harbor and the Panama Canal, and was decommissioned in the following year at Green Cove Springs, Florida, United States.

ww2dbaseIn Nov 1950, Kyne was recommissioned as a reserve training ship with Lieutenant Commander Carl L. Scherrer in command. She served in a training role for the next nine years. She was decommissioned again in 1960, and was sold on 1 Nov 1973 for scrapping.

ww2dbaseSource: United States Navy Dictionary of American Fighting Ships.

Last Major Revision: Oct 2007

Kyne Operational Timeline

4 Apr 1944 Kyne was commissioned into service.
14 Jun 1946 Kyne was decommissioned from service.

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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Albert M. Kyne says:
15 Oct 2007 09:02:24 PM

Thankyou for the history on the U.S.S. Kyne. I did not realize their was a destroyer with the Kyne name.Keep up the great reseach.Sincerely,Albert M.Kyne Jacksonville,Oregon
2. Anonymous says:
17 Sep 2009 10:33:59 PM

The only one afloat in the U.S. and one of the very few in one piece...
3. Jim Kyne says:
7 Aug 2012 07:02:44 AM

(though I share the same surname as Mr. Kyne I have no direct relationship or lineage with that branch of Kyne’s, I feel it is important to expound upon the naming of the ship and short history of its namesake. Thank you for entering the information in the database. I have pulled this following information off different websites.)

She was named in honor of Elden Francis Kyne who was killed in action on 9 August 1942, when the heavy cruiser USS Astoria (CA-34), was sunk by Japanese naval forces during the Battle of Savo Island. Elden Francis Kyne, born 4 June 1910, in Ringgold, Nebraska, enlisted in the Navy 1 February 1929. He was appointed Machinist 15 April 1941. Reporting on board the Astoria (CA-34) 8 August 1941, Kyne was commissioned Ensign 15 June 1942. The USS Kyne (DE-744) was launched on 15 August 1943, (sponsored by Mrs. Alma Marion Kyne, widow of Ens. Kyne, and Mrs. Nora Keeler, Ensign Kyne's sister, was the matron of honor) and commissioned on 4 April 1944.
4. Glenda Bernhardt says:
18 May 2014 02:28:29 PM

Elden F. Kyne was my great uncle. His sister was my grandmother. I remember well as a child, the photo of him as a young ensign always hanging on the wall of my grandmother's home. She was determined to attend the launching of the ship. She created a suit to wear to the ceremony out of a linen suit that Elden left in the closet. It now hangs in my closet along with a lovely photo of my grandmother, Elden's widow at the ceremony. Treasures! Thank you for this page and more information.
5. Larry Hardesty says:
11 Jul 2021 11:22:54 AM

I would like to know more about why the ship was named after Elden Kyne. I grew up near Ringgold, Nebraska, and I never knew of this story until recently.
6. Larry Hardesty says:
8 Oct 2021 01:31:47 PM

I have not any luck finding more information from government sources on Elden Kyne. The pandemic has stopped most nonessential research. I am writing a story about Elden Kyne and other members of his family for a local newspaper. I hope someone will see this and respond. Thanks Larry

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