|Ship Class||Fletcher-class Destroyer|
|Builder Name||Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York, United States|
|Laid Down||27 Jul 1942|
|Launched||3 Feb 1943|
|Commissioned||22 May 1943|
|Decommissioned||5 Feb 1947|
|Displacement||2,924 tons full|
|Machinery||General Electric geared turbines with two screws|
|Power Output||60,000 SHP|
|Range||6,500nm at 15 knots|
|Sold||To Taiwan, ROC, 1 Jun 1967|
ww2dbaseUSS Kimberly was commissioned in May 1943 and sent to the Pacific five months later. Her first mission was to escort other warships during the Gilberts invasion. In Jan 1944 she was off the Kurile Islands attacking Japanese shipping, then mid-year she sailed for the Philippines escorting landing crafts off Mindoro and Luzon. In Mar 1945 Kimberly was assigned to radar picket duty during the Okinawa invasion, where she was attacked by two Kamikaze aircraft and lost four crewmen. She spent two months at the Mare Island Navy Yard for repairs after the suicide attacks. By the time she returned to the war zone, Japan had just surrendered.
ww2dbaseAfter the war, Kimberly escorted the battleship Missouri back to the United States. She was decommissioned at Charleston, South Carolina, United States. She was recommissioned for three years during the Korean War, and was sold to Taiwan, the Republic of China, in 1967, where she was known as An Yang until her decommissioning in 1999.
ww2dbaseSource: Naval Historical Center.
Last Major Revision: Feb 2006
Kimberly Operational Timeline
|22 May 1943||Kimberly was commissioned into service.|
|5 Feb 1947||Kimberly was decommissioned from service.|
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