Kimberly file photo [1540]


CountryUnited States
Ship ClassFletcher-class Destroyer
BuilderBethlehem Steel Corporation, Staten Island, New York, United States
Laid Down27 Jul 1942
Launched3 Feb 1943
Commissioned22 May 1943
Decommissioned5 Feb 1947
Displacement2,924 tons full
Length376 feet
Beam40 feet
Draft14 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric geared turbines with two screws
Power Output60,000 SHP
Speed38 knots
Range6,500nm at 15 knots
SoldTo 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.


Top view of Kimberly, 26 Jun 1945Kimberly as Taiwanese/Republic of China ship An Yang, circa 1969

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1. Anonymous says:
9 Mar 2010 08:40:54 PM

My name is Kimberly:)
2. Anonymous says:
23 Mar 2011 11:40:07 AM

My dad's cousin was one of the men killed,
(John Talbert) they were best friends and joined the navy together. They were supposed to stay together but John did not pass his physical the first time.Dad was on subchaser during the war. He said they never found his cousin's body.
3. Scott says:
18 Jun 2011 04:06:33 PM

I have a relative, Charles Anders Blake, who was also one of the four crewmen killed that day. He was only 24.
4. Greg Skidmore says:
15 Jul 2011 05:06:29 PM

My father replaced one of the men killed that day. If interested, I have crew pictures from back then if anyone wants to email me. Someone sent them to me and yes, I did find my father in one of them.
5. Anonymous says:
5 Aug 2011 06:21:59 PM

Email for above
6. Anonymous says:
11 Jun 2012 09:50:53 PM

My Dad was a crew member of the USS Kimberley. He has never talked very much about his service. I remember being very young and a man visiting and finding out he saved his life by cutting off his foot. If anyone has any stories about Fred Roma I would love to know them.
7. Anonymous says:
28 Jun 2012 01:20:20 PM

My dad John Savage never talked much about his years serving until he was diagnosed with cancer. He died Oct.21, 2012. One of his prized possessions were about 75-100 color slides of scenes on the USS Kimberly. Both the slides and pictures were lost when I had them (the slides) turned into photos for him. If anyone had any copies of colored pictures or slides they could email me I would be most grateful. I am putting his old navy photo album back together the best I can.
8. Anonymous says:
28 Jun 2012 01:21:44 PM

I forgot to included the years of service for my dad John Savage on the USS Kimberly. They were from 1942-1945.
9. Clinton Holley says:
11 Jul 2012 07:19:10 AM

Mr. Skidmore, my father (same name)served on the Kimberly from commissioning to the end of the war. I would like to seee if he is in any of the pictures. Let me know how to connect with you.
10. Anonymous says:
20 Oct 2012 07:14:30 PM

My grandfather, Willie Ross Wall from Oklahoma, was serving on the Kimberly when she was hit. I would very much love to have any pictures that anyone would be kind enough to share. It's so important to keep passing this history to our kids and grandkids. Thanks.
11. Sara says:
6 Mar 2014 01:48:10 PM

My uncle Carl Beecher Grizzle from Bellefonte (Ashland) Kentucky was killed aboard the USS Kimberly in WWII during a Kamakazi Raid on the ship. I would truly love to find any folks out there who may have known Carl. Our family would most appreciate any information.
12. Alice says:
11 Aug 2014 06:10:36 PM

My husbands Uncle JC Cooksey was killed on the USS Kimberly in 1945.. He was only 17 ... My husband serves in the Navy now and if anyone has any photos they would like to share we would be so grateful..
13. Mike Feierstein says:
20 Mar 2015 12:01:14 PM

My father-in-law served on the USS Kimberly. We lost him in 1995 and I have looked everywhere for any memorabelia or photos. Can anyone help? I'd love to surprise my wife (his daughter) with some items.
14. Anonymous says:
18 Jul 2015 01:19:52 PM

It seems that the USS Kimberely was an after thought. It is very difficult to find information about. posted Navy cruise books. The Kimberely was left out.
15. Cathy ginger says:
7 Nov 2015 11:09:55 AM

Not sure if this thread is still read but my grandfather was on this boat I would like some pics if anyone has them even of the crew my daughter is interested in seeing them..
16. Anonymous says:
25 Jan 2017 06:39:49 AM

My Uncle was on the USS Kimberly and over the gun crew...He died as a result of the ship being attacked by kamikaze plane... Would love to know if anyone knew him...His name was Carl Grizzle
17. Matt says:
15 Aug 2017 05:19:28 PM

I have pictures of the crew and the ship. I don't know who is in any of them other than my grandfather, Arthur Ankerich. Here is a link to my flickr page. Please comment if you can identify anyone.
18. Lisa Shepherd says:
10 Jan 2019 12:16:16 PM

My uncle, Howard Anderson, served on the Kimberly from 1944-46. He still has very vivid memories of the day the ship was hit. He saw the plane and was midship. He tells a very interesting story. He has the memorial program honoring those lost that day. He has memories of Carl Grizzle and others. Feel free to email me at
19. Jack Hill says:
1 Mar 2019 12:43:31 PM

Will the uncle of Carl Grizzle please contact me. My Dad, William Hill, may have known your uncle.
20. Jack Hill says:
1 Mar 2019 12:47:00 PM

Matt, cannot see any pictures on the link you provided. Can share some information with you regarding my father who was on the Kimberly.
21. Jack Hill says:
5 Mar 2019 10:36:49 AM

I have a picture of the crew and several other items of interest.

I have been in contact with Lisa Shephard and will try to contact Greg Skidmore. For all others, I have no contact information. Will gladly share if you will contact me at:

Please provide your email if interested, either directly to me in email or via this forum.
22. Carl says:
10 Apr 2019 05:17:14 PM

Michael Tarantino CPO on Kimberly?
23. Matt says:
29 Apr 2019 09:55:18 AM

Updated photo link
24. Jack Hill says:
29 Apr 2019 12:53:09 PM

Carl, please contact me. Not sure about the CPO, but trying to assemble any information on crew of the USS Kimberly.

Have not yet found Michael Tarantino on any rosters I have discovered.
25. Jack Hill says:
1 May 2019 12:31:00 PM

Thanks Carl. Will investigate further. Now looking at the crew muster logs from the Kimberly 1942-1945. Interesting.
26. Betty says:
1 Apr 2020 11:30:17 AM

Last name Miller, family history says he was killed when ship was hit by kamikaze planes. Could he have been one of these four crewman?
27. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
2 Apr 2020 09:59:23 PM

Betty (above):
According to Kimberley’s war diary, none of the four sailors killed in the 26 Mar 1945 attack had the last name of Miller.

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