DD-836 General Specifications
Class: Gearing-class destroyer
Named for: George K. MacKenzie
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 2425 tons
Length: 390 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sunk as a target 15 October 1976
USS GEORGE K. MACKENZIE (DD-836)
George K. MacKenzie(DD-S36) was launched 13 May 1943 by the Bath Iron Works
Maine; sponsored by Miss Donna MacKenzie
and commissioned 13 July 1945
Comdr. Alvin W. Slayden in command.
After shakedown off Cuba
MacKenzie returned to Boston 15 September 1945 and subsequently participated in the Navy Day celebrations 27 October at Savannah
Ga. She served with the Operational Development Force at Norfolk
her home port
and conducted training exercises and escort duties along the Atlantic seaboard until sailing 5 January 1948 on a goodwill tour to Buenos Aires
MacKenzie returned to Norfolk 9 February after these duties as a "steel gray diplomat" and continued peacetime operations
highlighted by a Midshipman cruise June to July 1948 to Portugal
and Cuba. In October 1948 the destroyer sailed for the Near East
where she supported the United Nations Palestine Patrol and the allied occupation of Trieste
returning to Newport for Christmas.
After overhaul at Boston until April 1949
George K. MacKenzie continued peacetime training on the eastern seaboard
and made a "Med" cruise from January to May 1950. When the uneasy truce in the Far East was shattered by the North Korean aggression
George K. MacKenzie was transferred to the Pacific. She arrived Pearl Harbor 1 July 1950 to prepare for wartime service.
During her first tour in Korea
26 July 1950 to 30 January 1951
she screened attack carriers during strikes on North Korean targeted and provided close support for advancing Allied armies. After a repair period at San Diego 15 February to 17 July 1951
she returned to perform the same vital screening and support duties until April 1952.
George K. MacKenzie provided antisubmarine screening and fired several important bombardment missions at Wonsan Harbor
16 to 17 January and again 23 February to 21 March 1953 in support of United Nations forces. She lent effective fire support to troops in the vicinity of Suwon Dan 15-19 April 1953 in company with Los Angeles and demolished sections of the enemy's railroad along the eastern coast of Korea in May.
Homeported in San Diego and Long Beach
she completed a total of nine tours of duty in the Far East
including training exercises and duty with the Taiwan patrol between 1953 and 1959.
George K. MacKenzie's homeport was changed to Yokosuka
15 February 1960 as she continued her peacetime training duties
visiting Hong Kong
the Philippines and other Far Eastern ports
including those in Japan. In 1961 George K. MacKenzie sailed from Subic Bay
P.I. 23 March to rendezvous with carriers Midway and Lexington in the South China Sea to act during the Laos crisis as a powerful on-the-spot force
if needed. Fortunately
the crisis passed; and after further operations George K. MacKenzie put in at her new home port of New York 11 December 1962. She entered Brooklyn Navy Yard for modernization
returning to sea in October 1963. George K. Mackenzie then made preparations to return to her new homeport of Long Beach
where she arrived 28 January 1964 to prepare for extended duty in the Far East. She left the West Coast 26 May and reached Yokosuka
13 June to begin over 2 years of continuous service in Oriental waters operating alternately in Japanese waters and off Vietnam fighting to repel Communist aggression. She specialized in screening aircraft carriers and shelling Communist positions ashore. The battle-tested destroyer returned to Long Beach 3 August 1966 for a major overhaul to prepare for future action. In mid-1967 she was again in the Far East aiding in the struggle to save Southeast Asia. On 29 July she was screening Forrestal (CVA-59) when fire broke out on the carrier's flight deck. After helping to put out the flames
she escorted the stricken flattop to Subic Bay for repairs.
George K. MacKenzie was awarded six battle stars for Korean service.
[Note: The above USS GEORGE K. MACKENZIE (DD-836) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS GEORGE K. MACKENZIE (DD-836) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]