DD-808 General Specifications
Class: Gearing-class destroyer
Named for: Fireman Dennis J. Buckley
Complement: 336 Officers and Enlisted
Displacement: 3460 tons
Length: 390 feet 6 inches
Beam: 40 feet 10 inches
Flank Speed: 35 knots
Range: 4 500 Nautical Miles
Final Disposition:Sold for scrap 29 April 1974
USS DENNIS J. BUCKLEY (DD-808)
Dennis J. Buckley DD-808) was launched 20 December 1944 by Bath Iron Works Corp.
Maine sponsored by Mrs. D. J. Buckley
mother of Fireman First Class Buckley; and commissioned 2 March 1946
Commander K. C. Walpole in command. She was reclassified DDR-808
18 March 1949.
Dennis J. Buckley 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
before returning to San Diego 13 April 1946. On her second tour of duty in the Far Fast
she cruised off the coast of China providing services to the Fleet and joined in exercises off Okinawa. On 1 October 1948 she steamed for Tsingtao
where she patrolled during the evacuation of civilians from the threat of the Communist advance into northern China. She joined Tarawa (CV-40) and Hawkins (DD-813) and sailed by way of Hong Kong and Singapore; Colombo
Bahrein and Jidda
Saudi Arabia; and Port Said
Greece where the three ships joined others for a visit to Istanbul
Turkey. She returned to New York 22 February 1949 completing a round-the-world cruise.
Dennis J. Buckley 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. She then operated along the eastern seaboard from Norfolk to Argentia
Newfoundland and sailed from Newport 15 April for a tour of duty in the Mediterranean with the 6th Fleet
returning to Newport 6 October for local and Caribbean operations. From April to October 1951 she cruised to northern Europe
Belgium; and Cork and Londonderry
Between 1952 and 1955
Dennis J .Buckley 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.
Dennis J. Buckley 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. During her second Far Eastern tour in 1957
she screened Princeton (CV-37)
patrolled off Taiwan briefly
and served as flagship for Commander
when she was visited by the Chief of Naval Operations
Admiral A. A. Burke. Local operations engaged Dennis J. Buckley 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. She 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.
[Note: The above USS DENNIS J. BUCKLEY (DD-808) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS DENNIS J. BUCKLEY (DD-808) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]