USS Knapp Logbook
Name: Terry Williamson
From: Mesquite Texas
My dad served on the USS Knapp in WWII and I found a picture of him on this site I have never seen before. What a gift to have today. He was Johnnie Lee King and is now deceased. Tomorrow is Pearl Harbor Day and I am reminded of all the men who served during WWII to protect our shores. Thank you one and all.
Added: December 6, 2011
Name: scott f brady
From: origanally E.keansburg,N.J.
Name: Anita Kinzalow-Smith
From: Atlanta, Georgia
My deceased husband, Roy Frank Kinzalow served aboard
the USS Knapp between 1943-1945. I have been to one reunion
in New Jersey in the early 80's. This was a wonderful experience to meet all the guys that were there that served during WW11. I remember the name "Wicky" Wickenhouser.,
On this Memorable Day I would like to thank each and everyone for your service!! Does anyone out there remember
Roy (Frank)? God Bless America!!
Added: November 11, 2011
Name: Harley Bachman
From: Peoria IL
Name: STEVE OLSON
Name: Jan Lambert
From: Southport, NC
My Dad, Charles R. Stewart was in the Navy during WWII and after my Mother died (recently) we found some of his Navy information and discovered that he served on the USS Knapp. My Father passed away in 1975 and had never talked about his service. As kids we were forbidden to look into the drawer that contained his Navy information and pictures (some with scantily clad women). My Dad was in one of the pictures from the website. A few others in the picture were also listed as companions in a book that Dad had kept. They were Walter Gill, Jack Steward and JJ Burns. Does anyone remember my Dad? Thanks for any answering if you have any information.
Added: September 22, 2011
Name: Deborah Hughes Bullock
From: New Bern, NC
Name: Lester Bailey
From: Erin, Tennessee
Name: Ashley (randall) Breen
From: Boston, ma
Grand daughter of Robert N. Randall. He sailed on the KNAPP durring the reconstruction of pearl harbor and was in korea. I am unsure of the years served. He will be celebrating his 80th birthday In july!! I'm sure he'd love to here from anyone he sailed with. Please contact me if you are interested in catching up with him. I also have many pictures and will be contacting someone to get them on the site.
Added: June 15, 2011
Name: R. Baker
Alex Baker, Commander USN (retired) passed away 28 March 2011. He would have been 91 on 7 April. He enlisted as a seaman in June 1942, took officer training and was an ensign by 1943. In the fall of that year he was assigned to the USS Knapp DD-253 pre-commissioning detail in Bath, Maine. He stayed with the Knapp through its transition to the Pacific fleet and operations up to March 1945.
His battle station was director of a 5" gun, where he recalled bombarding the main island of Kwajalein (knocking down a radio tower) and defending against kamikaze attacks during later operations.
Alex vividly remembered Typhoon Cobra, and seeing several other ships disappear off the radar screen. He credited Knapp's survival in part to the captain's refusal to dump ballast from the fuel tanks, which Alex recalled had been ordered to support Halsey's plan for rapid refueling.
After the war Alex served on the USS Saipan CVL-48 as communication officer (12/45-12/48); USS Gearing DD-710 (12/48-6/50); USS Columbus CA-72 as navigator (9/53-4/56); and USS George Clymer APA-27 as executive officer (7/61-8/63). He retired July 1969.
Thanks for maintaining this website where history can be captured.
Added: April 8, 2011