The History of the USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr DD850

For 27 years, the "Joey P" sailed the world's oceans in defense of the United States of America. Gunline duties off Korea, blockade enforcement off Cuba, participation in NASA space capsule recovery, and connections with the Kennedy family highlight her career.

However in January of 1974, JPK began her most important mission as a memorial and museum to all Destroyermen who sailed the seas. Her outreach with the public has allowed generations of Americans to learn about and visit a Vietnam era Destroyer as well as honor those who gave their life during the Cold War time period of the 20th century.

JPK and BB63 in the 1950s