USS Conklin (DE-439)

USS Conklin (DE-439) was a John C. Butler-class destroyer escort acquired by the U.S. Navy during World War II. The primary purpose of the destroyer escort was to escort and protect ships in convoy, in addition to other tasks as assigned, such as patrol or radar picket. Post-war, after operating in the Pacific Ocean battle areas, her crew members returned home proudly with three battle stars to their credit.

Conklin (DE-439) was named in honor George Emerson Conklin who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for his brave actions on Guadalcanal. She was launched 13 February 1944 by Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newark, New Jersey; sponsored by Mrs. T. Conklin; and commissioned 21 April 1944, Commander D. C. Brown, USNR, in command.

Read more about USS Conklin (DE-439):  Operational History, Typhoon of June 1945

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USS Conklin (DE-439) - Typhoon of June 1945
... its peak in the dark early morning hour of 5AM, at which time a freak wave hit the destroyer escort USSCONKLIN DE 439 and rolled her onto her side ...