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The hard-luck USS BORDELON (DD-881) Demolished by the USS KENNEDY (CV-67) in 1976


Bordelon assisted in fighting the fire on the cruiser Belknap after Belknap's collision with the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy on the night of 22 November 1975.
On 14 September 1976, while refueling alongside USS John F. Kennedy, the ships came together and collided. Bordelon's port bow and some of the superstructure were damaged and the main mast snapped and fell on the signal shack, injuring some of the handling team.
The ammunition ship Mount Baker was also involved in the rescue of Bordelon by escorting her to an ammunition depot where Mount Baker's explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team off-loaded her entire cargo of ammunition while providing electric and water services.
Due to the damage to the superstructure and electronics and the age and condition of the hull, Bordelon was decommissioned and struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 February 1977, transferred to Iran in July 1977, and cannibalized for spare parts.

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Class leader USS BLUE RIDGE (LCC-19) Amphibious Command and Control ship commissioned in 1970, still in service. BLUE RIDGE is the oldest active deployable (commissioned) warship of the U.S. Navy, following the decommissioning of USS Denver (LPD-9) at Pearl Harbor on 14 August 2014. (shown above)


Hilborn-Hamburger patch circa 1970

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USS JAMES E. KYES (DD-787) Gearing class in service 1946 to 1973

Combat Action Ribbon, China Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia clasp, National Defense Service Medal (2nd award)

Korea Service Medal with six battle stars, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2nd award), Vietnam Service Medal with 7 campaign stars, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry

United Nations Korea Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Clasp (60-).

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