Denebrink, Francis Compton, VADM

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Vice Admiral
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1953-1956, Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), Military Sealift Fleet Support Command (MSC/MSFSC)
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1917 - 1956
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA

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Apr 08, 1987
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  1933-1934, USS California (BB-44)

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 USS California (BB-44) Details

USS California (BB-44)
        Hull number BB-44

Launched: Nov. 20, 1919

Photo from 1921.

On Dec 7th she was docked at Pearl Harbor: Battleship Row; forward of the Maryland and Oklahoma

Fate: The California was struck by two torpedoes and one bomb. The first torpedo hit at 8:05 a.m.; the second came moments later. With a gaping hole in the ship, it started capsizing. Despite efforts to bail water from the ship, it sank to the harbor bottom after three days of progressive flooding.

Crew: 2,200

Deceased: 105

The ship was raised via cofferdams, moved to the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard on April, 1942, with repairs to her cage mainmast and all six 14" forward guns were removed to facilitate her refloating.  It took until January, 1944 for the ship's total reconstruction but it was a match for most of the newer US battleships in all but it's main guns (still 14").

An after view of the USS California.

January, 1945, the USS California was hit by a Japanese kamikaze where 44 of her crew died and 155 injured.  Battle repairs were made to keep her battle-worthy and on station.  She stayed on station until the end of the month and returned to Puget Sound for repairs.  She was back on station for the landings at Okinawa and from there until the Japanese surrender in mid-August.

Of historical interest is that after the official end of WWII, the USS California was still on duty and after different assignments in Philippines and other areas in SE Asia, she returned to the US on Dec 7, 1945 - exactly 4 years to the day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

Decommissioned: Feb. 14, 1947

Sold for scrap in 1959.

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16 Members Also There at Same Time
USS California (BB-44)

Standley, William Harrison, ADM, (1895-1937) Vice Admiral
Hill, Harry Wilbur, ADM, (1911-1954) Commander
Ingersoll, Royal R., LT, (1934-1942) Lieutenant Junior Grade
Brady, John Joseph (ChC), RDML, (1914-1934) OFF 410X Captain
Brown, Wilson, VADM, (1902-1944) OFF Captain
McMorris, Charles Horatio, VADM, (1912-1952) OFF Commander
Crommelin, John Geraerdt, RADM, (1923-1950) OFF Lieutenant
Cunningham, Winfield Scott, RADM, (1919-1950) OFF Lieutenant
Buchanan, Charles Allen, RADM, (1926-1964) OFF Lieutenant Junior Grade
Massey, Forsyth, RADM, (1931-1968) OFF Ensign
Schmidt, Maximilian Gmelich, CDR, (1928-1944) OFF Ensign
Smith, Daniel Fletcher, RADM, (1932-1971) OFF Ensign
Wintle, Jack W,, LCDR, (1932-1942) OFF 110X Ensign
Nichols, Robert, CDR, (1923-1962) OFF 713X Warrant Officer
Carpenter, Elmer Lemuel, PO1, (1932-1941) BM BM-0000 Petty Officer First Class
Poole, Henry, LCDR, (1932-1966) RM RM-2312 Seaman

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