The USS Carpenter (DD-825) served in the US Navy for over three decades in the mid-to-late-20th century. She was named for naval aviator Lieutenant Commander Donald Marshall Carpenter who served aboard aircraft carriers Langley and Lexington. Carpenter was a member of the Gearing class of destroyers.
Carpenter was laid down at Orange, Texas by the Consolidated Steel Corporation in July 1945, launched in December, and commissioned in December 1949 with Commander James B. Grady in command. Carrying a crew of 336, Basilone was 390 feet six inches in length and armed with six five-inch anti-aircraft guns, twelve 40 mm anti-aircraft guns, eleven 20 mm anti-aircraft guns, and ten 21-inch torpedo tubes. She was driven by Westinghouse turbines which supported a cruising speed of 36.8 knots, as well as a range of 4,500 nautical miles at a speed of 20 knots.
Carpenter was reclassified as DDK-825 by the Newport News Shipbuilding Corporation in 1949, but was reverted back to DDE-825 in March 1950. She was then deployed with the Pacific Fleet, and arrived at Pearl Harbor in July where local operations continued until February 1952. Carpenter was then deployed during the Korean War during which she patrolled the Taiwan Strait, conducted aviator rescues, and participated in anti-submarine exercises. The destroyer began operations in the Yellow Sea in May, and returned to Pearl Harbor in the summer.
Carpenter served off the east coast of Korea in the fall of 1952 and operated during the bombardment of Hungnam in June. Patrols of the Taiwan Strait continued afterward, and Carpenter returned to Pearl Harbor in December 1953, having been awarded five battle stars for her operations during the Korean War. Carpenter spent the rest of the 1950s at Pearl Harbor, and was deployed annually to the Far East. These deployments included service in the Philippines, additional Taiwan Strait patrols, routine exercises off Japan and Okinawa, and visits to Japanese ports and Hong Kong.
Carpenter completed an FRAM upgrade in March 1965 and remained in commission until February 1981. Struck from the Navy list in August 1987, Carpenter was transferred to Turkey in February 1981, renamed Anittepe, and operated there until 1997 before designated to be broken up for scrap.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Carpenter (DD-825)
Ships of this era pose a significant health risk from exposure to dangerous airborne asbestos fibers. The Carpenter made heavy use of asbestos insulation and fireproofing throughout, particularly around her engines, but also in the mess and as covering for steam pipes. All sailors that served aboard the Carpenter have a higher-than-normal chance to develop a serious asbestos illness like mesothelioma.
Navy veterans injured by asbestos have legal rights. If you or a member of your family served aboard the USS Carpenter and have subsequently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, complete the form on this page to receive a free information packet with the very latest on the disease and your legal options.Sources
Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-825.
NavSource Naval History. Carpenter (DD-825).