A MEMORIAL TO FREDERICK R. KIRCHMAN

A MEMORIAL TO FREDERICK R. KIRCHMAN
1922 - 1984

FREDERICK R. KIRCHMAN
Born: 6 Aug 1922: Brooklyn, NY Father served as an ensign in WWI Joined the Navy in Feb 41 (felt the war was coming) and had Boot Camp at Great Lakes. Served on the USS Constitution - polishing the old guns! Joined the USS Perkins (DD 377) In Pearl Harbor two weeks after it was bombed. Was in many battles to include Savo Island, Guadelcanal,Tassaferonga (we lost), Coral Sea. Was a machinist mate - stated Petroleum jelly really saved them from burns. Served as a gun captain for the Five Inch on the USS Perkins. DD-377 -Perkins(Mahan Class) Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard August 15 1934. Launched December 31 1935 and commissioned September 18 1936. Sunk after collision with Australian troop ship off Cape Vogel New Guinea November 29 1943. Had a nice leave in Australia. Said the Perkins had the best coffee, they spiked it and gave it only to
the Perkins XO. Complained about the spoils of war: Everytime a Jap island was
captured the men had rice three times a day but the poor officers had to make do with steak and ice cream!

He then joined the USS Oakland.

Sailed off Guam and was in the massive typhoon off the Phillipines. Honorable discharged in 1946 with some disability.

Florence & Frederick

Graduated from Long Island University - degree in Biology 1947. Married 
Florence Goldstein - 1948. Son Fred born in 1949. Son John born 1951. Daughter Marilyn born 1953. Son William born 1957.

Worked for Tuna Commision, as a Park Naturalist in Yosemite, Pep's Store in 
San Pedro. Last sea trip was off South America on a Tuna Clipper. Inspector until 1973. Worked in Sacramento for the State of California and then retired in 1976. His wife died in 1975. His interests included Naval history, model ships,
astronomy, camping and travel (he went to Hawaii, and Europe twice).

Frederick R. Kirschman

The epitath on his grave is very simple but quite appropriate: 
Beloved Father and Husband. He always believed in doing his duty.

THE CHILDREN
WHAT A WONDERFUL FAMILY

FRED KIRSCHMAN

JOHN KIRSCHMAN, MAJ, USA, Retired

MARILYN KIRSCHMAN

WILLIAM KIRSCHMAN

FROM THE OFFICERS AND CREW
OF THE USS OAKLAND CL/CLAA-95

SO PROUDLY WE SERVED

Requiescat in pace!        May he rest in peace!




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