Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. is example of a Gearing class destroyer, which were built during WW2 and became the workhorses of the Cold War destroyer navy. JPK served 27 years with great distinction to include the Korean War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and America's space program.
Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. is the last surviving Destroyer built in the State of Massachusetts, the only vessel to stop and board a Soviet chartered ship during the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and the last US Navy configured Gearing class Destroyer in the world.
As the Official Korean and Vietnam conflict Memorial for the State of Massachusetts, DD850 now proudly displays her colors as a museum ship at Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA to educate the public and serve as a tribute to those who sailed aboard destroyers. USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. is a National Historic Landmark and member of the Historic Naval Ships Association.