World of Warships adds the real Leroy Jenkins as a playable ship commander

    
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Not gonna lie, when I first saw the subject line for the press release, the first thing that leaped to my mind was who asked for this – assuming, incorrectly, that it referred to Leeroy Jenkins of World of Warcraft fame. But nope! In fact, World of Warships has added Leroy Jenkins as a playable commander. The real Jenkins served on the USS Kidd during the Korean War and is now now a curator at the Naval museum in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“The World of Warships team first discovered Leroy Jenkins volunteering at the museum ship in 2017, and learned of his naval adventures, service to his country, and volunteerism through an interview,” the studio says. “The community loved learning about the USS Kidd through Jenkins’ historical stories, so Wargaming made the decision to honor him further and add him into the game.”

Wargaming acknowledges that it has a chance to parlay a common meme into something better: “Naturally, a lot of our players are fans of Navy history, but for those players more in tune with internet culture and who associate the name with the meme, hopefully this will inspire them to learn more about Naval history and the real veterans who served like Mr. Jenkins.”

If you’d like to pick up your own playable Jenkins, you’ll have to finish off a mission chain to earn “either a 6 or 10 skill point Commander Jenkins trained for the USS Kidd.” More wholesome stuff like this please.

Do note that the servers and website are struggling today following an outage, so you may not be able to leap right in.

Source: Press release
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Scorp Gang

Dope and proof that that Leeroy Jenkins crap in WoW shouldn’t be as celebrated as it is. That guild was one big White Faternity “Black Party”.

Just look at some of the Character names…

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Utakata

I bet he managed aggro much more responsibly too… o.O

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Bryan Correll

Per his story he was on the USS Kidd three weeks before getting any officer aggro.

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jimthomasUS

Brilliant.

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SmiteDoctor

Perhaps this was just the meme coming full circle, perhaps Leroy Jenkins in WoW named him self that as a meme before memes were even a gleam in the 2000s eye?

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WayTooLateTV

This is actually pretty neat! Actual Naval history, an actual Naval officer, the actual curator at a Naval museum in Louisiana, and his name is going to help connect memelords with history buffs. Good on ya, World of Warships.

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Bryan Correll

Yep, this is considerably more interesting than a possibly deluded Steven Seagal.

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Fisty

Too cool

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Greaterdivinity

Thought this was a joke at first but this is actually pretty neat! Jenkins seems like a pretty cool dude, glad the team could share his stories.

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Nate Woodard

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