The real Leroy Jenkins, an 87-year-old Navy veteran who spent time on the USS Kidd during the Korean War, is coming to World of Warships as a playable commander. He shares a name with the popular internet/gaming meme, and developer Wargaming is hoping that this collaboration will help bring more awareness to Naval history.
Jenkins served on the ship during the Korean War as a lookout and an armed guard. After his time in the service, Jenkins was reunited with the ship as a curator for it at the Navy ship museum in Baton Rouge. Now, Jenkins is becoming a playable commander in World of Warships.
“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,” World of Warships regional publishing director Artur Plociennik said in a statement.