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CLASS - (Repeat) PAULDING As Built.
Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 26' 11" x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 86.
Operational and Building Data
Built by newport News Shipbuilding, Newport News, VA (YN 134)
Laid down 01 June 1910
Launched 18 February 1911
Commissioned 21 June 21 1911
Dcommissioned at Philadelphia 04 November 1919
Loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-15 07 June 1924
Returned to Navy 08 May 1931
Name dropped for new construction 01 July 1933
Stricken 05 July 1934.
Fate Sold to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY, and broken up for scrap in 1934.

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Monaghan 73kJohn Robert Monaghan was born on 26 March 1873 in Chawelah, Wash. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from the state of Washington on 7 September 1891. Classmates wrote "I've got a drop of the Irish blood in me mesilf," as a nod to his ancestry, and he played baseball at the Academy, on both the class teams (1892, 1893 and 1894), and on the Academy (1892 and 1894), playing right field during the 1894 season. He graduated from the Naval Academy in June 1895. After service in monitor Monadnock and Alert he was assigned to the cruiser Philadelphia, flagship of the Pacific Station. During a combined American and British reconnaissance near Apia, Samoa, on 1 April 1899, the American detachment, from Philadelphia, under the command of Lt. Philip V. Lansdale, came under fire from hostile Samoans "which it was impossible to withstand."During the ensuing retreat, Lansdale fell, wounded, as he attempted to cover the retreat with a machine gun. Monaghan seized a rifle "from a disabled man [to make] a brave defense." The Samoans rushed them. Ensign Monaghan, one observer later wrote, "stood steadfast by his wounded superior and friend; one rifle against many -- one brave man against a score of savages. He knew he was doomed. He could not yield. He died in heroic performance of duty..." Photo #: NH 47734. Ensign John R. Monaghan, USN contemporary photograph of an 1897 vintage artwork portrait. Ensign Monaghan was killed in action at Samoa on 1 April 1899. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32)
Monaghan 51kUSS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) photographed prior to World War I by Waterman.
Naval History & Heritage C=ommand photo NH 95195, courtesy of Jack L. Howland, 1983.
Tony Cowart
Monaghan 47kUndated World War I image in camouflage, location unknown. From Hurst
Monaghan 179kShip's sponsor, Miss Eleanor Monaghan. Newspaper clipping from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 19 February 1911.Mike Mohl
Monaghan 58kShip's sponsor, Miss Eleanor Monaghan. Newspaper clipping from The Tacoma Times, 22 February 1911.Mike Mohl
Monaghan 58kUSS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) at anchor, circa 1912. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 50126Paul Rebold
Monaghan 45kDestroyers at Dry Tortugas coaling station, Florida, 15 March 1914. Members of the Second Division, US Atlantic Fleet Torpedo Flotilla, these ships are (from left to right): USS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32); USS Sterett (Destroyer No. 27); and (perhaps) USS Terry (Destroyer No. 25). This photo is one of a series from the collection of a USS Walke (Destroyer No. 34) crewmember, which was another member of the division. Navla History & Heritage Command photo NH 99855, courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Monaghan 94kSailors in waders tending a Martin Model S tractor seaplane, with USS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) moored in the backgorund circa 1916.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 2244
Robert Hurst
Monaghan 73kUSS Scoter (SP-20) passing USS L-1 (Submarine No. 40) while underway, probably in 1916. USS L-4 (Submarine No. 42) and USS Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) are in the background.
Navla History & Heritage Command photo NH 65071
Robert Hurst
52kRPPC of L-1 (Submarine No. 40) and Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32) with small craft in the foreground, probably in Hampton Roads, circa 1916.Dave Wright
155kRPPC of Monaghan (Destroyer No. 32), probably just before World War One.Dave Wright
USCGC Monaghan (CG-15)
Monaghan 116kUSCGC Monaghan (CG-15), USCGC Roe (CG-18), USCGC McDougal (CG-6) and USCGC Ammen (CG-8) at New York Navy Yard, 20 October 1926.Robert Hurst
Monaghan 48kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Pigott Cronan    Jun 21 1911 - Dec 8 1911

LT Franck Taylor Evans    Dec 8 1911 - Apr 28 1914

LTJG John Franklin Cox    Apr 28 1914 - Mar 2 1917

LCDR Edmund Weyman Strother    Mar 2 1917 - Jan 15 1919

LCDR Calvin Hayes Cobb    Jan 15 1919 - Jul 10 1919 (Later VADM)

LT Hans Ertz    Jul 10 1919 - Nov 4 1919

Under Coast Guard command

LCDR Frederick August Zeusler (USCG)    Oct 1925 - Nov 1926 (Later RADM)

LCDR Lyndon Spencer (USCG)    Nov 1926 - Oct 1928 (Later VADM)

LCDR Louis Bernhardt Olson (USCG)    1929 - 1930 (Later RADM)

LCDR Merlin O'Neill (USCG)    Oct 1931 - 1932 (Later VADM)

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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