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CLASS - (Repeat) PAULDING As Built.
Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' 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
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding, Camden on July 1 1911.
Launched April 3 1912 and commissioned October 22 1912.
Jarvis was decommissioned at Philadelphia November 26 1919
and berthed with the reserve fleet until her sale.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold April 23 1935 to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY and broken up for scrap.

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Jarvis 86kJames C. Jarvis, born in 1787, was appointed midshipman from the state of New York in 1799. Midshipman Jarvis was killed at the age of 13 during the historic engagement between the famed frigate Constellation and the French frigate La Vengeance in the West Indies, 01 February 1800. Sent aloft in command of the topmen to secure Constellation's unsupported mainmast, he refused to come down when warned that the mast might topple: "My post is here. I can't leave it until ordered." As the mast crashed, Jarvis was swept over the side with the falling rigging. Honoring Jarvis for his bravery and devotion to duty, the Sixth Congress by Joint Resolution, 29 March 1800, deemed his conduct "deserving of the highest praise" and his loss "a subject of national regret."
The image displayed is a painting of the Constellation - La Vengeance fight by Irwin John Bevan (1852-1940).
Bill Gonyo
Jarvis 17kRunning trials on 17 September 1912. Her armament has not yet been installed. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 52188Robert Hurst
Jarvis 176kJarvis photographed after removal of some of her damaged bow's wreckage, circa July 1918. Note board shoring at waterline.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 101631, courtesy Jack Howland, 1987
Darryl Baker/John W. Klar/Mike Green
83kA view of USS Jarvis (Destroyer No. 38) in drydock at Brest, France, July 1918. The wreckage of her bow has not yet been cut away.Dave Wright
Jarvis 108kUSS Jarvis (Destroyer No. 38) in drydock at Brest, France after a collision with USS Benham (Destroyer No. 49) on July 22, 1918. Here the wreckage of her bow had been cut away by a repair gang from USS Prometheus (AR-3). Upon completion of these temporary repairs, the Jarvis went to Birkenhead, England, where permanent repairs were completed in September 1918. Collection of Mr. Peter K. Connelly. Loaned by Mr. William H. Davis in 1967. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 64983.Mike Green
Jarvis 48kUSS Jarvis (destroyer # 38) in dry dock in Brest, France, 1918 after her collision with USS Benham. From Hurst
Jarvis 60kAs above.Robert Hurst
Jarvis 76kDestroyers USS Little (DD-79), USS Jarvis (DD-38) and USS Burrows (DD-29) lying in the inner harbor at Brest, Finistere, ready for convoy duty, on October 27, 1918. Source: Imperial War Museum, American First World War Official Exchange Collection, Photo No. IWM (Q 68328).Mike Green
Jarvis 136kHalftone reproduction of a photograph of the of the Battleship USS Mississippi (Battleship # 41), at anchor, circa early or mid-1919. Destroyers Jarvis (# 38) and Mayrant (# 31) are moored to her port side. This view was published circa 1919 as one of ten images in a "Souvenir Folder" concerning USS Mississippi. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2009. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 106603.Robert Hurst

USS JARVIS DD-38 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Daniel Pratt Mannix    Oct 22 1912 - May 20 1913

LCDR William Ancrum    May 20 1913 - Jul 1 1914

LT Austin Staats Kibbee    Jul 1 1914 - Jul 15 1915

LCDR William Frederick (Bull) Halsey Jr.   Jul 15 1915 - Sep 21 1915 (Later FADM)

LCDR Arthur Mark LeRoy (Roy) Bristol Jr.    Sep 21 1915 - Apr 3 1916 (Later VADM)

LCDR Louis Poisson Davis    Apr 3 1916 - Sep 9 1917

LCDR Valentine Nicholas Bieg    Sep 9 1917 - Mar 12 1918

LCDR Ernest Ludolph Gunther    Mar 12 1918 - Oct 15 1918 (Later RADM)

LCDR Valentine Nicholas Bieg    Oct 15 1918 - Jan 11 1919

LCDR Edmund Selden Randolph Brandt    Jan 11 1919 - Mar 29 1919

LCDR John Kelvey Richards Jr.    Mar 29 1919 - Nov 26 1919 

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