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USS O'BRIEN (DD-51)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIV

CLASS - O' BRIEN As Built.
Displacement 1,090 Tons, Dimensions, 305' 3" (oa) x 31' 1" x 10' 7" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 8 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 17,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines With Triple Expansion Cruising Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 29 Knots, Crew 101.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on September 8 1913.
Launched July 20 1914 and commissioned May 23 1915.
O'Brien decommissioned at Philadelphia June 9 1922
and berthed with the reserve fleet until stricken.
Stricken March 8 1935.
Fate Sold August 23 1935 and broken up for scrap.

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Captain Jeremiah O’Brien (1744–1818) was in command of Unity when she captured HMS Margaretta in the first naval battle of the American Revolutionary War. He was born at Kittery, Maine. O'Brien and his five brothers, Gideon, John, William, Dennis and Joseph, were crewmembers of the sloop Unity when she captured Margaretta on 12 June 1775, at the entrance to the harbor at Machias (a town then in Massachusetts, later in Maine). Under the command of Jeremiah O’Brien, thirty-one townsmen armed with guns, swords, axes, and pitch forks captured the British armed schooner in an hour-long battle after Margaretta had threatened to bombard the town for interference with the shipment of lumber to British troops in Boston, Massachusetts. This battle is often considered the first time British colors were struck to those of the United States, even though Unity was not formally a member of the Continental Navy. The United States Merchant Marine claims Unity as its member and this incident as their beginning. A privateer, O'Brien continued as the captain of Unity, renamed Machias Liberty, for two years. In later years, he had an appointment as the federal customs collector for the port of Machias. a position he held until his death.Bill Gonyo
O'Brien 56kUndated, location unknown. NARA # 19-N-11498.Daniel Dunham
O'Brien 66kUndated, location unknown. NARA # 19-N-212216.Daniel Dunham
O'Brien 166kUndated, location unknown.Marc Ganley
O'Brien 234kNew York Sun newspaper clipping dated October 15 1916.Mike Mohl
O'Brien 304kDecember 1917 south of Ireland.Tommy Trampp
O'Brien 52kUSS O'Brien (Destroyer # 51) bringing in a convoy, 1918. Photographed from USS Pocahontas (ID # 3044). Note the "Dazzle" type camouflage worn by this destroyer, and by the transport following her. Collection of the USS Pocahontas Reunion Association, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
O'Brien 158kUSS O'Brien (DD-51) near the NC-1 plane on May 19,1919. The plane, which capsized shortly afterwards, was among a group of NC-1s that were attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.1984.041.001.021.Mike Green

USS O' BRIEN DD-51 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Edward Courtney    May 23 1915 - ?
LCDR Walter Frederick Lairenz    Sep 28 1916 - ?
CDR Charles Adams Blakely    ? (Later VADM)

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