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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
Built by Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME (YN 62)
Laid down 29 July 1913
Launched 22 April 1914
Commissioned 16 June 1914
Decommissioned at Philadelphia 26 May 1922
Loaned to the Coast Guard as CG-6 07 June 1924
Returned to Navy 30 June 30 1933
Name dropped 01 July 1933
Stricken 05 July 1934
Fate Sold 22 August 1934 to Michael Flynn, Brooklyn, NY, and broken up for scrap.

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McDougal 62kMINSY 2861-44, Rear Admiral David S. McDougal. Born 27 Sept. 1809 died 7 Aug 1882. Namesake of destroyers USS McDougal (DD 54) and (DD 358). He served as Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard from 13 March 1861 until 5 June 1861 and again from 17 Oct 1864 until 5 Jul 1866. Darryl Baker
USS McDougal (DD-54)
147kMcDougal immediately after launching at Bath, Maine, 22 April 1914.Dave Wright
McDougal 169kUSS McDougal (Destroyer No. 54) making a high speed run, date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McDougal 79kUndated photo of the USS McDougal (DD-54) and an unidentified sister moored together at an unidentified harbor. Source: Imperial War Museum Photo Archive Collection, Photo No. IWM (Q 19608).Mike Green
McDougal 129kUSS McDougal (Destroyer # 54) with Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin D. Roosevelt on board, circa mid-1914. Photographed by Edwin Levick, New York. Note the ship's divisional number ("8") on her second smokestack, the 13-star "boat" ensign flying from her mainmast gaff and the Assistant Secretary of the Navy flag at her mainmast peak. Courtesy of Ted Stone, 1977. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 86365.Robert Hurst
McDougal 184kNH 60258. July 20 1914, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski/Robert Hurst
McDougal 3217kA very large newspaper clipping of the USS Barry (DD-2), USS Tripp (DD-33), USS Aylwin (DD-47) and the USS McDougal (DD-54) from the Baltimore Sun dated September 12 1915.Mike Mohl
McDougal 113kCirca 1916, location unknown.Fred Weiss
Ingraham 150kMcDougal (Destroyer No. 54), Hopewell (Destroyer No. 181) and Ingraham (Destroyer No. 111) moored together. This photo was probably taken at New York Navy Yard in summer 1919. Note Ingraham is missing her bridge.Dave Wright
McDougal 52kPhoto #: NH 103514-E, USS McDougal (DD-54) in the North River off New York City, 20 May 1921. Cropped from NH 103514, a panoramic photograph by Himmel and Tyner, New York. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
McDougal 86kDestroyer Squadron 14 in the North River, off New York City, 20 May 1921. Panoramic photograph by Himmel and Tyner, New York. U.S. Navy ships present are (from left to right): USS Cummings (DD-44); USS Wainright (DD-62); USS Parker (DD-48); USS Balch (DD-50); USS McDougal (DD-54); USS Ericsson (DD-56) and USS Dixie (AD-1), squadron flagship. Note what appears to be a yacht club in the lower left (Photo No NH 103514).Robert Hurst
McDougal 116kUSCG Monaghan (CG-15, ex-USS DD-32), USCG Roe (CG-18, ex-DD-24), USCG McDougal (CG-6, ex-DD-54) and USCG Ammen (ex-DD-35) at New York Navy Yard, 20 October 1926.Robert Hurst
McDougal 28kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green

USS McDOUGAL DD-54 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG John Howard Hoover    Jun 16 1914 - Jun 28 1914 (Acting - Later ADM)

LCDR Leigh Carlyle Palmer    Jun 28 1914 - Jun 10 1915 (Later RADM)

LCDR Arthur P. Fairfield    Jun 10 1915 - Aug 13 1917 (Later RADM)

LCDR Francis Cogswell    Aug 13 1917 - Mar 26 1918

LCDR Vaughan Kimball Colman    Mar 26 1918 - Jun 23 1919

LCDR Comfort Benedict Platt    Jun 23 1919 - Oct 25 1921

LT Kingsland Dunwoody    Oct 25 1921 - May 26 1922

Under Coast Guard command

CDR Stanley Vincent Parker (USCG)    May 13 1925 - Oct 1926 (Later RADM)

CDR William Francis Towle (USCG)    Oct 1926 - Oct 1927 (Later RADM)

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
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