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Built To A Different Set Of Plans (Bethlehem) than The Wickes (Bath)
The Little Versions Were Considered Less Successful Than The Bath Designed Ships, With Few Remaining In Service Past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on June 18 1917.
Launched November 11 1917 and commissioned April 6 1918.
Little was placed into reserve at Philadelphia in 1919,
Reactivated January 4 1921 and decommissioned at Philadelphia July 5 1922.
Little remained idle for 19 years until she was converted into a high
speed transport and reclassified APD-4 on August 2 1940. Little was
recommissioned November 4 1940.
Fate Sunk by Japanese destroyers off Guadalcanal September 5 1942.

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Little 144kBorn 10 April 1754 in Marshfield, Mass., George Little was appointed first lieutenant of the Massachusetts ship Protector in 1779, and was aboard in 1781 when she fought a running battle with the British ship Thames. In a later engagement he was captured, imprisoned, but later escaped. He was given command of Massachusetts ship Winthrop which captured two British privateers, armed brig Meriam, and a number of other vessels. Commissioned captain, USN, 4 March 1799, Little was given command of frigate Boston. He culminated a brilliant fighting career during the quasi-war with France by capturing Le Berceau and seven other ships. Little died at Weymouth, Mass., 22 July 1809. Bill Gonyo
Little 133kLaunching at Fore River, November 11 1917. Digital ID: npcc 20355, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Little 270kBethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1918. Shown: Hull 274 (USS Little), Hull 275 (USS Kimberley), Hull 276 (USS Sigourney), Hull 277 (USS Gregory), Hull 280 (USS Colhoun), Hull 281 (USS Stevens). Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels Collection. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.Mike Mohl
Little 168kView looking aft from her foremast crow's nest, while she was escorting a World War I Atlantic convoy, 1918. Note: "dazzle" camouflage, davits, motor whaleboat, motor launch and gig, triple torpedo tubes, mattress splinter protection around her after conning station, and life rafts. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Little 119kPhoto #: NH 51340, USS Little (DD-79) view of the ship's wake, taken while she was escorting a World War I Atlantic convoy, 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Little 85kRunning trials in icy waters, 4 March 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Little 178kFore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts. Ships fitting out at the Fore River shipyard, 19 March 1918. The six destroyers are Little (DD-79), Kimberly (DD-80), Sigourney (DD-81), Gregory (DD-82), Colhoun (DD-85) and Stevens (DD-86), which had builder's hull numbers 274-277 and 280-281 respectively. The freighter at right is Katrina Luckenbach, yard hull # 267, which served as USS Katrina Luckenbach in 1918-19. Most of the equipment on the pier is for her. Note the large submarine being built in the background, under the revolving crane. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Little 141kView looking aft from the starboard midships superstructure, while she was escorting a World War I Atlantic convoy, 23 October 1918. Note her cowl ventilators, davits, motor launch and triple torpedo tubes. Another destroyer is in the left distance. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Fred Weiss
Little 132kPhoto #: NH 41705. USS Little (Destroyer # 79) gun crew practicing with the ship's forward 4"/50 gun, in the Atlantic, 23 October 1918. The ammunition appears to be wooden drill rounds. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Little 67kPhoto #: NH 41709, USS Little (Destroyer # 79) view over the ship's stern, showing her depth charge racks and after 4"/50 gun, taken while she was operating in the Atlantic on 25 October 1918. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold
Little 57kUSS Little (Destroyer # 79) depth charge racks and 4"/50 gun on the ship's stern, taken while she was operating in the Atlantic on 25 October 1918. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold
Little 91kUSS Little (Destroyer # 79) port side midships 4"/50 gun in action during target practice off the coast of France, 1918. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center. Photo #: NH 41714.Robert Hurst
Little 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
Little 73kPhoto #: NH 50022: USS Little (DD-79) at Boston, Massachusetts, 18 January 1919. Panoramic photograph, taken by Crosby. Note mattress splinter shielding hung around her bridge. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Scott Dyben
Little 61kPhotographed circa 1919-20. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Little 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadacanal.Ron Reeves

USS LITTLE DD-79 / APD-4 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Joseph Knefler Taussig    Apr 6 1918 - Sep 21 1918 (Later VADM)
LCDR Leland Jordan Jr.    Sep 21 1918 - Jun 16 1919
LT Earle Grace Gardner    Jun 16 1919 - Jul 14 1920
LCDR Theodore Gordon 'Spuds' Ellyson    Jul 14 1920 - Aug 3 1921
LCDR Edward James Foy    Aug 3 1921 - Jul 5 1922
(Decommissioned July 5 1922 - August 2 1940)
LCDR Kenneth Earl    Nov 4 1940 - Mar 11 1942
CDR Gustove Brynolf 'Gus' Lofberg Jr.    Mar 11 1942 - Sep 5 1942

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Little APD-4
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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