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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 August 25 1917.
Launched January 27 1918 and commissioned June 1 1918.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on July 7 1922 and berthed there.
Converted into a high speed transport in 1939
Gregory was reclassified APD-3 on August 2 1940.
Recommissioned on November 4 1940.
Fate Sunk by Japanese destroyers off Guadalcanal September 5 1942.
11 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Gregory 67kRear Admiral Francis H. Gregory was born in Norwalk, Conn., 9 October 1780. While in the merchant service, he was impressed by the British in an incident typical of those which led in part to the War of 1812. After escaping, Gregory was appointed a midshipman 16 January 1809 by President Jefferson and reported to Revenge, commanded by Oliver Hazard Perry. In March 1809 he was transferred to the Gulf Squadron at New Orleans. While serving in Vesuvius and as captain of Gun Boat 162, Gregory participated in the capture of an English brig smuggling slaves into New Orleans and three Spanish pirate ships. During the War of 1812, he served on Lake Ontario under Commodore Isaac Chauncey and participated in attacks on Toronto, Kingston, and Fort George. In August 1814 Gregory was captured by the British; refused parole, he was sent to England and remained there until June 1815. After he was released by the British, Gregory joined the Mediterranean Squadron and operated along the North African coast until 1821. In that year he became captain of Grampus and spent the following 2 years cruising the West Indies, to suppress piracy. While in the Indies. Gregory captured the notorious pirate brig Panchita and destroyed several other pirate ships. After fitting out, the frigate Brandywine, destined to carry LaFayette back to France, in 1824, Gregory sailed a 64 gun frigate to Greece for the revolutionary government. From 1824-1828 he served at the New York Navy Yard, and in 1831 reported to the Pacific Station for a 3-year cruise in command of Falmouth. Gregory served as commander of the Station for 1 year. From the Pacific, Gregory—appointed a Captain in 1838—sailed to the Gulf of Mexico, where he commanded North Carolina and Raritan and served in the blockade of the Mexican coast during the war with that country. After the Mexican War, Gregory commanded the squadron off the African coast, with Portsmouth as his flagship, until June 1851. Returning to the States, he became Commandant of the Boston Navy Yard in May 1852 and served there through February 1856. His subsequent retirement ended a navy career which spanned nearly 50 years. When the bloody Civil War rolled across the land, Gregory returned to naval service to superintend the building and fitting out of naval vessels in private shipyards. Promoted to Rear Admiral 16 July 1862, he served throughout the 4 years of war and then retired again. Admiral Gregory died 4 October 1866 in Brooklyn, and was buried at New Haven, Conn.Bill Gonyo
Gregory 75kUndated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Gregory 79kUndated, at Cattaro.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Gregoru 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
Gregory 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
Gregory 56kUSS Gregory (DD-82) in a European port, circa 1919. Note single-engine seaplane flying overhead. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Gregory 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadacanal.Ron Reeves

USS GREGORY DD-82 / APD-3 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Arthur Philip Fairfield    Jun 1 1918 - Oct 10 1918 (Later RADM)
LCDR Charles William McNair    Oct 10 1918 - Dec 5 1918 
CDR Owen Bartlett    Dec 5 1918 - Jan 10 1919
LCDR Abel Trood Bidwell    Jan 10 1919 - Apr 2 1921 (Later RADM)
LT Robert Wing McReynolds Jr.    Apr 2 1921 - Jul 7 1922   
(Decommissioned July 7 1922 - November 4 1940)
LCDR William Drane Brown    Nov 4 1940 - Dec 13 1941 (Later VADM)
LCDR Harry Frederick Bauer    Dec 13 1941 - Sep 5 1942
LT Heinrich Heine Jr.    Sep 5 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.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Gregory APD-3
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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