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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; Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on September 19 1917.
Launched February 21 1918 and commissioned June 13 1918.
Placed in reduced commission in 1919 until decommissioned
at Philadelphia June 28 1922. Colhoun was towed to Norfolk June 5 1940.
Converted into a high speed transport.
Reclassified APD-2 on August 2 1940.
Recommissioned December 11 1940.
Fate Sunk by Japanese aircraft off Guadalcanal August 30 1942.
51 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Colhoun 24kEdmund Ross Colhoun was born on 6 May 1821 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was appointed a midshipman on 1 April 1839. He served during the Mexican War with Commodores Conner and Perry at Alvarado and Tabasco. During the Civil War he served on both the North and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons, had command of the monitor Weehawken and was commended for his participation in the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher, North Carolina, from December 1864 to January 1865. He commanded the South Pacific Station (1874-5), Mare Island Navy Yard (1877-81) and retired from the U.S. Navy on 5 May 1883. Rear Admiral Colhoun died on 17 February 1897.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Colhoun 127kPhoto #: NH 43019, Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts, destroyer hulls on the building ways, 1 October 1917. Those closest to the camera are the future USS Colhoun (DD-85) and Stevens (DD-86), which had builder's numbers 280 and 281. The ships on the left are probably the future USS Sigourney (DD-81) and Gregory (DD-82).Paul Rebold
Colhoun 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
Colhoun 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
Colhoun 89kEscorting a convoy of troopships, in mid-1918. The two-stack transport beyond her bow is USS Siboney (ID # 2999). Photographed by R. Bowman. Courtesy of Jack L. Howland, 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Colhoun 172kCirca 1918, location unknown. From the collection of James W. Anderson.Kristina Magill
Colhoun 68kPhoto #: NH 104157, USS Colhoun (Destroyer # 85) in port, circa late 1918 or early 1919. Note her pattern camouflage, and the splinter protection mats hung over the face of her bridge. The ship partially visible alongside Colhoun's starboard side appears to be USS Alert (1875-1922). Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2006. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Colhoun 56kUSS Colhoun (DD-85) Close-up view of the ship's port side midships area, probably taken in the Azores circa early 1919. The ship is still painted in World War I "dazzle" camouflage. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Library, Treasure Island, California, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Colhoun 117kUSS Colhoun (DD-85) photographed on 15 November 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Colhoun 106kUSS Colhoun (DD-85) wearing World War I era "dazzle" camouflage. The original print's caption is dated 28 April 1919, which seems rather late for this paint scheme. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Colhoun 147kMap of Iron Bottom Sound indicating where ships were sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal.Ron Reeves

USS COLHOUN DD-85 / APD-2 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Benyaurd Bourne Wygant    Jun 13 1918 - Nov 16 1921

LT Roy Trent Gallenmore    Jul 7 1919 - Feb 10 1920

LT Julius Caesar Delpino    Feb 10 1920 - Mar 12 1920

LT Roy Trent Gallenmore    Mar 12 1920 - Ape 3 1920

ENS John Albert Pierson    Apr 3 1920 - Apr 10 1920                          

LT William Hereford Ball    Apr 10 1920 - Nov 16 1921

LCDR Lyell St.Louis Pamperin    Nov 16 1921 - Jun 28 1922

(Decommissioned June 28 1922 - December 11 1940)

LCDR Harold Raymond Demarest    Dec 11 1940 - Sep 30 1941

LCDR Edward Christian Loughead    Sep 30 1941 - Jul 7 1942

LT George Bernard Madden    Jul 7 1942 - Aug 30 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 Colhoun APD-2
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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