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USS BELL (DD-95)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NATG

CLASS - WICKES (LITTLE)
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 November 16 1917.
Launched April 20 1918 and commissioned July 31 1918.
Decommissioned June 21 1922.
Stricken January 25 1937.
Fate Sold April 18 1939 and broken up for scrap.

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Bell 61kHenry Haywood Bell was born in North Carolina in 1808 and was appointed a midshipman on 4 August 1823. Highlights of his service before the Civil War were his time in Grampus as that schooner fought Caribbean pirates in the late 1820s and his command of San Jacinto during the mid 1850s. Under him, that screw frigate took the American diplomat, Townsend Harris, to Siam to establish diplomatic and economic relations between that kingdom and the United States. The ship then carried Harris to Japan where--following up Commodore Matthew C. Perry's diplomatic breakthrough--he became the first United States minister. The screw frigate subsequently participated in operations against the Chinese "Barrier Forts" between Whampoa and Canton before returning home in the summer of 1858. Following a period awaiting orders, Bell became the Navy's Assistant Inspector of Ordnance; and he held that post at the outbreak of the Civil War. Although a Southerner, Comdr. Bell remained loyal to the Union and initially labored to arm and to outfit the merchantmen that the Navy had purchased to blockade the Confederate coast. When the West Gulf Blockading Squadron was established early in 1862, Bell became Farragut's fleet captain and, as such, assisted the flag officer in administering the squadron and in capturing New Orleans. To prepare for operations against the "Crescent City," he reconnoitered the forts and river obstructions that protected it from attack by sea; and, shortly thereafter, he led the expedition that cut the chain across the Mississippi connecting floating barriers in the river. During Farragut's famous dash past Forts Jackson and St. Philip, Bell commanded the Union force's third division. On 1 July, Bell relieved Capt. Thomas T. Craven in command of Brooklyn. About a fortnight later, the Navy recognized Bell's outstanding service by promoting him to commodore, allowing him to skip the rank of captain. Commodore Bell was the squadron's highest ranking officer under Farragut; and he exercised immediate command of groups of Union warships in operations on the Mississippi, off Mobile Bay, and along the coast of Texas. Early in August 1863, Bell took temporary command of the squadron while Farragut returned north for a much needed rest; and, under his leadership, the squadron continued to operate effectively. After a somewhat rejuvenated Farragut returned to New Orleans on 23 January 1864, Bell--by then ill and exhausted--hauled down his broad pennant from the steam sloop Pensacola and returned home to recover his health. Following several months of rest up the Hudson at Newburgh, N.Y., where the high bluffs of the Catskill Mountains overlook the river, the commodore became the Commandant of the New York Navy Yard and held that post through the end of the Civil War. On 11 August 1865, Bell departed New York harbor in Hartford to reestablish the East India Squadron. Proceeding via the Cape of Good Hope, he reached Macao Roads on 4 February 1866 and spent the next two years laboring to restore respect for the United States in the Orient. He attained the permanent rank of rear admiral on 25 July 1866. His service in the Far East is most remembered for his struggles to suppress piracy along the China coast and to protect the lives and property of American citizens. On the morning of 11 January 1868, he drowned when his barge capsized in the surf off Osaka, Japan, while carrying him ashore for a farewell call on the United States minister there. Photo #: NH 56140. Rear Admiral Henry H. Bell, USN (1808-1868) portrait photo, taken circa 1866 by E. and H.T. Anthony, 591 Broadway, New York City. The original print is mounted on a carte de visite. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Bell 109kFore River Shipbuilding, Quincy, MA, June 20 1918. (L-R) USS Murray (DD-97), USS Stribling (DD-96), USS Bell (DD-95) and USS Dyer (DD-84). Naval Historical Center photo NH43024.Daniel Dunham
Bell 88kUSS Bell (DD-95) running builder's trial's, circa mid-1918 (USN).Robert Hurst
Bell 90kUSS Bell running builder's trial's, circa mid-1918. Note the canvas windsail ventilators rigged amidships (USN). Robert Hurst
Bell 60kUSS Bell at anchor in 1918, while painted in World War 1 camouflage (USN).Robert Hurst
Bell 138kUSS Wainwright (Destroyer # 62), USS Winslow (Destroyer # 53), and USS Bell (Destroyer # 95) listed from right to left. Moored to a buoy in the inner harbor of Brest, France on 27 October 1918. Note the various pattern camouflage designs worn by these three ships. U.S. Army Signal Corps Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 41513.Robert Hurst
Bell 102kU.S Atlantic Fleet destroyers in harbour, 23 April 1919. USS Bell (DD-95) is at left, USS Hazelwood (DD-107) is in the centre background; USS Ludlow (DD-112) is in the right middle, with an unidentified destroyer beyond her. Note the fuel oil barge and tug alongside the unidentified destroyer in the foreground (USN).Robert Hurst
Bell 69kUSS Bell at Ponta Delgada, Azores, in May 1919, with the flying-boat NC-4 taxiing in the foreground (USN). Robert Hurst
Bell 103kCirca 1920, location unknown.Jim Flynn

USS BELL DD-95 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Douglas Legate Howard    Jul 31 1918 - ?

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