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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 December 14 1917.
Launched May 29 1918 and commissioned August 16 1918.
Converted and reclassified as light minelayer DM-1 July 17 1920
at Philadelphia. Decommissioned at San Diego June 26 1922
and berthed there until Stricken December 1 1936.
Fate Sunk as target off Pearl Harbor Hawaii July 28 1937.

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Stribling 76kCornelius Kinchiloe Stribling was born at Pendleton, S.C., on 22 September 1796. He was appointed midshipman on 18 June 1812, the day the United States declared war on Great Britain. During the War of 1812, he served in Macedonian from 1 January 1813 to April 1814 and in Mohawk from then until April 1815. While assigned to Mohawk on Lake Ontario, Midshipman Stribling participated in the blockade of Kingston in the summer and fall of 1814. Soon after the end of the war, he returned to Macedonian and, in 1815, participated in the capture of two Algerine ships, a frigate and a brig, by Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron. In October of 1815, Stribling was transferred to Constellation and returned home in that frigate at the end of 1817. On 1 April 1818, he was promoted to lieutenant and served successively in Hornet, Peacock, John Adams, and again in Constellation, during the campaigns against pirates in the West Indies. In 1823, he was given command of two barges along the coast of Cuba and with them captured buccaneer schooner Pilot after a running fight. During the Mexican War, Stribling was attached to ship-of-the-line Ohio and took part in operations against the coastal towns of Lower California and western Mexico. From 1851 to 1853, he served as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. On 1 August 1853, he became Captain Stribling. From 1854 to 1855, he commanded San Jacinto and, between 1857 and 1859, he was Commandant at the Pensacola Navy Yard. After two years as Commander of the East India Squadron, Capt. Stribling returned home in 1861 to find the Union rent asunder by the Civil War. He forsook the land of his birth, South Carolina, to support the Union cause. Under the provisions of the Act of Congress, effective 21 December 1861, his long service required that he be placed upon the retired list. That action and a promotion to the rank of Commodore took place on 2 August 1862. However, the exigencies of war soon brought him back to active duty. He commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard until 23 September 1864, when he was ordered to assume command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He held this post for the duration of the war. On 6 August 1866, he was appointed to the Lighthouse Board and remained with that organization until 18 September 1871, having served as president of the board from 15 March 1869. Rear Admiral Stribling died at Martinsburg, W. Va., on 17 January 1880.Bill Gonyo
Stribling 206kBethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 1918. Shown: Hull 301 (USS Bell), Hull 302 (USS Stribling). Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels Collection. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.Mike Mohl
Stribling 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
Stribling 77kPhoto #: NH 72861, U.S. Navy destroyers at Villefranche, France, 1919. These ships are (from left to right): USS Israel (Destroyer # 98), USS Schley (Destroyer # 103) and USS Stribling (Destroyer # 96). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Stribling 118kUSS Stribling (Destroyer # 96), Anchored off Venice, Italy in 1919. She was then commanded by Commander Wilbur R. Van Auken, USN. Note the splinter matting hung around her bridge. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 41514.Robert Hurst
Stribling 72kCirca 1920, Panama Canal.Jim Flynn

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG George Christian Logan    Aug 16 1918 - Aug 18 1918  
LCDR Thomas Earle Van Metre    Aug 18 1918 - Jan 20 1919
CDR Wilbur Rice Van Auken    Jan 20 1919 - Sep 18 1919 
LCDR Max Burke DeMott    Sep 18 1919 - Jan 15 1920
LCDR Jacob (Jake) Matsch    Jan 15 1920 - May 8 1920
LCDR William Henry Stiles Jr.    May 8 1920 - Dec 17 1921
CDR Allan Shannon Farquhar    Dec 17 1921 - Jun 26 1922

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Stribling (DM-1)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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