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USS RATHBURNE (DD-113 / APD-25)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NACR

CLASS - WICKES As Built.
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 Cramp, Philadelphia on July 12 1917.
Launched December 27 1917 and commissioned June 24 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego February 12 1923.
Recommissioning February 8 1930.
Reclassified high speed transport APD-25 May 20 1944.
Reclassified back to DD-113 July 20 1945.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia November 2 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken November 28 1945.
Fate Sold November 21 1946 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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- An incorrect spelling of the name Rathbun, also spelled Rathbourne, Rathburn, or Rathbon. John Peck Rathbun served in the Continental Navy from its beginning. As a lieutenant in Providence, he participated in an attack on New Providence in 1776. When John Paul Jones took command, he remained in Providence, then went with Jones to Alfred. Promoted to captain of the sloop Providence in April 1777, he took his ship back to the Bahamas, and on the night of 27 January 1778, sent a small landing party of marines ashore at New Providence. They captured Forts Nassau and Montague without bloodshed. On the 28th, Rathbun brought Providence into Nassau harbor. Before departing on the morning of the 30th, he and his crew had taken two sloops and a brig, Mary; released American prisoners; dismantled the fortifications; and acquired badly needed small arms, ammunition, and powder. In 1779 he assumed command of the frigate Queen of France and in July cruised off Newfoundland with Providence and Ranger. On the 16th the ships sighted a convoy bound for Britain. Fog closed in, but when it lifted, Queen of France was next to a merchantman whose crew mistook the American for a British escort vessel. Rathbun took advantage of the situation, exploited the mistake in identity, and captured the ship. Ranger and Providence followed suit. Ten more ships were cut out of the convoy , their total value approaching $1 million. In 1780 Rathbun took Queen of France south in Commodore Whipple's force to bolster the defenses of Charleston, S.C. There, with smaller ships, she was stationed in the Ashley River to prevent British forces under Cornwallis from crossing and attacking the city. As the American position weakened, Queen of France's guns were removed and she was sunk as a block ship. Her crew then went ashore and Rathbun served as an artilleryman until the city fell in May 1781. Taken prisoner at the fall of Charleston, Rathbun and the other American captains were paroled and allowed to return to New England. There he found that the Continental Navy had dwindled and no commands were available. Thereupon, Rathbun, a true patriot, secured a commission from Congress on 4 August to command the Massachusetts privateer brig Wexford. About two weeks later, he set sail from Boston bound for St. Georges Channel and, within another six weeks reached the coast of Ireland. There, less than 100 miles from Cape Clear, he ran afoul of the 32-gun frigate HMS Recovery. Following a 24-hour chase during which HMS Recovery fired at least one broadside, Rathbun and his ship were captured by the British warship. Incarcerated first at Kinsale Prison near Cork, Ireland, Rathbun was later transferred to Mills Prison in Plymouth, England, where he died on 20 June 1782.Robert M. Cieri
Rathburne 39kUndated, location unknown.Fred Weiss
Rathburne 61kUndated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Rathburne 68kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Rathburne 117kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Rathburne 227kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Rathburne 222kUndated, off the coast of Alaska. Photo from the collection of John Dickey.Ed Zajkowski
Rathburne 103k Destroyers moored together at San Diego, California, circa the early 1920s. These ships are (from left to right): USS Dent (DD-116); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); and USS Roper (DD-147). Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN (Retired), 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 101204.Pobert Hurst
Rathburne 190k Destroyers moored together at San Diego, California, circa the early 1920s. These ships are (from left to right): USS Dent (DD-116); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); and USS Roper (DD-147). Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN (Retired), 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 101204.Pobert Hurst
Rathburne 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Rathburne 115kU.S. Navy destroyers moored together at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1934. Ships present include (from left to right): USS Breckinridge (DD-148); two unidentified destroyers; USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); six unidentified destroyers and USS Hopkins (DD-249). U.S.Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 50099.Robert Hurst
Rathburne 70kAs APD-25 Bremerton, WA May 1944.Marc Piché

USS RATHBURNE DD-113 / APD-25 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Ward Kenneth Wortman    Jun 24 1918 - ?
CDR Fred Halstead Poteet    Jul 1 1921 - ?
LCDR Elroy Leonard Vanderkloot    Feb 8 1930 - 1932
LCDR Stuart Earl Bray    ? 1932 - ? 1934
LCDR Henry Dent Baggett    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Lucien Ragonnet    ? 1938 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Preston Virginius Mercer    ? 1939 - 1941
LCDR Roger Brown Nickerson    1941 - Jan 25 1943
LCDR Corbin Clark Shute    Jan 25 1943 - Jul 17 1943
LCDR Frank Lewis Fullaway    Jul 17 1943 - Jul 20 1943
CDR Richard L. Welch    Jul  20 1943 - ?
As APD-25
LT Joel Thomas Williams Jr.    Jul 1 1945 - Sep 24 1945
LCDR Lewis James Garfield    Sep 24 1945 - Nov 2 1945

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
E-mail: apdsec@cox.net


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Rathburne APD-25
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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