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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 26 1917.
Launched March 3 1918 and commissioned August 18 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego September 21 1919.
Recommissioned February 24 1920.
Decommissioned again at San Diego on December 28 1922.
In and out of commission for the next 7 years
Waters recommissioned again on June 4 1930.
Reclassified high speed transport APD-8 February 3 1943.
Reclassified back to DD-115 August 2 1945. Decommissioned at
Terminal Island CA. October 12 1945 and was berthed there until her sale.
Stricken October 24 1945.
Fate Sold November 21 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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- Daniel Waters, born on 20 June 1731 at Charlestown, Mass., was one of the "minute men" who engaged the British at the onset of the Revolutionary War. Later placed in charge of a small gunboat during the American investment of Boston, Waters was appointed by General George Washington to command the schooner Lee on 20 January 1776. He was soon actively engaged in the ensuing assault upon British communications, capturing one enemy vessel in February and another in May. Aided by Warren, Lee seized an armed troopship with 94 Scottish Highlander troops on board in early June. Later in the month, Waters and Lee shared with other vessels the capture of transports Howe and Annabella. Again at the recommendation of Washington, Waters was appointed a captain in the Continental Navy on 15 March 1777 and given command of the frigate Fox. Shortly thereafter, Waters and Fox, along with Hancock, were forced to surrender to superior British forces off Halifax, Nova Scotia. Following exchange in 1778, Waters made a cruise to the West Indies in the spring of 1779 in the Continental sloop General Gates. He then commanded the Massachusetts ship General Putnam in an ill-fated expedition against Castine, Maine, in which the American ships were destroyed in the mouth of the Penobscot River to prevent their capture. Waters' most famous exploit occurred on Christmas Day, 1779, when he led the Boston privateer Thorn in a successful, two-hour action against two enemy privateers of about equal armament but more heavily manned. In the fierce fight, during which Governor Tryon and Sir William Erskine were captured, Waters was wounded. John Adams was to write of this engagement: "There has not been a more memorable action this war." Waters' last cruise was in the Massachusetts privateer Friendship, to which he was appointed in January 1781. Following the war, Waters retired to his farm in Maiden, Mass., where he died on 26 March 1816.Robert M. Cieri
Waters 51kUSS Waters (DD-115) and USS Dent (DD-116). Undated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Waters 142kUndated, location unknown. From the book The Ships of the United States Navy and their Sponsors 1913-1923.-
Waters 109kUndated, USS Waters (DD-115) and USS Dent (DD-116) in the Panama Canal.Ed Zajkowski
Waters 159kUndated, in San Diego. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Waters 43k1918 postcard, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Waters 74kAt her moorings, circa 1919.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans/Robert Hurst
Waters 103kDuring the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Upper Chambers, Gatun Locks, Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. Those present are: USS Wickes (Destroyer # 75) and USS Yarnall (Destroyer # 143), both at left; USS Philip (Destroyer # 76), USS Buchanan (Destroyer # 131) and USS Elliot (Destroyer # 146), left to right in the center group; USS Boggs (Destroyer # 136), USS Dent (Destroyer # 116) and USS Waters (Destroyer # 115), left to right in the right center group. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Waters 152kDestroyers in the Middle Chambers, Gatun Lock during the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. Those in the front centre are (left to right): USS Waters (Destroyer # 115); USS Dent (Destroyer # 116) and USS Boggs (Destroyer # 136). USS Yarnall (Destroyer # 143) is by herself just aft of that group. Partially visible at right are (left to right): USS Elliot (Destroyer # 146); USS Buchanan (Destroyer # 131) and USS Philip (Destroyer # 76). two of the three ships just astern of that group are: USS Tarbell (Destroyer # 142), right, and USS Wickes (Destroyer # 75, left. Photographed by the Panama Canal Company (their photo # 80-C-5). U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 42536.Robert Hurst
Waters 56kUSS Waters (DD-115) saluting President Woodrow Wilson on 12 September 1919 at Seattle, Washington. The ship is part of 'Pacific Fleet Review' that occurred 12-14 September 1919.
Seattle Public Library, Seattle Historical Photograph Collection, Photo No. spl_shp_14575
Mike Green
Waters 166k(L-R) USS Chauncey (DD-296), USS Philip (DD-76) and USS Waters (DD-115) at San Pedro circa December 1919.Alan Leigh Armstrong
Waters 185kAs above from a different angle.Alan Leigh Armstrong
Waters 172k(L-R) USS Philip (DD-76). USS Waters (DD-115) and USS Crosby (DD-164) at San Pedro circa December 1919.Alan Leigh Armstrong
Waters 34kCirca early 1930's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Waters 65kPhoto #: NH 67482. USS Waters (DD-115) at anchor, during the 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Waters 102kUSS Waters (DD-115) and USS Dent (DD-116), date and location unknown. Burns Brothers was a New York barge company, so probably on Hudson River, possibly during DesDiv 5's east coast visit in 1934.David Wright
Waters 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
Waters 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
Waters 80kUSS Waters at San Diego Naval Base, California during 1936.David A. Darst
Waters 139kUSS Waters at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii circa 1936-39.David A. Darst

USS WATERS DD-115 / APD-8 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Frank Russell    Aug 8 1918 - Jul 7 1919

LCDR Edward Banks Gibson    Jul 7 1919 - Sep 21 1919 (XOIC)        

(Decommissioned September 21 1919 - February 24 1920)

CDR James David Willson    Feb 24 1920 - Oct 5 1920

LCDR Elmer DeLoss Langworthy    Oct 5 1920 - Dec 28 1922

(Decommissioned December 28 1922 - June 4 1930)

LCDR Conrad Ridgely    Jun 4 1930 - Oct 7 1931

LCDR Charles Julian Wheeler    Oct 7 1931 - Apr 12 1934 (Later RADM)

LCDER Lewis Halladay McDonald    Apr 12 1934 - Jan 21 1936 

LCDR Paul William Frederick Huschke    Jan 21 1936 - Jan 1 1939

LCDR Philip Gardner Nichols    Jan 1 1939 - Jun 15 1939 (Later RADM)

LCDR Rodman Davis Smith    Jun 15 1939 - Mar 30 1940

LT Gill McDonald Richardson    Mar 30 1940 - Apr 30 1940

CDR Rodman Davis Smith    Apr 30 1940 - Jul 17 1940

LCDR Henry Jacques Armstrong Jr.    Jul 17 1941 - Dec 15 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charles John McWhinnie    Dec 15 1942 - Jul 21 1944

LT Sam Halfon    Jul 21 1944 - Oct 22 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

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Waters APD-8
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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