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USS LAMBERTON (DD-119 / AG-21 / DMS-2)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAZL

Built to Bath plans, built by Newport News, these Wickes versions were slightly heavier
but had a good cruising radius.
Displacement 1,213 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,100 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines with Geared Cruising Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 101.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on October 1 1917.
Launched March 30 1918 and commissioned August 22 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego June 30 1922 and was berthed there
until recommissioning on November 15 1930.
Reclassified Light Target Number 1 AG-21 April 16 1932.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-2 November 19 1940.
Reverted to Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-21 June 5, 1945.
Decommissioned at Bremerton on December 13 1946.
Stricken January 28 1947.
Fate Sold May 9 1947 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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USS Lamberton (DD-119)
Lamberton Benjamin P. Lamberton, born 25 February 1844 in Pennsylvania, was appointed Midshipman 21 September 1861. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1865 and was attached to the steam sloop Susquehanna of the Brazil Squadron. Following 30 years of service in various ships and shore operations, Lamberton was promoted to captain 17 May 1898. He served as chief of staff on board Admiral Dewey’s flagship Olympia in the Battle of Manila Bay. An incident during the heat of the battle demonstrated the ardor of Olympia’s crew. On learning of Dewey’s decision to give the crew a break for breakfast, a gun captain commented to Captain Lamberton, “For God’s sake, Captain, don’t let us stop now. To hell with breakfast!” Lamberton was promoted to rear admiral 11 September 1903 and died in Washington, D.C., 9 June 1912.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Lamberton 61kUndated, location unknown. From Jane's Fighting Ships, 1919.Robert Hurst
Lamberton 139kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historial Museum.Darryl Baker
Lamberton 30kUndated, as Flagship of Destroyer Division Twelve US Pacific Fleet.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Lamberton 92kCirca 1918-1926, at anchor in San Pedro harbor.Jon Burdett
Lamberton 151kUSS Lamberton (Destroyer # 119), Underway off New York City, 15 April 1919. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 51213.Robert Hurst
Lamberton 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
USS Lamberton (AG-21)
Lamberton 114kWearing Measure 22 and a late war radar rig, taken circa 1945-46 off southern California. At this time Lamberton was acting as a Sound School vessel and target tower for vessels undergoing shakedown training.Paul Rebold / Tracy White
Lamberton 72kSan Diego, CA 1946.Marc Piché

USS LAMBERTON DD-119 / AG-21 / DMS-2 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Frank Slingluff Jr.    Aug 22 1918 - Jun 27 1919

LTJG Carl Victor Schlaet    Jun 27 1919 - Jul 26 1919

CDR John Howard Hoover    Jul 26 1919 - May 31 1920

LTJG Louis Verbrugge    May 31 1920 - Dec 10 1920

CDR James David Willson    Dec 10 1920 - Nov 20 1921  

CDR Robert Andrew Abernathy    Nov 20 1921 - Jan 10 1922

LCDR Thomas Alexander Symington    Jan 10 1922 - Jun 30 1922

(Decommissioned June 30 1922 - November 15 1930)

LCDR Samuel Nobre Moore    Nov 15 1930 - Jan 23 1932

(As AG-21)

LCDR Edward Francis McCartin    Jan 23 1932 - Jun 7 1934

LCDR Harold Samuel Klein    Jun 7 1934 - Jul 8 1937

LCDR John Edwin Murphy    Jul 8 1937 - Jun 21 1939

LCDR William Lewis Benson    Jun 21 1939 - Jul 15 1941

(As DMS-2)

LCDR William John O'Brien    Jul 15 1941 - Aug 1 1942

LT Howard Weldie Baker    Aug 1 1942 - Dec 1 1942

LCDR Baxter Morrison McKay    Dec 1 1942 - Jan 15 1944

LT Charles Raymond Calhoun Jr.    Jan 15 1944 - Aug 1 1944

LT Edward Revis Hunt    Aug 1 1944 - Dec 13 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Lamberton (DMS-2)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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