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USS RADFORD (DD-120)


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CLASS - WICKES (LAMBERTON)
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, 24,900 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 2 1917.
Launched April 5 1918 and commissioned September 30 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on June 9 1922 and was berthed until
her sale. Reclassified Light target number 2 AG-22 April 16 1932 but not
carried out, Reverted to DD-120 June 27 1932.
Stricken May 19 1936.
Fate Sunk as target off San Diego August 5 1936.

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Radford 126kRear Adm. William Radford was born in Fincastle, Va., 1 March 1808 and entered the U.S. Navy during 1825. He commanded the landing party from Warren which captured the Mexican warship Malek Adhel at Mazatlan and took part in other Pacific coast operations of the Mexican War. During the Civil War, he commanded the ill-fated Cumberland but was on board the frigate Roanoke as a member of a Court of enquiry when his ship was attacked by the Confederate casemate ram Virginia. Captain Radford subsequently commanded the armored ship New Ironsides during Union attacks on Fort Fisher in December 1864 and in January 1865. Promoted rear admiral in 1866, he commanded the European squadron during 1869 and 1870. Rear Adm. Radford died at Washington, D.C., 8 January 1890.Bill Gonyo
Radford 124kUndated, practicing making smoke.Scott McCoy
Radford 57kUndated, USS Radford (DD-120) and USS Montgomery (DD-121) at Norfolk Navy Yard.Randle M. Biddle
Radford 42kUndated, USS Radford (DD-120) and USS Montgomery (DD-121) at Norfolk Navy Yard.Randle M. Biddle
Radford 38kNew York Times newspaper clipping from August 17 1919 of the USS Radford (DD-120), USS Montgomery (DD-121) and other unidentified destroyers in the Panama Canal.Mike Mohl
Radford 129kSan Diego, CA circa 1920, USS Radford (DD-120), USS Sproston (DD-173), USS Breese (DD-122), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Montgomery (DD-121). Naval Historical Center photo NH50241.Daniel Dunham
Radford 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
Radford 158kUSS Radford (DD-120) at San Diego on January 1 1922. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst

USS RADFORD DD-120 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Arthur S. Carpenter    Sep 30 1918 - ? (Later ADM)
CDR William Alexander Glassford Jr.    Sep 1919 - Dec 1919 (Later VADM)

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