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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 March 23 1918 and commissioned July 26 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego June 6 1922 and berthed there until
recommissioning on August 20 1931.
Reclassified Light Minelayer DM-17 January 5 1931.
Recommissioned August 20 1931.
Decommissioned from December 7 1937 until September 25 1939.
Irreparably damaged by a mine in Ngulu Lagoon Caroline Islands October 17 1944.
Stricken April 28 1945.
Fate Sold March 11 1946 and hulk was broken up for scrap.
4 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Montgomery 90kJohn B. Montgomery was born in New Jersey in 1794. He was appointed a Midshipman on 4 June 1812. He first served in the flagship Niagara in the victory of Lake Erie, September 1814. He was commissioned Lieutenant on 1 April 1818 and Commander on 9 December 1839. He commanded Naval Rendezvous, Boston in 1840. He was the commanding officer of the sloop-of-war Portsmouth of the Pacific Squadron (1845-48). He was promoted to Captain in 1853 and became Commander Pacific Squadron (1860-61). He was promoted to Commodore on 16 July 1862 and served as Commandant Boston Navy Yard (1862-63) and Commandant Navy Yard Washington (1864-65). He rose to the flag rank of Rear Admiral on 25 July 1866 and was Commandant Naval Station Sackett's Harbor, N.Y. (1867-69). Admiral Montgomery died on 25 March 1873 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. At the time of his death he was on the Retired List. Photo of John B. Montgomery (DD-121) - Commandant Boston Navy Yard, June 3, 1862-Dec. 15, 1863 (Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-7245)Robert M. Cieri/Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Montgomery 65kUndated, location unknown.Jon Burdett
Montgomery 57kUndated, USS Radford (DD-120) and USS Montgomery (DD-121) at Norfolk Navy Yard.Randle M. Biddle
Montgomery 42kUndated, USS Radford (DD-120) and USS Montgomery (DD-121) at Norfolk Navy Yard.Randle M. Biddle
Montgomery 278kUndated, location unknown.Lou Keller
Montgomery 48kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Montgomery 170kUndated, at San Diego. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Montgomery 264kUndated photo of three Curtis F8C-4 flying over the USS Montgomery (DD-121) at an unknown location. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No.2011.003.209.003.Mike Green
Montgomery 37kUndated as a unit of Destroyer Division Twelve US Pacific Fleet.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Montgomery 201kUndated, USS Radford (DD-120) and USS Montgomery (DD-121) transit the Panama Canal, note these sre not submarines.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
401kAbove photo converted to a color postcard.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Montgomery 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Montgomery 138kUSS Montgomery (Destroyer # 121), Underway, 26 February 1919. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 45722.Robert Hurst
Montgomery 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
Montgomery 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
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
Montgomery 151kSeen here in prewar colors with her sisters USS Breese (XDD-122/DM-18), USS Gamble (XDD-123/DM-15) and USS Ramsay (XDD-124/DM-16) as part of Mine Division Two.-
Montgomery 184kThe USS Montgomery (DD-121) and USS Gamble (DD-123) along with many others at San Diego on April 4 1939.Jonathan Eno
Montgomery 87kFlush deck destroyer converted to a light minelayer (DM) prior to WW2. She is seen here at Dutch Harbor, Alaska in March, 1943. She and seven other of her flush deck sisters were converted to DM's in the years from 1930-1937.-
Montgomery 54kOur Navy magazine June 1943.Chet Morris

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Reynolds Purnell    Jul 26 1918 - Jan 4 1919 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Calvin Jennings    Jan 4 1919 - Jan 20 1920

LT Thomas Lamison Sprague    Jan 20 1920 - Nov 10 1920 (Later VADM)

LT Stuart Shirley Reynolds    Nov 10 1920 - Dec 28 1921

CDR William Alexander Glassford Jr.    Dec 28 1921 - Mar 13 1922 (Later ADM)

LT Stuart Shirley Reynolds    Mar 13 1922 - Jun 6 1922

(Decommissioned Jun 6 1922 - August 20 1931)

CDR Lee Payne Johnson    Aug 20 1931 - Mar 21 1932

LCDR Lloyd Erwin Clifford    Mar 21 1932 - Nov 28 1933

LCDR Omar Brown Earle    Nov 28 1933 - 1935

LCDR William Edward Miller    May 15 1935 - Jul 20 1936

LCDR Robert Raymond Ferguson    Jul 10 1936 - Jul 7 1937

(Decommissioned July 7 1937 - Sep 25 1939) 

LCDR Donald Fitzroy McLean    Sep 25 1939 - Apr 2 1941

LCDR Richard Allen Guthrie    Apr 2 1941 - Apr 10 1942

LCDR John Andrews Jr.    Apr 10 1942 - Apr 1 1943

LCDR Dwight Lyman Moody    Apr 1 1943 - Nov 1 1943

LCDR Edward Herman Inman Jr.    Nov 1 1943 - May 23 1944

LCDR Dan Thomas Drain    May 23 1944 - Apr 23 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Montgomery (DM-17)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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