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USS MONTGOMERY (DD-121 / DM-17)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAXJ

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 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 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

USS MONTGOMERY DD-121 / DM-17 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Reynolds Purnell    Jul 26 1918 - Jan 1919 (Later RADM)
LT Thomas Lamison Sprague    Jan 1920 - Nov 1920 (Later ADM)
CDR William Alexander Glassford Jr.    Dec 28 1921 - Mar 13 1922 (Later VADM)
As DM-17
CDR Lee Payne Johnson    Jun 25 1930 - Mar 1932
LCDR Lloyd Erwin Clifford    Mar 1932 - Jun 1933
LCDR Omar Brown Earle    Jun 1933 - 1935
LCDR William Edward Miller    1935 - 1936
LCDR Robert Raymond Ferguson    1936 - 1937
LCDR Donald Fitzrov McLean    Sep 25 1939 - Feb 1941
LCDR Richard Allen Guthrie    Feb 1941 - Apr 1942
LCDR John Andrews Jr.    Apr 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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