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USS TATTNALL (DD-125 / APD-19)


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CLASS - WICKES (TATTNALL)
Built to Bath plans, built by New York SB., these Wickes versions were
slightly heavier but had a much poorer cruising radius.
Displacement 1,211 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 New York Shipbuilding on December 1 1917.
Launched September 5 1918 and commissioned June 26 1919.
Decommissioned at San Diego on June 15 1922 and berthed there until
recommissioning on May 1 1930.
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD- 19 July 24 1943.
Decommissioned at Puget sound December 17 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken January 8 1946.
Fate Sold November 13 1946 to Pacific Metal Salvage Company and scuttled at Royston, BC on August 21 1947 as part of a breakwater.

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Tattnall 66kJosiah Tattnall was born near Savannah, Georgia, on 9 November 1795. He became a Midshipman in the Navy in January 1812, saw action during the War of 1812 and in the Barbary campaign that followed. During the last part of the decade, Lieutenant Tattnall served in the Pacific Squadron. In the 1820s and 30s, his activities included participation in campaigns against piracy in the West Indies, coast survey duty and command of the schooner Grampus. After promotion to Commander in 1838, he was in charge of several Navy facilities, served at sea in the Mediterranean and off Africa, and was wounded in combat during the Mexican War. As a Captain during the 1850s, he commanded the large frigate Independence, the Sacketts Harbor Naval Station on Lake Erie, and U.S. Navy forces in the Far East. While in the latter post, on 25 June 1859 he intervened in a battle between the Chinese and the British, aiding the latter. He justified his unneutral actions with the comment "blood is thicker than water". In February 1861, as southern states were leaving from the Union, Captain Tattnall resigned his commission to become an officer in the Georgia Navy and, soon after, in the Confederate States Navy. During 1861, he commanded the naval defenses of Georgia and South Carolina, participating in the battle of Port Royal, S.C., on 7 November. He was placed in charge of the naval defenses of Virginia in March 1862, and took over command of the pioneer ironclad Virginia after her battles with Federal warships on 8 and 9 March 1862. After two months of naval stalemate in the Hampton Roads area, the Confederate evacuation of Norfolk forced Tattnall to destroy the Virginia, an act supported by a subsequent court-martial. For the rest of the Civil War, Tattnall commanded naval forces in Georgia and the Savannah naval station. He lived in Canada for four years after the war, then returned to Georgia to serve as inspector of the port of Savannah. Josiah Tattnall died on 14 June 1871.Bill Gonyo
Tattnall 105kUndated, appears to be going under the Brooklyn Bridge.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Tattnall 161kUndated, at San Diego. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Tattnall 152kUndated, location unknown. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Tattnall 221Undated, location unknown. From a family scrapbook. Left to right; USS Badger (DD-126), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Twiggs (DD-127), USS Babbitt (DD-128), USS DeLong (DD-129) and USS Tattnall (Dd-125).Donna Heuer
Tattnall 120kThe launching September 5 1918. From the book The Ships of the United States Navy and their Sponsors 1913-1923.-
Tattnall 199kUSS Tattnall (Destroyer # 125/DD-125), Photographed circa 1919-1922. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 94195. The date on this photo is probably in error?Robert Hurst/Ed Cleary
Tattnall 184kNewspaper clipping from the Washington Herald dated October 25 1920.Mike Mohl
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
Tattnall 124kAt San Diego, October 1928.Gerd Matthes
Tattnall   Tattnall   Tattnall   Tattnall   Tattnall
Christmas Dinner Menu - 1930
Robert M. Cieri
Tattnall 140kApril 1932 at Boston. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Tattnall 102kPhoto #: NH 64569: USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), and USS Hopkins (DD-249) (listed left to right) moored together off San Diego, California, circa 1935. This view shows the ships' bows, with signal flags hoisted in the rigging in honor of a special occasion. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.-
Tattnall 102kPhoto #: NH 64568: USS Hopkins (DD-249), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), and USS Tattnall (DD-125) (listed left to right) moored together off San Diego, California, circa 1935. This view shows the ships' sterns, with propeller guards, depth charge racks and small craft visible. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.-
Tattnall 63kView of the bow as it remained at Royston Breakwater, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in 2011, photo by Sean Adams.David Howe
As APD-19
Tattnall 199kUndated, off Charleston Navy Yard.Robert Hurst/Ed Cleary/Ron Balko

USS TATTNALL DD-125 / APD-19 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Gordon Wayne Haines    Jun 26 1919 - Nov 1920
CDR Archer Meredith Ruland Allen    May 1 1930 - Dec 12 1930
LCDR Franklin Barker Conger, Jr.   Dec 12 1930 - ?
LCDR Hobart Andrew Sailor    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR Sidney Williamson Kirtland    ? 1934 - 1936
CDR Edmund Tyler Wooldridge    1936 - 1937 (Later VADM)
LCDR James Auburn Roberts    ? 1938 - ?
LCDR James Robert Pahl    ? 1939 - ?
LCDR Lewis Merrill Markham Jr.    May 20 1940 - Jun 1942
LCDR Leo George May    Jun 1942 - Aug 21 1943
LCDR William Henry Stewart    Aug 21 1943 - ?
LCDR Frank Howard Lennox    Feb 11 1944 - ?
LT Benjamin Alfred Habich    Jan 29 1945 - Dec 17 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
E-mail: apdsec@cox.net


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Tattnall APD-19
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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