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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
Built by New York Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ (YN 210)
Laid down 01 December 1917
Launched 05 September 1918
Commissioned 26 June 1919
Decommissioned at San Diego 15 June 1922
Recommissioned 01 May 1930
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-19 24 July 1943
Decommissioned at Puget Sound 17 December 1945
Stricken 08 January 1946
Fate Sold 13 November 1946 to Pacific Metal Salvage Company and scuttled as part of the breakwater at Royston, BC, 21 August 1947

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Tattnall 66kJosiah Tattnall was born near Savannah, Georgia, on 09 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
USS Tattnall (DD-125)
Tattnall 105kUndated, passing under the Brooklyn Bridge.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Tattnall 161kUndated, at San Diego. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Tattnall 221kLocation unknown, probably about 1919-1920. 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 152kLocation unknown, circa 1942-1943. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Tattnall 120kThe launching of Tattnall, 05 September 1918. From the book The Ships of the United States Navy and their Sponsors 1913-1923.-
Tattnall 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
Tattnall 184kNewspaper clipping from the Washington Herald, 25 October 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
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Christmas Dinner Menu - 1930
Robert M. Cieri
147kTattnall in the Panama Canal, probably during the 1930s.Dave Wright
Tattnall 140kAt Boston, April 1932. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Tattnall 96kUSS Tattnall (DD-125) and other vessels of Destroyer Division Seven "full-dressed" for Navy Day, 27 October 1932, at San Diego. Original negative, given by Mr. Franklin Moran in 1967. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 65028 Mike Green
Tattnall 102kUSS 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.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 64569, donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.
Tattnall 102kUSS 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.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 64568, donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.
Tattnall 63kView of the bow as it remained at Royston Breakwater, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada in 2011, photo by Sean Adams.David Howe

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 28 1920

LCDR Elmer De Loss Langworthy    Nov 28 1920 - Aug 10 1921 

LCDR Philip Seymour    Aug 10 1921 - Jun 15 1922

Decommissioned June 15 1922 - May 1 1930)

CDR Archer Meredith Ruland Allen    May 1 1930 - Dec 12 1930

LCDR Franklin Barker Conger, Jr.   Dec 12 1930 - Jun 14 1932

LCDR Sidney Williamson Kirtland    Jun 14 1932 - Jun 19 1933

LCDR Hobart Andrew Sailor    Jun 19 1933 - Jun 21 1936

CDR Edmund Tyler Wooldridge    Jun 21 1936 - Jun 15 1937 (Later VADM)

LCDR James Auburn Roberts    Jun 15 1937 - Jun 21 1939

LCDR James Robert Pahl    Jun 21 1939 - May 20 1940

LCDR Lewis Merrill Markham Jr.    May 20 1940 - Jul 11 1942

LCDR Leo George May    Jun 11 1942 - Aug 21 1943

LCDR William Henry Stewart    Aug 21 1943 - Feb 11 1944

LCDR Frank Howard Lennox    Feb 11 1944 - Jan 29 1945

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

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Tattnall APD-19
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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