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USS BOGGS (DD-136 / IX-36 / DMS-3 / AG-19)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAMT

Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard on November 15 1917.
Launched April 25 1918 and commissioned September 23 1918.
Decommissioned June 29 1922.
Recommissioned December 19 1931.
Reclassified Light Target No. 2 (AG-19) August 11 1931 (IX-36 was an unofficial filing designation)
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-3 November 19 1940.
Reverted to AG-19 June 5 1945.
Decommissioned March 30 1946.
Stricken April 12 1946.
Fate Sold November 27 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Boggs 73kCharles Stuart Boggs, a nephew of Capt. James Lawrence of the ill-fated frigate Chesapeake, was born on 28 January 1811 in New Brunswick, N.J., and was appointed a midshipman on 1 November 1826. He sailed for European waters in Warren on 22 February 1827 and, in that sloop of war and in the ship of the line Delaware, helped to protect American shipping from Greek pirates. Next assigned to Porpoise, Midshipman Boggs served in that schooner as she fought piracy and the slave trade in the West Indies. On 28 April 1832, he came ashore as a passed midshipman and spent nearly four years in duty on shore. Appointed an acting lieutenant, he returned to sea in 1836 as executive officer of Enterprise. Newly commissioned Lt. Boggs spent the years 1838 to 1842 training naval apprentices. In 1842, he took to sea again in Saratoga to police the West African slave ports. Before the outbreak of war with Mexico, Boggs moved to the steamer Princeton; and, in her, he participated in the bombardment of the castle San Juan de Ulloa and in the capture of Veracruz. When the brig Truxtun ran aground on a bar near Veracruz, he led the boat expedition that recaptured the ship and destroyed her. Boggs left Mexican waters late in March 1847 when Princeton took the ailing Commodore Conner home and then sailed in her for the Mediterranean to protect American shipping from Mexican privateers. He returned home on 24 June 1849, but found himself back in European waters early in 1851 when St. Lawrence carried exhibits from the United States to England for the International Exposition at London. Following duty at the New York Navy Yard, Comdr. Boggs went on a three-year furlough. During that period, he commanded the civilian mail steamer Illinois in the service of the California Steamship Co. A bit later, he became inspector of Lights along the California coast. While holding this post, he commanded Shubrick and, in that steamer, each year made two voyages from Vancouver's Island to lower California to check on coastal navigational aids. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Boggs requested active duty and he was placed in command of Varuna, a small steamer which was attached to Flag Officer Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron during the campaign to capture New Orleans. When that force ran the gauntlet on the lower Mississippi River between Forts Jackson and St. Philip on 24 April 1862, Boggs' Varuna was in the forefront of the action. She shot forward and was first to pass the fortifications and to engage the Confederate flotilla above them. For a time, she suffered the combined fire of the Southern ships. Though Varuna was shelled and rammed by two Confederate ironclad rams, Comdr. Boggs fought his ship until his gunports sank beneath the water. After service in Juniata, Boggs was promoted to captain on 16 July 1862 and took command of Sacramento. He also served concurrently as senior officer of the force blockading Wilmington, N.C., until the constant drain on his health forced him ashore to recruiting duty late in the summer of 1863. In 1864 and 1865, Capt. Boggs was at the New York Navy Yard as superintendent of shipbuilding. There, he watched over the building and outfitting of a fleet of steam picket boats of his own design. It is interesting to note that Lt. William B. Cushing fitted out one of Capt. Boggs' steam launches as a torpedo boat to score his spectacular success in sinking the Confederate ironclad ram Albemarle. On 17 February 1865, Capt. Boggs assumed command of the sidewheel gunboat Connecticut and cruised the West Indies from late February to the beginning of August. From that duty, he moved to command of De Soto, a steamer assigned to the North Atlantic Squadron. Promoted to flag rank on 1 July 1870, Rear Admiral Boggs was appointed lighthouse inspector for the 3d District, his last assignment before he retired to New Brunswick on 29 January 1872. Rear Admiral Boggs died there on 22 April 1888. Photo #: NH 56205. Rear Admiral Charles S. Boggs, USN portrait photograph taken circa 1870. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo
As DD-136
Boggs 37kUndated, location unknown.-
Boggs 112kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Boggs 128kThe keel layers of the USS Boggs (DD 136) are pictured at Mare Island Navy Yard on 15 Nov 1917. Identifications are: CDR Henry M. Gleason, Navy Constructor (officer in the middle of photo with foot on the keel) and the officer with four stripes is Captain Henry George, Shipyard Commandant (2nd officer to the right of CDR Gleason).Darryl Baker
Boggs 181kCirca 1918, USS Boggs (DD-136) and USS Crosby (DD-164) at unknown location.Tommy Trampp
Boggs 105kMare Island Channel on 8 Jan 1919.Darryl Baker
Boggs 104kMare Island Channel on 8 Jan 1919.Darryl Baker
Boggs 81kUSS Boggs (DD-136) at anchor, circa 1919-1921. U.S. Naval Historical Center PhotographJoe Radigan
Boggs 103kDuring the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Upper Chambers, Gatun Locks, Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. Those present are: USS Wickes (Destroyer # 75) and USS Yarnall (Destroyer # 143), both at left; USS Philip (Destroyer # 76), USS Buchanan (Destroyer # 131) and USS Elliot (Destroyer # 146), left to right in the center group; USS Boggs (Destroyer # 136), USS Dent (Destroyer # 116) and USS Waters (Destroyer # 115), left to right in the right center group. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Boggs 152kDestroyers in the Middle Chambers, Gatun Lock during the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. Those in the front centre are (left to right): USS Waters (Destroyer # 115); USS Dent (Destroyer # 116) and USS Boggs (Destroyer # 136). USS Yarnall (Destroyer # 143) is by herself just aft of that group. Partially visible at right are (left to right): USS Elliot (Destroyer # 146); USS Buchanan (Destroyer # 131) and USS Philip (Destroyer # 76). two of the three ships just astern of that group are: USS Tarbell (Destroyer # 142), right, and USS Wickes (Destroyer # 75, left. Photographed by the Panama Canal Company (their photo # 80-C-5). U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 42536.Robert Hurst
Boggs 103kNewspaper clipping from the New York Tribune dated August 17 1919.Mike Mohl
Kennison 115kPanoramic photograph of the Division's ships, taken by O.A.Tunnell in San Diego Harbour, California, probably on 14 August 1920. The ships are, from left to right: USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Claxton (DD-140); USS Ward (DD-139); USS Boggs (DD-136); and USS Hamilton (DD-141). The image is copied from the original print for Photo # NH106144. Donation of Rear Admiral Joe Stanton Thompson, USN (Retired), 2008. US Naval Historical Centre Photo # NH 106144-A.Robert Hurst
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
As AG-19
Boggs 107kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Boggs 441kBlowing off steam after a run while employed as a radio controlled target ship, circa 1933-1935. Note that she still wears her destroyer number.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 99143, from collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN.
Robert Hurst
Boggs 423kAt rest and valving steam, while employed as a radio controlled target ship, circa 1933-1935.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 99144, from collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN.
Robert Hurst
Boggs 171kUSS Boggs (AG-19, formerly DD-136) Operating at sea as a radio controlled target, 26 March 1936. Note that she still wears her destroyer hull number, despite having been redesignated AG-19 nearly five years earlier. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
As DMS-3
Boggs 84kUndated, good overhead showing Boggs in her Mine sweeper configuration.-
Boggs 127kNavy Photo 2844-41 of USS Boggs (DMS-3) off Mare Island Navy Yard on 22 Oct 1941.Darryl Baker
Boggs 120kUSS Boggs (DMS-3) Photographed circa early 1942, probably off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
As AG-19 for second time
Boggs 34kUndated, location unknown.Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
Boggs 204kUSS Boggs (AG-19) Photographed in June 1945. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Boggs 125kJune 30 1945, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Boggs 81kJune 30 1945, location unknown.Robert Hurst

USS BOGGS DD-136 / IX-36 / DMS-3 / AG-19 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harold Vincent McKittrick    Sep 23 1918 - Jul 14 1919

LCDR John Homer Holt Jr.    Jul 14 1919 - Jul 11 1920

LCDR John Walter Wilcox Jr.    Jul 11 1920 - Jun 6 1921

LCDR Theodore Arthur Kelly    Jun 6 1921 - Jun 29 1922                                      

(Decommissioned June 29 1922 - December 19 1931)

LT Ruthven Elmer Libby    Dec 19 1931 - May 10 1932 (Later VADM)                             

LT James Auburn Roberts Jr.    May 10 1932 - Jul 20 1932 

LCDR Boyd Rufus Alexander    Jul 20 1932 - Jul 8 1933

LCDR John Emerson Williams    Jul 8 1933 - Apr 21 1936   

LCDR Melvin Hughes Bassett    Apr 21 1936 - Jun 8 1937 (Later RADM)

LCDR Kenneth Carlton Caldwell    Jun 8 1937 - Apr 28 1939

LCDR Edwin Thomas Layton    Apr 28 1939 - Apr 1 1941 (Later RADM)

LCDR David Gillies Roberts    Apr 1 1941 - Mar 20 1942

LCDR Frank Paull Mitchell Jr.    Mar 20 1942 - Jun 16 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR Howard Riche Prince    Jun 16 1943 - Mar 13 1944

LCDR William K. Chisholm    Mar 13 1944 - Nov 19 1944

LCDR Ralph L. R. Johnson    Nov 19 1944 - Dec 13 1945

LCDR Joseph Francis Gustaferro    Dec 13 1945 - Mar 20 1946

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Boggs (DMS-3)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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