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USS KILTY (DD-137 / IX-37 / APD-15)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAKX

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 December 15 1917.
Launched April 25 1918 and commissioned December 17 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on June 5 1922.
Recommissioning on December 18 1939.
Reclassified Light target No. 3 (IX-37) August 11 1931.
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-137 April 16 1932.
Converted to High Speed Transport APD- 15 March 1 1943.
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-137 July 20 1945.
Decommissioned at San Diego on November 2 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken November 16 1945.
Fate Sold August 26 1946 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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Kilty 65kRear Admiral Augustus H. Kilty, born in 1807 at Annapolis, Md., was appointed Midshipman 4 July 1821. He served in Pacific, Asiatic, Mediterranean, and African waters. In February 1832 he took part in Commodore George Reid's operations in defense of American merchantmen at Quallah Batto. During the Civil War, he was conspicuous for his skill and bravery at Island No. 10 and Fort Pillow. He commanded an expedition to White River, Ark.; during this operation he was severely wounded 17 June 1862, causing the loss of his left arm. He was commissioned Rear Admiral 13 July 1870 and died 10 November 1879.Bill Gonyo
Kilty 135kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Kilty 152kUSS Kilty (DD 137) departing Mare Island on sea trials on March 14, 1919.Darryl Baker
Kilty 121kUSS Kilty (DD 137) ready for launching at Mare Island on April 25, 1918.Darryl Baker
Kilty 217kCamouflage plan dated August 9 1918.Darryl Baker
Kilty 139kUSS Kilty (DD 137) at Mare Island in 1919.Darryl Baker
191kKilty transiting the Panama Canal with Babbitt (DD-128), circa 1920.Dave Wright
Kilty 483kJanuary 1920 at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 52062.Marc Piché/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
Kilty 129kUSS Kilty (DD-137) departing Mare Island on 17 June 1942. She was under repair at the yard from June 2-17, 1942.Darryl Baker
Kilty 1008kUSS Kilty (DD-137) off Mare Island on 17 June 1942. MINSY photo DD 137 3319-6-42, from collections of Vallejo Naval & Historical MuseumDarryl Baker
Kilty 166kJun 17 1945 at Mare Island. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski

USS KILTY DD-137 / IX-37 / APD-15 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Timothy Jerome Keleher    Dec 17 1918 - Jan 20 1919 (Later RADM)

CDR Reuben Lindsay Walker    Jan 10 1919 -Apr 12 1919 

LCDR James Harvey Taylor    Apr 12 1919 - Jul 26 1919                                       

CDR Hamilton Freer Glover    Jul 26 1919 - Sep 21 1920

LCDR Charles Davis Swain    Sep 21 1920 - Jun 5 1922

(Decommissioned June 5 1922 - December 18 1939)

LCDR Samuel Guernsey Kelly    Dec 18 1939 - Jun 15 1941

LCDR Gerald Dale Zurmuehlen    Jun 15 1941 - Sep 24 1942

LCDR Dominic Lewis Mattie    Sep 24 1942 - Aug 12 1943 (Later RADM)

As the APD-15

LT John Warren Coolidge    Aug 12 1943 - Nov 25 1943

LCDR Dominic Lewis Mattie    Nov 25 1943 - Mar 11 1944 (Later RADM)

LCDR Lloyd George Benson    Mar 11 1944 - May 21 1945

LT William Charles Wofford    May 21 1945 - Nov 2 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.

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