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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, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on December 31 1917.
Launched May 28 1918 and commissioned November 27 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on June 8 1922.
Recommissioned on May 29 1930.
She set sail for Philadelphia in late 1936 and was decommissioned there
shortly after her arrival.
Recommissioned on October 4 1939.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on July 20 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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Tarbell 834Like many early American Naval heroes, Joseph Tarbell has left a sparse record for posterity. Most sources state he was born at Norfolk, Virginia, sometime around 1780; genealogical records indicate Tarbell was actually born in Groton, Massachusetts on 16 September 1773. He was appointed midshipman on 05 December 1798, and promoted to Lieutenant 25 August 1800. Tarbell served in the frigate Constitution and other ships of the Mediterranean Squadron from 1800 to 1804, at the height of America's war with Tripoli. He was present, under Commodore Edward Preble, during the demonstration before Tripoli in 1804 and stood among those honored by Congress in March 1805 for services rendered during that action. Appointed master-commandant 25 April 1808, Tarbell served as commanding officer of frigate John Adams from 1811 to 1813, before being given command of Constellation (whose crew he stripped to man the gunboat flotiila). From 19 to 23 June 1813, during the War of 1812, Tarbell commanded a boat expedition against the British squadron off Craney Island and in the James River. His flotilla of 15 armed craft fought the enemy for an hour and one-half and succeeded in forcing him to flee. In those actions, his men sank three British boats, took 43 prisoners, and killed 90 of the enemy. Tarbell received a commendation from his superior, Commodore Stephen Cassin (Tarbell had, incidentally, married his sister Eliza in 1806), and by the army officers ashore for his gallantry and assistance in the defense of Craney Island. Just over a month later, on 24 July 1813, he was promoted to the rank of captain. Captain Tarbell died at Norfolk on 24 November 1815.

No image of Tarbell has been found, so he is represented here by a painting of his attack on HMS Junon, 20 June 1813. Frigate HMS Junon, 38 guns, Captain Sanders, being becalmed off Newport News Point, was attacked by 15 American gunboats armed with 24 and 32-pounder guns under Captain Tarbell. On arriving within long range, he anchored his fleet in the form of a crescent, the Junon made a very hasty and ill-directed fire and, with the first breath of wind, strove to sail clear but Captain Sheriff of the British frigate HMS Barossa, as soon as he had steerage way, stood for the gunboats and by a well-directed fire, soon disabled one and struck another, when Captain Tarbell thought best to retire.
Naval History & Heritage Command image USN 902794, a photo of a watercolor attributed to Warren.

Robert M. Cieri / David Wright
USS Tarbell (DD-142)
Tarbell 587kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) underway, circa 1919. Note the unshaded hull number and the 3"/23 AA gun just aft of the forward main gun.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 41905
Fred Weiss
Tarbell 699kUSS Wickes (DD-75) underway in a channel, with USS Tarbell (DD-142) following, circa 1919.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 41906
Paul Rebold
Tarbell 146kTarbell Crewmembers doing laundry and relaxing on the ship's afterdeck, circa 1919. The stern of USS Lea (DD-118) is in the background.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 71572, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970.
Darryl Baker
Tarbell 88kAt sea in 1919. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98919, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. From the collection of Lieutenant Charles Dutreaux.Fred Weiss
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Destroyers at Mare Island Navy Yard, 1919. These ships are from left to right: USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Thatcher (DD-162); USS Rizal (DD-174); USS Hart (DD-110); USS Hogan (DD-178); USS Gamble (DD-123); USS Ramsay (DD-124) and USS Williams (DD-108).
Naval History & Heritage Command photos NH 42537 and 42538, donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (Medical Corps).
Robert Hurst
Tarbell 483kPhoto #: NH 57140, USS Tarbell (Destroyer # 142), at left, steaming through the Gaillard Cut, during the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. USS Woolsey (Destroyer # 77) is immediately ahead of Tarbell.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 57140
Paul Rebold
Tarbell 1030kDestroyers 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). Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 42536.
Robert Hurst
Tarbell 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 50325, donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932.
Fred Weiss
Tarbell 230kPost World War I San Diego image (possibly circa 1922-30) 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
Tarbell 71kTarbell's rowing team, circa 1920s.Dave Wright
Tarbell 500kUSS Yarnall (DD-143) and USS Tarbell (DD-142) tied up together alongside a pier during the 1930s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 47195Fred Weiss
Tarbell 481kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) pasing under the Brooklyn Bridge, circa 1931-1934. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 67846Robert Hurst
Tarbell 618kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) in San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 64527, donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 96kUSS Tarbell (DD-142), outboard ship, and USS Yarnall (DD-143), just inboard of Tarbell with two other destroyers, alongside a tender during the 1930s.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 41912, donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, USNRF, 1963.
Paul Rebold
Tarbell 584kUSS Dobbin (AD-3), moored alongside the dock at Smith's Cove, Seattle, Washington, in company with several destroyers, 4 July 1933. Destroyers in the foreground are, from left to right: USS Schenck (DD-159); USS Dickerson (DD-157); and USS Herbert (DD-160). USS Leary (DD-158) is alongside Dobbin, just astern of the foreground group. USS Tarbell (DD-142) is in the background, partially visible at right.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 65013, donation of Franklin Moran, 1967.
Robert Hurst
Tarbell 301kAerial photograph of Balboa, Panam Canal Zone, taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Tarbell 145kUSS Whitney (AD-5) moored off Provincetown, Massachusetts, July 1934. USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Upshur (DD-144) and USS Greer (DD-145) are moored to her port side; the stern of Yarnall (DD-143) is barely visible on her starboard side.
Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_005150.
Ed Zajkowski
Tarbell 53kLocation unknown (probably off Provincetown MA), July 29 1934.Marc Piché
Tarbell 374kUSS Upshur (DD-144) and USS Tarbell (DD-142) tied up in an unidentified port, late 1930s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 47002Paul Rebold
Tarbell 236kLocation unknown, probably late 1930s. USS Tarbell (DD-142) with USS Humphreys (DD-236) and USS Hopkins (DD-249) aft of her. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
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USS Tarbell (DD-142) escorting a return Westbound convoy from England to North America, December 1941. As noted by Brooks Ashley Rowlett, the ship is configured with the first phase 4-stacker escort conversion. This included the 4” guns and two torpedo tube mounts removed and replaced with six 3”/50 guns and depth charge throwers.
LIFE Magazine Archives, William Vandivert Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest, for educational purposes.
Mike Green
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Five views of Tarbell underway in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, 17 December 1942. Tarbell was underway on post-repair trials to test engines and guns from 0926-1804 that day.
Naval History & Heritage Command photos NH 41910, 41909, 41907, 41908 and 41911
Fred Weiss / Paul Rebold
Tarbell 94kCirca 1943, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
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Two views of Tarbell anchored in New York harbor, 24 July 1943, with unidentified tug and barge Captain Jarvis alongside. Tarbell received ammunition from this barge before deaprting for A/S exercises off Long Island.
Naval History & Heritage Command photos NH 50133 and 50134
Fred Weiss / Paul Rebold

USS TARBELL DD-142 History
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Commanding Officers
01CDR Halsey Powell (USNA 1904)27 November 1918 - 10 June 1919
02LCDR Granville Benjamin Hoey (USNA 1909)10 June 1919 - 13 October 1921
03LT William Francis Dietrich (USNA 1917)13 October 1921 - 08 June 1922
 Decommissioned08 June 1922 - 29 May 1930
04LCDR Charles Kyle Osborne (USNA 1912)29 May 1930 - 05 June 1931
05LCDR Herbert Keeney Fenn (USNA 1913)05 June 1931 - 10 January 1933
06LCDR Carl Frederick Holden (USNA 1917)10 January 1933 - 21 January 1935
07LCDR Walter Scott Macauley (USNA 1918)21 January 1935 - 15 January 1937
 Decommissioned15 January 1937 - 04 October 1939
08LCDR Edward White Rawlins (USNA 1924)04 October 1939 - 21 March 1941
09LCDR Solomon David Willingham (USNA 1926)21 March 1941 - 20 May 1942
10LCDR Walter Manly Foster (USNA 1930)20 May 1942 - 04 November 1943
11LCDR Howard Martin Payne D-V(G), USNR04 November 1943 - 15 June 1944
12LCDR Charles Alfred Berry D-V(G), USNR15 June 1944 - 20 July 1945
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