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USS YARNALL (DD-143)


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CLASS - WICKES As Built.
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 Cramp, Philadelphia on February 12 1918.
Launched June 19 1918 and commissioned November 29 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on May 29 1922.
Recommissioning on April 19 1930.
Decommissioned again at Philadelphia on December 30 1936.
Recommissioned again on October 4 1939.
Decommissioned and transferred to Great Britain October 23 1940, renamed HMS Lincoln (G42).
Stricken January 8 1941.
To Canada in 1942 as HMCS Lincoln.
To Soviet Union August 26 1944 as Druzhny (Rus. "Friendly").
In Early 1945 she was cannibalized to provide spare parts for 8 of her sisters already in Soviet service.
Fate Hulk returned to Great Britain August 23 1952 and broken up for scrap in September.

This ship was named after our NavSource Webmaster Paul's ancestor Lt. John Joliffe Yarnall USN 1786-1815.

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-John Joliffe Yarnall was born in Wheeling, Va. (now W.Va.) in 1786 and was appointed midshipman in the Navy on 11 January 1809. Between 1809 and 1812, Yarnall cruised the coastal waters of the United States in Chesapeake and Revenge performing duty that was tantamount to blockading his own country to enforce President Madison's embargo on trade with the European adversaries during the Napoleonic Wars. In 1813, he was transferred to Oliver Hazard Perry's command on the Great Lakes and became the first lieutenant on board Perry's flagship, Lawrence. He participated in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie on 10 September 1813and, though wounded, refused to leave his post during the engagement. When Perry shifted his flag to Niagara during the battle, Lt. Yarnall assumed command of Lawrence. After the battle, he took the squadron's wounded on board and carried them back to Erie for medical attention. For his gallantry in the battle, Yarnall earned Perry's commendation as well as a medal expressing the gratitude of Congress and the country. In the spring of 1815, Yarnall sailed from New York with Stephen Decatur in the frigate Guerriere for the Mediterranean Sea. On 17 June, off the Algerian coast, his ship encountered and captured Meshuda, the flagship of the Algerine "Navy." While defending his country's honor and rights during that engagement, the valiant Yarnall again suffered wounds. Probably because of his wounds, Lt. Yarnall was chosen as the bearer of dispatches from Decatur's squadron to the government in Washington. In July 1815, he embarked in the sloop-of-war Epervier for the voyage home. The warship was last seen on 14 July 1815 as she passed through the Strait of Gibraltar and into the Atlantic. Presumably, Yarnall and all others on board went down with her during the transatlantic voyage. He is a direct ancestor of the NavSource Founder and Manager Paul Yarnall.Robert M. Cieri
Yarnall 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
Yarnall 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
Yarnall 130kSeen here on July 24 1919, Passing through Gaillard Cut, Panama Canal. USN
Randy Kimes
Yarnall 125kUSS Yarnall (Destroyer # 143, later DD-143) Steaming in column with other destroyers, circa 1919-1922. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Yarnall 44kCirca early 1920's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Yarnall 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken 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. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Yarnall 108kUSS Yarnall (DD-143) and USS Tarbell (DD-142) Tied up together alongside a pier, during the 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Yarnall 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. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, USNRF, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Yarnall 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph 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
Yarnall 143kUSS Yarnall (DD-143) In the East River, off New York City, during the 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Yarnall 112kUSS Yarnall (DD-143) and USS Upshur (DD-144) in dress ship at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Yarnall 89kUSS Twiggs (DD-127), USS Philip (DD-76), USS Evans (DD-78) and USS Yarnall (DD-143) nested together while awaiting transfer to the Royal Navy. Photo from the Conrad Waters Collection as seen in "Conway's The War at Sea in Photographs: 1939-1945" by Stuart Robertson & Stephen Dent, circa 1940.Robert Hurst
On British Service
HMS Lincoln (ex-USS Yarnall, DD-143) transferred at Halifax on 23 October 1940. Following her arrival at Devonport on 15 November 1940, she briefly refitted until 30 November 1940, and then joined 1st Escort Group to operate in the Eastern Atlantic until September 1941. During this time she was involved in the rescue of survivors from the armed merchant cruiser HMS Cormorin (41 dead, 455 surv) when that ship burnt out off the coast of Sierra Leone on 6. April 1941 (hulk shelled and sunk by Lincoln on 7.April 1941). Lincoln underwent a protracted refit on the Thames from September 1941 to March 1942, after which she was manned by the Royal Norwegian Navy and allocated to serve with the RCN based at Halifax in the WLEF. Whilst serving at Halifax, Lincoln refitted at Charleston, SC, and also reverted to British manning. At one point she became a unit of W7 Group in the short-lived western Support Force. Returning to Britain in December 1943, Lincoln was laid up until transferred to her third flag, Russian, on 26 August 1944 when she became Druzhny. Sailing to Murmansk during the passage of convoy JW60, she served in the Northern Fleet until returned to Britain and the Royal Navy at Rosyth on 24 August 1952. She was transferred to the breakers without delay and arrived at Charlestown on 3 September 1952 to be broken up by metal Industries Ltd. (history thanks to Robert Hurst.)
Yarnall 62kAs H.M.S. Lincoln March 1943, flying Norwegian colors with her Norwegian crew on board.Roy Preston, ex-Yarnall DD-541 crew member
Yarnall 76kAs H.M.S. Lincoln, Ex-Yarnall after refit August 1943 departing Charleston South Carolina, Manned by English crew at this time.Roy Preston, ex-Yarnall DD-541 crew member
On Soviet Service
Depending on the source her name is spelled Druzni or Druzhny or Druzhnyi.
Yarnall 89kAs the Druzhny. Undated, location unknown.Igor Ageev

USS YARNALL DD-143 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Frederick (Bull) Halsey Jr.    Nov 29 1918 - ? (Later FADM)
LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson    Feb 1920 - Mar 1920 (Later COMO)
(Decommissioned May 29 1922 - Apr 19 1930)
CDR John Franklin McClain    Apr 19 1930 - Apr 1931
LCDR Thomas Ross Cooley    Apr 1931 - 1932 (Later RADM)
LCDR Ellsworth Davis    May 27 1932 - ?
LCDR Boyd Rufus Alexander    ? 1932 - ?
LCDR Frederick Sears Conner    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR George William Johnson    ? 1936 - ?
(Decommissioned Dec 30 1936 - Oct 4 1939)
LCDR John Greeley Winn    Oct 4 1939 - ?

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