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USS UPSHUR (DD-144 / AG-103)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NERS

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 February 19 1918.
Launched July 4 1918 and commissioned December 23 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on May 15 1922.
Recommissioning on June 2 1930.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on December 22 1936.
Recommissioned on October 4 1939.
Reclassified AG-103 June 30 1945.
Decommissioned at Norfolk on November 11 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken November 16 1945.
Fate Sold September 26 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Upshur John Henry Upshur was born on 5 December 1823 in Northampton County, Va. and was appointed a midshipman on 4 November 1841 and initially served at sea with the Mediterranean Squadron. During the war with Mexico, Upshur was assigned to St. Mary's as that brig participated in operations against Tampico. He also served ashore with the naval battery during the attacks against Vera Cruz in March 1847. In the years preceding the Civil War, Upshur carried out assignments in the Mediterranean, the West Indian, and the African Squadrons. He also performed brief tours of duty at the Naval Academy and at the Washington Navy Yard as an ordnance officer. From 1853 to 1856, Upshur served in Supply during Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry's expeditions to Japan which opened that nation to the west. During the Civil War, Upshur participated in the capture of the Southern forts at Hatteras Inlet which opened the Carolina sounds to Union forces. He was executive officer of Wabash during the expedition which wrested Port Royal, S.C., from Confederate hands. Later on, he served in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron during operations against Charleston. He returned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in time for the abortive joint expedition against Fort Fisher late in December 1864. He was also in the expedition which finally carried the Southern works guarding Wilmington in mid-January 1865. After the Civil War, Upshur served in a succession of sea and shore billets, culminating in his service as commander of the Pacific Squadron from 1882 to 1884. Rear Admiral Upshur retired in 1885 and died in Washington, D.C., on 30 May 1917.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Upshur 89kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Upshur 90kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Upshur 97k1918, location unknown. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Upshur 97k1918, location unknown. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Upshur 119kUSS Upshur (DD-144) Officers and Crew pose beside their ship, circa late 1918. Note the liferaft alongside Upshur's forward superstructure, and the 3"/23 anti-aircraft gun alongside her forward smokestack. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, 1972.Paul Rebold
Upshur 108kThirteenth Destroyer Division Officers & Crews on board their ships in San Diego Harbor, California, 6 December 1919. Signalmen are sending semaphore messages from atop the ships' bridges. Panoramic photograph by O.A. Tunnell, Masonic Temple Building, San Diego. Ships present are (from left to right): Upshur (Destroyer # 144), Greer (Destroyer # 145), Elliot (Destroyer # 146), Aaron Ward (Destroyer # 132), Buchanan (Destroyer # 131) and Philip (Destroyer # 76). Donation of Captain W.D. Puleston, USN (Retired), 1965. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Upshur 88kCirca 1920, location unknown.Jim Flynn
Upshur 108kShanghai, China 1921 from the Frederick Wood collection.Stanley Svec
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
Upshur 47kUSS Upshur (DD-144) photographed during the 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Upshur 100kPhoto #: NH 45263, USS Upshur (DD-144) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1931. The heavy cruiser in the background is one of the flagship version of the Northampton class, either Chicago (CA-29), Houston (CA-30) or Augusta (CA-31). The boat in the far right foreground is from USS Northampton (CA-26). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Upshur 102kUSS Upshur (DD-144) In Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1931-1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Upshur 145kJuly 1934 at Provincetown, USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Upshur (DD-144) and USS Greer (DD-145). Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Upshur 69kPhoto #: NH 47002, USS Upshur (DD-144) and USS Tarbell (DD-142) tied up in port, during the later 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Upshur 92kCirca 1934-1935, location unknown.Tim Rizzuto
Upshur 250kCrew photo March 23, 1935 in San Diego, LCDR Porter C.O.Tim Rizzuto
Upshur 112kUSS Yarnall (DD-143) and USS Upshur (DD-144) in dress ship at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Upshur 80kUSS Upshur (DD-144) Photographed circa 1940-1941. Note the degaussing cables installed externally on her hull, just below the main deck level. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Upshur 96kApril 12 1945, U.S. Navy Yard S.C..Jim Flynn

USS UPSHUR DD-144 / AG-103 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Victor Tomb    Dec 23 1918 - Feb 10 1919
CDR William Dilworth Puleston    Feb 10 1919 - Jan 12 1920 
LCDR Edmund Weyman Strother    Jan 12 1920 - Oct 1 1921
LTJG Frank Everett Kennedy    Oct 1 1921 - May 15 1922                                   
(Decommissioned May 15 1922 - Jun 2 1930)
LCDR Morton Lyndholm Deyo    Jun 2 1930 - Jun 11 1932 (Later RADM)
LCDR Leighton Wood    Jun 11 1932 - May 15 1934
LCDR William Hamilton Porter Jr.    May 15 1934 - Jan 9 1936 
LCDR John Wesley Roper    Jan 9 1936 - Aug 29 1936 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Sewall Gardner Davis    Aug 29 1936 - Dec 22 1936
(Decommissioned Dec 22 1936 - Oct 4 1939)
LCDR Ralph Ensign Wilson    Oct 4 1939 - Jun 15 1940 (Later VADM)
LCDR William Kilian Romoser    Jun 15 1940 - May 31 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Lot Ensey    May 31 1942 - Nov 1 1942 (Later VADM)
LCDR Ernest Bradford Ellsworth Jr.    Nov 1 1942 - Feb 12 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR James Abner Boyd    Feb 12 1944 - Oct 3 1944
LT Gordon Gemmill    Oct 3 1944 - Nov 11 1945 

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