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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
Built by William Cramp & Sons, Philadelphia, PA (YN 460)
Laid down 24 February 1918
Launched 01 August 1918
Commissioned 31 December 1918
Decommissioned at San Diego 22 June 1922
Recommissioned 31 March 1930
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on 13 January 1937
Recommissioned 04 October 1939
Decommissioned at Philadelphia July 1945
Stricken 13 August 1945
Fate Sold 30 November 1945 to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD, and broken up for scrap

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Greer 30kJames A. Greer, born 28 February 1833 in Cincinnati, Ohio, enlisted in the Navy in 1848. He entered the Naval Academy in 1853 and graduated as a Passed Midshipman the following year. After participating in the Paraguay Expedition, he cruised the west African coast until the outbreak of the Civil War. Greer was serving on board San Jacinto 7 November 1861 when she stopped the British steamer Trent and removed the Confederate commissioners on their way to England, thereby nearly drawing Great Britain into the war on the Confederate side. Green served in St. Louis from 1862 to 1863 and was then attached to Rear Admiral Porter's Mississippi Squadron. While in command of the ironclads Carondelet and Benton, he participated in the Vicksburg campaign and the shelling of Grand Gulf as well as the abortive Red River expedition. After commanding the Naval Station at Mound City, he assumed command of the flagship Blackhawk and then was in charge of conveying Army transports up the Tennessee River. A tour of duty as Assistant to the Commandant at Annapolis after the war was followed by command of Mohongo on the Pacific Station, where Greer was commended for defending American intere sts in Mexico. After duty at the Naval Academy between 1869 and 1873, Greer returned to the Pacific Station. In 1878 he commanded Tigress when that ship was sent to find and aid Polaris, wrecked on an Arctic expedition. After special service in Constitution during the Paris Exposition, Greer held a variety of shore posts and then served as commander of the European Squadron from 1887 to 1889. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1892, he retired 28 February 1895. Admiral Greer died in Washington 17 January 1904.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Greer 127kUndated, prewar port visit to New York.-
Greer 58kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Greer 37kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Greer 70kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Greer 138kUSS Greer (DD 145) off New York City date unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Greer 111kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Philip   Philip
Undated, maneuvers by the USS Philip (DD-76), USS Aaron Ward (DD-132) and USS Greer (DD-145).
Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Greer 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
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
Greer 398kGreer's baseball team, circa late 1920s.Dave Wright
Greer 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
Greer 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
Greer 104kNew York in early 1941.Ed Zajkowski
Greer 85kUSS Greer (DD-145), Off New York City, June 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-42048.Robert Hurst
Greer 124kUSS Greer (DD-145) riding in stormy seas, while escorting a North Atlantic Convoy, June 1943. Photographed from amidships, looking aft, with a merchant ship passing in the background. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-42029.Mike Green
Greer 79kThree Wickes and two Clemson class destroyers await the scrapper´s torch at NAS Cape May, New Jersey in October of 1945. From Left; USS Greer (DD-145), USS Bainbridge (DD-246), USS Goff (DM-22 ex DD-247), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Lea (DD-118).Gerd Matthes/Christopher Bainbridge McKnight

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Earle Smith    Dec 31 1918 - Jun 10 1920

CDR  Earl Roop Shipp    Jun 29 1920 - Nov 14 1921

LT John Street    Nov 14 1921 - Jun 22 1922                                

(Decommissioned Jun 22 1922 - Mar 31 1930)

CDR Joel William Bunkley    Mar 31 1930 - Nov 15 1930 (Later RADM)

LCDR Robertson Jackson Weeks    Nov 15 1930 - Mar 31 1931

LCDR John Morris Field Jr.    Mar 31 1932 - Jun 18 1932

CDR Edgar Miller Williams    Jun 18 1932 - Jul 18 1933

LCDR Philip Pindell Welch    Jul 18 1933 - Jul 20 1935

LCDR Charles Purcell Cecil    Jul 20 1935 - Mar 9 1936 (Later RADM)

LT George Carl Miller    Mar 9 1936 - Jan 13 1937

(Decommissioned Jan 13 1937 - Oct 4 1939)

CDR John Joseph Mahoney    Oct 4 1939 - Mar 4 1940

LT William Kilian Romoser    Mar 4 1940 - Jun 10 1940 (Later RADM)

CDR Carl Wright Brewington    Jun 10 1940 - Dec 12 1940  

LT Forrest Close    Dec 12 1940 - Sep 8 1941

LCDR Laurence Hugh Frost    Sep 8 1941 - Jun 20 1942 (Later VADM)

LCDR Thomas Henry Copeman    Jun 20 1942 - May 25 1943

LT Merle David Cooper Jr.    May 25 1943 - Dec 25 1943

LCDR John Chapman Jolly    Dec 25 1943 - Jan 1 1945

LT Joseph Norman Fields, Jr.    Jan 1 1945 - Jul 19 1945

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