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USS ROPER (DD-147 / APD-20)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NERX

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 March 19 1918.
Launched August 17 1918 and commissioned February 15 1919.
Decommissioned at San Diego in October 1922.
Recommissioned on March 18 1930.
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-20 October 20 1943.
Roper was hit by a Kamikaze and returned to Mare Island for repairs
she was berthed there when the war ended.
Decommissioned September 15 1945.
Stricken October 11 1945.
Fate Sold March 31 1946 to Lerner Co., Oakland, CA and broken up for scrap.

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-Jesse M. Roper, born on 29 October 1851 at Glasgow, Mo., was appointed midshipman in June 1868 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1872. Commissioned lieutenant commander in 1899, he assumed command of Petrel shortly thereafter. On 31 March 1901, while Petrel was moored at Cavite, Phillipine Islands [sic; Philippine Islands], fire broke out in the sail room, adjacent to the magazines. Lieutenant Commander Roper went down into the burning area twice. Overcome by smoke on his last descent - to rescue a trapped seaman - Lieutenant Commander Roper suffocated before help could reach him.Robert M. Cieri
Roper 89kUndated color image showing original configuration of the Wickes class 4 stack destroyers. -
Roper 73kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Roper 143kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Roper 97kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Roper 95kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Roper 110kUndated wartime picture of USS Roper (DD-147) underway on convoy escort duty, location unknown, from "Anti-Submarine Warfare: An Illustrated History" by David Owen.Robert Hurst
Roper 62kUndated, on the Hudson River near West Point.Lawrence E. Gobrecht
Roper 139kUndated, at San Diego. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Roper 103k Destroyers moored together at San Diego, California, circa the early 1920s. These ships are (from left to right): USS Dent (DD-116); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); and USS Roper (DD-147). Courtesy of Commander Donald J. Robinson, USN (Retired), 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 101204.Pobert Hurst
Roper 77kUSS Roper (DD-147), USS Elliot (DD-146), and a sister flush decker are alongside a pier on the San Francisco waterfront shortly after being rebuilt at the Mare Island Navy Yard in 1930 (Author's Collection). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Roper 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
Roper 30kCirca 1937.Joe Radigan
Roper 79kNew York City September 1937.Marc Piché
Roper 30kCirca 1942.Joe Radigan
Roper 159kEscorting a convoy, out of Hampton Roads, Virginia in 1942. Ships of the convoy are visible on the horizon. Roper is wearing Measure 12 (Modified) camouflage.Robert Hurst
Roper 244kA painting in oil of the destroyer USS Roper (DD-147) engaging the German Type VII submarine U-85, during the night of 13/14 April 1942, near Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Artist unknown. Image from the 1967/68 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Roper 76kJanuary 5, 1943 photo shows the Roper as originally built, retaining all four stacks. -

USS ROPER DD-147 / APD-20 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Abram Claude    Feb 15 1919 - Sep 10 1919
LCDR John Franklin McClain    Sep 10 1919 - Oct 1919
LCDR Matthias Evans Manly    Sep 24 1920 - Oct 1922
(Decommissioned Oct 1922 - Mar 18 1930)
CDR Jay Knight Esler    Aug 14 1931 - ?
LCDR Andrew DeGraff Mayer    Jun 1 1933 - Jun 1 1934
LCDR Homer William Graf    Jun 1 1934 - Jul 1935
LCDR Jack Harlan Duncan    Jul 1935 - 1937 (Later RADM)
LCDR Hugh William Hadley    1937 - 1938
LT John Fore (Firpo) Hines Jr.    1938 - Apr 22 1939
LCDR Harry Ensor Hubbard    Apr 22 1939 - Jun 21 1940
LCDR Henry Edward Richter    Jun 21 1940 - 1941
LCDR Hamilton Wilcox Howe    1941 - Apr 15 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR John Blair Gragg    Apr 15 1942 - Oct 1 1943
LCDR Winfield F. DeLong    Oct 1 1943 - Jan 5 1944
 As the APD-20
LCDR Ulysses B. Carter    Jan 5 1944 - Jul 11 1945
LT Alfred G. Steer Jr.    Jul 11 1945 - Sep 15 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
E-mail: apdsec@cox.net


Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Roper APD-20
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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