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USS BIDDLE (DD-151 / AG-114)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIQX

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 April 22 1918.
Launched October 3 1918 and commissioned April 22 1919.
Decommissioned June 20 1922.
Recommissioned October 16 1939 and assigned to Neutrality Patrol.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-114 June 30 1945.
Decommissioned October 5 1945.
Stricken October 24 1945.
Fate Sold December 3 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Biddle 17kNicholas Biddle (September 10, 1750–March 17, 1778) was one of the first five captains of the Continental Navy, which was raised by the Americans during the American Revolutionary War. He was born in Philadelphia. At the age of thirteen, he went on a voyage to the West Indies, during which he was marooned on a desert island for two months. In 1770, he became a midshipman in the Royal Navy. In 1773, he resigned from the navy in order to join Captain Constantine Phipps expedition to the Arctic. While on this trip, he met the future Lord Nelson. As the American Revolution threatened to break out, he returned to the colonies and offered his services to the state of Pennsylvania. In August 1775, the Pennsylvania Committee of Safety placed Biddle in command of the armed galley Franklin. In December 1775, he was made Captain of the 14-gun brig Andrew Doria. He participated in the expedition against New Providence, capturing numerous vessels as well as British army transports. He participated in a cruise of the Newfoundland Banks that was so successful in the taking of ships, that when he returned to port he had only five sailors left on board his ship; the rest were crewing the prizes. On June 6, 1776, he was appointed by Continental Congress to command the Randolph, a 32-gun frigate then being built in Philadelphia. She was launched near the close of the year, and sailed early in 1777. In September 1777, Biddle captured HMS True Briton and her three-ship convoy. On March 17, 1778, off Barbados, the Randolph encountered the British 64-gun ship-of-the-line HMS Yarmouth. Rather than trying to flee from the more heavily armed opponent, the Randolph engaged in battle. An eyewitness reported the frigate held her own in the twenty minute engagement, appearing, "to fire four or five broadsides to the Yarmouth's one." Sadly, after Biddle was wounded, the Randolph blew up killing all but four of the 310 on board including Biddle. The loss of Randolph was a serious blow to the fledgling Continental Navy.Bill Gonyo
Biddle 161kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Biddle 96kBiddle as built, image dates 1920-1922. Randy Biddle
Leary 135kNorfolk Navy Yard circa 1931, the USS Leary (DD-158), USS Blakely (DD-150) and USS Biddle (DD-151).Tommy Trampp/Pierre Alleyn
Biddle 118kThe USS Biddle (DD-151) and USS Dickerson (DD-157) in drydock circa 1935-1936.-
Biddle 93kBiddle as recommissioned in October 1939. Note addition of depth charge throwers just aft of aft torpedo mount. Also note canvas rigged as shade amidships, and surrounding the stacks.Randy Biddle
Biddle 99kBiddle seen here in her final appearance, Note removal of aft torpedo mounts and the loss of her aft stack and it's boiler. Randy Biddle
Biddle 158kOctober 22 1942, Charleston Navy Yard.Ed Zajkowski
Biddle 281kUSS Biddle (DD-151), Underway off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina on 22 October 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 45523.Robert Hurst

USS BIDDLE DD-151 / AG-114 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Talley Blackburn    Apr 22 1919 - Jul 1919
LCDR Leigh Noyes    Jul 1919 - Sep 1920 (Later VADM)
LCDR Francis Arthur LaRoche    Dec 16 1920 - ?
(Decommissioned Jun 20 1922 - Oct 16 1939)
CDR Alfred George Zimmerman    Dec 6 1930 - ? (ship was decommissioned during this time ???)
CDR Mervyn Shake Bennion    Nov 9 1932 - ? (ship was decommissioned during this time ???)
CDR Edgar Raymond McClung    ? 1934 - ? (ship was decommissioned during this time ???)
LCDR Martin Rowland Peterson    ? 1940 - 1941
LCDR John Albert Glick    1941 - Sep 1942
LCDR Theodore Adolf Torgerson    Oct 1942 - Oct 17 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Robert Henry Hopkins    Oct 17 1943 - Jan 1945
LT Joseph W. Fitzpatrick    Jan 1945 - Oct 5 1945

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