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Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
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 Fore River, Quincy on June 26 1918.
Launched September 22 1918 and commissioned January 29 1919.
Decommissioned June 28 1922.
Stricken January 7 1936.
Fate Sold September 29 1936 and broken up for scrap.

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- Jonathan Meredith was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania about 1772. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 June 1803 and was promoted to sergeant 1 August of that same year. During an engagement in the harbor of Tripoli on 3 August 1805, Sergeant Meredith saved the life of Lt. John Trippe of Vixen, who with a party of nine men had boarded a Tripolitan ship. Heavily outnumbered, the boarding party fought a fierce hand-to-hand combat, in which Trippe was severely wounded; Meredith protected him from what would have been the final blow. Four days later Meredith was killed in the explosion of Gunboat No. 3 during a similar attack against the Tripolitans.Robert M. Cieri
Meredith 51kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Meredith 59kUSS Meredith (Destroyer # 165) at Boston, Massachusetts, 4 February 1919. Panoramic photograph, taken by J.C. Crosby, Naval Photographer, # 11 Portland Street, Boston.Jim Flynn/Robert Hurst
Meredith 155kUSS Arkansas (Battleship # 33), A young woman visitor sighting one of the ship's 5"/51 guns, in New York Harbor, 23 April 1919. Note the small sub-caliber spotting rifle atop the gun barrel; splinter matresses hung over the gun; and door with porthole in the lower right. In the background are USS Jouett (Destroyer # 41), at left, and USS Meredith (Destroyer # 165). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 46317.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Herbert Harlan Michael    Jan 29 1919 - Jul 24 1920
LT Francis Kendall O'Brien    Jul 24 1920 - Dec 11 1920
LT Malcolm Arnold Deans    Dec 11 1920 - Jun 28 1922

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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