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USS HOWARD (DD-179 / DMS-7 / AG-106)

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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 Union Iron Works, San Francisco on December 9 1918.
Launched April 26 1919 and commissioned January 29 1920.
Decommissioned May 27 1922, Recommissioned August 29 1940.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-7 November 19 1940.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-106 June 5 1945.
Decommissioned October 11 1945.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold June 14 1946 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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-Charles W. Howard volunteered for service in the Navy during the Civil War, being appointed mate in October 1862. As acting ensign he served on board the New Ironsides and was in charge of the deck when that ship was attacked by the Confederate torpedo boat David in Charleston Harbor, on the night of 5 October 1863. Mounting the rail, he ordered the sentries to fire on the approaching enemy, and while exposed he received a mortal wound. He died 5 days later and was honored by being appointed acting master after his death "for gallant conduct in face of the enemy."Robert M. Cieri
Howard 134k"Red Lead Row" at the San Diego Destroyer Base, date unknown. This is where most of the inactivated flush deck destroyers rested. Six boats up from the bottom are two Eagle Boats sandwiched in among the flush deckers. Visible are the USS Walker (DD-163), USS O'Bannion (DD-177), and USS Hpward (DD-179) (far back). Photos from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Howard 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Howard 131kPort broadside view of the USS Howard (DD-179) and four other unidentified four stack destroyers underway in the Pacific circa 1919-1921. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1984.094001.058.Mike Green
Howard 119kOn her acceptance trials in Santa Barbara Channel, on 13 January 1920.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Howard 113kUSS Howard (DD-179) underway circa 1921-1922, while serving with Destroyer Division 22. By this time her after 4"/50 gun had been moved from the fantail to atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Photographed by O.W. Waterman. Courtesy of Carter Rila, 1986. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 100959.Robert Hurst
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
Howard 119kEnroute to the invasion of Africa, Operation Torch. November 29 1942. NARA photo 20769.Gary Metz
Howard 114kCirca 1944 as DMS-7.Marc Piché

USS HOWARD DD-179 / DMS-7 / AG-106 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Leigh Morrison Stewart    Jan 28 1920 - Mar 10 1920

LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson    Mar 10 1920 - Aug 22 1920 (Later COMO)

LT William Henry Farrel    Aug 22 1920 - Jul 5 1921

LT Robert Ward Hayler Sr.    Jul 5 1921 - Jan 2 1922 (Later ADM)

ENS Wiley Benjamin Jones    Jan 2 1922 - May 27 1922

(Decommissioned May 27 1922 - August 29 1940)

LT Fondville Lee Tedder    Aug 29 1940 - Nov 18 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charles Joseph Zonderak    Nov 18 1942 - Jan 4 1943

LCDR Lawrence Blanchard Cook    Jan 4 1943 - Aug 13 1943

LT Onofrio Frederick Salvia    Aug 13 1943 - May 1 1945

LCDR Fred William Diehl    May 1 1945 - Aug 14 1945

LT Fred William Pump Jr.    Aug 14 1945 - Dec 30 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Howard (DMS-7)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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