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Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles at 15 Knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on June 8 1918.
Launched November 20 1918 and commissioned January 6 1920.
Decommissioned June 30 1922, Recommissioned October 25 1932.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-91 March 1 1945.
Decommissioned December 14 1945.
Stricken January 8 1946.
Fate Sold June 17 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Dahlgren 29kJohn Adolphus Dahlgren, born 13 November 1809 in Philadelphia, Pa., was appointed a midshipman 1 February 1826, and early became interested in the problems of ordnance. He developed the famous Dahlgren gun, perfected howitzers for use afloat and ashore, organized the Naval Gun Factory, and wrote several significant books on ordnance. From the outbreak of the Civil War until July 1862 he served as Commandant of the Washington Navy Yard where President Lincoln often conferred with him. He then became Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance and on 7 February 1863 was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral. In command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (7 July 1863-17 June 1865), he participated in the bombardment of Fort Wagner and cooperated with Sherman in the capture of Savannah and Charleston. After a tour of duty in command of the South Pacific Squadron (1866-1868), he returned to Washington again as Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance. Rear Admiral Dahlgren resigned this job a year later to return to the command of the Navy Yard and Gun Factory. He died in Washington 12 July 1870.Bill Gonyo
Dahlgren 53kArtist's conception of the Dahlgren as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Dahlgren 98kUndated, late war image showing final configuration.-
Dahlgren 80kUndated World War II image.Captain Jerry Mason USN
Dahlgren 53kUSS Dahlgren (DD-187) and USS Tracy (DD-214). Undated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Dahlgren 155kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Dahlgren 225kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Dahlgren 122kUndated, possibly New York.Ed Zajkowski
Dahlgren 90kPhoto #: NH 64536, USS Dahlgren (DD-187) in dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, 23 May 1932, while out of commission. In the left background is USS Lawrence (DD-250), which was recommissioned on 13 June 1932. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Dahlgren 67kBow view of the USS Dahlgren (DD-187) in dry dock at the Philadelphia Navy Yard on May 23, 1932. Source: Naval History History and Heritage Command; Photo No. NH 64537.Mike Green
Dahlgren 128kDestroyer USS Dahlgren (DD-187), Leaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania on 4 August 1932. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 64538.Robert Hurst
Dahlgren 77kVideo capture from Fleet Review, 1933.Fabio Peña
Dahlgren 61kVideo capture from Fleet Review, 1933.Fabio Peña
Dahlgren 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
Dahlgren 98kNew York July 1937.Marc Piché
Dahlgren 178kScene from the 1940 movie Charlie Chan in Panama by 20th Century Fox, USS Dahlgren (DD-187) and USS Tracy (DD-214).Joe Mackey
Dahlgren 140kUSS Dahlgren (DD-187), Off the Charleston Navy Yard, South Carolina on 28 February 1945, the day before she was officially redesignated AG-91. Note her fat after smokestack, fitted when this ship was given two experimental ultra-high-pressure (1,300 psi) boilers in 1937, and 4"/50 guns still carried fore and aft. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 45525Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Leo Sahm    Jan 6 1920 - Jun 17 1920
CDR Owen Bartlett    Jun 17 1920 - May 10 1921
LCDR Walter Atlee Edwards    May 10 1921 - Aug 21 1921
LT Baylis Frank Poe    Aug 21 1921 - Jun 30 1922  
(Decommissioned June 30 1922 - October 25 1932)
LCDR Harry William von Hasseln    Oct 25 1932 - Jan 10 1935 
LCDR Arthur Tenny Emerson    Jan 10 1935 - Apr 20 1936
LCDR Heber Byron Brumbaugh    Apr 20 1936 - Dec 15 1936
LCDR Thomas Lippitt Wattles    Dec 15 1936 - Jul 20 1937
LCDR William Peters Hepburn    Jul 20 1937 - Nov 6 1939
LT Lewis Robinson Miller    Nov 6 1939 - Feb 8 1942
LCDR Robert William Cavenagh    Feb 8 1942 - Dec 10 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Morton Sunderland    Dec 10 1942 - Mar 22 1943
LCDR Junius Weakley Millard    Mar 22 1943 - Apr 10 1943 
CDR Robert William Curtis    Apr 10 1943 - Dec 5 1943
LCDR Robert Edward Lapides    Dec 5 1943 - Mar 16 1945
LT Ralph E. Rhoads    Mar 16 1945 - Dec 14 1945

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