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USS SOUTHARD (DD-207 / DMS-10)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAJK

CLASS - CLEMSON
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 Cramp, Philadelphia on August 18 1918.
Launched March 31 1919 and Commissioned September 24 1919.
Decommissioned February 7 1922, Recommissioned January 6 1930.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-10 November 19 1940.
Ran aground on Tsugen Jima October 9 1945.
Decommissioned December 15 1945.
Stricken January 8 1946.
Fate Wreck destroyed January 14 1946.

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Southard 55kSamuel Lewis Southard-born on 9 June 1787 in Baskingridge, N.J.—graduated from Princeton in 1804. After teaching school in New Jersey, he worked as a tutor in Virginia and studied at law there. Upon being admitted to the bar, he returned to New Jersey, where he was appointed law reporter by the legislature in 1814. Southard became an associate justice of the state supreme court in 1815 and, in 1820, served as a presidential elector. In 1821, he was chosen to fill the seat in the United States Senate, vacated by the resignation of James J. Wilson, and served until March of 1823. In September of that year, he was appointed Secretary of the Navy, a post he held until 1829. During these years, he also served briefly as Secretary of the Treasury and Secretary of War. In 1829, Southard became attorney-general of New Jersey and, in 1832, was elected governor. He returned to the Senate in 1833 and, on 4 March 1841, became President pro tempore of the Senate. Southard died in Fredericks-burg, Va., on 26 June 1842. Digital ID: cph 3b06318, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Southard 53kArtist's conception of the Southard 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
Southard 28kUSS Southard (DD-207) and USS J. Fred Talbot (DD-156) undated, location unknown.Russ Padden
Southard 65kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Southard 104kUSS Southard (DD-207) and USS Long (DD-209) in Brest, France on Washington's birthday February 22 1920 from the Frederick Wood collection.Stanley Svec
Southard 113kUSS Southard (DD-207) In Alaskan waters, during the 1930s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Southard 79kCirca early 1930's.Marc Piché
Southard 186kUSS Southard (DD-207) Underway on 20 April 1932. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Southard 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
Southard 110kPhoto #: NH 84588. Destroyer Division 18 (DesDiv 18) Commanding Officers photographed circa the last part of 1935, possibly on board USS Southard (DD-207), which was DesDiv18 flagship at the time. Those present are (left to right, seated): Lieutenant Commander Dennis L. Ryan, Commanding Officer, USS Chandler (DD-206); Commander Carleton H. Wright, Commander DesDiv 18; and Lieutenant Commander William J. Morcott, Commanding Officer, USS Southard. (left to right, standing): Lieutenant Commander Earl E. Stone, Commanding Officer, USS Long (DD-209); and Lieutenant Commander Elmer E. DuVall, Jr., Commanding Officer, USS Hovey (DD-208). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Southard 165kTwo shipyard views of the Southard at Mare Island on May 5 1938. In the first the USS Hovey (DD-208) can be seen in the background. Source: San Francisco NARA, "Pearl Harbor Navy Yard General Correspondence 1941-45"Tracy White
Southard 153kAs above.Tracy White
Southard 108kUSS Southard (DMS-10) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 June 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss

USS SOUTHARD DD-207 / DMS-10 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Russell Willson    Sep 24 1919 - 1921 (Later VADM)
LCDR George William Kenyon    1921 - Feb 7 1922
(Decommissioned Feb 7 1922 - Jan 6 1930)
LCDR Oliver Lee Downes    Jan 6 1930 - 1931
CDR  Oscar Charles Badger II    1931 - 1932 (Later ADM)
LCDR William Isiah Causey Jr.    1932 - ?
LCDR Wallis Gearing    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR William J. Morcott    ? 1935 - 1936
LCDR William Wohlsen Behrens    1936 - 1937 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Leon Boller    ? 1938
As the DMS-10
LCDR Alvin Duke Chandler    ? 1940 - 1941 (Later VADM)
LCDR Joe Brice Cochran    1941 - Sep 29 1942
LCDR John Gardner Tennent III    Sep 29 1942 - May 14 1943  
LCDR Frederick Richard Matthews    May 14 1943 - Jun 1 1944
LCDR John Edward Brennan    Jun 1 1944 - Sep 1 1945
LT John Ryan    Sep 1 1945 - Nov 13 1945
ENS Robert Samuel Coney    Nov 13 1945 - Dec 5 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Southard (DMS-10)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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