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USS BROOME (DD-210 / AG-96)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEPF

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, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on October 8 1918.
Launched May 14 1919 and Commissioned October 31 1919.
Decommissioned December 30 1922, Recommissioned February 5 1930.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-96 May 23 1945.
Decommissioned May 20 1946.
Stricken June 19 1946.
Fate Sold November 20 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Broome 95kBorn in 1824 in New York City, John Lloyd Broome was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1848. His 40 years of service included action at Veracruz, Alvarado, and Laguna del Carmen, Mexico, (1848); as senior Marine officer of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron during which he played a prominent part in the capture of New Orleans and all engagements of the Squadron on the Mississippi River. He was twice wounded; severely, at the second Battle of Vicksburg. Lieutenant Colonel Broome retired 8 March 1888 and died in 1898 at Binghamton, N.Y., where he was buried. Photo from the book The Story of the United States Marines, 1740 - 1919 by John W. Leonard and Frederick F.Chitty.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Broome 93kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Broome 67kThe victory bell was used on the USS Broome (DD-210). It was cast in Philadelphia in 1855 andis made of brass, weighing 382 pounds and measures 24" in height and28" in width. The USS Broome was a naval destroyer christened May 14, 1919and named for USMC Lt. Col. John Lloyd Broome. The ship was decommissioned in1922 and then re-entered service in 1930. During World War II the ship escortedconvoys across the Atlantic. It was sold forscrap in November 1946. The bell rests on top of a brick column located on thewest side of Christenbury Memorial Gym. The bell is a symbol of victory and isrung when East Carolina Universitywins a game.Bill Gonyo
Broome 139kUSS Broome (Destroyer # 210), Miss Mary Josephine Keyworth Broome, ship's Sponsor, with her party at Broome's christening ceremonies, 14 May 1919. The ship was built at the William Cramp & Sons shipyard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Broome was granddaughter of Lieutenant Colonel John Lloyd Broome, USMC, in whose honor USS Broome was named. Her attendants, at left, are wearing the War Service uniform of the Emergency Aid. Collection of the Society of Sponsors of the United States Navy. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 98157.Robert Hurst
Broome 94kUSS Broome (Destroyer # 210) Panoramic photograph, taken in 1919-1920, probably at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania. Donation of Beverly Buchalski, October 2002. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Broome 134kUSS Broome (DD-210) Passes under the Levensau Bridge, while transiting the Kiel Canal, Germany, in 1920. Donation of Beverly Buchalski, October 2002. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Broome 91kUSS Broome (DD-210) moored in Saigon, February 1921. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.Bill Gonyo
Broome 157kUSS Broome (DD-210) during 1930 in San Diego on a marine railway being readied for recommissioning with USS Corry (DD-334) in foreground. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Broome 168kUSS Broome (DD-210) twin gun mount that was removed and replaced with USS Corry's (DD-334) 4 inch guns. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Broome 108kUndated 1930's image at sea in her original configuration, Note Sister and last of the "Flush Deckers" built Pruitt DD-347, in background.-
Broome 138kDestroyers at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 11 April 1930 These ships are (from left to right): USS Badger (DD-126); USS Claxton (DD-140); USS Philip (DD-76); USS Broome (DD-210); and the stricken Corry (ex DD-334), which is being scrapped.Fred Weiss
Broome 69kClothes drying on a line on the fantail in Halifax, Nova Scotia during May 1941 with a British battleship in the background. From the John Dickey library.Ed Zajkjowski
Broome 106kShown at sea during WW2, the Broome exhibits the typical flush deck destroyer convoy escort configuration. Her four 4" surface-only guns and two after torpedo tube sets have been removed and replaced by six 3"/50 caliber dual purpose guns. Splinter shields have been added for gun crew protection and she carries on her foremast an SE microwave radar set, specially designed for flush deck destroyers.-
Broome 92kAs above with more detail.-
Broome 122kOn April 16, 1942, a German submarine surfaced near the SS Alcoa Guide off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and opened fire with its deck gun. Unarmed and without an escort, the ship sankin two hours. The 27 survivors climbed into two lifeboats and drifted for three days until they were spotted by a search plane. The next day, the USS Broome, a Navy destroyer, picked them up.Bill Gonyo
Broome 117kPhoto #: 80-G-3882. Survivor of the Steamship Alcoa Guide is brought ashore from USS Broome(DD-210) at Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, on 20 April 1942. Alcoa Guide had been sunk bygunfire of the German submarine U-123on 16 April. Broome rescued 27 of her survivors on 19 April. The last survivor of the ship was not picked up until 18 May. Six of Alcoa Guide's crew lost their lives as a result of this attack. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
As AG-96
Broome 83kSeen here in this 1945 image, she has had her main armament removed.-
Broome 46kUSS Broome (AG-96) off Charleston, South Carolina, circa mid-1945. Note that she still retains four smokestacks, but has had her guns removed. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold

USS BROOME DD-210 / AG-96 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Morrison Austin    Oct 31 1919 - Jan 15 1920
CDR Charles Stakely McWhorter    Jan 15 1920 - ?
(Decommissioned Dec 30 1922 - Feb 5 1930)
LCDR Lawrence Fairfax Reifsnider    Feb 5 1930 - ?
LCDR Eugene George Herzinger    Oct 1931 - 1934
LCDR Henry Ehrman Thornhill    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR John Yancey Dannenberg    ? 1939 - 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR Thomas Edward Fraser    1940 - ?
LCDR Karl Frederick Poehlmann    Dec 1941 - May 23 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR George Cameron Seay    May 23 1942 - Jul 1 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Charles Snowden Arthur Jr.    Jul 1 1943 - Sep 20 1944
LT Winthrop B. Walker    Sep 20 1944 - Oct 1 1945
LT Thomas L. Wallace    Oct 1 1945 - Mar 20 1946

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