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USS JOHN D. EDWARDS (DD-216)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUPC

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 May 21 1919.
Launched October 18 1919 and Commissioned April 6 1920.
Decommissioned July 18 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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-John D. Edwards, born in Isle of Wight County, Va. 2 August 1885, was appointed Machinist in the U.S. Navy 31 December 1908. During World War I Lt. Edwards was assigned to destroyer Shaw in British waters. While escorting troopship HMS Aquitania into Southampton, England, Shaw collided with Aquitania. Lt. Edwards, as one of 12 men who lost their lives, was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.Robert M. Cieri
John D. Edwards 23kUndated, War time image. (Blurred)-
John D. Edwards 78kUndated photo of the plaque from the base of the mast of the Edwards.John R. Clark
John D. Edwards 91kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
John D. Edwards 87kUSS John D Edwards (DD-216) at sea, approaching the USS Saratoga (CV-3) circa 1927-1928. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1989.119.002.Mike Green
John D. Edwards 115kUSS John D Edwards (DD-216) at sea, escorting the USS Saratoga (CV-3) circa 1927-1928. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1989.119.002.Mike Green
John D. Edwards 143kLaundry transfer between the USS John D. Edwards (DD-216) and the USS Saratoga (CV-3) off Naval Station Sangley Point, Philippines.US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1988.122.001.Mike Green
John D. Edwards 90kUSS John D Edwards (DD-216) at sea, approaching the USS Saratoga (CV-3) circa 1927-1928. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1989.119.002.Mike Green
John D. Edwards 164kAt anchor in March 1928, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
John D. Edwards 74kPhoto #: 80-G-1025121, USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at Manila, Philippine Islands, 15 November 1935, with four destroyers and USS Heron (AM-10) nested alongside. The four destroyers are (from left to right): USS Whipple (DD-217); USS John D. Edwards (DD-216); USS Smith Thompson (DD-212); and USS Barker (DD-213). All ships are "full dressed" with flags in honor of the inauguration of Philippine President Manuel Quezon. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Tony Cowart
John D. Edwards 201kThe ships crew circa 1939-1941.John R. Clark
John D. Edwards 176kTwo views of the Edwards at Mare Island in August 1942. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
John D. Edwards 178kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
John D. Edwards 93kUSS John D. Edwards (DD-216) at Mare Island, September 9 1942 with the USS John D. Ford (DD-228) alongside.Ed Zajkowski
John D. Edwards 240kUSS John D. Edwards (DD-216) at Mare Island, September 9 1942.Ed Zajkowski
John D. Edwards 201kUSS John D. Edwards (DD-216) at Mare Island, September 9 1942.Ed Zajkowski
John D. Edwards 117kNavy Photo 5470-9-42, USS John D. Edwards (DD 216) departing Mare Island on 9 September 1942. She was in overhaul at the yard from 26 August to 9 September 1942.Darryl Baker
John D. Edwards 121kUSS John D. Edwards (DD 216) off Mare Island on September 9 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
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New York Navy Yard - June 24 1943
Ed Zajkowski

USS JOHN D. EDWARDS DD-216 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Alexander Sharp    Apr 6 1920 - ?
LCDR James Sutherland Spore   ? 1921 - ?
CDR William Henry Lee   Jan 30 1922 - ?
CDR Matthias Evans Manly    Jul 17 1925 - Jul 29 1926
LCDR Lyell St.Louis Pamperin    Jul 29 1926 - ?
LCDR Richard Ellsworth Webb    Jun 29 1929 - 1932 
CDR Richard Henry Booth    ? 1932 - ?
LCDR Thomas Dickens Warner    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Milton Edward Miles    Apr 1939 - Jul 1939 (Later VADM)
LCDR William Gooding Fisher    ? 1939 - ?
LCDR William Alger Bowers    ? 1940 - ?
LCDR Henry Effingham Eccles    ? 1941 - Mar 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Jefferson Giles Jr.   May 1 1942 - May 4 1943
LCDR George Leland Hutchinson    May 4 1943 - Feb 1944
LT Roy Arthur Norelius    Feb 1944 - Jun 30 1945

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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