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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 93kStarboard quarter view of the U.S. Navy tanker USS Victoria (AO-46) (ex George G. Henry) with four old four stack destroyers alongside. This photo could have been taken at Fremantle, Australia, when the tanker - still George G. Henry - fueled the four surviving American ships that took part in the Battle of the Java Sea, the destroyers USS Alden (DD-211), USS John D. Edwards (DD-216), USS John D. Ford (DD-228), and USS Paul Jones (DD-230), soon after they arrived in Australian waters. On 15 April 1942, while at Yarraville, a suburb of Melbourne, George G. Henry was taken over by the U.S. Navy under a bareboat charter and commissioned as USS Victoria (AO-46) on 20 April. Survivors from the sunken USS Langley (AV-3), USS Peary (DD-226), and USS Pecos (AO-6) made up the ship's new crew. Photo Australian armed forces. From the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 302766Robert Hurst
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These are scrapbook photos by an unknown shipmate on the commissioning cruise of USS John D Edwards (DD216). The scenes appear to be at ports in the Near East between June 1920 and April 1921. Crew activity includes swim and liberty parties, shellbacks and pollywogs, hard-hat divers, ship painting, and harbor and drydock scenes. Regrettably no crew names are noted.
John Chiquoine
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 75kUSS John D. Edwards (DD-216) photographed from the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3), circa 1927-28. U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1989.119.002.Robert Hurst
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 "Sandy" Sharp Jr.    Apr 6 1920 - Oct 9 1921
LCDR Eugene Thompson Oates    Oct 9 1921 - Nov 21 1921
LCDR James Sutherland Spore   Nov 21 1921 - Oct 6 1921
CDR William Henry Lee   Jan 30 1922 - Jan 10 1925
LCDR Robert Pollock Guiler Jr.    Jan 10 1925 - Jul 17 1925 
LCDR Alfred Shepard Wolfe    Jul 17 1925 - Jan 29 1926
CDR Matthias Evans Manly    Jan 29 1926 - Jul 29 1926
LCDR Lyell St.Louis Pamperin    Jul 29 1926 - Jun 29 1929
LCDR Richard Ellsworth Webb    Jun 29 1929 - Jun 24 1932 
CDR Richard Henry Booth    Jun 24 1932 - Mat 7 1934
LCDR Philip Williamson Yeatman    Mar 7 1934 - Aug 18 1934
LCDR Don Pardee Moon    Aug 18 1934 - Oct 10 1936
LCDR Thomas Dickens Warner    Oct 10 1936 - Jul 20 1937
LCDR Marion Russell Kelley    Jul 20 1937 - Jan 15 1939
LCDR Milton Edward Miles    Jan 15 1939 - Nov 19 1939 (Later VADM
LCDR William Alger Bowers    Nov 19 1939 - Jun 30 1940
LCDR Henry Effingham Eccles    Jun 30 1940 - May 1 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Jefferson Giles Jr.   May 1 1942 - May 4 1943
LCDR George Leland Hutchinson    May 4 1943 - Feb 1 1944
LT Roy Arthur Norelius    Feb 1 1944 - Jul 18 1945

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