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USS McCORMICK (DD-223 / AG-118)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUPZ

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 August 11 1919.
Launched January 22 1920 and Commissioned August 16 1920.
Decommissioned October 14 1938, Recommissioned September 26 1939.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-118, June 30 1945.
Decommissioned October 4 1945.
Stricken October 24 1945.
Fate Sold December 15 1946 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Mc Cormick 127kBorn in Chicago, Illinois, Alexander Agnew McCormick was the son of Chicago Evening Post editor and Chicago city alderman Alexander A. McCormick (better known as "A. A. McCormick") and his wife Maude Warner. He attended the University of Chicago High School, and entered Yale University with the Class of 1919. He enlisted as a Seaman (2nd Class) in the U.S. Naval Aviation Forces on 16 April 1917 and trained at Buffalo, New York with the Aerial Coast Patrol Unit No. 2, which had been organized at Yale shortly after the United States declared war on Germany. He was commissioned in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force as an ensign on 2 November 1917 and was stationed at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida, until 28 May 1918. He was assigned to Squadron 214 of the Royal Air Force and served in France. On 24 September 1918, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) McCormick received fatal injuries in battle while an aerial gunner with the Northern Bombing Group in a mission near Calais. Buried in the military cemetery at Calais, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross. He received the degree of B.A., post obitum, honoris causa, from Yale University in June 1919. He had been selected for membership in Skull and Bones. His remains now lie at the Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France. The Citation reads; "The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant (j.g.) Alexander A. McCormack, U.S. Navy, for distinguished and heroic service in the line of his profession as a pilot of airplanes serving with the U.S. Naval Aviation Forces in Europe and with the Royal Air Force. Lieutenant McCormack took part in raids over enemy lines and was killed in making a forced landing from one of these raids."Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Mc Cormick 107kUndated, Early war image. Prior to modifications. Painted in Measure 2 camouflage.John Snyder
Mc Cormick 17kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Mc Cormick 23kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Mc Cormick 202kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mc Cormick 153kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mc Cormick 192kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mc Cormick 227kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Mc Cormick 64kPhoto #: NH 105167. Six destroyers nested together during the early 1920s. These ships are (from left to right): USS Edsall (DD-219); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS Bulmer (DD-222); USS Parrott (DD-218); USS Simpson (DD-221); and USS MacLeish (DD-220). The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Michael Mohl
Mc Cormick 114kUSS McCormick (DD-223), Anchored off San Diego, California during the early 1920s. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 69429.Robert Hurst
Mc Cormick 73kPhoto #: NH 88356, ships of the 39th Destroyer Division moored together, probably in San Diego Harbor, California, in 1921. These ships are (from left to right): USS Edsall (DD-219); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS Bulmer (DD-222); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS MacLeish (DD-220); and USS Parrott (DD-218). Courtesy of L.C. Lupin, 1978. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Mc Cormick 87kAt anchor in Prinkipo, Turkey, 1922.Paul Rebold
Mc Cormick 1208kLarge newspaper clipping from The Evening World dated September 16 1922. Note McCormAck should read McCormIck in the photo caption.Mike Mohl
Mc Cormick 51kUSS John D. Ford (DD-228), USS Sicard (DD-346), USS Pruitt (DD-347), USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Preble (DD-345), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Simpson (DD-221) and USS McCormick (DD-223) in Manila Harbor, November 16 1928.Carl Ross
Mc Cormick 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 Peņa
Mc Cormick 160kApril 10 1943, USS McCormick (DD-223), showing one of her 3"/50 AA guns. Photo from "Naval Weapons of World War Two" by John Campbell.Robert Hurst/Ed Zajkowski
Mc Cormick 157kApril 10 1943 in New York.Ed Zajkowski
Mc Cormick 233kJanuary 14 1944 photo by Naval Air Station New York. From the collection of Chris Wright.Ed Zajkowski
Mc Cormick 178kJanuary 19 1944 photo of the McCormick as modified in the typical late-WW2 escort flush deck destroyer manner. As was the general pattern, one boiler and its accompanying stack were removed due to increased ammunition loading required and increased crew staffing demands, without sacrificing too much speed. Improved electronics include a HF/DF (high frequency direction finder) mounted to the mainmast for long range submarine detection and a SF microwave radar radome and TBS antenna forward. A hedgehog is seen just aft of her forward 3"/50 caliber gun. In order to compensate for these additions, all but one of her 20mm guns, half of her torpedo battery and two of her six depth charge throwers were landed. The rest of her torpedoes were kept in case enemy surface raiders were encountered. National ASrchives 80-G-212791.Chris Wright/Ed Zajkowski
Mc Cormick 92kAs Above.-
Mc Cormick 77kRefueling at sea, 1944.-

USS McCORMICK DD-223 / AG-118 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Louis C. Scheibla    Aug 30 1920 - ?
CAPT Samuel Wood Bryant    ? 1921 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR James Lemuel Holloway Jr.    1921 - 1922 (Later ADM)
LCDR Walter Sherman Davidson    ? 1923 - ?
CDR Wilfred Everett Clarke    Jul 1925 - Feb 1926
CDR John Morris Smeallie    Sep 30 1926 - Sep 17 1928
CDR Francis Compton Denebrink    Sep 17 1928 - ? (Later VADM)
LCDR Joseph Hardin Lawson    ? 1931 - 1932
LCDR Wilbur Victor Shown    ? 1932 - ?
LCDR William Bernard Goggins    ? 1936 - ?
(Decommissioned Oct 14 1938 - Sep 26 1939)
LCDR John Hampden Lewis    ? - 1940
CDR Thomas Valentine Cooper    ? 1940 - ?
CDR Emmett John Sullivan    ? - Dec 8 1941
LCDR Eugene Sylvester Sarsfield    Dec 8 1941 - Oct 4 1942
LCDR Seymour Dunlop Owens    Oct 4 1942 - Oct 11 1943
LCDR Fenelon Aveilhe Brock    Oct 11 1943 - Jul 12-21 1944
LCDR Thomas James Moriarty    Jul 12-21 1944 - ?
LT Prentice Wilson Brower    ? Sep 1 1945

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