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USS POPE (DD-225)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQB

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 September 9 1919.
Launched March 23 1920 and Commissioned October 27 1920.
Fate Sunk by gun fire from Japanese Warships and Japanese aircraft
in the Java Sea March 1 1942.
All but 27 men survived the attack and ensuing imprisonment.

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Pope 93kJohn Pope, born 17 December 1798 in Sandwich, Mass., was appointed midshipman from Maine 30 May 1816. Prior to the Civil War, he served in the Mediterranean, West Indian, Brazil, African and East India Squadrons. From 1 July to 24 October 1861, he was attached to the Gulf Squadron commanding Richmond. He participated in the search for CSS Sumter in the West Indies while on his way to join the Gulf Blockading Squadron, assisted in the blockade of the passes of the Mississippi and took part in the engagement with Confederate States’ vessels at the Head of Passes 12 October 1861. He was relieved at his own request on account of ill health, was later promoted to commodore 16 July 1862 and then retired. He died 14 January 1876 in Dorchester, Mass.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

UNITED STATES SHIP POPE
for service as set forth in the following

Citation:
"For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Java Campaign in the Southwest Pacific War Area, from January 23 to March 1, 1942. Gallantly operating with the meager surface forces of the combined United States, British and Dutch Royal Navies tested in combat by predominantly superior Japanese Fleets, the U.S.S. POPE audaciously joined three destroyers in a first counter-invasion action off Balikpapan, confusing and disorganizing her enemy to aid in the sinking or damaging of a part of the hostile concentration by accurate torpedo and gunfire. Illuminated, and a highly vulnerable target for hostile cruiser and destroyer gunfire while fighting as a unit of a joint United States – Dutch Striking Force in the Badoeng Strait action, she responded nobly to the heroic efforts of her officers and men and scored several damaging torpedo and gun hits before effecting a masterly withdrawal from the perilous area. Subsequently escorting H.M.S. EXETER and H.M.S. ENCOUNTER in the Java Sea and engaging four Japanese cruisers and four destroyers, the POPE fought with all the armament at command to inflict damage on the Japanese forces and, when the friendly warships were put out of action, skillfully broke off the one-sided engagement. Relentlessly trailed by cruiser-borne planes and repeatedly bombed by enemy aircraft, she battled with unconquerable spirit and undiminished fury before succumbing to the lethal blows. The POPE’s illustrious achievements added new luster to the annals of American Naval warfare and upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

For the President,
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Pope 47kStewart (DD 224) starboard side to tender with sister destroyers Pope (DD 225), Pillsbury (DD 227), Ford (DD 228), Truxton (DD 229), and Peary (DD 226) nested outboard. The tender is almost certainly the USS Whitney (AD-4). US Navy photo, date unknown.Joe Radigan
Pope 225kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Pope 170kUndated, in a French port. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pope 115kUndated, in Tsing Tao, China. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pillsbury 96kUSS Black Hawk with the USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Paul Jones (DD-230), USS Peary (DD-226) and USS Parrott (DD-218) alongside in Chefoo, China.Gerd Matthes
Pope 60kPope as she appeared during the 1920's while on duty with the Asiatic Fleet-
Pope 128kNH 90122. Circa 1922, # 1 gun crew at short range battle practice. They made 4 hits in 21 seconds, at a range of 1760 yards, to win the Navy "E" award.Ed Zajkowski
Pope 89kPope, steaming during short range battle practice off the Luzon coast, 15 January 1924. Naval Historical Center photo NH 90123.Fred Weiss
Pope 84kThe landing party from USS Pope (DD-225) formed up on their ship's forecastle while Pope was anchored off Hankow, China in 1927. Photo US Navy Historical Center. Photo from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928" by bernard D. Cole.Robert Hurst
Pope 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
Pope 120kBurial at sea of a British subject (Note the flag) circa 1929-1933 while she as assigned to Asiatic Fleet. From Lt Howard G Havens, USN photo collection on file at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pope 147kAs above.Darryl Baker
Pope 172kOff the coast of Japan circa 1929 - 1933.Darryl Baker
Pope 88kCirca 1930's.Marc Piché
Pope 75kTaken June 1933 from the breakwater in Chifoo of the USS Black Hawk (AD-9) with the USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Edsall (DD-219) and USS Peary (DD-226) alongside.John N. Egeland, Jr.
Pope 60kPhoto #: NH 105794. Asiatic Fleet Destroyers dressed with flags while nested together off Shanghai, China, circa 1936. These ships are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (DD-230); USS Pope (DD-225); and USS Parrott (DD-218). Donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Mike Mohl
Pope 44kSeen here in her last moments, Image taken by the Japanese cruisers that sank her. -
Pope 35kLt. Richard Nott Antrim was her executive officer from December 1939 until the Pope (DD-225) was sunk by gun fire from Japanese Warships and Japanese aircraft in the Java Sea March 1 1942. For a complete biography on this highly decorated officer please visit the page dedicated to the USS Antrim (FFG 20) located in the Destroyer Escort Archive.Bill Gonyo

USS POPE DD-225 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Richard Somers Galloway    Oct 27 1920 - ?
LCDR Henry George Stewart Wallace    ? 1922 - ?
LCDR George Wirt Simpson    ? 1923 - ?
LCDR Howard Melvin Lammers    ? 1923 - ?
CDR Harold Hofmann Ritter    Sep 1 1924 - ?
LCDR Romuald Peter Paul Meclewski    Jun 3 1926 - ?
LCDR Theodore Edson Chandler    Apr 26 1928 - ?
LCDR Theodore Edson Chandler    Apr 26 1929 - Sep 1930 (Later RADM)
LCDR George Platt Brewster    ? 1931 - 1932
LCDR Robert John Walker    ? 1932 - May 1933
LCDR Robert Ogden Glover    May 1933 - Apr 1935 (Later RADM)
LCDR Alexander John Couble    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Wade DeWeese    ? 1938 - ?
LCDR Clarence Lee Conner Atkeson Jr.    ? 1939 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Henry Theodore Wray    ? 1940 - ?
LCDR Welford Charles Blinn    ? 1941 - Mar 1942

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