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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQK

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 December 3 1919.
Launched September 28 1920 and Commissioned February 16 1921.
Fate Wrecked in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland February 18 1942.
110 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Truxtun 71kThomas Truxtun 1755-1822, American naval officer, born. near Hempstead, L.I., N.Y. In the American Revolution he won a name as a privateer, seizing many British prizes. Later he was a sea captain in merchant trade until the U.S. navy was organized. In the "near war" with France (1798-1800), he commanded the Constellation and earned an outstanding reputation. He captured the French frigate L'Insurgente (1799) and then later defeated La Vengeance (1800), although he was prevented by a storm from taking the latter ship as a prize. Shortly afterward he retired from the navy.Bill Gonyo
USS Truxtun (DD-229)
Truxtun 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Truxtun 80kUSS MacLeish (DD-220) and USS Truxton (DD-229). Undated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Truxtun 47kStewart (DD 224) starboard side to tender with sister destroyers Pope (DD 225), Pillsbury (DD 227), Ford (DD 228), Truxtun (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
Truxtun 174kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Truxtun 123kUndated postcard, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Truxtun 130kThe launching September 28 1920. From the book The Ships of the United States Navy and their Sponsors 1913-1923.-
Truxtun 166kIn Malta during 1923.Ed Zajkowski
Truxtun 84kAt anchor during the later 1920s. Note her stockless anchor and its associated hull fitting. Truxtun was the only "flush-decker" destroyer to have this arrangement.Robert Hurst
Truxtun 93kOn the rocks in Woosung, China, March 2 1926.Paul Rebold
841kRPPC of USS Truxtun (DD-229) probably during the 1930s at San Diego.Dave Wright
Truxtun 125kUSS Truxtun (DD-229) steaming in harbor, with sailors paraded by her forecastle gun during the 1930s. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 101680.Mike Green
Truxtun 143kBattle force and scouting force destroyers "full-dressed" for Navy Day 1934 at Balboa, Panama. The ship in the foreground is the USS Truxtun (DD-229). Original negative, given by Mr. Franklin Moran in 1967. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 65025 Mike Green
Truxtun 137kBattle Force and Scouting Force destroyers are full-dressed with flags in honor of Navy Day while moored at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, 27 October 1934. USS Truxtun (DD-229) is in the left foreground. Nearest ship in the left center background is USS Barry (DD-248). Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 65026.Mike Green
Truxtun 101kHMS Exeter (British Heavy Cruiser, 1931) -- by the check mark in Balboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone, 24 April 1934. Several U.S. Navy ships are also present, among them (from the front) USS Melville (AD-2) with USS Zane and another destroyer alongside; USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Litchfield (DD-336) and another destroyer; and USS Truxtun (DD-229) and another destroyer. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Truxtun 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 Peña
Truxtun 69kNew York, NY June 1934.Marc Piché
Truxtun 143kBattle Force and Scouting Force destroyers "Full-dressed" with flags in honor of Navy Day while moored at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, 27 October 1934. USS Truxtun (DD-229) is in the left foreground. Nearest ship in the left center background is USS Barry (DD-248). Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Truxtun 105kOn plane guard duty for the USS Lexington (CV-2) off the California coast in April 1937." -
Truxtun 98kUSS Reuben James (DD-245) and USS Truxtun (DD-229) and another unidentified destroyer sitting outside of New York Harbour, on 7 September 1940 (Treasure Island Museum-SFCB). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

USS TRUXTUN DD-229 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Melville Stuart Brown    Feb 16 1921 - Jul 15 1921

LCDR John Forsyth Meigs Jr.    Jul 15 1921 - Apr 19 1922

LCDR Romuald Peter Paul Meclewski    Apr 19 1922 - Aug 20 1922

LCDR Theodore Hugh Winters    Aug 20 1922 - Jul 19 1924

LCDR Rush Southgate Fay    Jul 19 1924 - Sep 24 1926

LCDR Howard Harrison Good    Sep 24 1926 - Nov 10 1929 (Later VADM)

CDR Thomas Joseph Keliher Jr.    Nov 10 1929 - Jun 27 1931 (Later RADM)

LCDR Clifton Enyart Denny    Jun 27 1932 - Apr 10 1932

LT William Eugene Makosky    Apr 10 1932 - May 11 1932 (XOIC)

LCDR Clifton Enyart Denny    May 11 1932 - Jun 1 1934

LCDR Lyman Knute Swenson    Jun 1 1934 - Mar 27 1936 

LCDR James Percival Compton    Mar 27 1936 - Jun 7 1937

LCDR Bruce Byron Adell    Jun 7 1937 - Jan 10 1937

LCDR Stewart Shirley Reynolds    Jan 10 1937 - Jan 19 1939 

LCDR Bruce Byron Adell    Jan 19 1939 - Jul 1 1940

LCDR Harry Bailey Heneberger    Jul 1 1940 - Oct 3 1941

LCDR Ralph Hickox    Oct 3 1941 - Feb 18 1942

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