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USS BROOKS (DD-232 / APD-10)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEZX

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/51, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on June 11 1918.
Launched April 24 1919 and commissioned June 18 1920.
Decommissioned January 20 1931, Recommissioned June 18 1932.
Decommissioned September 2 1938, Recommissioned April 25 1939.
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-10 December 1 1942.
Heavily damaged by Kamikaze Aircraft January 6 1945.
Decommissioned August 2 1945.
Stricken September 17 1945.
Fate Sold January 30 1946 and broken up for scrap.
3 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Battle of Lake Erie
207kBorn in Brookfield, Mass., in 1783, John Brooks Jr., was appointed a 2d Lieutenant, USMC, 1 October 1807. He commanded the detachment of Marines on Commodore Perry's flagship, Lawrence, and was killed in action during the Battle of Lake Erie 10 September 1813.Bill Gonyo
Brooks 113kUndated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Brooks 92kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Brooks 170kUndated, passing the Brooklyn Bridge.Darryl Baker
Brooks 83kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Brooks 104kUndated, probably in the Panama Canal.Tommy Trampp
Brooks 254kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Brooks 109kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Brooks 98kWickes-class destroyers fitting out at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, May 1919. These ships are (from left to right): Dickerson (Destroyer # 157, builder's hull # 216); Leary (Destroyer # 158, builder's hull # 217); Schenck (Destroyer # 159, builder's hull # 218); Herbert (Destroyer # 160, builder's hull # 219); Brooks (Destroyer # 232, builder's hull # 221); Hatfield (Destroyer # 231, builder's hull # 220); Babbitt (Destroyer # 128, builder's hull # 213) and DeLong (Destroyer # 129, builder's hull # 214). Note triple torpedo tubes on the wharf in the center foreground, and destroyer smokestacks in the lower left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 42530.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Brooks 130kNew York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Destroyers fitting out on 2 October 1919. The second ship from the camera is Humphreys (DD-236). The fourth through sixth are Brooks (DD-232), Fox (DD-234) and Kane (DD-235). Their builder's hull numbers were (respectively) 225, 221, 223 and 224. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42532Robert Hurst
Brooks 71kCirca 1920.Robert Hurst
Brooks 130kUSS Brooks (Destroyer # 232/DD-232) Steaming at high speed during trials, 1920. Photograph from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. It bears a date of 18 October 1920, four months after her 18 June 1920 commissioning. Note her 5"/51 guns. Brooks was one of five "flush-deck" destroyers fitted with these weapons, in place of the usual 4"/50 guns. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 369.Robert Hurst
Brooks 146kSteaming at high speed during trials, 1920. Photograph from the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. It bears a date of 18 October 1920, four months after her 18 June 1920 commissioning. Note her 5"/51 guns. Brooks was one of five "flush-deck" destroyers fitted with these weapons, in place of the usual 4"/50 guns.Robert Hurst
Brooks 154kU.S. destroyers moored side-by-side after a day's manoeuvers in Haitian Waters, circa the late 1920s or the 1930s. These ships are (from front to rear): USS Kane (DD-235); USS Hatfield (DD-231); USS Brooks (DD-232) and USS Lawrence (DD-250). The first three destroyers carry 5"/51 guns mounted on their sterns, while Lawrence has the normal 4"/50 gun mounted atop her after deckhouse, with a 3"/23 anti-aircraft gun on her stern. Note bedding airing on the ships' lifelines. U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 52227.Robert Hurst
Brooks 169kCirca 1930 at Juneau, Alaska. From the collection of John Dickey.Ed Zajkowski
Brooks 74kCirca 1940, location unknown.Marc Piché

USS BROOKS DD-232 / APD-10 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Donald McLean Dalton    Jun 18 1920 - Sep 9 1920
CDR Frank Jack Fletcher    Sep 9 1920 - Apr 21 1921 (Later ADM)
LT Joseph James (Jocko) Clark    Apr 21 1921 - May 5 1921 (Later ADM)
LCDR Howard Melvin Lammers    May 5 1921 - ?
LCDR Ralph Chandler Parker    Jun 16 1922 - Jul 31 1923
LCDR Ernest Gregor (Shorty) Small    Jul 31 1923 - Jun 11 1926 (Later RADM)
LCDR Louis Emil Denfeld    Jun 11 1926 - ? (Later ADM) 
LCDR William Garrett Greenman    Jun 1929 - Jun 1930 (Later COMO)
CDR Henry Davis McGuire    Jun 1930 - Jul 8 1930
LT Thomas Henry Kehoe    Jul 8 1930 Jan 20 1931 
(Decommissioned Jan 20 1931 - Jun 18 1932)
LCDR William Walter Warlick    Jun 18 1932 - Apr 12 1933
LCDR Charles Frederick Fielding    Apr 12 1933 - Jun 10 1935 
LT Oral Raymond Swigart    Jun 10 1935 - May 1937 
LCDR William Wheatly Cone    May 1937 - Sep 2 1938
(Decommissioned Sep 2 1938 - Apr 25 1939)
LT William Robert Lefavour    Apr 25 1939 - May 17 1939
LCDR Elliott Bowman Strauss    May 17 1939 - Dec 12 1940 (Later RADM)
As the APD-10
LCDR Charles Tod Singleton Jr.    Dec 21 1940 - Oct 7 1942
LCDR John William Ramey    Oct 7 1942 - Aug 7 1943 
LCDR Charles Vern Allen    Aug 7 1943 - Aug 7 1944
LT Sidney Clarence Rasmussen Jr.    Aug 7 1944 - Aug 21 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Brooks APD-10
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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