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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUKX

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
Built by new York Shipbuilding, Camden, NJ (YN 225)
Laid down 31 July 1918
Launched 28 July 1919
Commissioned 21 July 1920
Decommissioned 10 January 1930
Recommissioned 13 June 1932
Decommissioned 14 September 1938
Recommissioned 26 September 1939
Reclassified High Speed Transport APD-12 18 December 1942
Reverted to DD-236 20 July 1945
Decommissioned 26 October 1945
Stricken 13 November 1945
Fate Sold to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA, 25 August 1946, and broken up for scrap.

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-Joshua Humphreys (June 17, 1751 January 12, 1838) was an influential and successful ship builder in the United States. As a youth, Humphreys was apprenticed to a shipbuilder in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During the American Revolutionary War he was active as a designer, and played a major part in planning Randolph, a frigate, and a 74-gun ship which was never built. After the war Humphreys became a shipbuilder in Philadelphia. When Congress in 1794 passed the Naval Act of 1794 providing for the construction of six frigates, it called on him to design them. He was appointed Naval Constructor 28 June 1794 and began work on these ships, the beginnings of the U.S. Navy. Reputedly, one of the inspirations for his frigate designs was the South Carolina. United States was built by Humphreys in Philadelphia, and was the first of the new ships to be launched on 10 May 1797. These vessels were larger and faster than other ships of their class and formed the core of the Navy during the War of 1812, and scored several victories against British ships. Humphreys' skill is evident by the fact that one of these ships, Constitution (Old Ironsides), is still afloat.Ed Zajkowski
Humphreys (DD-236)
Humphreys 117kUndated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Humphreys 112kUndated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Humphreys 70kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Humphreys 236kUndated, location unknown. USS Tarbell (DD 142) with USS Humphreys (DD 236) and USS Hopkins (DD 249) aft of her. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Humphreys 164kUndated, location unknown. USS Humphreys (DD-236) taking fuel from a small boom mounted aft of USS Saratoga's 8-inch turret. Note the breast line and what appears to be a second fuel hose yet to be taken aboard. Photo National Archives. Image from Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992 by Thomas Wildenberg.Robert Hurst
Humphreys 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
117kView of Humphreys' bridge, probably in Turkish waters, 1921.Dave Wright
38kHumphreys in drydock at Constantinople, Turkey, 1921.Dave Wright
Humphreys 164kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) and USS Humphreys (DD-236) circa 1928-1931. From the collection of Thomas Bowen, US Army.Thomas Kenny
Humphreys 194kCirca 1935, location unknown. From the Chris Wright collection. NARA photo 80-G-1034958.Ed Zajkowski
Humphreys 48kMare Island 10/27/39, Navy Day, ships are left to right by row: 1st row USS Humphreys (DD-236) and USS King (DD-242); 2nd row USS Buchanan (DD-131), USS Aaron Ward (DD-132) also the USS Lawrence (DD-250) and USS Sands (DD-243) are inboard and are hidden from view.Darryl Baker
Humphreys 191kLong range photo of the Mare Island Southern waterfront. Left to right USS Whale (SS 239) on the ways with USS Humphrey (DD 236) just under Whale and USS Helena (CL 50) on the right on March 13, 1942.Darryl Baker
Humphreys 145kUSS Humphreys (DD 236) off Mare Island on March 20, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker

USS HUMPHREYS DD-236 / APD-12 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Baggaley    Jul 21 1920 - Feb 8 1922

LCDR William Hubbel Pashley    Feb 8 1922 - Aug 20 1924

LCDR Joseph Reesman Mann Jr.    Aug 20 1924 - Sep 11 1927

LCDR Alfred Thomas Clay    Sep 11 1927 - Aug 31 1929

CDR Stewart Allan Manahan    Aug 31 1929 - Jan 10 1930 (Later COMO)

(Decommissioned Jan 10 1930 - Jun 13 1932)

LCDR Harry LeRoy Thompson    Jun 13 1932 - Jun 1 1934

LCDR Allen Dudley Brown    Jun 1 1934 - Jun 10 1935

CDR Herbert John Grassie    Jun 1 1935 - Jun 10 1935 (Later RADM)

LCDR Ralph Baile Hunt    Jun 10 1935 - Jun 10 1936

CDR Herbert Meyer Scull    Jun 10 1936 - Sep 14 1938

(Decommissioned Sep 14 1938 - Sep 26 1939)

LCDR Harrison Belknap Southworth    Sep 26 1939 - Jun 1 1941 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Katz Wells    Jun 1 1941 - Aug 23 1942

LCDR Robert Carl Peden    Aug 23 1942 - Dec 17 1942

As the APD-12

LCDR Maurice James Carley    Dec 17 1942 - Aug 6 1943 

LCDR Frank Dewey Schwartz    Aug 6 1943 - Mar 31 1944 (Later RADM)

LT Peter Lester Van der Jagt    Mar 31 1944 - Jun 10 1944

CDR Owen Blair Murphy    Jun 10 1944 - Jul 30 1945

LT George Washington Forsyth    Jul 30 1945 - Sep 17 1945

LT James Raymond Morrow    Sep 17 1945 - Oct 26 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 Humphreys APD-12
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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