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USS McFARLAND (DD-237 / AVD-14 / APD-26)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NETB

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on July 31 1918.
Launched March 30 1920 and commissioned September 30 1920.
Decommissioned January 20 1931 at Philadelphia.
Recommissioned June 13 1932.
Decommissioned June 10 1935 at Brooklyn, NY.
Reclassified Sea Plane Tender AVD-14 August 2 1940.
Recommissioned October 5 1940 at Philadelphia.
Reclassified DD-237 December 1 1943.
Conversion to APD-26 Canceled July 10 1944.
Decommissioned November 8 1945.
Stricken December 19 1945.
Fate Sold October 17 1946 to Ship Shape, Inc., for $13,232.00, and removed on October 19 1946, then scrapped by Northern Metals Co., Torresdale, Philadelphia.

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-Seaman John McFarland, USN, entered the Navy at Boston, Mass., 24 December 1861 as seaman on Ohio, later transferring to Hartford in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Rated captain of the forecastle, he had the station at the wheel in every engagement in which Hartford participated. During the Battle of Mobile Bay 4 and 5 August 1864. McFarland left his sickbed to take up station, keeping the wheel of Admiral Farragut’s flagship throughout the storm of shell and shot. He was commended by his commanding officers for his fortitude and intelligence and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallant and meritorious service. The circumstances and date of his death are unknown.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 McFARLAND
for service as set forth in the following

Citation:
"For outstanding performance during action with enemy Japanese forces in the Southwest Pacific Area, June 20 to October 16, 1942. Serving in turn as a seaplane tender, escort vessel, patrol boat, and cargo and troop carrier, the McFARLAND, under constant threat of hostile attack, delivered urgently needed supplies to American troops on Guadalcanal until eventually disabled by Japanese dive bombers and towed to port for repair. Her restoration to combatant status, at a time when she might easily have been given up for lost, is a distinctive tribute to the courageous tenacity of her officers and men.”

For the President,
Frank Knox
Secretary of the Navy
McFarland 157kUSS McFarland (DD 237) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McFarland 225kUSS McFarland (DD 237) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McFarland 248kUndated, Havana Harbor.Ron Reeves
McFarland 130kUndated, USS Overton (DD-239), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS James K. Paulding (DD-238), USS McFarland (DD-237) and USS Childs (DD-241) at Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 356kUnder construction USS James K. Pulding DD-238 (left) & USS McFarland DD-237 (right). Picture is annotated as 1917 at Newport News, my sources indicate she was built by New York Ship Building ??? From the the Robert J. Lewis collection.-
McFarland 102kChristening of the McFarland at New York Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Newspaper clipping from the Philadelphia Evening Public Ledger date March 11 1920.Eleven destroyers fitting out in the Wet Basin between Piers 3 and 4. Photo is dated 28 September 1920.Mike Mohl
McFarland 131kNew York Shipbuilding Corporation Shipyard, Camden, New Jersey. Eleven destroyers fitting out in the Wet Basin between Piers 3 and 4. Photo is dated 28 September 1920. Ships present are identified as (from left to right): Childs (DD-241), commissioned 22 Oct. 1920; Reuben James (DD-245), commissioned 24 Sept. 1920; McFarland (DD-237), commissioned 30 Sept. 1920; Sturtevant (DD-240), commissioned 21 Sept. 1920; Williamson (DD-244), commissioned 29 Oct. 1920; Sands (DD-243), commissioned 10 Nov. 1920; Lawrence (DD-250), commissioned 18 April 1921; Hopkins (DD-249), commissioned 21 March 1921; Bainbridge (DD-246), commissioned 9 Feb. 1921; Goff (DD-247), commissioned 19 Jan. 1921; and Barry (DD-248), commissioned 28 Dec. 1920.Robert Hurst
McFarland 78kUSS McFarland (DD-237) At Venice, Italy, during the 1920s. The original photo is dated 1927, but was more probably taken circa 1922-23. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
McFarland 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
McFarland 136kUSS McFarland after collision with battleship USS Arkansas on September 19 1923, Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl/Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 246kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl/Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 210kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 231kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 218kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 149kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl/Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 161kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 129kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 193kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
McFarland 100kComing alongside USS Pittsburgh (CA-4) in mid-ocean to send a sick man on board for treatment, during the mid-1920s. Photographed by Ray, USS Pittsburgh. Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
McFarland 92kPhotographed during the 1920s or 1930s. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
McFarland 139kUSS McFarland (DD-237) Leaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania, on 4 August 1932, after being recommissioned. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Robert McFarland
McFarland 66kSan Francisco Bay, late 1930s.Fred Weiss

USS McFARLAND DD-237 / AVD-14 / APD-26 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Preston Bennett Haines    Sep 30 1920 - Nov 2 1921
CDR Harry Langley Pence    Nov 2 1921 - 1923
LCDR Schuyler Mills    ? 1923 - ?
LCDR Lucius Claude Dunn    Jul 27 1925 - ?
CDR Howard Hall Crosby    ? 1927 - ?
LCDR Elliott Buckmaster    Jun 21 1929 - Jun 1930 (Later VADM)
LCDR Robert Dudley Kirkpatrick    Jun 1930 - Jan 20 1931
LCDR Edwin Fisher    Jun 13 1932 - ?
LCDR Jerome Lee Allen    Jun 1934 - May 10 1935
As the AVD-14
LCDR Joseph Lester (Paddy) Kane    Oct 5 1940 - Oct 1942 (Later RADM)
Reclassified DD-237 December 1 1943
LCDR John Clement (Dopey) Alderman    Oct 1942 - Jan 1943 (Later RADM)
LCDR Earle Grace Gardner Jr.    Jan 1943 - Apr 1944
LCDR Herbert Stanley Calvin    Apr 1944 - Nov 3 1944
LT Clarence L. Saunders Jr.    Nov 3 1944 - Nov 8 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource APD High-Speed Transport Index
NavSource AVD Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) Index
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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