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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJM

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 227)
Laid down 31 July 1918
Launched 20 April 1920
Commissioned 29 November 1920
Decommissioned 10 February 1931
Stricken 25 January 1937
Fate Sold 16 March 1939 and broken up for scrap.

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Paulding 63kJames Kirke Paulding, son of a Revolutionary War patriot, was born 27 August 1718 in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, New York. As a young man he became widely known as a man of letters and as in intimate friend of Washington Irving. He served as Secretary of the first Board of Navy Commissioners consisting of Commodores Hull, Porter, and Rodgers. After filling the office of Navy Agent at the port of New York for twelve years, Paulding entered President Martin Van Buren's cabinet as Secretary of the Navy 01 July 1838. While in office he opposed the introduction of steam propelled warships declaring that he would "never consent to let our old ships perish, and transform our Navy into a fleet of (steam) sea monsters." Upon his retirement from office he purchased an estate at Hyde Park, where he remained until his death 05 April 1860.
James K. Paulding, Secretary of the Navy, 1 July 1838 - 3 March 1841 portrait by A.S. Conrad. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54790-A-KN, ourtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, DC.
Bill Gonyo
USS James K. Paulding (DD-238)
Paulding 94kUSS James K. Paulding (DD-238) at anchor, during the early 1920s.Daniel Dunham/Robert Hurst
Paulding 135kAerial view of USS James K. Paulding (DD-238), date and place unknown.
Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Darryl Baker
Paulding 175kUSS James K. Paulding (DD-238) date and place unknown.
Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Darryl Baker
Paulding 130kUSS Overton (DD-239), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS James K. Paulding (DD-238), USS McFarland (DD-237) and USS Childs (DD-241) moored at Boston Navy Yard, date unknown.
Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.
Ed Zajkowski
94kUSS James K. Paulding (DD-238) in heavy seas, as seen from USS Florida (BB-30) while enroute to Rio de Janeiro, December 1920.Dave Wright
Paulding 414kU.S. Navy Destroyers steaming out to sea through the Golden Gate, off San Francisco, California, 15 April 1925. These ships are (from left to right): USS Sturtevant (DD-240); USS Lawrence (DD-250); USS James K. Paulding (DD-238); and an unidentified sister ship.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 72403, courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1970.
Paul Rebold

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20 Jul 26
Commanding Officers
01LT Herbert Wiley Jackson (USNA 1917)29 November 1920 - ????
02LCDR Richard Ray Mann (USNA 1906)21 February 1921 - 17 June 1922
03LCDR Oliver Middleton Read, Jr. (USNA 1911)17 June 1922 - 02 July 1925
04LCDR Richard Pegram Myers (USNA 1911)02 July 1925 - 10 March 1927
05LCDR Leo Hewlett Thebaud (USNA 1913)10 March 1927 - 03 January 1928
06LCDR Frederick George Reinicke (USNA 1910)03 January 1928 - 20 July 1929
07LCDR Sherwood Picking (USNA 1911)20 July 1929 - 10 February 1931

Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

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