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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
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on July 31 1918.
Launched April 20 1920 and commissioned November 29 1920.
Decommissioned February 10 1931.
Stricken January 25 1937.
Fate Sold March 16 1939 and broken up for scrap.

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Paulding 80kJames Kirke Paulding, son of a Revolutionary War patriot, was born 27 August 1718 in Nine Partners, Dutchess County, N.Y. 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 12 years, Paulding entered President Martin Van Buren's cabinet as Secretary of the Navy 1 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 5 April 1860. Photo #: NH 54790-A-KN. James K. Paulding, Secretary of the Navy, 1 July 1838 - 3 March 1841 portrait by A.S. Conrad. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Paulding 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.-
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 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
Paulding 113kPhoto #: NH 72403, U.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. Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Herbert Wiley Jackson    Nov 29 1920 - ?
LCDR Richard Ray Mann    Feb 21 1921 - Jun 17 1922 
LCDR Oliver Middleton Read Jr.    Jun 17 1922 - Jul 2 1925
LCDR Richard Pegram Myers    Jul 2 1925 - Mar 10 1927
LCDR Leo Hewlett Thebaud    Mar 10 1927 - Jan 3 1928 (later VADM)
LCDR Frederick George Reinicke    Jan 3 1928 - Jul 20 1929
LCDR Sherwood Picking    Jul 20 1929 - Feb 10 1931

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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