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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJP

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 November 23 1918.
Launched July 29 1919 and commissioned September 21 1920.
Decommissioned January 30 1931, recommissioned March 9 1932.
Decommissioned November 20 1935, recommissioned September 26 1939.
Fate Struck mine and sank off Key West Fla. April 26 1942. It was an American-laid minefield and
no one on board was notified of the field's location in the area.
15 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Sturtevant 58kAlbert D. Sturtevant was born in Washington, D.C., on 2 May 1894. On 24 March 1917, he and 28 others enlisted in the Naval Reserve Forces as the First Yale Unit. Two days later, they were all commissioned ensigns. After flight training in Florida, he was designated a naval aviator on 1 May 1917 and, in September, he received orders for overseas duty. Ensign Sturtevant reported to the group attached to the Royal Flying Corps station at Felixstowe, England, in October. Sturtevant's duties consisted of flying escort for merchantmen crossing the North Sea. On 15 February 1918, while flying an escort mission with another plane of his unit, the two American were jumped by a flight of 10 German planes. Sturtevant's companion recognized the hopelessness of the 5-to-l odds and escaped to safety, but Sturtevant gamely fought it out with the enemy. When last seen, Ensign Sturtevant was hit and crippled, falling toward the sea. For his heroic actions, he was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. Digital ID: ggbain 26285, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Sturtevant 53kArtist's conception of the Sturtevant as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Sturtevant 36kUndated, location unknown.Joe Radigan
Sturtevant 67kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Sturtevant 33kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Sturtevant 219kUSS Sturtevant (DD 240) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sturtevant 143kUSS Sturtevant (DD 240) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sturtevant 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
Sturtevant 85kPhoto is undated with no location indicated. However, it would appear that this photo was taken at the launching in New York on July 29 1919. Digital ID: ggbain, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Sturtevant 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












The 1921 Christmas menu from the Sturtevant while she was serving in Turkish waters.Ron Hanley
Sturtevant 132kPhoto of the USS Childs (DD-241), USS Strurtevant (DD-249), USS Overton (DD-239) and USS King (DD-242) from the San Diego Photo Shop dated March 20 1925.Ron Hanley
Sturtevant 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
Sturtevant 111kUSS Sturtevant (DD-240), Photographed during the early 1930s, possibly at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1932. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 64549.Robert Hurst
Sturtevant 90kOn board USS Indianapolis (CA 35) looking aft from the forward superstructure as USS Sturtevant (DD 240) comes alongside, during the Presidential fleet review off New York City, 31 May 1934. A Curtiss O2U scout floatplane is on Indianapolis' starboard catapult. Note the ship's aircraft crane, searchlights, and the Presidential Flag flying from the mainmast peak.Joe Radigan
Sturtevant 54kNew York, NY June 1934.Marc Piché
Sturtevant 206kUSS Goff (DD-247) and USS Sturtevant (DD-240) at north end of Wrangle Narrows, Alaska circa 1935.Darryl Baker

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Frank Riley Dodge    Sep 21 1920 - Nov 20 1920 (Later RADM)
LCDR Ewart Gladstone Haas    Nov 20 1920 - Sep 20 1922
LCDR Carlos Augustus Bailey    Sep 20 1922 - jan 10 1934
CDR Conant Taylor    Jan 10 1924 -  Apr 20 1924
LCDR Freeman Allyn Daubin    Apr 20 1924 - Jul 1 1926 (Later RADM)
CDR Edmund Selden Randolph Brandt    Jul 1 1926 - Jun 8 1928
LCDR Ewart Gladstone Haas    Jun 8 1928 - Jun 7 1929 
LCDR Alexander Macomb    Jun 7 1929 - Aug 3 1929 
LCDR Lloyd Homer Lewis    Aug 3 1929 - May 17 1930
LCDR Miles Gladstone Refo Jr.    May 17 1930 - Jan 30 1932
(Decommissioned Jan 30 1931 - Mar 9 1932)
LCDR Elmer Richard Henning    Mar 9 1932 - Jan 1 1934
LT Harold Alexander Houser    Jan 1 1934 - (XOIC)
LCDR James Joseph Graham    Jun 1 1934 - Nov 20 1935
(Decommissioned Nov 20 1935 - Sep 26  1939)
LCDR Albert Edmondson Jarrell    Sep 26 1939 - Nov 27 1940
LCDR William Stamps Howard Jr.    Nov 27 1940 - Jan 27 1941
LTJG Edwin Elmer Lord    Jan 27 1941 - Feb 26 1941 (XOIC)
LCDR William Stamps Howard Jr.    Feb 26 1941 - Dec 9 1941
LT Claude Lee Weigle    Dec 9 1941 - Apr 26 1942

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