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USS CHILDS (DD-241 / AVP-14 / AVD-1)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NULN

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; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on March 19 1919.
Launched September 15 1920 and commissioned October 22 1920.
Reclassified Sea Plane Tender AVP-14 July 1 1938.
Classification changed to AVD-1 August 2 1940.
Decommissioned December 10 1945.
Stricken January 3 1946.
Fate Sold May 23 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Childs 91kEarle Wayne Freed Childs, born 1 August 1893 in Philadelphia, Pa., was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1915. He was appointed temporary Lieutenant on 15 October, 1917. As a lieutenant, he served in World War I in the submarine L-2. On board HMS H-5 as an observer, Lieutenant Childs was lost on March 2, 1918 when H-5 sank with all hands after a collision with a merchantman SS Rutherglen off the English coast. Lt. Childs was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously. The citation reads: "The Navy Cross is awarded to Lieutenant Earl W. F. Childs, U.S. Navy, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service engaged in the important, exacting and hazardous submarine duty in the war zone".Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
USS Childs (DD-241)
Childs 134kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of CWO4 Cecil Wood USMC.Donald Wood
Childs 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
Childs 94kCirca 1920's, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Childs 60kWestern Mediterranean circa 1920.Marc Piché
Childs 203kChilds in the roadstead at Villefranche, France, circa 1921-1922.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Childs 132kPhoto of the USS Childs (DD-241), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS Overton (DD-239) and USS King (DD-242) from the San Diego Photo Shop dated March 20 1925.Ron Hanley
Childs 661kUSS Bainbridge (DD-246) (outboard), and USS Childs (DD-241) backing out of drydock at the Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Hawaii, on 6 June 1925. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Stored in larger than normal size as the detail is exquisite, check out the parking lot!Joe Radigan/Fred Weiss/Ed Zajkowski
Childs 153kUSS Childs (DD-241) with her crew manning the rail during the Presidential Review, 4 June 1927.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Childs 177kCropped version of above photo.Darryl Baker
Childs 183kFebruary 5 1928, Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl/Ed Zajkowski
Childs 114kFebruary 5 1928, Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl/Ed Zajkowski
Childs 78kMiami, FL April 8 1928.Marc Piché
Childs 193kUSS Childs (DD 241) showing her damaged bow in April 1929.Darryl Baker
Childs 105kThe following 13 photographs are from the colection of H. P. Kreeft who served aboard the Childs Circa 1928-1929. This photo displays the aftermath of a collision with a schooner on April 4 1929.
The schooner was named A. Ernest Mills; she sank in 13 fathoms of water off Currituck Light, North Carolina, with the loss of three crew. The sunken schooner surfaced the next day after her cargo of salt had melted.
Gene Kreeft
Childs 101kAs above.Gene Kreeft
Childs 149kAs above. The new bow.Gene Kreeft
Childs 109kA portion of the Childs crew.Gene Kreeft
Childs 86kFiring torpedoes.Gene Kreeft
Childs 76kOn a full speed run.Gene Kreeft
Childs 73kChristmas menu 1928.Gene Kreeft
Childs 66kAs above.Gene Kreeft
Childs 89kRoster of the crew.Gene Kreeft
Childs 89kMaking a smoke screen.Gene Kreeft
Childs 51kThree general views.Gene Kreeft
Childs 60kAs above.Gene Kreeft
Childs 107kAs above.Gene Kreeft
Childs 108kCirca 1930's.Marc Piché


First photo, USS Mississippi (BB-41) at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., May 12 1933. The bow of the destroyer USS Childs (DD-241)appears on the left. Photo Yanovitch, Robert J. Lewis collection. Second photo, same scene with the bow of the USS King (DD-242) in the foreground.Butch & Debbie Baxter
95k"Play Time Is Laugh Time on the Deck of the U.S.S. destroyer Childs." San Francisco Examiner photo, dated 15 December 1934. Dave Wright
Childs 57kCirca 1940 at Annapolis, MD.Tommy Trampp

USS CHILDS DD-241 / AVP-14 / AVD-1 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Irving Hall Mayfield    Oct 22 1920 - Oct 20 1922

LCDR Charles Carroll Byrnes Jr.    Oct 20 1922 - Dec 27 1922

LCDR Gilbert Jonathan Rowcliffe    Dec 27 1922 - Aug 29 1923

CDR Nelson Henry Goss    Aug 29 1923 - Jan 1 1926

LCDR John Harrison Semmes Dessez    Jan 1 1926 - Sep 6 1927

LCDR John Lessie Hall Jr    Sep 6 1927 - May 31 1930 (Later ADM)

LCDR Frederick Welden    May 31 1930 - Mar 24 1932

LCDR Harold Farnham Fultz    Mar 24 1932 - Jun 4 1932

LCDR Grayson Birch Carter    Jun 4 1932 - Jan 29 1933

LCDR Ralph Waldo Hungerford    Jan 29 1933 - Jun 3 1933

LT Paul Raymond Sterling    Jun 3 1933 - Jun 18 1934 

LCDR Harold John Walker    Jun 18 1934 - 

LCDR Burtnett Kent Culver    Jun 8 1936 - Sep 30 1937

As the AVP-14 - Jul 1 1938

LCDR Harold Foster Fick    Sep 30 1937 - May 16 1940 (Later RADM)

As the AVD-1 - Aug 2 1940

CDR John Lockwood Pratt    May 16 1940 - Apr 10 1942

CDR Frank O'Beirne Sr.    Apr 10 1942 - Nov 9 1942 (Later VADM)

LCDR Thomas Aloysius Christopher    Nov 9 1942 - Sep 10 1943 (Later RADM)

LT Charles Daniel Ingebrand    Sep 10 1943 - Apr 17 1945

LT Richard William Evans    Apr 17 1945 - Sep 21 1945

LT Ted J. Welch    Sep 21 1945 - Dec 1 1945

LT Robert E. Patton    Dec 1 9145 - Dec 10 1945

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

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