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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 April 28 1919.
Launched October 14 1920 and commissioned December 16 1920.
Decommissioned March 10 1931, recommissioned June 13 1932.
Decommissioned September 21 1938, recommissioned September 26 1939.
Decommissioned October 23 1945.
Stricken November 16 1945
Fate Sold September 29 1946 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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King 152kCommander Frank Ragan King (15 October 1884 - 12 July 1919) was an officer in the United States Navy who died while conducting minesweeping operations shortly after World War I. Born in Montevallo, Alabama, King was appointed midshipman at the Naval Academy 6 May 1903 and graduated 11 February 1907. After serving as passed midshipman, he was commissioned Ensign 12 February 1909. King served in Arkansas, Hartford, Milwaukee, Pennsylvania, and Illinois before attaining the rank of Commander 21 September 1918. Comdr. King assumed command of the trawler Richard Buckley 7 July 1919 during minesweeping operations in the North Sea. On 12 July 1919 his ship struck a mine and went down in only seven minutes. During the crisis King exerted himself to see that all of his crew might be saved. King's feeling for his men was evidenced by the fact that his final act before going down with his ship was to strap his own life preserver to a stunned sailor and help him over the side. Comdr. King received the Distinguished Service Medal for his valor. Photo of Midshipman Frank Ragan King, Class of 1907, courtesy of the USNA Alumni Association.Bill Gonyo
King 85kUndated, USS King (DD-242) on the beach at the end of runway "B" at Adak. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.Robert Hurst
King 77kUndated, in drydock at Constantinople, Turkey.Mike Davis
King 78kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
King 160kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
King 91kUSS Barry (DD-248), USS Sands (DD-243) and USS King (DD-242), undated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
King 162kMrs. Allene A. King, widow of Frank Ragan King, the sponsor of the destroyer USS King (DD-242), strikes the bow of the ship with the traditional bottle of champagne on October 14, 1920 at the New York Shipbuilding Corporations shipyard in Camden, New Jersey during her launching. Photo from the Independence Seaport Museum.Bill Gonyo
King 190kUSS King (DD-242) launching at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey, October 1920. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 52065.Mike Green
King 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
King 129kIn San Diego Harbor, California, circa the 1930s. Note the short range battle target hung between her middle smokestacks. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 73278.Robert Hurst


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, she does not appear in the first photo.Butch & Debbie Baxter
King 51kCirca 1936, from the Stephen Urbani special feature.Paul Urbani
King 48kMare Island 10/27/39, Navy Day, ships are left to right by row: 1st row USS Humphreys (DD 236) and USS King (DD 242); 2nd row USS Buchanan (DD 131), USS Aaron Ward (DD 132) also the USS Lawrence (DD 250) and USS Sands (DD 243) are inboard and are hidden from view.Darryl Baker
King 28kCirca 1944Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 33kCirca 1944Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 46kNever ending deck work - chipping paint.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 46kUSO entertainers, yours truly holding hat.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 52kMess cooks peeling spuds.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 49kThe Chief's mess.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 39kOur Captain is standing on the left side of the Bridge.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 44kThe Bow 4"/50 gun.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 39kChief Beyer (water tender) and Chief McKenzie (machinist).Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 50kAfter crew quarters.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 39kPicking up survivors from a troop ship that went aground, while returning to the States, these were all US sailors.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 54kWater Tenders, yours truly in whites, I was the Chief's mess cook at the time, but transferred to the engine room later.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 41kWard Room, ships doctor seated left and Mr. Starkweather Standing.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 57kPersonnel inspection.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C
King 37kThe crew's Cooks.Henry Slotsve MM 2/C

USS KING DD-242 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

ENS Hal Steele Fewell    Dec 16 1920 - 1921
LCDR Roy Campbell Smith Jr.    1921 - Jan 30 1922
LCDR Henry Grafton Fuller    Jan 30 1922 - Jan 23 1925
LCDR Theodore Stark Wilkinson    Jan 23 1925 - Dec 1926 (Later VADM)
CDR Leland Jordan Jr.    Dec 1926 - Jun 17 1927
CDR Ralph Roderick Stewart    Jun 17 1927 - ?
(Decommissioned Mar 10 1931 - Jun 13 1932)
LCDR Paul Hopkins Talbot    ? 1934 - ?
LCDR William Bryan Coleman    ? 1936 - Sep 21 1938
(Decommissioned Sep 21 1938 - Sep 26 1939)
LCDR Elmer Edward Berthold    Sep 26 1939 - Feb 1941
LCDR Eugene Simon Karpe    Feb 1941 - Nov 27 1942
LCDR Kenneth McLoud Gentry    Nov 27 1942 - May 11 1943
LT Robert Henry Hopkins    May 11 1943 - Sep 14 1943
LCDR Truman Boyce Hinkle    Sep 14 1943 - Feb 26 1944
LT Charles Ellsworth Pond    Feb 26 1944 - Oct 23 1945

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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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