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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, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on April 2 1919.
Launched October 4 1919 and commissioned September 20 1920.
Decommissioned January 20 1931, recommissioned March 9 1932.
Fate Torpedoed and sunk by U-552 South of Iceland October 31 1941.
115 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Reuben James

Reuben James
[1] - 91k

[2] - 72k
Reuben James (c.1776-3 December 1838) was a Boatswain's Mate of the United States Navy, famous for his heroism in the Barbary Wars. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Reuben James joined the Navy and served on various ships, including the frigate USS Constellation. During the Barbary Wars, the American frigate Philadelphia was captured by the Barbary pirates when it ran aground in the city of Tripoli, on the southern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Lieutenant Stephen Decatur, along with a group of volunteers that included Reuben James, entered the harbor of Tripoli under the cover of darkness in an attempt to burn the Philadelphia so that the pirates could not make use of her. The American volunteers boarded the Philadelphia on 16 February 1804 and were met by a group of Barbary pirates who were guarding their prize. During the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, Reuben James, with both of his hands already wounded, positioned himself between Lieutenant Decatur and a sword-wielding pirate. Willing to give his life in defense of his captain, James took the blow from the sword and survived, recovering from his wounds. James continued his career in the U.S. Navy, including many years with Decatur. James was forced to retire in January 1836 because of declining health brought on because of past wounds. He died in 1838 at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Washington, DC. Image: "Decatur's Conflict with the Algerine at Tripoli. Reuben James Interposing His Head to Save the Life of His Commander." August 1804. Copy of engraving by Alonzo Chappel. National Archives and Records Administration.[1] Bill Gonyo

[2] USS Reuben James (FFG-57) website
Reuben James 17kUndated, location unknown.-
Reuben James 49kUndated, location unknown.-
Reuben James 124kUndated, destroyers moored at San Diego, California, prior to World War II. These ships are (from left to right): USS Barry (DD-248); USS Bainbridge (DD-246); USS Reuben James (DD-245); USS Williamson (DD-244); USS Fox (DD-234); USS Lawrence (DD-250); and USS Hovey (DD-208). Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reuben James 33kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Reuben James 128kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Reuben James 178kUndated, in the Panama Canal. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Reuben James 80kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Reuben James 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
Reuben James 97kThe launching, Miss Helen Strauss, sponsor, USS Reuben James, October 4, 1919. New York Shipbuilding Corporation, Camden, New Jersey. Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum.Bill Gonyo
Reuben James 87kReuben James visiting Bar Harbor, Maine on July 4 1923. From the archives of Acadia National Park.Jonathan Eno
Reuben James 60kAs above. USS Lamson (DD-328) in the background.Jonathan Eno
Reuben James 79kCropped version of above photo.Jonathan Eno
Reuben James 79kUSS Reuben James (DD-245) is seen on March 9, 1932 on her recommissioning at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Mike at Green Creek Studios
Reuben James 120k USS Reuben James (DD-245) leaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard after being recommissioned by USS Dobbin (AD-3) on 9 May 1932. Original negative given by Mr. Franklin Moran in 1967. Source: Naval History Heritage and Command, Photo No. NH 6455Mike Green
Reuben James 104kAs seen from the forward fire control station of an unidentified destroyer, the USS Reuben James (DD-245) follows the USS Saratoga (CV-3) as they plow through rough Pacific Ocean waters. The ships are part of Fleet exercises in 1938. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1995.080.006.027.Mike Green
Reuben James 62kIn the Hudson River, NY, 29 April 1939. Photo from the Ted Stone Collection, the Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA. USN photo NH 66333.Joe Radigan
Reuben James 46kPhotographed by Ted Stone on 29 April 1939, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Reuben James 132kUSS Reuben James (DD-245) aground at Lobos Cay, Cuba on November 30, 1939. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-391561.Mike Green
Reuben James 132kStern view of USS Reuben James (DD-245) aground at Lobos Cay, Cuba, 30 November 1939. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-391562.Mike Green
Reuben James 149kUSS Reuben James (DD-245) underway, date & location unknown. Press photo released after her sinking.Dave Wright
Reuben James 98kUSS Reuben James (DD-245) and USS Truxtun (DD-229) and another unidentified destroyer sitting outside of New York Harbour, on 7 September 1940 (Treasure Island Museum-SFCB). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst
Reuben James 100kThe U.S. Navy's first post WW I design battleship, North Carolina (BB-55) fitting out at New York Navy Yard in early 1941. The stern of the destroyer Edison (DD-439) appears to the left & the destroyer Reuben James (DD-245) appears on the right foreground.John Chiquoine
Reuben James 107kEdwin Louis Farley of Hurricane, West Virginia, was aboard the American destroyer Reuben James as a member of the crew. Farley, 24 years old, was a Signalman First Class on the James. In a letter received by Miss Dolly Fizer of Culloden, West Virginia, Signalman Farley said his vessel was leaving Portland, Maine, for Iceland, but did not state whether it was with a convoy, battle fleet or traveling alone. Miss Fizer said that Farley was here on leave a year ago. He was a graduate of Hurricane High School, residing in Hurricane with his Aunt, Mrs. Maggie Watson. Before joining the Navy he worked in a glass factory in St. Albans and later at the Bichoff Glass Plant near Culloden. SM1c Farley’s name appears on the casualty list for the U.S.S. Reuben James (DD-245).Bill Gonyo
Reuben James 107kRalph W.H. Kloepper, Signalman Third Class, was among the casualties when the U.S.S. Reuben James (DD-245) was sunk by a German U-Boat off the coast of Iceland while on convoy duty. Image courtesy of the Acme Newspictures.Bill Gonyo
Reuben James 112kNewspaper clipping from October 31 1941 about Signalman Ralph W. H. Kloepper who was lost during the torpedoing of the James.Henry Weiss

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Gordon Wayne Haines    Sep 24 1920 - May 1 1921

CDR Rufus Fairchild Zogbaum Jr.    May 1 1921 - Nov 5 1922 (Later RADM)

LCDR James Carroll Byrnes Jr.    Nov 5 1922 - Jun 29 1925

CDR William Sims Farber    Jun 29 1925 - Aug 5 1927 (Later VADM) 

LCDR Stanley Roscoe Canine    Aug 5 1927 - Jan 20 1931

(Decommissioned Jan 20 1931 - Mar 9 1932)

LCDR John Summerfield Roberts    Mar 9 1932 - Jun 1 1934

LCDR Nicholas Vytlacil    Jun 1 1934 - Jun 15 1936

CDR William McCombe Callaghan    Jun 15 1936 - Mar 10 1938 (Later VADM)

LCDR Edward Conrad Metcalfe    Mar 10 1938 - Apr 6 1940

LCDR Heywood Lane Edwards    Apr 6 1940 - Oct 31 1941

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John B. Lampe
Address: 121 Lucas Dr, Bordentown, NJ 08505-1406
Phone: 609-298-7293
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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