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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQF

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 June 16 1919.
Launched June 2 1920 and commissioned January 19 1921.
Decommissioned January 13 1931 and recommissioned March 2 1932.
Decommissioned July 21 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Goff 48kNathan Goff of West Virginia was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1880 to fill out the unexpired term of Richard W. Thompson. He was elected to the United States Senate from West Virginia in 1884 and reelected in 1886. The former Secretary of the Navy and Senator died on 23 April 1920. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection.Bill Gonyo
Goff 57kUndated photos of the crew of the Goff from the collection of Barbara's father, Joseph H. Sauro, who served aboard and is at the right in the photos. The sailor with the cigarette on the left is SC1c Frank Urban.Barbara Sauro /
Francis Urban
Goff 51kAs above.Barbara Sauro
Goff 137kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Goff 590k Launching 2 June 1920, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, New Jersey. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 53754Mike Green
Goff 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
Goff 326k Serving as flagship of Admiral Mark L. Bristol, in Mediterranean waters, December 1920. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 53755Mike Green
Goff 392k Starboard bow view, about 1921. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 53756Mike Green
Goff 119kPhoto #: NH 57976, USS Osborne (DD-295) underway during the review of the U.S. Fleet by President Calvin Coolidge, 4 June 1927. USS Goff (DD-247) is in the right background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Goff 163kLeaving the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania on 5 May 1932. Note the band playing in the lower left foreground. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 64559.Robert Hurst
Goff 206kUSS Goff (DD-247) and USS Sturtevant (DD-240) at north end of Wrangell Narrows, Alaska circa 1935.Darryl Baker
Goff 48kPicture from a 1936 calendarIn memory of Gordon Kenneth Delo CMM(AA) - He served aboard the Goff from 1934 to 1939. Killed in action aboard the USS Monssen in 1942. Cheryl Caruso
Goff 965kA nest of escorts alongside USS Altair (AD-11) at Port of Spain, Trinidad, 01 Oct 1942; from right to left, USS Spry (PG-64), USS Upshur (DD-144), USS Goff (DD-247), and Dutch escort HNLMS Jan Van Brakel. Photographed from USS Pocomoke (AV-9) which was passing through anchorage with USS Roe and USS Eberle. National Archives photo 80-G-31669.Fred Weiss / John Chiquoine
Goff 79kThree Wickes and two Clemson class destroyers await the scrapper´s torch at NAS Cape May, New Jersey in October of 1945. From Left; USS Greer (DD-145), USS Bainbridge (DD-246), USS Goff (DM-22 ex DD-247), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Lea (DD-118).Gerd Matthes/Christopher Bainbridge McKnight
Lind 42kShip's patch.Don McGrogan

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG Rodman Drake DeKay Jr.    Jan 19 1921 - Oct 4 1921

LCDR Richard Stockton Field     Oct 4 1921 - Aug 21 1923

LCDR Bayliss Frank Poe    Aug 21 1923 - Jun 30 1924 (XOIC) 

LCDR Donald Clark Godwin    Jun 30 1924 - Aug 22 1925

LCDR Elmer DeLoss Langworthy    Aug 22 1925 - Jun 16 1928

LCDR Francis Eliot Maynard Whiting    Jun 16 1928 - Jan 13 1931  (Later VADM)

(Decommissioned Jan 13 1931 - Mar 2 1932)

LCDR Walter Moakler Anthony Wynne    Mar 2 1932 - Jun 15 1932 

LT John Pemberton Curtis    Jun 15 1932 - Aug 12 1932

LCDR Leonard Noel Linsley    Aug 12 1932 - Jan 19 1934

LT John Pemberton Curtis    Jan 19 1934 - Jun 10 1935

LCDR Julian DuBois Wilson    Jun 10 1935 - Jun 1 1937

LCDR Horatio Gates Sickel IV    Jun 1 1937 - May 21 1938

CDR Noble Wayne Abrahams    Jun 6 1939 - Mar 13 1940

LT Neill Wev Bosquet    Mar 13 1940 - May 21 1940

LCDR William Jefferson Marshall    May 21 1940 - Dec 15 1941 (Later ADM)

LCDR Olin Perry Thomas Jr.    Dec 15 1941 - Sep 9 1942

LCDR Charles Enright Weakley    Sep 9 1942 - Jul 5 1943 (Later VADM)

LCDR Hinton Ira Smith    Jul 5 1943 - Aug 19 1944

LT Robert Herman Samek    Aug 19 1944 - Jul 21 1945 

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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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