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USS DOYEN (DD-280)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJS

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
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 Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on March 24 1919.
Launched July 26 1919 and commissioned December 17 1919.
Decommissioned February 25 1930.
Stricken July 12 1930.
Fate Sold and Broken up for scrap in 1930.

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Doyen 50kCharles A. Doyen, born in New Hampshire 3 September 1859, was a member of the Naval Academy class of 1881, later commissioned second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He organized and commanded the 5th Regiment in World War I, and in France took command of the 4th Brigade, composed of the 5th and 6th Regiments and the 6th Gun Battalion. His devoted service training this brigade broke his health, and he was forced to return to the United States, where he died 6 October 1918. But his brigade went on to win historic victories at Chateau Thierry and in Belleau Wood. Doyen's contribution to these victories was recognized by the posthumous award of the Distinguished Service Medal. Digital ID: ggbain 24696, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Doyen 53kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Doyen 305kUndated, location unknown. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Doyen 192kVictory Destroyer Plant, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts, interior of the building slips, photographed by Monks & Johnson, Boston, Massachusetts, between 27 April and 3 May 1919. The destroyers under construction in the foreground are, from the foreground: Meyer (Destroyer # 279, builder's # 359), Henshaw (Destroyer # 278, builder's # 358) and Moody (Destroyer # 277, builder's # 357). Beyond these three ships are at least three more, possibly McCawley (Destroyer # 276), Sinclair (Destroyer # 275) and Meade (Destroyer # 274). The unplated deck of Doyen (Destroyer # 280) is in the extreme right foreground. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 43154.Robert Hurst
Doyen 149kPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington USS Mahopac (AT-29), in center, and five destroyers in Dry Dock Number Two, 8-22 September 1921. The destroyers include Doyen (DD-280), Henshaw (DD-278), McCawley (DD-276), Meyer (DD-279) and Moody (DD-277). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Doyen 626kPhoto of the crew on the forecastle of the USS Doyen (DD-280), USS Laub (DD-263) and USS Sinclair (DD-275) taken in San Diego, CA on April 29, 1922.Larry Haggard
Doyen 80kPhoto of the crew on the forecastle of the USS Doyen (DD-280), USS Laub (DD-263) and USS Sinclair (DD-275) taken in San Diego, CA on April 29, 1922.Robert Hurst
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Doyen 148kPhoto dated June 4 1927, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Doyen 33kFrom the collection of Cdr. August Billig who was a Seaman aboard Doyen from 1928 to 1930. Circa 1930.Bruce Billig
Doyen 53kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS Henshaw (DD-278), USS Moody (DD-277) and USS Doyen (DD-280) circa the late 1920's.Bruce Billig

USS DOYEN DD-280 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Jacob Henry Klein Jr.    Dec 17 1919 - Jun 1920
LCDR Walter Kenneth Kilpatrick    Sep 26 1923 - ?
CDR Thaddeus Auston Thomson Jr.    Mar 4 1924 - ?
LCDR Howard Fithian Kingman    Sep 5 1925 - ? (Later VADM) 
CDR Charles Jefferson Parrish    Aug 1928 - Jan 1930

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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