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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUNX

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
Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum, MA (YN 365)
Laid down 03 June 1919
Launched 21 September 1919
Commissioned 08 December 1919
Decommissioned 01 May 1930
Stricken 22 October 1930
Fate Sold in a block buy to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD, at $5,789.00 each, 17 January 1931

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Case 98kBorn in Newburgh, NY, 03 February 1812, Augustus Ludlow Case was appointed midshipman in 1828 and attained the rank of rear admiral 24 May 1872. He participated in the Wilkes Expedition of 1837-42 which explored the South Seas and discovered the Antarctic Continent; the Mexican War, 1846-48, when with 25 men he held the town of Palisada against the Mexican cavalry for two weeks to block the escape of General Santa Ana; and the Paraguay Expedition of 1859. In the Civil War he was Fleet Captain of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in its capture of Forts Clark and Hatteras in August 1861, and commanded Iroquois in the blockade of New Inlet, N.C. From 1869 to 1873 he was Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, and from 1873 to 1875, commanded the European Squadron and the combined European, North and South Atlantic Fleet assembled at Key West in 1874. Retired in 1875, Admiral Case died in Washington 16 February 1893.Bill Gonyo
USS Case (DD-285)
Case 108kUSS Toucey (DD-282) and USS Case (DD-285) in the Panama Canal, undated. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Case 371kCirca 1920, location unknown. Note the ship's name painted on the side of her hull amidships.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 55053
Daniel Dunham/Robert Hurst
Case 78kUndated port bow view of the USS Case (DD-285) anchored at Belfast, Northern Ireland, 08 February 1926.
Imperial War Museum Belfast Telegraph Collection, Photo No. IWM (HU 107167)
Mike Green


Christmas dinner menu for 1926 at Villefranche, France.Tony Cowart
52k1929 Thanksgiving dinner menu, Philadelphia Navy Yard. As was typical during the first decades of the 20th century, "oyster dressing," a sauce that included the juice of shelled oysters, was a set component of the holiday menu.
Naval History & Heritage Command
Bob Canchola

USS CASE DD-285 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Sheriden Joyce    Dec 8 1919 - Jan 1 1920

CDR William Edgar Eberle    Jan 1 1920 - Aug 1 1922

LCDR Schamyl Cochran    Aug 1 1922 - Jul 2 1923

John Morton Poole III    Jul 2 1923 - Jul 6 1923

CDR Arthur Byron Cook    Jul 6 1923 - Jun 30 1924 (Later ADM)

CDR Frank Robert Berg    Jun 30 1924 - Jun 14 1926

LCDR James Alexander Logan    Jun 14 1926 - Jun 24 1927 (Later COMO) 

LCDR Richard Lansing Conolly    Jun 24 1927 - Sep 15 1927 (Later ADM)

LT Clarence Vaille Lee    Sep 15 1927 - May 1 1930

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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