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USS LARDNER (DD-286)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUPF

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 June 16 1919.
Launched September 29 1919 and commissioned December 10 1919.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken October 22 1930.
Fate Sold January 17 1931 to Boston Iron & Metal, Baltimore and Broken up for scrap.

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Lardner 101kJames L. Lardner was born at Philadelphia, Pa., 20 November 1802. He was appointed Midshipman 10 May 1820. Lardner served in the Pacific squadron from 1821 to 1824 and joined the Mediterranean squadron in 1825 after escorting General Lafayette in Brandywine back to France. He cruised in various squadrons and held important positions on shore until 1860. In September 1861 during the, Civil War, Lardner, in command of frigate Susquehanna, tooka pertinent part in the Battle of Port Royal and the capture of Forts Walker and Beauregard. He was commended for gallantry in action by Rear Admiral DuPont; his name was sent to Congress for a vote of thanks by President Lincoln. In May 1862, be assumed command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron and was promoted to commodore 16 July 1862. From May 1863 to October 1864, Lardner commanded the West India Squadron. After his retirement 20 November 1864, he was appointed rear admiral 25 July 1866. He served on special duty with various boards until 1869, when he was appointed Governor of the Naval Asylum, Philadelphia. He held this post until 1871. Rear Admiral Lardner died 12 April 1881 in Philadelphia, Pa. Photo from the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Lardner 142kBethlehem Ship Building's Victory Destroyer Plant at Squantum, MA November 18 1919. USS Lardner (DD-286) to the left and USS Putnam (DD-287) to the right.Daniel Dunham
Lardner 142kVictory Destroyer Plant, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts, interior of the wet slips, with USS Lardner (Destroyer # 286, builder's Hull # 366) fitting out at right. Further to the right, with smokestacks barely visible behind the building framework, is USS Putnam (Destroyer # 287, builder's Hull # 367), which is also fitting out. Note barrels, mountings, shields and base rings for 4"/50 guns, in the foreground, and warning signs. The largest of the latter, at right, forbids smoking due to the presence of fuel oil. Smaller signs state: "Coal Shortage" "Every leak in air lines Means Waste of Coal". Some of the material present is marked for Hull 370 (USS Dale, Destroyer # 290). Photograph probably taken circa 18 November 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Lardner 143kUSS Lardner (DD 286) with what appears to be USS Putnam (DD 287) aft on June 2 1925. Naval History Center photo 21525. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Howard Lardner/Robert Hurst
Lardner 78kUSS Lardner (DD-286) and USS Maury (DD-100) on 'red lead row' at the Philadelphia Navy Yard in May 1936. Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

USS LARDNER DD-286 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Max Burke DeMott    Dec 10 1919 - ?
LCDR Frank Edward Preston Uberroth    Jan 5 1920 - ?
LCDR Edmund Selden Randolph Brandt    Jul 15 1922 - ?
CDR Francis Sanderson Craven    1923 - ?
LCDR John Richard Peterson Jr.    Dec 26 1924 - ?
CDR Willis Augustus (Ching) Lee Jr.    Nov 27 1926 - Jun 16 1928 (Later VADM)
LCDR Joseph Young Dreisenstock    Jun 16 1928 - May 1 1930

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

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