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USS PUTNAM (DD-287)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUPG

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 30 1919.
Launched September 30 1919 and commissioned December 18 1919.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken October 22 1930.
Fate

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Putnam 63kCharles Flint Putnam was born in Freeport, Illinois 1 December 1854 and entered the Naval Academy at the age of 14. Upon his request at graduation in 1873, he was ordered to the Far East in Kearsarge, serving in that vessel with the Asiatic Squadron until 1875. Master Putnam was stationed at San Francisco in 1876 and was attached to schoolship Jamestown in 187778. In 1879 he joined the Coast Survey steamer Hassler in the North Pacific. Putnam volunteered in 1881 for service in Rodgers, fitted out to search for Jeanette, which had been lost in the Arctic on an expedition to reach the North Pole. When Rodgers burned at St. Lawrence Bay, Siberia, 30 November 1881, Putnam took supplies to the survivors on dog sledges. On his return to his depot at Cape Serdze, he missed his way in a blinding snow storm 10 January 1882, drifted out to sea on an ice-floe and was never heard from again.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 79kUndated, location unknown. Naval Historical Center photo NH70863.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 111kUndated wartime picture of the USAT Teapa (ex-MV Teapa, ex-USS Putnam, DD-287) tied up dockside, location unknown. Teapa was one of three former Navy "four-piper" destroyers in banana-boat service that were acquired early in the war for running the Japanese blockade of the Philippines, but they were all too late arriving in the Pacific. The two other ships were lost during the war, but Teapa survived to return to the banana trade. Photo Mariners Museum. Photo from "U.S. Army Ships and Watercraft of World War II" by David H. Grover.Robert Hurst
Putnam 191kUndated, at Boston. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Putnam 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. Naval Historical Center photo NH43165.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 80kPhoto #: NH 105326. USS Putnam (Destroyer # 287) at Boston, Massachusetts, December 1919. Panoramic photograph, probably taken by J.C. Crosby, 11 Portland Street, Boston. Another destroyer is hauled out of the water on the marine railway in the immediate background. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Putnam 67kCirca 1920, location unknown. Naval Historical Center photo NH77279.Daniel Dunham
Putnam 65kCirca the middle or later 1920s, location unknown. Naval Historical Center photo NH84207.Daniel Dunham/Robert Hurst

USS PUTNAM DD-287 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Wilbur Rice Van Auken    Dec 18 1919 - ?
LCDR Conrad Ridgely    May 27 1922 - ?
LCDR Emory Fitch Clement    ? 1925 - ?
LCDR Edmund Selden Randolph Brandt    Jan 1 1926 - ?
CDR Charles Hamilton Maddox    Nov 5 1927 - Dec 1929
LCDR Chapman Coleman Todd Jr.    Dec 1929 - 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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