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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIGQ

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 Steel, San Francisco, CA (YN 220)
Laid down 04 July 1918
Launched 10 November 1918
Commissioned 01 May 1920
Decommissioned 25 February 1930
Stricken 22 July 1930
Fate Sold 10 June 1931 and broken up for scrap.
Two men died in service aboard and remain on duty

Elec3c Leslie Raymond Dunton (200 47 70) USN, San Diego Harbor, CA, 13 October 1920
MM2c Herman Steinmetz (194 08 06) USNR, San Diego Harbor, CA, 13 October 1920

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Burnes 56kJohn Francis Burnes, born 1883 in Binghamton, New York, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1904. Shortly before the war, he was appointed machine gunner, and commissioned June 1917. He was sent to France, where his gallant service in battle won him the Distinguished Service Cross. "In the attack on the Bois de Belleau 12 June 1918 he was badly wounded but completed disposition of his platoon under violent fire. The injuries which he sustained in the performance of this self-sacrificing duty later caused his death."Robert M. Cieri
USS John francis Burnes (DD-299)
Burnes 145kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Burnes 266kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of John Dickey.Ed Zajkowski
Burnes 115kAmerican Legion Celebration, Astoria, Oregon, 30 July 1920, with the following vessels - USAT South Bend, USS Birmingham (CL-2), USS Fuller (DD-297), USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299), USS Babbitt (DD-128), USS Somers (DD-301) and USS Percival (DD-298). The photo is signed - Jarrs, Astoria.Tommy Trampp
Burnes 97kUSS Percival (DD-298), USS Somers (DD-301) and USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299) circa early 1920's, possibly at Bremerton, WA. From the collection of Aijiro Tashiro.Stephen Tashiro
Burnes 290kUSS John Francis Burnes (DD-299), Photographed during the 1920s, probably in San Diego Harbor, California.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 52317
Robert Hurst
Burnes 1004kDestroyers moored together at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1925. The ships present include (from right to left): USS Somers (DD-301); USS Farragut (DD-300); USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299); USS Percival (DD-298); and USS Stoddert (DD-302). The outboard destroyer (furthest to the left) can not be identified.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 82564, from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975.
Fred Weiss
Burnes 59kUSS Decatur (DD-341), USS Somers (DD-301), USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299), USS Farragut (DD-300), USS Percival (DD-298), USS Wiliam Jones (DD-308) and USS Zeilin (DD-313) circa the late 1920's. From the collection of CDR August Billig.Bruce Billig
Burnes 290kUSS John Francis Burnes (DD-299) and another unidentified flushdecker at Aberdeen, WA, probably during a Navy Day visit in the late 1920s. Dave Wright

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Commanding Officers
01CDR Frank Nathaniel Eklund (USNA 1905)01 May 1920 - 31 July 1920
02LCDR William Frederick Halsey, Jr. (USNA 1904)31 July 1920 - 03 August 1921
03unknown03 August 1921 - 14 September 1922
04LCDR Murphy John Foster (USNA 1910)14 September 1922 - 30 September 1923
05LCDR Charles Henry Morrison (USNA 1909)30 September 1923 - 24 May 1926
06CDR Joseph Baer (USNA 1907)24 May 1926 - 26 June 1928
07LCDR William Woodruff Meek (USNA 1913)26 June 1928 - 25 February 1930

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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