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USS FARRAGUT (DD-300)


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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 Steel, San Francisco on July 4 1918.
Launched November 21 1918 and commissioned June 4 1920.
Decommissioned April 1 1930.
Stricken July 22 1930.
Fate Sold October 31 1930 and broken up for scrap.

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Farragut 59kDavid Glasgow Farragut was born at Campbell's Station, near Knoxville, Tenn. on 5 July 1801. He entered the Navy as a midshipman 17 December 1810. When only 12 years old, he was given command of a prize ship taken by Essex, and brought her safely to port. Through the years that followed, in one assignment after another he showed the high ability and devotion to duty which was to allow him in the Civil War to make an overwhelming contribution to victory and to write an immortal page in the history of not only the United States Navy but of military service of all times and nations. In command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, with his flag in Hartford he disproved the theory that forts ashore held superiority over naval forces, when in April 1862 he ran past Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the Chalmette batteries to take the great city and port of New Orleans (a decisive event in the war) and later that year passed the batteries defending Vicksburg. Port Hudson fell to him 9 July 1863, and on 5 August 1864 he won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, passing through heavy minefields (the torpedoes of his famous quotation: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), as well as the opposition of heavy batteries in Forts Morgan and Gaines to defeat the squadron of Admiral Franklin Buchanan. His country honored its great sailor by creating for him the rank of Admiral, never before used in the United States Navy. Admiral Farragut's last active service was in command of the European Squadron with Franklin as his flagship. He died at Portsmouth, N.H., 14 August 1870. Photo of Admiral David G. Farragut circa 1863 from the Mathew Brady Collection.Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri
Farragut 200kUndated, location unknown. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Farragut 209kBethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation poster of the launching of USS Farragut (DD 300) on November 21, 1918. Poster includes photo of the ship's sponsor Mrs. T. M. Potts. Photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Farragut 151kApril 20 1920, location unknown. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Farragut 121kUSS Farragut (Destroyer # 300) Making 15 knots while running trials in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, on 22 May 1920. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 84kUSS Farragut (Destroyer # 300) steaming at high speed during trials. Probably photographed in the Santa Barbara Channel, California, on 22 May 1920. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 58kUSS Farragut (DD-300) Receiving a tow from USS Neches (AO-5), on 4 April 1923. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1976. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 98kUSS Farragut (DD-300) rolling in heavy seas, during the 1920s. Courtesy of Lieutenant Gustave Freret, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 127kUnderway replenishment during 1925.Gerd Matthes
Farragut 126kLaunching a torpedo during 1925.Gerd Matthes
Farragut 83kUSS Reno (DD-303) (left) and USS Farragut (DD-300) (right) off the coast of one of the Hawaiian Islands, circa 1925. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 129kUSS Farragut (DD-300) In dry dock, circa 1925, with a sister ship alongside. Note her hull number. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 151kUSS Farragut (DD-300) In drydock, circa 1925. Note the rivets in her hull plating, rudder, propellers, propeller guards and depth charge racks. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 163kUSS Farragut (DD-300) In dry dock, circa 1925, with a sister ship alongside. Note depth charge racks on her stern. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 158kUSS Farragut (DD-300) Inspection on the ship's foredeck, circa 1925. The gun in the center is a 4"/50. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 104kCurtiss HS-2L flying boat Under tow by USS Farragut (DD-300), circa 1925. USS McDermut (DD-262) is in the distance. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 109kUSS Farragut (DD-300) photographed at the time of a fatal gun accident on board, January 1926 (USN Photo No 69004).Robert Hurst
Farragut 112kUSS Farragut (DD-300) Welcoming King Neptune and his Court on board the ship, at the beginning of a mid-Pacific Equator crossing ceremony, July 1928. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 74kPhoto #: NH 82561: USS Farragut (DD-300) underway, circa 1925. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. On 8 September 1923, while serving with Destroyer Squadron ELEVEN, she narrowly escaped destruction when seven of the squadron's destroyers were wrecked at Honda Point, California.Fabio Peņa
Farragut 135kDestroyers 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. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Farragut 59kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS 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 early 1930's.Bruce Billig
Farragut 116kCirca 1930s, location unknown.David Buell
Farragut Farragut 39k




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Ship's Store ten cent token.Tommy Trampp

USS FARRAGUT DD-300 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Pierre Light Wilson    Jun 4 1920 - 1922
CDR William Satterlee Pye    ? - Jun 1923 (Later VADM)
LCDR John Franklin McClain    Jun 1923 - Jul 6 1924
LCDR Charles Edwin Reordan    Jul 6 1924 - ?
CDR Ernest Wheeler McKee    Oct 15 1925 - ?
CDR William Fuller Gresham    Oct 1 1927 - ?
CDR Donald Flanner Patterson    1929 - Apr 1 1930


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