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USS RENO (DD-303)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAMD

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 July 4 1918.
Launched January 22 1919 and commissioned July 23 1920.
Decommissioned January 18 1930.
Stricken July 8 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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Reno 32kWalter Elsworth Reno was born in Davis County, Iowa, on 3 October 1881. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1901 and graduated in 1905. While a junior officer, Reno served primarily in battleships. He was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1910 and during the next four years was stationed in the battleships New Jersey and Wisconsin. From early 1914 until early 1916 he was Officer in Charge at the Chicago, Illinois, Navy Recruiting Station. Lieutenant Reno then went out to the Philippines, where he took command of the destroyer Chauncey. In the Summer of 1917, after United States had entered World War I, Reno brought his ship from the Far East to the European war zone. While on convoy escort duty west of Gibraltar during the night of 19 November 1917, Chauncey was rammed by a merchant steamer and sank, taking with her Lieutenant Commander Reno and twenty of his ship's officers and men. Photo #: NH 70903. Lieutenant Walter E. Reno, USN, photographed prior to World War I. Courtesy of Lieutenant Gustave Freret, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Reno 38kUndated, typical inter war appearance.S1Cl Robert L. Larzalere, 1946-1948, USS Siboney, CVE 112
Reno 51kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Reno 95kUSS Reno (DD-303) anchored in San Diego harbor, California, circa 1920. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 69442.Robert Hurst
Reno 166kThe US Pacific Fleet in Hawaiian waters in the early 1920s. Identifiable destroyers are from left to right are USS Farquhar (DD 304), USS Reno (DD 303), USS Kennedy (DD 306) and USS Hull (DD 330).Darryl Baker
Reno 44kPhoto #: NH 78317, USS Reno (DD-303) underway during the 1920s. Donation of Lieutenant Gustave Freret, USN (Retired), 1972. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Reno 110kPhoto #: NH 42001: USS Reno (DD-303) at anchor, during the early 1920s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Scott Dyben
Reno 70kPhoto #: NH 77258: The USS Cuyama (AO-3) with twelve destroyers tied up alongside, during the early 1920s. The ships present include (from left to right): USS Jacob Jones (DD-130); USS Hull (DD-330); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Corry (DD-334); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Cuyama (AO-3; USS Stoddert (DD-302); USS Yarborough (DD-314); USS Sloat (DD-316); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Shubrick (DD-268); USS Young (DD-312); Courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973. From the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Reno 84kDestroyer Division THIRTY-THREE moored together off San Diego, California, on 16 April 1921. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. These ships are (from left to right): USS Stoddert (DD-302); USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Thompson (DD-305) and USS Farquhar (DD-304) Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 108k"Old Hen and Chickens" USS Kanawha (AO-1) with thirteen destroyers alongside, off San Diego, California, during the early 1920s. Photographed by Bunnell, 414 E Street, San Diego. Ships present are (from left to right): USS Meade (DD-274); USS Evans (DD-78); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Woolsey (DD-77);USS Wickes (DD-75); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Kanawha; USS Farquhar (DD-304); USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Stoddert (DD-302) and USS Philip (DD-76) Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 78kUSS Farquhar (DD-304) In San Diego harbor, California, circa the early 1920s. USS Reno (DD-303) is in the right distance, and the bow of USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) is visible at left. Probably photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 98kUSS Reno (DD-303) At San Diego, California, circa 1920. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 57kUSS Reno (DD-303) photographed circa 1923-1930. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Paul Rebold
Reno 97kUSS Reno (DD-303) photographed circa 1923-1930 (USN Photo No NH 42000).Robert Hurst
Reno 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
Reno 137kUSS Reno (DD-303) Underway in Puget Sound, Washington, while en route to the Puget Sound Navy Yard, July 1927. Photographed by Martin. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Reno 84kUSS Reno (DD-303) Making smoke during exercises, circa 1923-1930. Ship in the distance appears to be USS Thompson (DD-305). Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 60kCulebra Island, Puerto Rico Destroyers at anchor in Culebra Bay, during the 1920s. Identifiable ships present include: USS Somers (DD-301), at right; USS Reno (DD-303), at left; USS Henshaw (DD-278), left center; USS Flusser (DD-289), beyond Henshaw; USS Sinclair (DD-275), center. Collection of Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 126kPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington Destroyers and other ships at the Navy Yard, 11 January 1922. Identifiable ships include (from front to rear): USS McLanahan (DD-264); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS New York (BB-34) and USS Texas (BB-35. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Reno 57kPhoto #: NH 73004, ex-USS Reno (DD-303) stripped and awaiting scrapping, at Alameda, California, 22 March 1931. Note her foul bottom. Propeller guards and propeller shaft supports have been cut away. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Frank Linn Johnston   Jul 23 1920 - ?
CDR David Worth Bagley    Mar 1922 - Jul 23 1923
LCDR James Richard Barry    Jul 23 1923 - ?
LCDR Robert Grimes Coman    Sep 18 1924 - ?
CDR Charles Lewis Best    ? 1930 - ?

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