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USS THOMPSON (DD-305)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAZC

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 August 14 1918.
Launched January 19 1919 and commissioned August 16 1920.
Decommissioned April 4 1930.
Stricken June 22 1930.
Fate Sold for scrap on June 10 but following the sale, served as a floating restaurant in lower San Francisco Bay. In February 1944, the Navy repurchased the ship and partly sank her in the mud flats of San Francisco Bay, south of the San Mateo Bridge, where Army and Navy aircraft carried out bombing runs with dummy bombs. Portions of the wreck remain above the waterline to this day. Thompson is commonly referred to as the "South Bay Wreck" and many tide tables reference her as a calculation point. Part of her hull can still be seen today.

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Thompson 51kRichard Wigginton Thompson (June 8, 1809 - February 9, 1900) was an American politician. Thompson was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. He left Virginia in 1831 and lived briefly in Louisville, Kentucky before finally settling in Lawrence County, Indiana. There, he taught school, kept a store, and studied law at night. Admitted to the Bar in 1834, he practiced law in Bedford, Indiana, and served four terms in the Indiana Legislature from 1834 to 1838. He served as President Pro Tempore of the Indiana Senate for a short time and briefly held the office of Acting Lieutenant Governor. In the Presidential Election of 1840, he zealously advocated the election of William Henry Harrison. Thompson then represented Indiana in the United States Congress, serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1841 to 1843 and again from 1847 to 1849. Following the American Civil War, Thompson served as judge of the 18th Circuit Court of the state of Indiana from 1867 to 1869. In 1877, President of the United States Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him Secretary of the Navy; and he held that office until 1881. Retiring to Indiana, Richard W. Thompson lived out the remainder of his days in his adopted state. He died in 1900 at Terre Haute, Indiana. The United States Navy destroyer USS Thompson (DD-305) was named in his honor. Digital ID: cwpbh 04334, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Thompson 120kImage taken around 1920.Ted Kierscey
Thompson 82kUSS Thompson (DD-305) off San Diego, California, circa 1920-1921. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego (USN Photo No 69459).Robert Hurst
Thompson 66kUSS Thompson underway during the middle or later 1920s (USN Photo No NH 71032).Robert Hurst
Thompson 89kPhoto #: NH 49808: USS Thompson (DD-305) steaming off Coronado, California, circa 1927, while serving with Destroyer Division 32, Destroyer Squadron 11, Battle Fleet. Note the Short Range Battle Practice target rigged between her after smokestack and searchlight platform. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Thompson 78kPhoto #: NH 95912: USS Thompson (DD-305) laying a smoke screen during exercises, circa 1920-1921. Photographed by O.W. Waterman. Note that the ship's guns, torpedo tubes and rangefinder are manned and trained on targets. Donation of Glen Martin, 1986. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peņa
Thompson 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
Thompson 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
Thompson 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
Thompson 88kUSS Thompson (DD-305) Operating with other destroyers, circa 1920-1921. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Thompson 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
Thompson 112kPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington View of part of the Yard's waterfront, 8 March 1926. USS Thompson (DD-305) is tied up to the pier at left, with a work float alongside her. USS Holland (AS-3) -- barely visible -- is under construction in the drydock in the right background. Note civilian barges at work on a pier in the right foreground. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Thompson 100kPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington view of part of the Yard's waterfront, 8 March 1926. Ships alongside the pier in the foreground are (from left to right): USS Eagle 32 (PE-32); USS Swallow (AM-4); and USS Thompson (DD-305). USS Idaho (BB-42) is in the drydock in the right center background, and Coal Barge # 132 is tied up in front of the drydock entrance. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Thompson 85kUSS Thompson (DD-305) sails past patt the brand new aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3) on 12 April 1927.Gerd Matthes
Thompson 123kCirca 1930s, location unknown.David Buell/Darryl Baker
Thompson 102kPhoto #: NH 70715-A, ex-USS Thompson (DD-305) being stripped for scrap, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1931. This view is cropped from Photo # NH 70715. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Thompson 100kAs of 2014 part of the hull of the USS Thompson (DD-305) is still visible in San Francisco Bay.Mike Donegan

USS THOMPSON DD-305 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Lewis Best    Aug 16 1920 - ?
LCDR Thomas Alexander Symington    ? 1923 - 1923
LCDR John Francis Connor    Sep 21 1923
CDR George William Kenyon    Dec 23 1925 - ?
LCDR Ernest William Broadbent    Jun 25 1928 - Apr 4 1930

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