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USS PAUL HAMILTON (DD-307)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NAQN

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 September 25 1918.
Launched February 21 1919 and commissioned September 24 1920.
Decommissioned January 20 1930.
Stricken July 8 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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Hamilton 22kPaul Hamilton was born in St. Paul’s Parish, S.C. on 16 October 1762. He fought under Generals Gates, Marion, and Harden in the American Revolution. He participated in the capture of Fort Balfour with the latter. He served South Carolina in many public offices including comptroller (1800–1804) and governor (1804–1806). President Monroe appointed him Secretary of the Navy in 1809. Hamilton was a proponent of military preparedness, especially sea fortifications. Although he wanted to strengthen the Navy, he found the Congress hostile and the President indifferent to his ideas. However he was responsible for the Naval Hospitals Act of 1811. He resigned in 1813 and died in Beaufort, South Carolina on 30 June 1819.Steven A. Cardali/Robert M. Cieri
Hamilton 80kUndated, location unknown.Scott ?
Hamilton 97kUndated USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) sitting out of the water while under inspection. Note the sea growth that covers her hull, struts, propellers, and rudder. Note the 3"/23 AA gun mounted on the aft deck (Treasure Island Museum). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Scott ?
Hamilton 173kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hamilton 63kPhoto #: NH 42813: USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) at anchor, during the early 1920s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Hamilton 40kPhoto #: NH 90450: USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) photographed during the 1920s. Courtesy of Charles Sass, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Hamilton 100kUSS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) anchored off 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
Hamilton 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
Hamilton 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
Hamilton 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
Moody 132kUSS Paul Hamilton (DD 307) aft of USS Moody (DD-277) and marked with the date of June 4, 1927. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Fred Weiss/Darryl Baker

USS PAUL HAMILTON DD-307 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John Franklin McClain    Sep 24 1920 - Jun 21 1921
LCDR Tracy Lay McCauley    Jun 21 1921 - ?
CDR William Robert Munroe    Jan 16 1923 - ?
LCDR Paul Seymour Theiss    ? 1929 - Jan 1 1930

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