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USS ZEILIN (DD-313)


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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 February 20 1919.
Launched May 28 1919 and commissioned December 10 1920.
Appears briefly in the TV series Extreme Engineering in the episode Widening the Panama Canal.
Appears in the movie Task Force starring Gary Cooper.
Decommissioned January 22 1930.
Stricken July 8 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1930.

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Zeilin 42kJacob Zeilin was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on 16 July 1806 and entered the Marine Corps as a 2d lieutenant on 1 October 1831 after several years of study at the Military Academy at West Point. By 1836, he reached the rank of 1st lieutenant. Between 1845 and 1848, Lt. Zeilin cruised in Columbus and Congress. During the Mexican War, he commanded the Marine detachment embarked in Congress, which ship was attached to Commodore Robert F. Stockton's force. He took part in the conquest of California and was brevetted to the rank of major for gallantry during the action at the San Gabriel River crossing on 9 January 1847. Later, he took part in the capture of Los Angeles and in the Battle of La Mesa. In 1847, Zeilin served as military commandant at San Diego and, in September, served with the forces that captured Guaymas and those that met the enemy at San Jose on the 30th. For the remainder of the war, Mazatlan was his center of activity, and he fought in several skirmishes with the Mexicans in that area. After the Mexican War, Zeilin served with the Marine detachment in Mississippi in which ship he cruised to Japan with Commodore Matthew C. Perry's expedition. Following that duty, various assignments ashore occupied his time until the outbreak of the Civil War. On 21 July 1861, Zeilin commanded a company of marines during the First Battle of Manassas and received a slight wound. Later, he went to sea again, serving with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron under Rear Admiral Dahlgren. In 1864, Zeilin assumed command of the Marine Barracks at Portsmouth, N.H. That June, he was appointed Commandant of the Marine Corps in the rank of colonel. In 1874, Zeilin became the Marine Corps' first general officer when he was prompted to brigadier general. Brigadier General Zeilin retired from the Marine Corps on 1 November 1876. Four years later, on 18 November 1880, he died at Washington, D.C. Photo from USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Zeilin 106kIn July 1923, she suffered damage in a collision with Henderson (AP-1) in Puget Sound but, after repairs, resumed duty with the Battle Force Destroyers.Andy Doty
Zeilin 104kPhoto of the S-14 and USS Zeilin in Mare Island Dry Dock # 1, January 13 1928.Daniel Dunham
Zeilin 161kMay 1929, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Zeilin 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
Zeilin 113kCirca 1930s, location unknown. Note the Colorado Class Battleship off her port quarter.David Buell

USS ZEILIN DD-313 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR James Denis Moore    Dec 10 1920 - ?
LCDR Henry Gilbert Shonerd    ? 1923 - ?
LCDR John Horace Everson    Oct 29 1923 - ?
CDR Herbert Bernard Riebe    Nov 20 1926 - ?
LCDR Lybrand Palmer Smith    Jun 24 1928 - Jan 22 1930

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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