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USS LA VALLETTE (DD-315)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJT

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 April 14 1919.
Launched July 15 1919 and commissioned December 24 1920.
Decommissioned April 19 1930.
Stricken July 22 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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LaVallette 18kElie A. F. La Vallette was one of the first rear admirals appointed when President Lincoln created this rank in July 1862. Born in Alexandria, Va., 3 May 1790, at age 10 he accompanied his father, a chaplain, on a cruise in Philadelphia, commanded by Stephen Decatur. After merchant marine service, be entered the Navy during the War of 1812. As acting lieutenant in Saratoga during the Battle of Lake Champlain, 11 September 1814, he distinguished himself, winning promotion and a medal. He commanded Congress during the Mexican War, directing operations against Guaymas and Urias 19 to 20 November 1847. In the 1850’s he commanded the African, and then the Mediterranean, Squadron. Four months after his appointment as rear admiral, he died 18 November 1862 in Philadelphia.Bill Gonyo
LaVallette 133kU.S. Navy destroyers fitting out, At the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco, California, on 1 April 1920. Ships present are (from left to right): Kidder (Destroyer # 319); Selfridge (Destroyer # 320); Chase (Destroyer # 323); Mervine (Destroyer # 322); Marcus (Destroyer # 321); LaVallette (Destroyer # 315); and Yarborough (Destroyer # 314). Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-LC-38-L-3.Robert Hurst
LaVallette 71kDoug's grandfather served on the La Vallette in the 20's. La Vallette was the first ship Admiral Hyman G. Rickover served on.Doug Vander Woude
LaValette 75kSan Diego, CA circa 1920's. USS Shirk (DD-318), USS Kidder (DD-319), USS La Valette (DD-315), USS Sloat (DD-316), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Wood (DD-317). Naval Historical Center photo NH 69509.Daniel Dunham
LaVallette 53kCirca early 1920's. The four destroyers nearest the camera at the left are the USS La Vallette (DD-315), USS Wood (DD-317), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Kidder (DD-319). Naval Historical Center photo NH 71034.Daniel Dunham
LaVallette 337kAerial view of six destroyers in Mare Island's dry dock #2 between August 13 - 25, 1922. The shipyard's records indicate that the six destroyers were in hull number order as: USS Yarborough (DD 314), USS La Vallette (DD 315), USS Sloat (DD 316), USS Wood (DD 317), USS Shirk (DD 318) and USS Kidder (DD 319).Darryl Baker
LaVallette 147kUSS LaVallette DD 315 in Target Bay, Culebra Island, during February 1924.Robert M. Cieri
LaVallette 168k"Dress Ship" decoration for Washington's Birthday 22 February 1924 in Target Bay, Culebra, West Indies. (L-R) Identifiable ships are from left to right: (far left) USS La Vallette (DD-315), USS Hull (DD-330), USS Sumner (DD-333), (between Hull & Noa in the background) USS Mervine (DD-322), (behind Hull) USS Mullany (DD-325), (center) S-20 (SS-125) directly behind the submarine is the flagship USS Procyon (AG-11). Robert M. Cieri
LaVallette 61kSan Diego, CA circa late 1920's.Marc Piché
LaVallette 128kJune 4 1927, USS La Vallette (DD 315) with USS Melvin (DD 335) aft of her at the Presidential Naval Review. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst

USS LA VALLETTE DD-315 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Andrew Daniel Denney    Dec 24 1920 - ?
LCDR Philip Seymour    ? 1923 - ?
CDR Herbert Emory Kays    ? 1924 - 1925
CDR Arthur Curtiss Stott    ? Oct 1 1925 - ?
CDR Roland Munroe Brainard    Oct 1 1925 - Aug 26 1926 (Later VADM)
LCDR Robert Bentham Simons    Aug 26 1926 - ?
LCDR John Franklin McClain    May 1929 - Sep 1929

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