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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUMD

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
Built by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, CA (YN 237)
Laid down 18 January 1919
Launched 14 May 1919
Commissioned 30 December 1920
Decommissioned 02 June 1930
Stricken 28 January 1935
Fate Sunk as target off San Diego 26 June 1935

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Sloat 69kJohn Drake Sloat was born in Sloatsburg, New York, on 26 July 1781 and was appointed Midshipman in the United States Navy on 12 February 1800. He was sailing master of United States under Commodore Decatur and was promoted to Lieutenant for conspicuous gallantry in the capture of HMS Macedonian on 25 October 1812. He cruised in Grampus, Franklin, Washington, and St. Louis, between 1815 and 1831 and commanded the Pacific Squadron between 1844 and 1846, rendering efficient service on the coast of California in the early part of the Mexican War. Under his direction, the American flag was hoisted on 07 July 1846 above Monterey, symbolizing the conquest of that part of California by the United States. He subsequently held a number of commands ashore including making the plans for the Mare Island Navy Yard and directing the construction of the Stevens Battery in 1855. He was appointed Rear Admiral on the retired list on 25 July 1866 and died at New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, on 28 November 1867.
Photo courtesy of The Bancroft Library. University of California, Berkeley.
Bill Gonyo
USS Sloat (DD-316)
Sloat 115kUndated, location unknown. (L-R) USS Altair (AD-11), USS Marcus (DD-321), unidentified, USS Sloat (DD-316), unidentified, unidentified, and USS Litchfield (DD-336).
National Archives photo 80-G-410474
Daniel Dunham
Sloat 149kSloat (DD-316) nested with other destroyers, likely in the Canal Zone, as seen from USS Cuyama (AO-3), date unknown.Tommy Trampp
Sloat 708kDestroyers nested at San Diego, circa 1920's. L-R: 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 History & Heritage Command photo NH 69509
Daniel Dunham
Sloat 266kUSS Sloat (DD-316) underway at sea during the 1920s (another source states this is Puget Sound, July 1928).
National Archives photo 19-N-11040
Robert Hurst / Marc Piché
Sloat 70kUSS 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).
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 77258, courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973, from the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler
Fabio Peña
Sloat 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
180kUSS Sloat (DD-316) in drydock, probably at Mare Island, during the 1920s.The original caption reads "This shows 'our' foc's'le and the immense amount of excess 'gear' we have. That includes the Chief, too."Dave Wright
148kAs above. "The rudder and port shaft and screw."Dave Wright
152kAs above. "Under the bow of the U.S.S. Sloat. Am standing on the bed of the dock which is 31 feet deep."Dave Wright
149kAs above. "On one of the propellers of the good ship Sloat."Dave Wright
Sloat 133kUSS Sloat (DD-316) off the island of Culebra, Puerto Rico, as the destroyers arrived in mid-February 1924.Robert M. Cieri
Sloat 142kUSS Sloat (DD-316) underway during a Presidential naval review in Hampton Roads, Virginia, on 04 June 1927.
National Archives identifier 512913
Robert Hurst

USS SLOAT DD-316 History
View This Vessel's DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
01LCDR John Roy Palmer (USNA 1913)30 December 1920 - 02 January 1922
02LCDR Lewis Hancock, Jr.(USNA 1910)02 January 1922 - 03 August 1922
03LCDR Harry Dickson McHenry (USNA 1911)03 August 1922 - 21 March 1925
04LCDR George Mastick Ravenscroft (USNA 1907)21 March 1925 - 26 May 1927
05LCDR Howard Hartwell James Benson (USNA 1909)26 May 1927 - 07 June 1929
06LCDR Morton Lyndholm Deyo (USNA 1911)07 June 1929 - 02 June 1930

Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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