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USS ROBERT SMITH (DD-324)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUKB

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 May 13 1919.
Launched September 19 1919 and commissioned March 17 1921.
Decommissioned March 1 1930.
Stricken July 12 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1931.

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Smith 81kRobert Smith was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on 3 November 1757. He served in the Continental Army during the American War of Independence. Following graduation from Princeton in 1781, he practiced law and was active in Maryland politics during the next two decades. On 27 July 1801, Robert Smith became Secretary of the Navy in the Jefferson Administration. He held that position throughout the 1801-05 war with Tripoli. In 1809, Smith left his Navy post to become Secretary of State, remaining in that office until April 1811. He thereafter was active in Maryland affairs. Robert Smith died in Baltimore, Maryland, on 26 November 1842. USS Robert Smith (DD-324), 1921-1931, was named in honor of Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith. Photo #: NH 77361-KN. Robert Smith, Secretary of the Navy, 27 July 1801 - 7 March 1809 portrait by Freeman Thorpe. Courtesy of the Navy Art Collection, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Smith 172kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Smith 104kUSS Robert Smith (DD-324) underway during the early 1920s, probably while conducting surface firing exercises. Note the target hung just forward of the ship's mainmast. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 67859.Robert Hurst
Smith 109kUSS Mullany (DD-325), USS Robert Smith (DD-324), USS Chase (DD-323) and USS Mervine (DD-322) in Melbourne circa 1924.Marc Piché
Smith 82kThe tender USS Melville (AD-2) with Destroyer Division 35 alongside and all are flying full colours during Navy Day in San Diego, California, 28 October 1927. From left to right are the USS MacDonough (DD-331), USS Mervine (DD-322), USS Marcus (DD-321), USS Mullany (DD-325), USS Chase (DD-323), USS Robert Smith (DD-324) and USS Selfridge (DD-320). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

USS ROBERT SMITH DD-324 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Paul Marshall Bates    Mar 17 1921 - ?
LCDR Henry Rupert Keller    ? 1923 - ?
CDR John William Lewis    Dec 18 1924 - ?
CDR Francis John Comerford    May 12 1927 - ?
CDR Francis Warren Rockwell    ? 1930 - ? (Later VADM)

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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