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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUNJ

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 July 19 1919.
Launched August 7 1920 and commissioned April 21 1921.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken November 6 1931.
Fate Sold August 23 1932 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Preston 69kSamuel W. Preston, born in Canada, 6 April 1840, was appointed Midshipman from the state of Illinois 4 October 1858. Graduating first in his class, 9 May 1861, he was appointed Acting Master, 4 October 1861 and Lieutenant 1 August 1862. From 1861 to 1863 he served on various vessels attached to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Captured by Confederate forces during an attack on Fort Sumter 8 September 1863, he was taken to Libby Prison and exchanged in the fall of 1864. Ordered to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron as Flag-Lieutenant to Rear Admiral D. D. Porter, he participated in the attacks on Fort Fisher 24–25 December 1864 and 13 January 1865. He was killed while leading his men against the fort on the latter date. Photo #: NH 47236. Acting Master Samuel W. Preston, USN (1840-1865) photographed circa 1861-1862. The original print was mounted on a Carte de Visite. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Preston 602kThe destroyers Preston (DD-327) and Bruce (DD-329) pictured in the Pedro Miguel Locks in the Panama Canal. The ships, both of which were assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force, were participants in winter exercises in the Caribbean circa 1922. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Preston 134kPhiladelphia Navy Yard, Pennsylvania View of the Yard's Delaware River waterfront, with the hammerhead crane in center, 31 May 1923. Among the ships visible are: USS Dobbin (AD-3),fitting out at left; Destroyers Sharkey (DD-281), Coghlan (DD-326) and Preston (DD-327), at right; and USS Lamson (DD-328), astern of Preston with two other destroyers moored inboard. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Preston 93kUSS Preston (DD-327) Steaming into the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark, on 22 July 1925, with a pilot boat just off her port bow. Collection of C. Kauffman, 1977. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Preston 119kUSS Coghlan (DD-326); and USS Preston (DD-327) At Trieste, Italy, 26 March 1926. Collection of C. Kauffman, 1977. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Preston 106kShips of Destroyer Division 27 moored with several yachts and other vessels in Venice Harbour, 3 April 1926. The destroyers are (from left centre to right centre): USS Preston (DD-327); USS Lamson (DD-328); USS Coghlan (DD-326) and USS Bruce (DD-329) USN Photo No NH86200.Robert Hurst
Preston 93kMaking a port visit to St. Nazaire, France, to celebrate the unveiling of the American Expeditionary Force monument there, June 1926.Photo: Marc Piché
Caption: Alain Charles

USS PRESTON DD-327 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR George Truman Swasey Jr.    Apr 13 1921 - Mar 28 1922

LCDR Thomas Moran    Mar 28 1922 - Nov 15 1923

LCDR Rufus King    Nov 15 1923 - Dec 15 1924

LCDR Preston Bennett Haines    Dec 15 1924 - Aug 27 1927

LCDR William Garrett Greenman    Aug 27 1927 - Dec 18 1928 (Later COMO)

LCDR John Marie Creighton    Dec 18 1928 - May 1 1930

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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