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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 September 15 1920.
Launched April 11 1921 and commissioned May 31 1921.
Decommissioned May 8 1930.
Stricken July 22 1930.
Fate Sold and broken up for scrap in 1930.

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Melvin 76kLt. (jg.) John T. Melvin, born 16 October 1887 at Selma, Ala., was appointed midshipman 6 July 1907 and commissioned ensign 7 July 1911. Resigning his commission 20 August 1915, he was appointed lieutenant (jg.), 9 February 1917, upon his joining the Naval Reserve. Attached to the patrol boat Alcedo, Lieutenant (jg.) Melvin lost his life 5 November 1917 when that vessel was sunk by a German submarine in the war zone. Alcedo was the first American war vessel to go down in World War I. Photo Courtesy of the United States Naval Academy with thanks to Nell Horn.Bill Gonyo
Melvin 97kUSS Melvin (DD-335) and USS MacDonough (DD-331) in Melbourne, date unknown.Allan Greene
Melvin 158kUndated port view of the USS Melvin (DD-335) underway. Source: Naval History Heritage and Command, Photo No. NH 1378.Mike Green
Melvin 138kDestroyer Division 36 in San Francisco, circa 1922.Terry D. Tull
Melvin 175kMare Island Navy Yard, California. Six destroyers docked at one time in the Yard's concrete Dry Dock # 2, during the period June 15 to July 14 1922. These ships are all members of Destroyer Division 36. The three in front are (from left to right): USS Farenholt (DD-332), USS Sumner (DD-333) and USS Hull (DD-330), in the back row are USS MacDonough (DD-331), USS Corry (DD-334) and USS Melvin (DD-335). The drydock's dimensions, as given on the photograph, are 740 feet in length and 120 feet in width, with 30 feet of water over the sill. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Melvin 166kCirca the middle or later 1920s, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Melvin 100kCirca 1926-1930 when Janice's father served aboard the Melvin.Janice Condit
Melvin 128kJune 4 1927, USS La Vallette (DD 315) with USS Melvin (DD 335) aft of her, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Melvin 149kUSS Stoddert (DD 302) and USS Melvin (DD 335) in the background off San Diego circa 1930. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker

USS MELVIN DD-335 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Emerey Rosendahl    May 31 1921 - Jan 10 1922 (Later VADM)
LCDR George Truman Swasey Jr.    Jan 10 1922 - Dec 10 1923 
LCDR Aquilla Gibbs DiBrell    Dec 10 1923 - Oct 21 1926
LCDR Joseph Augustine Murphy    Oct 21 1926 - Jul 25 1927
LCDR Franklin Speakman Steinwachs    Jul 25 1927 - Nov 28 1927
LCDR Lloyd Robert Gray    Nov 28 1927 - May 8 1930

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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