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USS ZANE (DD-337 / DMS-14 / AG-109)

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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 Mare Island Navy Yard January 15 1919.
Launched August 12 1919 and commissioned February 15 1921.
Decommissioned February 1 1923, Recommissioned February 25 1930.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-14 November 19 1940.
Reclassified AG-109 June 5 1945.
Decommissioned December 15 1945.
Stricken January 8 1946.
Fate Sold October 22 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Zane 56kRandolph Talcott Zane was born on 12 August 1887 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was appointed a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps on 6 January 1909 and, a month later, reported for duty to the Headquarters, United States Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. After instruction at the Marine Officers' School, Port Royal, S.C., Zane joined the Marine detachment in battleship New Hampshire at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 27 December 1909. Detached from New Hampshire in the summer of 1911, Zane next served ashore at the Naval Prison, Portsmouth, N.H., until December. Reporting to the Marine Barracks at Washington, D.C., on Christmas Day, 1911, Zane became post quartermaster on 1 January 1912 and held the post until 15 February 1913. Zane then saw temporary expeditionary service in early 1913, sailing from Norfolk, Va., with Company "I," 2d Regiment, 2d Provisional Brigade of Marines, on board auxiliary cruiser Prairie and disembarked at Guantanamo Bay on 27 February. Reembarked in Prairie exactly three months later, Zane returned to Washington on 2 June. After subsequent shore duty at the Marine Barrac ks at Puget Sound, Wash., and at Mare Island, Calif., and sea duty in the armored cruisers South Dakota and West Virginia, Zane joined the 4th Marine Regiment at San Diego, Calif., on 29 December 1914. He next served two more tours ashore at Pearl Harbor, Territory of Hawaii, and at Quantico, Va., before he embarked in the transport Henderson on 19 January 1918, bound for France. By that point a major, Zane served his first tour of duty "over there" in the Bourmont, France, training area, with the 6th Marine Regiment. Then, he went to the front lines, southeast of the famous battlefield at Verdun, where he remained from mid-March to mid-May. After moving with his unit to Vitry-le-Franc.ois and then to Gisors-Chaumont-en-Vexin, Zane and his companions received urgent orders sending them to the Chateau-Thierry sector. Major Zane participated in the fighting in the vicinity of Belleau Wood, when the untried marines came up against the 461st Imperial German Infantry, a unit that Colonel Robert D. Heinl called "the largest single body of combat-seasoned regular troops which Marines had confronted since Bladensburg." Zane took part in the second phase of the assault, when the 2d and 3d Battalions, 6th Marines, entered the wood, and remained in action through the entire period of fighting. Tragically, Zane was wounded and shell-shocked on 26 June. He never recovered from his injuries and died on October 24, 1918. He is buried at the Somme American Military Cemetery, Bony, France. The image is of the battle of Belleau Wood, where he died.Robert M. Cieri
Zane 53kArtist's conception of the Zane as built by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Zane 11kUndated from the collection of CDR August Billig.Bruce Billig
Zane 72kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Zane 44kUndated, location unknown.Ron Reeves
Zane 160kBroadside view of the newly launched USS Zane (DD 337) at Mare Island on August 12, 1918.Darryl Baker
Zane 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Zane 142kUSS Zane (DD-337) keel laying, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 January 1919. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Zane 425kUSS Zane (DD-337) Sliding down the building ways at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, during her launching, 12 August 1919. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 68734, from the William H. Topley Collection, Courtesy of Charles M. Loring, 1969.Fred Weiss / Robert Hurst
Zane 116kUSS Zane (DD-337) Ship's Sponsor, Miss Marjorie Zane (right), at Zane's christening ceremonies at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 12 August 1919. She was the daughter of Major Randolph Talcott Zane, USMC, for whom the ship was named. Also present are her mother, Mrs. R.T. (Barbara) Zane (left), who was the Matron of Honor, and an unidentified Navy Captain. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Zane 158kUSS Zane (DD 337) and USS Wasmuth (DD 338) are ready for launching at Mare Island on August 12 1919.Darryl Baker
Zane 138kUSS Zane (DD 337) on sea trials in February 1921.Darryl Baker
Zane 235kUSS Zane (DD 337) in the China area circa 1922.Darryl Baker
Zane 80kUSS Zane (DD-337) Photographed circa the 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Zane 168kUSS Zane (DD-337) At sea, circa the 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Zane 76kSan Diego, CA February 6 1934.Marc Piché
Zane 101kHMS Exeter (British Heavy Cruiser, 1931), by the check mark in Balboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone, 24 April 1934. Several U.S. Navy ships are also present, among them (from the front) USS Melville (AD-2) with USS Zane and another destroyer alongside; USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Litchfield (DD-336) and another destroyer; and USS Truxtun (DD-229) and another destroyer. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Zane 16kKetchikan, Alaska 1935Wayne Tudor
Zane 66kKetchikan, Alaska 1935Jon Burdett
Zane 126kUSS Perry (DD 340) and USS Zane (DD 337) shown at Skagway, Alaska on June 25, 1935.Darryl Baker
Zane 103kUSS Trever (DD-339) (at left) follows USS Zane (DD-337), in the center, and USS Borie (DD-215) as they make a high speed turn at Kelp Point, off Hecate Island, during their 1937 Alaska cruise. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Zane 89kUSS Henley (DD-391) operating at sea with USS Zane (DD-337), 2 May 1938. Note that Henley's Mark 33 gun director is not installed. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Zane 89kUSS Zane (DMS-14) Off San Francisco, California, 21 September 1943. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss

USS ZANE DD-337 / DMS-14 / AG-109 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Philip Seymour    Feb 15 1921 - Aug 10 1921

LCDR Louis Collin Scheibla    Aug 10 1921 - Aug 30 1922

LCDR Emory Fitch Clement    Aug 30 1922 - Feb 1 1923

(Decommissioned Feb 1 1923 - Feb 25 1930)

LCDR Charles Jefferson Parrish    Feb 25 1930 - Jul 1 1931 (Later COMO)

LCDR Thomas Calloway Latimore Jr.    Jul 1 1931 - Apr 12 1934

LCDR George Frederick Hussey Jr.    Apr 12 1934 - Mar 29 1935 (Later VADM)

LCDR Robert McLanahan Smith Jr.    Mar 29 1935 - Apr 25 1937

LCDR Charles Joseph Maguire    Apr 25 1937 - Dec 18 1938 (Later RADM)

LCDR Frederick John Eckhoff    Dec 18 1938 - Jul 21 1940

As the DMS-14

LCDR Louis Marcel LeHardy    Jul 21 1940 - May 1 1942

LCDR Peyton Louis Wirtz    May 1 1942 - Sep 7 1943

LCDR William Talmadge Powell Jr.    Sep 7 1943 - Sep 17 1943

LT Burrough Bertram Anderson    Sep 17 1943 - Nov 11 1943

LCDR William Talmadge Powell Jr.    Nov 11 1943 - Oct 1 1944

LCDR Robert Hampson Thomas    Oct 1 1944 - Jun 20 1945

LT Lee Charles McFarland    Jun 20 1945 - Nov 30 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Gatherings Plus
Address: P.O. Box 1023, Branson West, MO 65737
Phone: 417-338-4048
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Zane (DMS-14)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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