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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQV

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, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard September 15 1920.
Launched October 29 1921 and commissioned August 9 1922.
Decommissioned July 28 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 to Boston Metals, Baltimore for $8,777 then resold to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Decatur 56kStephen Decatur was born on 5 January 1779 in Sinepuxent, Md. He was warranted a midshipman at the age of 19 and made his first cruise in the frigate United States. In command of the schooner Enterprise at the outbreak of the Tripolitan War, he captured the bomb ketch Mastico on 23 December 1803. He used this ship, renamed Intrepid, in his daring raid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli, 16 February 1804. He also distinguished himself during the attacks on Tripoli in command of a gunboat division. Promoted to captain he was assigned command of Constitution, and later, in November 1804, Congress. He negotiated with the Bey of Tunis at the close of the Tripolitan War, and returned to the United States in September 1805 with the Tunisian envoy. During the War of 1812 he commanded United States, capturing HMS Macedonian in one of the greatest single-ship actions of naval history. He took command of President at New York and attempting to slip through the blockade fell in with a British squadron of five heavy ships. After 2 hours of furi ous combat the frigate HMS Endymion was silenced but President had suffered such extensive damage that it was impossible to execute an escape. The twice-wounded Decatur reluctantly surrendered, but was paroled, landing at New London 22 February 1815. Returning to the Mediterranean in 1815, Decatur in Guerriere, negotiated a treaty with the Dey of Algiers which ended tribute and exacted full payment for injuries to Americans, then concluded similar agreements with the Bey of Tunis and the Bashaw of Tripoli. From November 1815 until killed by Commodore James Barron in a duel 22 March 1820, Decatur served on the Board of Navy Commissioners. Photo #: KN-2779. Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN (1779-1820) oil on wood, 35" x 27", by John Wesley Jarvis (1780-1840). Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri
Decatur 77kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Decatur 41kUndated, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Paul Rebold
Decatur 223kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Decatur 184kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Decatur 145kUndated, USS Decatur (DD-341) is alongside of USS Sicard (DD-346) transiting the Panama Canal.Darryl Baker
Decatur 41kUndated, image by the Baltimore Sun newspaper pictoralist, Mr. A. Aubrey Bodine.Larry Backus
Decatur 77kUSS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Herbert (DD-160), undated and location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Decatur 111kUndated, location unknown.Allan Greene
Decatur 202kUndated, location unknown.Mike Mohl
Decatur 77kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Decatur 110kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Decatur 75kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Decatur 241kUSS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Perry (DD-340) on the building ways, 01 July 1921.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 254kUSS Decatur (DD 341) on the building ways, 01 July 1921.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 105kUSS Perry (DD 340) and USS Decatur (DD 341) ready to be launched at Mare Island on October 29, 1921.Darryl Baker
Decatur 277kDecatur (DD-341) on the ways at Mare Island, just prior to launch, 29 October 1921.Tommy Trampp
Decatur 111kStern view of USS Trever (DD 339) and USS Decatur (DD 341) at Mare Island in March 1922.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 160kUSS Walker (DD-163), USS Trever (DD-339), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Decatur (DD-341) at Mare Island in April 1922. Note Trever, Perry and Decatur were not in commission.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 152kDecatur (DD 341) underway in the mid-1920s, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Decatur 267kAt anchor as Flagship of Destroyer Squadron 11, circa 1923. Note the two large launch in the photo.Darryl Baker
Decatur 611kSteaming at sea in company with another destroyer(probably Paul Hamilton DD-307), circa 1925.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107425
Paul Rebold/Robert Hurst
Decatur 104kUSS Decatur (DD-341) underway during the Fleet Review, 4 June 1927. USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) is partially visible in the left distance. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Decatur 51kUSS John D. Ford (DD-228), USS Sicard (DD-346), USS Pruitt (DD-347), USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Preble (DD-345), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Simpson (DD-221) and USS McCormick (DD-223) in Manila Harbor, November 16 1928.Carl Ross
Decatur 120kUSS Decatur (DD-341) Underway during the 1920s or 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Decatur 101kUSS Decatur (DD-341) In the Panama Canal, during the 1920s or 1930s. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Harriet A. Harris, USN(NC)-Retired. Donated by Mrs. J.B. Redfield, 1961. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Decatur 261kUSS Decatur (DD-341) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Decatur 153kUSS Decatur (DD-341), At anchor, circa the 1930s. Color-tinted black & white photograph. Donation of the Lincoln County Museum, North Platte, Nebraska, 2010. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 107424-KN (color).Robert Hurst
Decatur 137kUSS Decatur (DD 341) and USS Perry (DD 340) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Decatur 59kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Somers (DD-301), USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299), USS Farragut (DD-300), USS Percival (DD-298), USS William Jones (DD-308) and USS Zeilin (DD-313) circa the early 1930's.Bruce Billig
Decatur 80kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS Moody (DD-277), USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS McCawley in the Panama Canal circa the early 1930's.Bruce Billig
Decatur 220kAugust 1935, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Decatur 110kUSS Yorktown (CV 5), USS Texas (BB 35), USS Decatur (DD 341), USS Jacob Jones (DD 130), and unidentified tug at Pier 7, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, on 19 October 1937. Photograph from Department of the Navy collections in the U.S. National Archives.Joe Radigan
Decatur 71kPhoto #: NH 67695, USS Decatur (DD-341) off Poughkeepsie, New York, 17 June 1939. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Decatur 146kWire Service photo with Decatur in the Hudson River June 14 1940.Tommy Trampp
Decatur 89kUSS Decatur (DD-341) Off the New York Navy Yard, 7 August 1943. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Decatur 90kUSS Decatur (DD-341) Off the New York Navy Yard, 7 August 1943. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the Collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Decatur 44kCirca 1944, location unknown.-
Decatur 644kUSS Decatur (DD-341) underway at sea, 22 January 1944. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III. naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 91579Paul Rebold /
Robert Hurst
Decatur 154kUSS Decatur (DD 341) coming alongside and refueling from USS Bennington (CV 20) in October-November 1944. They were taken by Lowell Love, a photographer aboard Bennington.Steve Whitby
Decatur 166kAs above.Steve Whitby
Decatur 130kUndated, refueling from the US Antietam (CV-36) during Antietam's shakedown cruise off Trinidad, March 1945.Daniel Dunham
Decatur 151kAs above.Daniel Dunham
Decatur 150kAs above.Daniel Dunham

USS DECATUR DD-341 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Charles Kyle Osborne    Aug 9 1922 - Dec 16 1922

LCDR Jesse Barrett (Oley) Oldendorf    Dec 16 1922 - Sep 26 1923 (Later ADM)

LCDR Samuel Wilder King    Sep 26 1923 - May 17 1924

LCDR Jesse Barrett (Oley) Oldendorf    May 17 1924 - May 27 1927 (Later ADM)

LCDR Willard Everett Cheadle    May 27 1927 - Apr 16 1928

LCDR Aylmer Lee Morgan Jr.    Apr 16 1928 - Jul 9 1929

LCDR Ralph Stafford Wentworth    Jul 9 1929 - Jun 25 1932

LCDR Robert Archibald Hall    Jun 25 1932 - May 10 1934

LCDR John Joseph Mahoney    May 10 1934 - Jun 18 1935

LCDR George Frederick Hussey Jr.    Jun 18 1935 - Jun 7 1936 (Later VADM)

LCDR Charles Clifford Hartman    Jun 7 1936 - Jan 16 1937 (Later RADM)

LCDR John Augustine Waters Jr.    Jan 16 1937 - Nov 20 1937

LCDR Halstead Shaw Covington    Nov 20 1937 - Jun 5 1939

LCDR Jesse Clyburn Sowell    Jun 5 1939 - Nov 28 1941

LCDR Dewitt Clinton Ellis Hamberger    Nov 28 1941 - Oct 15 1942

LT John Bernard Williams    Oct 15 1942 - Mar 3 1944

LCDR Donald George Wright    Mar 3 1944 - Dec 1 1944

LT Benjamin Burns Kirkland    Dec 1 1944 - Jul 28 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Vince Spade
Address: 16 South Madison St., Boyertown, Pa. 19512-2207
Phone: 610-966-8336

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.

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