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USS NOA (DD-343 / APD-24)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUKF

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 Norfolk Navy Yard November 18 1918.
Launched June 28 1919 and commissioned February 15 1921.
Decommissioned November 11 1934, Recommissioned April 1 1940.
Converted to High Speed Transport APD-24 August 10 1943.
Fate Sunk in collision with DD-474 Fullam off Palau September 12 1944.

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Loveman Noa was born 5 October 1878 at Chattanooga, Tenn. Appointed to the Naval Academy as a midshipman 5 September 1896, he graduated in June 1900, and was ordered to the Asiatic station in gunboat Mariveles. The morning of 26 October 1901 Midshipman Noa, with an armed crew of six men, put off from Mariveles in a small boat to watch for craft engaged in smuggling contraband from the island of Leyte to Samar. When ready to return to Mariveles, they found the wind and the tide against them. As the boat was taking on water, they put into a small cove on the island of Samar. While scouting the adjacent jungle, Noa, was attacked and stabbed four times by Filipino insurgents. He died before aid could reach him. [1] Portrait of Naval Cadet David Bernard Loveman Noa. [2] Commemorative plaque at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD erected by the Class of 1900 in Memorial Hall.Bill Gonyo
Noa 38kUndated, Shanghai, China.Robert M. Cieri
Noa 125kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Noa 86kUndated, USS Noa, at anchor on the Yangtze River, China. Another destroyer's mast appears over Noa's stern. Photo US Navy Photographic Center. Photo from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928" by bernard D. Cole.Robert Hurst
Noa 35kUndated, location unknown. Courtesy of Kerman
Noa 73kLaunching of Noa (DD-343) and Hulbert (DD-342), Norfolk Navy Yard. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Noa 183kLaunching presentation case presented to Mrs. Albert Morehead wife, she was the sister of Midshipman Loveman Noa.Terry Walker
Noa 76kPhoto #: NH 105312. USS Noa (DD-343) at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 11 February 1921. Panoramic photograph, taken by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 11 Portland Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Noa 169kUSS Preble (DD-345), USS Noa (DD-343, unidentified and USS Pruitt (DD-347) in Saigon during 1926.Frederick J. Moisson
Noa 150kDressed with flags at Shanghai, China, while celebrating the Fourth of July 1927.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans/Robert Hurst
Noa 72kCirca 1930's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Noa 95k USS Noa (DD-343), in San Diego Harbour, California, about 1930. Destroyer USS Kane (DD-235) is in the background. Photo US Navy Photographic Center. Photo from "Gunboats and Marines: The United States Navy in China, 1925-1928" by bernard D. Cole.Robert Hurst
Noa 60kPhiladelphia April 1940, fitted with a seaplane which nested just forward of the after deckhouse, replacing the after torpedo tubes. At the same time a boom for lifting the aircraft was stepped in place of the mainmast.-
Noa 112kCirca 1941, location unknown. Camouflage pattern Measure 14.Gerd Matthes

USS NOA DD-343 / APD-24 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG Valentin Hixon Schaeffer    Feb 15 1921 - Jul 8 1921 (Later RADM)
CDR Robert Alden Dawes    Jul 8 1921 - Dec 8 1921
CDR Robert Alfred (Fuzzy) Theobald    Dec 8 1921 - ? (Later RADM)
CDR Roy Campbell Smith Jr.    1924 - ?
LCDR Stuart Augustine Maher    Dec 22 1928 - ?
LCDR Woodbury Esborne MacKay    ? 1932 - Nov 11 1934
(Decommissioned Nov 11 1934 - Apr 1 1940)
As the APD-24
LCDR Rae Emmett Arison    Apr 1 1940 - 1941
LCDR Ernest Sidney Lewis Goodwin    1941 - Mar 11 1942
LCDR Bosquet Neill Wev    Mar 11 1942 - Oct 1 1942
LCDR William Young Allen Jr.    Oct 1 1942 - May 1943
LCDR Thomas Dana McGrath    May 1943 - Aug 1943
LCDR Henry Wallace Boud    Aug 1943 - Sep 12 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

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 page for the USS Noa APD-24
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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