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USS PREBLE (DD-345 / DM-20 / AG-99)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUNG

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
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 Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. April 12 1919.
Launched March 8 1920 and commissioned March 19 1920.
Converted to Light Mine Layer DM-20 June 30 1937.
Reclassified AG-99 June 5 1945.
Decommissioned December 7 1945.
Stricken from the Navy List 3 January 1946.
Fate Sold for scrap to Luria Brothers, Philadelphia October 26 1946.

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Preble 104kIn the American Revolution Edward Preble ran away from home to serve on a privateer, entered (1779) the Massachusetts state marine as a midshipman, and saw service aboard the Protector, which was captured in 1781. After his release he joined the Winthrop and, when the Revolution was over, was engaged in the merchant service. Commissioned lieutenant in the U.S. navy in 1798, he was promoted (1799) to captain and given command of the Essex, which sailed to China and convoyed 14 merchant vessels to New York. In 1803, Preble was transferred to the Constitution and set out in command of a squadron for the Mediterranean, where he took a leading part in the Tripolitan War. After the Philadelphia of his squadron had been captured and held in the harbor of Tripoli, Preble blockaded that port and made a number of attacks, but he failed to capture the strongly fortified town. He was relieved of his command on the arrival of Commodore Samuel Barron. Many of those who served under Preble, such as David Porter and Stephen Decatur, rendered distinguished service in the War of 1812.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Preble 104kUndated, location unknown.-
Preble 81kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Preble 124kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Preble 105kUSS Preble (DD-345) at anchor, probably in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa the early 1920s. Collection of Gustave Maurer. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 2217.Robert Hurst
Preble 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
Preble 69kPanama Canal circa 1930's.Tom Bateman
Preble 170kSan Francisco, circa 1930. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Preble 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peņa
Preble 32kShown before the 1937 reclassification to DM-20.Tom Bateman
Preble 93kPhoto #: NH 103721, USS Preble (DD-345) underway, prior to World War II. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold

USS PREBLE DD-345 / DM-20 / AG-99 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Harry Alexander Baldridge    Mar 19 1920 - May 19 1920 (Later RADM)
LCDR Delavan Bloodgood Downer    Oct 1920 - 1922
CAPT Charles Seymour Freeman    1922 - Jul 25 1923 (Later VADM)
CDR Husband Edward Kimmel    Jul 25 1923 - Mar 25 1924 (Later ADM)
CDR James Perdue Olding    Mar 25 1924 - Jun 26 1926
CDR Ralph Burroughs Horner    Jun 26 1926 - Jun 22 1928
LCDR Marshall Britt Arnold    Jun 22 1928 - 1929
LCDR Albert Roscoe Black    1929 - Jun 13 1931
LCDR Theo Dwight Westfall    Jun 13 1931 - ? 1934
LCDR Peter Kalsh Fischler    Jul 1936 - Apr 1937 (Later RADM)
LCDR Harry Darlington Johnston    Apr 1937 - ?
LCDR Thomas Mediary Dell Jr.    ? 1938 - Jun 1939
As the DM-20
LCDR Louis Arthur Reinken    Jun 1939 - Aug 1940
LCDR Charles Frederick Chillingsworth Jr.    Aug 1940 - Nov 1941
LCDR Harry Darlington Johnston    Nov 1941 - Sep 14 1942 (Later RADM)
CDR Frederick Samuel Steinke    Sep 14 1942 - Mar 25 1944
LT Elward Francis Baldridge    Mar 24 1944 - May 30 1945
LT John Paul Graves    May 30 1945 - Dec 7 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Preble (DM-20)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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