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USS PRUITT (DD-347 / DM-22 / AG-101)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUPV

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 at Bath, ME June 25 1919.
Launched August 2 1920 and commissioned September 2 1920.
Converted to Light Mine Layer DM-22 June 30 1937.
Reclassified AG-101 June 5 1945.
Decommissioned November 16 1945.
Stricken December 1 1945.
Fate Broken up for scrap at Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1946.

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Pruitt 52kJohn Henry Pruitt was born on 4 October 1896 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps from Arizona in May 1917, less than a month after the United States entered World War I. Later promoted to corporal, he served with Seventy-eighth Company, Sixth Marine Regiment, a part of the U.S. Second Division. Pruitt fought in France at Chateau-Thierry, Bouresches and Belleau Wood and was injured in a German gas attack on 14 June 1918. Following recovery, he participated in more battles, and his brave conduct in an action near Thiaucourt on 15 September was officially reported. On 3 October, while in combat at Blanc Mont Ridge, France, Corporal Pruitt conducted a single-handled attack, capturing two machine guns and 40 enemy soldiers before being killed in action later in the day. For his "extraordinary gallantry and intrepidity" on 3 October 1918, John H. Pruitt was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. U.S. Navy Medal of Honor citation of Corporal John H. Pruitt, USMC (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 123): "For extraordinary gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Seventy-eighth Company, Sixth Regiment, Second Division, in action with the enemy at Blanc Mont Ridge, France, 3 October 1918. Corporal Pruitt, single-handed, attacked two machine guns, capturing them and killing two of the enemy. He then captured 40 prisoners in a dugout near by. This gallant soldier was killed soon afterward by shellfire while he was sniping the enemy." Photo from the USMC History Division.Bill Gonyo
Pruitt 40kUndated, Shanghai, China.Robert M. Cieri
Pruitt 152kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pruitt 142kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pruitt 77kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Pruitt 200kLaunching August 2 1920 at Bath, Maine.Chuk Munson
Pruitt 104kAugust 1920, Pruitt on standardization trials.Joe Radigan
Pruitt 71kCirca 1920-1926.Jon Burdett
Pruitt 169kUSS Preble (DD-345), USS Noa (DD-343, unidentified and USS Pruitt (DD-347) in Saigon during 1926.Frederick J. Moisson
Pruitt 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
Pruitt 263kNH 94827. Circa 1928-1934, refueling from either CV-2 or 3. Courtesy of PHC John Highfill.Ed Zajkowski
Pruitt 219kCirca 1930's image at sea in her original configuration, Note Sister and last of the "Flush Deckers" built Pruitt (DD-347), in background.Ed Zajkowski
Pruitt 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
Pruitt 171kUSS Pruitt (DD-347) transiting the Panama Canal prior to World War II. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 51923.Robert Hurst

USS PRUITT DD-347 / DM-22 / AG-101 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG William Grover Burgess    Sep 2 1920 - Sep 3 1920
LT Martin Richard Derx    Sep 3 1920 - 1921
LCDR Oscar Charles Badger II    1921 - Nov 28 1921 (Later ADM)
CDR Harvey William McCormack    Nov 28 1921 - 1923
LCDR Joel William Bunkley    1923 - Jun 27 1925 (Later RADM)
LCDR Leslie Charles Davis    Jun 27 1925 - Jun 25 1927
LCDR George Wilson Davison Dashiell    Jun 25 1927 - 1928
CDR Charles Milford Elder    1928 - Jan 1929 
LCDR Hamilton Vose Bryan    Jan 1929 - Jun 1929
CDR Laurance Sprague Stewart    Dec 18 1930 - 1932
LCDR John Summerfield Roberts    1932 - 1933
LCDR Philip Clark Morgan    1933 - 1934
LCDR Albert Lockett Hutson    1934 - 1936
LT William Gordon Beecher Jr.    1936 - 1938 (Later VADM)
LCDR Paul Cyril Wirtz    1938 - May 1939
As the DM-22
LCDR John Leslie Melgaard    May 1939 - May 1940 (Later RADM)
CDR William Gordon Beecher Jr.    Apr 1940 - Dec 2 1941 (Later VADM)
LCDR Edwin Warren Herron    Dec 2 1941 - Oct 1 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Richard Claggett Williams Jr.    Oct 1 1942 - May 19 1944
LCDR Paul Henrik Bjarnason    May 19 1944 - Mar 7 1945
LT Donavan Bowman Harby    Mar 7 1945 - Sep 15 1945
LT Richard Franz Schwerzmann    Sep 15 1945 - Nov 16 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Pruitt (DM-22)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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