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|295k||David Glasgow Farragut was born at Campbell's Station, near Knoxville, Tennessee, 5 July 1801. He entered the Navy as a midshipman 17 December 1810. When only twelve years old, he was given command of a prize ship taken by Essex and brought her safely to port. Through the years that followed, in one assignment after another he showed the high ability and devotion to duty which was to allow him in the Civil War to make an overwhelming contribution to victory and to write an immortal page in the history of not only the United States Navy but of military service of all times and nations. In command of the West Gulf Blockading Squadron, with his flag in Hartford, he disproved the theory that forts ashore held superiority over naval forces, when in April 1862 he ran past Forts Jackson and St. Philip and the Chalmette batteries to take the great city and port of New Orleans (a decisive event in the war) and later that year passed the batteries defending Vicksburg. Port Hudson fell to him 9 July 1863, and on 5 August 1864 he won a great victory in the Battle of Mobile Bay, passing through heavy minefields (the torpedoes of his famous quotation: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"), as well as the opposition of heavy batteries in Forts Morgan and Gaines to defeat the squadron of Confederate Admiral Franklin Buchanan. His country honored its great sailor by creating for him the rank of Admiral, never before used in the United States Navy. Admiral Farragut's last active service was in command of the European Squadron with Franklin as his flagship. He died at Portsmouth, New Hampshire, 14 August 1870.|
Photo of Admiral David G. Farragut, circa 1863. From the Mathew Brady Collection, National Archives NARA identifier 529975.
|Bill Gonyo/Robert M. Cieri|
|USS Farragut (DD-348) Construction and Prewar
|178k||Undated prewar shot, location unknown. Official US Navy photo taken from "An Illustrated History of Destroyers of the World" by Bernard Ireland.||Robert Hurst|
|109k||Undated prewar shot from the 1940 fleet recognition cards.||Jon Burdett|
|91k||Undated, location unknown.||Robert M. Cieri|
Two views of Farragut ready for launching at Quincy, on or about the morning of 15 March 1934. Note the press van and empty christening platform. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession numbers 08_06_005097 and 08_06_004935.
|Dave Wright and Dale Hargrave|
|147k||Farragut's christening party. James Roosevelt, Betsey Cushing Roosevelt, and Franklin Roosevelt, Jr., are on the right. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_010017.||Dave Wright|
|293k||Awaiting christening at Quincy, 15 March 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_005225.||Ed Zajkowski|
|104k||Betsey Cushing Roosevelt, wife of FDR's son, James Roosevelt, christens Farragut, 15 March 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_009333.||Dave Wright|
|218k||Sliding down the ways at Quincy, 15 March 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_005162.||Ed Zajkowski|
|1010k||Article about Farragut's commissioning, from The Boston Globe, 18 June 1934.||Dave Wright|
|203k||Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Massachusetts, 24 June 1934. From top to bottom: Farragut (DD-348); unidentified ship, possibly a buoy tender, at left, with a Tampa-class Coast Guard cutter at right (either Modoc or Mojave);
Eagle 19 (PE-19); Texas (BB-35); New York (BB-34); French Navy aviso D'Entrecasteaux; Constitution.|
Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection. Accession number 08_06_016874.
|583k||Cropped detail of above photo, showing only Farragut. Note that, though commissioned a week earlier, she still has not had her main armament fitted, with cylindrical structures covering the gun mounts.||Dave Wright|
|583k||USS Farragut (DD-348) seen from astern while in drydock, probably at Boston Navy Yard. This photo was taken soon after Farragut was commissioned, as her main armamaent is not in place.|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 61577.
|818k||Farragut open for visitors at Washington Navy Yard, 27 October 1934. President Franklin D. Roosevelt inspected the new destroyer the next day. From Minneapolis Star Tribune, 29 October 1934.||Dave Wright|
|413k||USS Farragut in an unidentified harbour, circa 1935. This photo was likely taken during FDR's cruise aboard in spring 1935. Note that her hull number was then painted low on the hull, just above the boot topping.|
Bureau of Ships photo now in National Archives, photo 19-N-14753
|555k||Five units of Destroyer Squadron Twenty (DesRon 20) moored together, circa 1936. The destroyers are (from left to right): Dewey (DD-349), Farragut (DD-348), Worden (DD-352), Hull (DD-350) and Aylwin (DD-355).|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 68450
|697k||USS Farragut underway at sea, 14 September 1936. National Archives photo 80-G-463607||Robert Hurst|
|670k||Farragut leading a column of Destroyer Squadron Twenty ships, during manouevres staged for Movietone News, off San Diego, California, 14 September 1936. The next ship astern is Aylwin (DD-355).|
Naval and History Heritage Command photo NH 67299.
|641k||USS Farragut (DD-348) underway during manouvres staged for Movietone News, off San Diego, California, 14 September 1936. She is being overflown by five patrol planes. That at left is a PBY-1 of Patrol Squadron Eleven-F (VP-11F). The other four are P2Ys of Patrol Squadron Seven-F (VP-7F).|
Naval History & Heritage Command NH 67309.
|549k||Destroyer Squadron Twenty (DesRon20) steams through a smokescreen laid by planes of Patrol Squadrons Seven, Nine and Eleven, during an exhibition staged for Movietone News off San Diego, California, 14 September 1936. The ships are, from bottom to top: Farragut (DD-348); Dewey (DD-349); Hull (DD-350); Macdonough (DD-351); Worden (DD-352); Dale (DD-353); Monaghan (DD-354) and Aylwin (DD-355).|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 67293, courtesy Commander Robert L. Ghormley, Jr., USN, 1969.
|411k||Farragut (DD-348) steaming in harbor, 14 March 1938. Note the colored band and the red Engineering Excellence "E" painted on her after smokestack. Also note her hull number is now painted higher up on the bow.|
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, photo 80-G-427093.
|586k||USS Farragut underway during fleet exercises off San Pedro, California, 27 September 1939. Department of Defense. Department of the Navy. Naval Photographic Center. NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) identifier 520586, NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-80-CF-2153-7.||Robert Hurst|
|133k||Balch (DD-363) coming alongside another ship, with Aylwin (DD-355), Monaghan (DD-354), Farragut (DD-348) and another unidentified destroyer nested in background at San Diego, circa 1938-40.||Darryl Baker|
|USS Farragut (DD-348) Wartime
|698k||Farragut (DD-348) at sea, December 1943. National Archives photo 80-G-321652||Scott Dyben|
|66k||Farragut (DD-348) patrolling off Majuro, 02 March 1944. National Archives photo 80-G-376094||Dave Wright|
|83k||Farragut (DD-348) while employed in engaging Japanese caves and gun emplacements at point blank range off Guam, east of Agana, 17-18 July 1944. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations in World War II" by Theodore Roscoe.||Robert Hurst|
|637k||Farragut (DD-348) Underway at sea in August 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives, photo 80-G-282347.||Fred Weiss|
|115k||Farragut off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 29 September 1944. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 31, Design 7d.|
Bureau of Ships photo now in National Archives, photo 19-N-72730
|93k||Farragut underway off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, 29 September 1944. Her camouflage
scheme is Measure 31, Design 3d.|
Bureau of Ships photo now in National Archives, photo 19-N-72731
|242k||Aerial starboard side view of the USS Farragut (DD-348) taken from a blimp of squadron ZP-33 on October 25, 1944. On this date, Farragut was returning to Pearl Harbor for drydock repairs after exercises south of Oahu. ZP-33 operated along the US west coast, so date is suspect. The ship carries Measure 31/7d camouflage scheme.|
National Archives, Photo No 80-G-272505
|651k||Photographic reproduction of a painting by Walter L. Greene, depicting the ship as first completed, circa the mid-1930s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 61878||Dave Wright|
|Chewing gum collectible card, issued by Leaf Gum Company during World War II.||Tommy Trampp|
|01||CDR Elliott Buckmaster (USNA 1912)||18 June 1934 - 20 June 1936|
|02||LCDR Edward Paul Sauer (USNA 1916)||20 June 1936 - 15 May 1937|
|03||LCDR Peter Kalsh Fischler (USNA 1918)||15 May 1937 - 05 June 1938|
|04||LCDR Lewis Corman (USNA 1920)||05 June 1938 - 25 June 1939|
|05||LCDR George Washington Welker, Jr. (USNA 1923)||25 June 1939 - 15 April 1941|
|06||LCDR George Porter Hunter (USNA 1922) 1||15 April 1941 - 25 August 1942|
|07||LCDR Henry Dirk Rozendal (USNA 1926)||25 August 1942 - 21 June 1943|
|08||LCDR Edward Franklin Ferguson (USNA 1931)||21 June 1943 - 25 May 1944|
|09||CDR Charles Conway Hartigan, Jr. (USNA 1938)||25 May 1944 - 23 October 1945|
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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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