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Displacement 1365 Tons, Dimensions, 341' 3" (oa) x 34' 3" x 16' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 8 x 21" tt.(4x2).
Machinery, 42,800 SHP; Curtis Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 160.

Operational and Building Data
Built by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy, Massachusetts (YN 1448)
Contract awarded 11 December 1931
Laid down as Farragut 20 September 1932
Renamed Smith 15 July 1933
Reverted to Farragut 13 August 1933
Launched 15 March 1934
Commissioned 18 June 1934
Decommissioned 23 October 1945
Stricken from Naval Register 28 January 1947
Sold for scrap 14 August 1947

Farragut earned 14 battle stars during the war.

Four men died in service aboard and remain on duty

CQM(PA) James Francis Burke (320 78 67) USN, Brisbane, Australia, 17 May 1942
BM1c James Wesley Hansen (337 02 52) USN, Adak, Alaska, 10 June 1943
MSmth1c William Benbow (328 72 75) USN, Gilbert Islands, 07 December 1943
S1c Duane Keith May (342 87 72) USN, South China Sea, 13 January 1945

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Farragut 295kDavid 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
Farragut 91kUndated, location unknown. This was taken early in her career, with her number just above the boot topping.Robert M. Cieri
176kSnapshot of Farragut on the ways before launching, March 1934.Dave Wright
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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
Farragut 147kFarragut'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
Farragut 293kAwaiting christening at Quincy, 15 March 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_005225.Ed Zajkowski
Farragut 104kBetsey 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
Farragut 218kSliding down the ways at Quincy, 15 March 1934. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library, accession number 08_06_005162.Ed Zajkowski
66kFarragut being guided by tugboats to a berth immediately after launching, 15 March 1934. Note she lacks any armament or gun directors.Dave Wright
Farragut 1010kArticle about Farragut's commissioning, from The Boston Globe, 18 June 1934.Dave Wright
Farragut 203kCharlestown 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.
Dave Wright
Farragut 583kCropped 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
Farragut 583kFarragut seen from astern while in drydock, probably at Boston Navy Yard. This photo was taken soon after Farragut was commissioned, as her main armament is not in place.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 61577.
Robert Hurst
Farragut 864kFarragut arrives to a rather small crowd at Pier 32, North River, New York, 02 September 1934. This was the beginning of her shakedown cruise to the West Indies, after which she went to Norfolk Navy Yard to receive her armament.
Photo from the New York Daily News, 04 September 1934.
Dave Wright
Farragut 608kFarragut seen at Norfolk Navy Yard after completing her official acceptance trials, 22 October 1934. Note that her hull number was then painted low on the hull, just above the boot topping.
National Archives photo 19-N-14753
Rick E. Davis
Farragut 818kFarragut 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
Farragut 555kFive 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
Fred Weiss
Farragut 697kUSS Farragut underway at sea, 14 September 1936. National Archives photo 80-G-463607Robert Hurst
Farragut 670kFarragut 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.
Robert Hurst
Farragut 641kUSS 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 photo NH 67309.
Robert Hurst
Farragut 549kDestroyer 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.
Robert Hurst
Farragut 411kFarragut (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.
Scott Dyben
Farragut 1010kFarragut underway in the Pacific during Fleet Problem XIX, 20-28 April 1938. Note someone has enhanced with pen the "E" on the stack so it shows up more clearly. National Archives photo 80-G-465921Rick E. Davis
Farragut 109kPrewar shot from the 1940 fleet recognition cards. Photo taken late 1938-early 1939, as she has one stripe on her Engineering Excellence "E," whereas by September 1939, she had two stripes. Jon Burdett
Farragut 586kUSS 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
Farragut 133kBalch (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
Farragut 1023kFarragut (DD-348) underway in the central Pacific, photographed by an aircraft from Chenango (CVE-28), December 1943. Farragut spent the first two weeks of that month as a part of Task Group 53.6 (Including Chenango) during Operation Galvanic against the Japanese-held Gilbert Islands. National Archives photo 80-G-321652Scott Dyben
Farragut 442kFarragut (DD-348) alongside Yorktown (CV-10), 02 May 1944, while Task Group 58.2 was proceeding to Majuro. National Archives photo 80-G-376094Rick E. Davis
Farragut 83kFarragut (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
Farragut   Farragut
Two views of Farragut operating off Guam, 17-24 July 1944. These photos are likely off Agat Beach 17 or 18 July, while covering the landings of the UDT teams. Note the LCIs in the distance, as well as the passing APD (probably Kane (APD-18) or Dickerson (APD-21)). National Archives photos 80-G-255139 and 255081
Rick E. Davis
Farragut 637kFarragut underway at sea during August 1944, probably while enroute from Pearl Harbor to Bremerton for refit. National Archives photo 80-G-282347.Fred Weiss
Farragut   Farragut   Farragut   Farragut
Four views of Farragut off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 29 September 1944. Farragut received an overhaul there 18 August-05 October 1944, where she was fitted with Mark 51 fire control directors. This series of photos was probably taken in the afternoon, when she returned to PSNY from her full power trial run and post-refit test firing of weapons. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 31, Design 7d.
National Archives photos 19-N-72730, -72731, PSNY photos 3236-44 and 3231-44
Robert Hurst / Rick E. Davis
Farragut 982kAerial starboard side view of Farragut 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. The ship carries Measure 31/7d camouflage scheme.
National Archives photo No 80-G-272505
Mike Green / Rick E. Davis
Farragut   Farragut
Two views of Farragut taken from Sargent Bay (CVE-83), 26 November 1944. Both ships were operating as part of TU 30.8.5 this date. National Archives photos 80-G-321488 and -263899
Rick E. Davis
Farragut 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 61878Dave Wright

Chewing gum collectible card, issued by Leaf Gum Company during World War II.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
01CDR Elliott Buckmaster (USNA 1912)18 June 1934 - 20 June 1936
02LCDR Edward Paul Sauer (USNA 1916)20 June 1936 - 15 May 1937
03LCDR Peter Kalsh Fischler (USNA 1918)15 May 1937 - 05 June 1938
04LCDR Lewis Corman (USNA 1920)05 June 1938 - 25 June 1939
05LCDR George Washington Welker, Jr. (USNA 1923)25 June 1939 - 15 April 1941
06LCDR George Porter Hunter (USNA 1922) 115 April 1941 - 25 August 1942
07LCDR Henry Dirk Rozendal (USNA 1926) 225 August 1942 - 21 June 1943
08LCDR Edward Franklin Ferguson (USNA 1931)21 June 1943 - 25 May 1944
09CDR Charles Conway Hartigan, Jr. (USNA 1938)25 May 1944 - 23 October 1945
1. Promoted to Commander, pursuant to SecNav despatch 031738/4, 03 January 1942.
2. Promoted to Commander during January 1943, exact date undetermined.

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Thomas Randall, MM (DDG-37) 1976-80
Contact Affiliation: President, Farragut Ships' Association, Inc.
Address: 2517 Cat Cay Lane, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-4753
Phone: (954)790-5739
Next Reunion: October 2018 - Sheraton Norfolk Waterside, Norfolk, VA

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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