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USS McDOUGAL (DD-358 / AG-126)

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Displacement 2597 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 381' (oa) x 37' x 13' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/38AA (4x2), 8 x 1.1" AA (2x4), 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; New York Shipbuilding Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 37 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 194.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding December 18 1933.
Launched July 17 1936 and commissioned December 5 1936.
Reclassified AG-126 September 17 1945.
Decommissioned June 24 1946 at Kings Point, NY.
Stricken August 15 1949.
Fate Sold September 22 1949 sold to H. H. Buncher Co., Pittsburgh, PA and broken up for scrap.

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McDougal 62kMINSY 2861-44, Rear Admiral David S. McDougal. Born 27 Sept. 1809 died 7 Aug 1882. Namesake of destroyers USS McDougal (DD 54) and (DD 358). He served as Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard from 13 March 1861 until 5 June 1861 and again from 17 Oct 1864 until 5 Jul 1866.Darryl Baker
McDougal 125kUndated, location unknown.-
McDougal 158kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McDougal 40kUndated, location unknown.Bill Roddy
McDougal 78kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McDougal 111kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
McDougal 322kNewspaper clipping dated July 17 1936 showing her launching.Ron Reeves
McDougal 135kUSS McDougal (DD-358) launching at The New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, N. J., on 17 July 1936. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 46479.Mike Green
McDougal 140kPort bow view of the USS McDougal (DD-358) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 13 September 1937. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-17221.Mike Green
McDougal 198k80-G-40228, USS McDougal (DD-358), starboard view, pre-commissioning view. McDougal served in both the Pacific and Atlantic during WWII, mainly on escort duties. Reclassified as AG-126 in September 1945, she helped carry out experimental operations in gunnery and radar, then served as a naval reserve training ship until placed out of service in March 1949.Mike Mohl
McDougal 93kUSS Balch (DD-363), USS Moffett (DD-362), USS Winslow (DD-359), and USS McDougal (DD-358) (listed from bottom to top) moored together at San Diego, California, March 1939. A harbor oiler is alongside Balch, and what appears to be a garbage lighter is astern of the four destroyers. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
McDougal 74kUSN Photo NH 67195: Atlantic Charter Conference, 10-12 August 1941. USS McDougal (DD 358) alongside HMS Prince of Wales, to transfer President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the British battleship for a meeting with Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Photographed in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland. Donation of Vice Admiral Harry Sanders, USN, Ret., 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
McDougal 132kA close-up of Prime Minister Winston Churchill reaches down to pet and keep 'Blackie', the mascot of the HMS Prince of Wales(53) from crossing the the gangway leading to the USS McDougal (DD-358). The McDougal was used to shuttle both Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt between the HMS Prince of Wales and the cruiser USS Augusta (CA 31) during their talks. Prominent in the photo is the main armament of the destroyer, the twin 5/38 SP mount standard to the Porter class destroyers. Source: Imperial War Museum War Office Second World War Official Collection, Photo No. IWM (H 12756).Mike Green
McDougal 99kUSS McDougal (DD-358) coming alongside the HMS Prince of Wales (53) on August 10, 1941. The meetings, between President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Churchill took place off Newfoundland. Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, Priest, L C (Lt), Photo No. IWM( A 4808).Mike Green
McDougal 128kIn this August 1941 photograph, Winston Churchill is shown aboard HMS Prince of Wales, petting the ship's cat "Blackie." USS McDougal (DD 358) appears in the background, as Churchill just stepped off of it. McDougal was used to shuttle both Churchill and President Franklin Roosevelt between the HMS Prince of Wales and the Newport News-built USS Augusta (CA 31) during their talks. Eventually, those meetings resulted in the Atlantic Charter.Clyde Nordan
McDougal 134kBritish and American sailors are onboard the HMS Prince of Wales (53) at Divine Service on August 10, 1941 off Newfoundland. In the background are the USS Augusta (CA-31) and USS McDougal (DD-358). Source: Imperial War Museum, Admiralty Official Collection, by Priest, L.C (Lt). Photo No. IWM(A 4803).Mike Green
McDougal 224kAugust 12 1942 off Charleston, SC.Ed Zajkowski
McDougal 225kUSS McDougal (DD-358) underway off Lakehurst, New Jersey on 30 October 1944. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-286097.Robert Hurst
McDougal 179kUSS McDougal (AG-126, formerly DD-358) in port, circa 1946. Reclassified AG-126 at the end of WW2, the ship was decommissioned in June, 1946. Retaining her AG classification, the ship was assigned to duty as a training ship for Naval Reserves on 13 January 1947. She operated under control of the 3rd Naval District while based at Brooklyn, N.Y until March, 1949. Courtesy of William H. Davis, 1979. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 90049.Mike Green

USS McDOUGAL DD-358 / AG-126 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Caldwell Starkey    Dec 23 1936 - Jul 29 1937
CDR Elliott Marchant Senn    Jul 29 1937 - Jun 22 1940
CDR William Walter Warlick    Jun 22 1940 - Apr 18 1941 (Later COMO)
CDR Paul Ralph Heineman    Apr 18 1941 - Sep 10 1941
CDR Dashiell Livingston Madeira    Sep 10 1941 - Jan 13 1942
CDR George Charles Wright    Jan 13 1942 - Aug 13 1943 (Later VADM)
LCDR Clinton Andrew Neyman Jr.    Aug 13 1943 - Jul 10 1944
LCDR Frank Robert Arnold    Jul 10 1944 - Sep 6 1944
LT Alfred Thomas Campbell    Sep 6 1944 - Sep 9 1944
CDR Earl William Logsdon    Sep 9 1944 - Sep 17 1945
(As AG-126)
LCDR Conrad Hilmer Carlson    Sep 17 1945 - June 24 1946

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