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Displacement 2103 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 5" x 12' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 12 x 21" tt.(3x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY June 26 1934.
Launched December 11 1935 and commissioned November 25 1936.
Decommissioned December 16 1945.
Stricken January 28 1947.
Fate Sold July 17 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Andrew Boyd Cummings, born 22 June 1830 in Philadelphia, Pa., was appointed midshipman in 1846, but was detached from the Naval Academy the next year for active duty in Brandywine, returning in 1852. During the Civil War, he served with distinction in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron in Richmond, participating in the action at Forts Jackson and Saint Philip, La. He showed conspicuous gallantry as the squadron passed the batteries of Fort Hudson, La., 14-15 March 1863, and died of wounds received in that action, at New Orleans, 18 March 1863. Photo #: NH 88504, Lieutenant Commander Andrew B. Cummings, USN, (1830-1863) photograph from a Carte de Visite by Augustus Morand, Brooklyn, New York, circa 1862. Courtesy of Dr. Walter B. LaBerge, Under Secretary of the Army, 1978. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
Cummings 189kUSS Cummings at Bar Harbor, Maine, during port call August 8-18 1937. From the collection of Acadia National Park.Jonathan Eno
Cummings 86kUSS Cummings underway at sea, 29 November 1937 (USN Photo No NH 101660).Robert Hurst
Cummings 59kCirca 1938, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.O.W. Waterman
Cummings 95kSan Diego harbour, California, circa 1938Joe Radigan
Cummings 90kUSS Cummings (DD-365) underway at sea during the later 1930s (USN Photo No NH 101659).John Kerslake/Robert Hurst
Cummings 51kUSS Cummings (DD-365) photographed by Ted Stone, circa the late 1930s (USN Photo No NH 66797).Robert Hurst
Cummings 132kUSS Cummings underway in San Diego Harbour, California, 11 April 1938 (USN Photo No NH 92098).Robert Hurst
Cummings 82kUSS Cummings (DD-365), photographed by Ted Stone, circa the late 1930s. Courtesy of the Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone Collection. U.S. Navy Historical Centre Photo # NH 66798.Robert Hurst
Cummings 102kUSS Case (DD-370), USS Shaw (DD-373), USS Cummings (DD-365) and USS Tucker (DD-374) with USS Brooklyn (CL-40) behind in Auckland, New Zealand March 1941.Gary Hines
Cummings 82kDestroyer Division Six, Destroyer Squadron Three (DesDiv6, DesRon3) at San Diego, California, in October 1941. Ships are (from inboard): USS Clark (DD 361), Squadron flagship, USS Case (DD 370), Division flagship, USS Cummings (DD 365), USS Shaw (DD 373) and USS Tucker (DD 374). Note that these destroyers are painted in at least two different camouflage schemes. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Joe Radigan
Cummings 186kUSS Cummings (DD 365) off Mare Island on March 4, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Cummings 156kUSS Cummings, taken at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 4 March 1942. Note Cummings' forward smokestack, 26-ft motor whaleboat, forward structure details and 5"/38 gun mounts. USS Selfridge is partially visible in the background. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo # 19-N-28672.Robert Hurst
Cummings 161kUSS Cummings, taken at Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 4 March 1942. Note Cummings' midship torpedo tubes are trained out to port, and the small tug Despatch # 6 is alongside side to starboard. USS Selfridge is partially visible in the background, and a submarine is under construction beyond Crane # 4 in the left distance. Note the seachlight in the centre foreground. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the National Archives. Photo # 19-N-28671.Robert Hurst
Cummings 142kUSS Neosho (A0-48) refuelling USS Balch (DD-365), on the opposite side, and USS Wichita (CA-45) during operations in the Bering Sea in May 1943. Photographed from Wichita. Collection of Vice Admiral Robert C. Giffen. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 94643.Robert Hurst
Cummings 27kOff Hampton Roads, July 13 1944.Robert Hurst
Cummings 92k3 September 1944 the day she participated in an attack on Wake Island.. Note light gun shields forward, no shields aft.Robert Hurst
Cummings 92kA series of 11 images from the collection of Garold's dad who served aboard the Cummings during World War II. The first is the Cummings Scoreboard..Garold White
Cummings 129kAs above. Japanese vessel that surrendered to the Cummings.Garold White
Cummings 106kAs above. More of the crew from the Japanese vessel that surrendered to the Cummings.Garold White
Cummings 77kAs above. Japanese pilot that had been shot down by the Cummings.Garold White
Cummings 98kAs above. The Torpedo Gang - (back row L-R) Arthur White, Joe Berta, Jack Sontage, Bob Popovich and Walter Boynann (front row L-R) J. J. McFarland Jr, Armon D. Jelicoeur, Floyd Block. A. L. Castlegrant, Charles Wentworth and Freddie Welch.Garold White
Cummings 29kAs above. The Cummings transported President Roosevelt and company in August 1944, see DANFS for the details, this is a shot of "Fala."Garold White
Cummings 93kAs above. Part of President Roosevelt's entourage.Garold White
Cummings 147kAs above. Newspaper photo of the stowaway Gismo.Garold White
Cummings 205kAs above. Newspaper story of Gismo.Garold White
Cummings 60kAs above. Gismo in training.Garold White
Cummings 69kAs above. Gismo in training.Garold White
Cummings   Cummings   Cummings   Collection of Herbert Allen McCoy; 1 - USS Pensacola (CA-24) alongside, 2 - Cummings Radio Gang at Saipan in 1945, 3 - unknownWilliam Shelton

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Charles Purcell Cecil    Nov 25 1936 - Jun 9 1938 (Later RADM)
LCDR Carlton Rice Todd    Jun 9 3 1938 - Nov 26 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR George Dudley Cooper    Nov 26 1940 - Mar 2 1943
LCDR Paul Donnelly Williams    Mar 2 1943 - Oct 12 1944
LCDR William John Collum Jr.    Oct 12 1944 - Dec 14 1945

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