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USS HENLEY (DD-391)

CLASS - BAGLEY As Built.
Displacement 2245 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 341' 4" (oa) x 35' 6" x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 49,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard October 28 1935.
Launched January 12 1937 and commissioned August 14 1937.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Submarine RO-108 off Finshhafen, New Guinea October 3 1943.
17 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Henley 89kThe first, second and fourth Henleys (DD-39, DD-391, DD-762) were named for Robert Henley, born 5 January 1783 in Williamsburg, Ara., son of Leonard and Elizabeth Dandridge Henley and nephew of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Appointed a midshipman 8 April 1799, Henley participated in the engagement between Constellation and La Vengeance during the Quasi-War with France 2 February 1800. After service with Preble's squadron in the Mediterranean and a cruise to the East Indies, Henley received his first command, Gunboat No. 5, at Baltimore 9 April 1808. Henley was in command of 2 divisions of 15 gunboats which drove 3 British frigates from Hampton Roads 20 June 1813. Reporting to brig Eagle, he received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal for valiant conduct in the Battle of Lake Champlain 11 September 1814. With the end of-the War of 1812, Henley filled a variety of billets before commanding Hornet against pirates in the West Indies. He captured pirate schooner Moscow off Santo Domingo 29 October 1821. After serving as commandant of the Naval Rendezvous at Norfolk 1822 to 1824, he reported for similar duty at Charleston. Captain Robert Henley died at Sullivan's Island, Charleston, after a short illness 7 October 1828.Bill Gonyo
Henley 51kUndated, location unknown.Frank E. Duzick (CEM) USS-Mugford
Henley 103kUndated, location unknown.Jon Burdett
Henley 141kUndated, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Henley 234kUndated water color painting of Henley.Darryl Baker
Henley 211kUSS Henley (DD-391), at right, and USS Pompano (SS-181), at left, Under construction at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 16 April 1936. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-18021.Robert Hurst
Henley 139kUSS Henley (DD-391), at right, and USS Pompano (SS-181), at left under construction at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 16 April 1936. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-18021 Mike Green
Henley 125kUSS Henley (DD-391) ready for launching, at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 12 January 1937. USS Preston (DD-379) is partially visible through the crane rails, at right. Sign on the overhead crane states: "Capacity ... Main Hoist-80000 lbs ... Aux. Hoist-15000 lbs". Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Henley 196kUSS Henley (DD 391) is ready for christening at Mare Island on January 12, 1937. The USS Pompano (SS 181) is on the ways to the right.Darryl Baker
Henley 224kUSS Henley (DD 391) is at the end of the ways at Mare Island on January 12, 1937. The USS Pompano (SS 181) is on the ways to the right.Darryl Baker
Henley 173kUSS Henley (DD 391) is the Mare Island channel after her launching. Tugs assisting are from left to right YTM 10 (Mare Island Built), stern of the tug Navigator (YT 39) is visible on the port side of Henley and YMT-2 (Mare Island Built).Darryl Baker
Henley 150kUSS Henley (DD 391) is on her way to an outfitting berth at Mare Island on January 12, 1937. Tug in the foreground in YTM 10, the double stacks of the tug Navigator (YT 39) are visible aft of Henley's stack and YMT-2 is off the bow of the destroyer.Darryl Baker
Henley 132kUSS Henley (DD 391) at her outfitting berth at Mare Island on August 25, 1937. USS Dale (DD 353) is outboard of Henley with USS Monaghan (DD 354) aft of Henley.Darryl Baker
Henley 546kUSS Henley (DD-391) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 October 1937. National Archives photo 19-N-18031, from Bureau of Ships Collection.Fred Weiss / Robert Hurst
Henley 439kUSS Henley (DD-391) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 October 1937. Note that she is fitted with her Mark 33 gun director at this time, shortly after commissioning. National Archives photo 19-N-18032, from Bureau of Ships Collection.Fred Weiss / Robert Hurst
Henley 82kUSS Henley (DD-391) in San Pablo Bay, near the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 October 1937. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Henley 190kUSS Henley (DD 391) in San Pablo Bay west of Mare Island on October 5, 1937.Darryl Baker/Scott Dyben
Henley 539kUSS Henley (DD-391) in San Pablo Bay, near the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 5 October 1937. National Archives photo 19-N-17364, from Bureau of Ships Collection.Robert Hurst
Henley 89kNavy Photo 6259-45, the USS Henley (DD 391) in San Francisco Bay during her trials in Oct 1937.Darryl Baker
Henley 98kUSS Henley (DD-391) In San Diego harbor, California, circa 1938. Note that the ship's Mk.33 gun director has been removed. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Henley 111kOperating at sea, circa 1938. Note that the ship's Mk.33 gun director has been removed. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Henley 120kUSS Patterson (DD-392) Moored at the outboard end of a nest of destroyers, 25 April 1938. Other identifiable ships in the group include USS Henley (DD-391) and USS Borie (DD-215). Note that main gun directors have been temporarily removed from atop Patterson's and Henley's pilothouses.U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Henley 89kUSS Henley (DD-391) operating at sea with USS Zane (DD-337), 2 May 1938. Note that Henley's Mark 33 gun director is not installed. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Henley 544kUSS Henley (DD-391) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 25 February 1942, with her forward 5"/38 guns pointed on opposite sides of the ship. National Archives photo 19-N-28723, from Bureau of Ships Collection.Fred Weiss / Robert Hurst
Henley 148kUSS Henley (DD-391) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 February 1942. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-28721.Mike Green
Henley 69kUSS Henley (DD-391) off Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 26 February 1942 (USN Photo No 19-N-28724).Robert Hurst
Henley 103kUSS HENLEY DD391, during battle of Gaudacanal late 1942. Photo courtesy of Arthur R Schreier Sr., who was aboard during Pearl Harbor attack and remainder of the ship's life.Jon Burdett
Henley 176kThe USS Henley (DD-391), as seen looking over the gun barrels of the HMAS Australia (D 84) in February 1943. Source Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 029559.Mike Green
Henley 52kThe United States Destroyer Henley which was sunk during October, 1943, as a result of a torpedo explosion. Sinking took place during evening. Official U.S. Navy photo from ACME. Photo from the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History.Bill Gonyo
Henley 166kNewspaper clipping describing the loss of the Henley.Ron Reeves
Henley 521kNewspaper clipping describing the loss of the Henley.Darryl Baker

USS HENLEY DD-391 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


LCDR Henry Young McCown    Aug 14 1937 - May 23 1938

LCDR Rutledge Barker Tompkins    May 23 1938 - Jan 14 1941

CDR Robert Hall Smith    Jan 14 1941 - Aug 14 1942

LCDR Earl Kendall Van Swearingen    Aug 14 1942 - Apr 9 1943

CDR Carlton Rolla Adams    Apr 9 1943 - Oct 3 1943


Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Richard Douglas
Address:
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E-mail: henleysteamer@yahoo.com


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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Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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