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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard December 19 1938.
Launched October 20 1939 and commissioned September 17 1940.
Fate Sunk by German Aircraft off Algeria April 20 1944.
47 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Lansdale 150kPhilip Van Horne Lansdale, born 15 February 1858 in Washington, D.C., graduated as Passed Midshipman from the Naval Academy 18 June 1879. Commissioned ensign 1 June 1881, he served on Asiatic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific stations. Promoted to lieutenant 15 May 1893, he became executive officer of Philadelphia upon her re-commissioning at San Francisco 9 July 1898. After visiting Honolulu for ceremonies which transferred the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States, Philadelphia, flagship of Rear Adm. Albert Kautz, Commander, Pacific Station, arrived Apia, Samoa, 6 March 1899. An unstable political climate, created by rival native factions and spurred on by German intrigue, erupted into open hostility during the month. A combined American and British naval force sought to keep the peace, but insurgent natives attacked American and British consulates late in March. In retaliation a British and American landing party, supported by friendly natives, set out from Apia 1 April on a reconnaissance mission to drive off the rebels under Chief Mataafa. With Lieutenant Lansdale in command of the Americans, the expeditionary force dispersed the natives. While returning to Apia, the force was ambushed and a brisk battle ensued. While protecting the evacuation of a mortally wounded machine gunner, Lieutenant Lansdale was seriously wounded, his right leg shattered by an enemy bullet. Aided by two enlisted men, Ensign J. R. Monaghan carried him until he dropped from exhaustion. Despite Lansdale’s plea, “Monny, you leave me now, I cannot go any further,” Ensign Monaghan remained beside the fallen lieutenant. With only one rifle between them, they were soon overrun by pursuing natives; both brave officers died on the spot in heroic performance of their duty. Photo from the book "Society of Colonial Wars" published by Order of the General Council, New York City, 1899.Bill Gonyo
Lansdale 82kArtist's conception of the Lansdale as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Lansdale 173kLt. Philip Lansdale with a group of American and English Sailors with a gatling gun in Somoa in March 1899.Darryl Baker
Lansdale 72kNaval Historical Center Photo 001670, March 1899. Caption reads "Raising Samoan Flag with Mulinuu Prime Minister. Lt. Philip Lansdale on the right."Darryl Baker
Lansdale 120kUndated, location unknown.-
Lansdale 97kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Lansdale 73kRear Admiral William T. Tarrant, USN, Commandant of the First Naval District and Mrs. Ethel Lansdale, sponsor, christening USS Lansdale (DD-426) at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA on 17 Sept 1940. Official U.S. Navy photograph.Bill Gonyo
Lansdale 61kUSS Lansdale off Boston Navy Yard on October 14, 1940, as completed.Mike Green
Lansdale 82kCirca 1940.Marc Piché
Lansdale 106kCirca 1943.Darryl Baker
Lansdale 111kUSS Lansdale (DD-426) off the New York Navy Yard, 22 October 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107272.Robert Hurst
Lansdale 98k"COAST GUARD RESCUES MANY AS NAVY DESTROYER SINKS: Picked up from the sea by Coast Guardsmen on two destroyer escorts, survivors of the USS Lansdale (DD-426), sunk off the coast of North Africa, are brought safely to port by the rescue craft. The destroyer was sunk during an attack by a force of German JU 88 bombers in the dark of early morning. Two of the Nazi planes were knocked out." Photo by PhoM 1/c Arthur Green, USCGR.Bill Gonyo
Lansdale 267kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Lansdale 170kAs above.Ed Zajkowski/Bill Gonyo
Lansdale 207kOne of many rescued by Coast Guardsmen of two Destroyer Escorts during a German bomber attack off the coast of North Africa, a U.S. Navy seaman relaxes as two Coast Guardsmen scrape a thick coating of oil from his body. The survivor's ship, the USS Lansdale (DD-426), was sunk by Nazi planes (April 20, 1944 in the Mediterranean). The Coast Guardsmen in this picture are: Virgil Mathis (left), Motor Machinist's Mate, of St. Augustine, Fla.; and Melvin Howard of Pittsburg, Kansas. These men are on board the Coast Guard-manned Destroyer Menges (DE-320), when it picked up 119 survivors of the ill-fated destroyer Lansdale. Virgil Mathis later was himself a survivor when the Menges was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine on May 3, 1944."; 20 April 1944; CG Photo No. 2140; photo by PhoM 1/c Arthur Green, USCGR. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.Ed Zajkowski/Bill Gonyo

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John DeL. (Jack) Connor    Sep 17 1940 - Feb 13 1942
LCDR Eugene Field McDonald    Feb 13 1942 - Jul 5 1942
LCDR Donald Cord Varian    Jul 5 1942 - Sep 16 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Valery Havard Jr.    Sep 16 1942 - Dec 31 1943
LCDR Douglas McKean Swift    31 Dec 1943 - Apr 20 1944 (Later RADM)

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charles C. Wales
Address: 8 Willard Hill Road RR2, Stockbridge, MA 01266
Phone: (413)298-4950

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