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USS Dobbin (AD-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - November - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Pearl Harbor 7 December 1941) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Dobbin Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 23 December 1919, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, 5 May 1921
  • Commissioned, USS Dobbin (AD-3), 23 July 1924, CDR. Donald C. Bingham in command
  • USS Dobbin was at Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941
  • Decommissioned, 27 September 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 24 December 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 May 1950, to Ziedell Shipwrecking Co., Portland, OR.
  • USS Dobbin received one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 8,325 t.(lt) 12,450 t.(fl), 13,109 (lim)
    Length 483' 10"
    Beam 61'
    Draft 24' 5"
    Speed 13.5 kts. (max) 9kts. (econ) 16 kts. (trial)
    officers 42
    enlisted 372
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest boom capacity 15 t.
    Fuel Oil Capacity NSFO 16,760 Bbls.
    one Philadelphia, Parsons design, geared turbine engine
    four Thorny boilers 215psi Sat.
    single Parsons Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 250Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 7,000shp

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    Dobbin 108k USS Dobbin (AD-3) fitting out at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, on the yard's Delaware River waterfront, with the hammerhead crane in center, 31 May 1923. Among the ships visible are: Destroyers USS Sharkey (DD-281), USS Coghlan (DD-326) and USS Preston (DD-327), at right; and USS Lamson (DD-328), astern of Preston with two other destroyers moored inboard.
    US Navy photo # NH 43454 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dobbin 74k USS Dobbin (AD-3) underway, date and location unknown. C.K. Barnes, USS Dobbin - Pearl Harbor survivor
    Courtesy Jon Burdett
    Dobbin 63k USS Dobbin (AD-3) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Dobbin 100k USS Dobbin (AD-3) underway, date and location unknown. C.K. Barnes, USS Dobbin - Pearl Harbor survivor
    Courtesy Jon Burdett, and Cheryl Odell
    Dobbin 56k USS Dobbin (AD-3) off Philadelphia Navy Yard, PA., circa 1925.
    US Navy photo # NH 1349 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dobbin 157k USS Dobbin (AD-3) off Gonaives, Haiti, with seven destroyers alongside, March 1928. The destroyers are (from outboard to inboard): USS Kane (DD-235); USS King (DD-242); unidentified; USS James K. Paulding (DD-238); USS Sturtevant (DD-240); and two unidentified.
    US Navy photo # NH 61556 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Dobbin 74k USS Dobbin (AD-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. Note USS Bonita (SS-165) underway in the foreground. Ric Hedman and Tom Kermen
    Dobbin 78k USS Dobbin (AD-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. (Close-up view of photo #1) Dobbin appears to have four Clemson class destroyers alongside. Note USS Bonita (SS-165) underway in the foreground. Ric Hedman
    Dobbin 140k USS Dobbin (AD-3) moored at San Diego on Navy Day, 27 October 1932. The destroyers tied up alongside are (from inboard to outboard): USS Sands (DD-243); USS King (DD-242); USS Humphries (DD-236) and USS Lawrence (DD-250). All ships are dressed with flags for the holiday. Note the airplane flying overhead.
    US History and Heritage Command photo # NH 65009, Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967
    Robert Hurst
    Hull 103k USS Dobbin (AD-2) with several destroyers alongside, circa 1937. They include (from left to right): USS Phelps (DD-360), USS Worden (DD-352), USS MacDonough (DD-351), USS Dewey (DD-349) and USS Hull (DD-350). Note that some of these ships' hull numbers are painted close to the waterline, while others are about midway between the boot topping and the weather deck.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 54527 Courtesy of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, USN (Retired), 1963
    Robert Hurst
    Dobbin 92k Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. View taken around 0926 hrs. in the morning of 7 December, from an automobile on the road in the Aiea area, looking about WSW with destroyer moorings closest to the camera. In the center of the photograph are: USS Dobbin (AD-3), with destroyers USS Hull (DD-350), USS Dewey (DD-349), USS Worden (DD-352) and USS MacDonough (DD-351) alongside. The ship just to the left of that group is USS Phelps (DD-360), which got underway on two boilers around 0926 hrs. The group further to the right consists of: USS Whitney (AD-4), with destroyers USS Conyngham (DD-371), USS Reid (DD-369), USS Tucker (DD-374), USS Case (DD-370) and USS Selfridge (DD-357) alongside. USS Solace (AH-5) is barely visible at the far left.
    US National Archives photo # 80_G-33045 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Dobbin 49k USS Dobbin (AD-3) with six destroyers alongside at Humboldt Bay, New Guinea anchorage, 7 October 1944. The outboard destroyer is USS Howorth (DD-592).
    National Archives photo # SC 261022
    John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
    Dobbin 50k USS Dobbin (AD-3) with (from inboard to outboard) USS Lovering (DE-39), USS Welles (DD-628), USS Mustin (DD-413) and USS Fletcher (DD-445) alongside at Seeadler harbor, Admiralty Islands, date unknown. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations of World War II", by Theodore Roscoe. Robert Hurst

    USS Dobbin (AD-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Bingham, Donald Cameron23 July 1924 - 9 July 1926
    02CAPT. Henderson, Robert William9 July 1926 - July 1928
    04CAPT. Sadler, Frank Howard :RADM17 December 1928 - 13 June 1930
    05CAPT. MacFall, Roscoe Conkling13 June 1930 - 1 June 1932
    06CAPT. Stapler, John Taylor Gause1 June 1932 - 18 January 1935
    07CAPT. Payne, Samuel Spottswood18 January 1935 - 18 January 1938
    08CDR. Comstock, Lewis Wells18 January 1938 - 1 July 1938
    10CAPT. Eldredge. Emory Percival1 July 1939 - 10 June 1940
    11CDR. Paddock, Hubert Esterly10 June 1940 - 21 June 1941
    13CDR. Williams, Harold Nordmark September 1942 - 26 May 1944
    14CAPT. Cutler, Shirley Youngs26 May 1944 - 31 May 1945
    15CAPT. Warren, John Thompson :RADM31 May 1945 - 27 September 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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