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USS Childs (AVD-1)
USS Childs (AVP-14) (1938 - 1940)
USS Childs (DD-241) (1920 - 1938)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with with bronze star in lieu of Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Defense Medal

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 19 March 1919, at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 15 September 1920
  • Commissioned USS Childs (DD-241), 22 October 1920, CDR. I. H. Mayfield in command
  • Converted to a Seaplane Tender at Navy Yard Philadelphia, PA., circa 1938-39
  • Reclassified Sea Plane Tender, Small AVP-14, 14 July 1938
  • Reclassified Sea Plane Tender, Destroyer AVD-1, 2 August 1940
  • During World War II USS Childs was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Philippine Islands operation, 8 December 1941 to 3 March 1942
  • Decommissioned, 10 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 May 1946
  • USS Childs earned one battle star for World War II service
    AVD Specifications:
    Displacement; 1,215 t.(lt) 1,900 t.(fl)
    Length; 314' 5"
    Beam; 31' 8"
    Draft; 9' 9¾"
    Speed; 27.6 kts (trial)
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 145
    four LCP(L) landing craft
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    one depth charge track
    four depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,475 Bbls
    Gasoline 29,815 Gals
    two Westinghouse turbines
    two White - Forester boilers, 265psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 27,000shp

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    USS Childs (AVP-14)
    Childs 68k USS Childs (AVP-14) underway, circa late 1930's, location unknown. Marc Piché
    Childs 46k USS Childs (AVP-14) underway, circa late 1930's, location unknown. .
    USS Childs (AVD-1)
    Childs 79k USS Childs (AVD-1) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Childs 76k USS Childs (AVD-1) moored pierside at Fremantle, Western Australia, 16 August 1943. The small cabin cruiser in the foreground is the Royal Australian Navy patrol boat P-18.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-82153.
    Robert Hurst
    Childs 103k USS Childs (AVD-1) underway circa late-1944 after overhaul on the west coast.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-74863 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Childs 61k USS Childs (AVD-1) underway, 14 November 1944, location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS Childs (DD-241 / AVP-14 / AVD-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Mayfield, Irving Hall22 October 1920 - ?DD-241
    02CDR. Goss, Nelson Henry29 August 1923DD-241
    03CDR. Rowcliffe, Gilbert Johnathan? - 29 August 1923DD-241
    04LCDR. Bunkley, Joel, William :RADM1924 - October 1925DD-241
    05CDR. Hall, William AldenOctober 1925 - 7 January 1926DD-241
    05LCDR. Dessez, John Harrison Semmes7 January 1926 - February 1928DD-241
    06LCDR. Hall Jr., John Lessie :ADM (13)February 1928 - 31 May 1930DD-241
    07LCDR. Welden, Frederick31 May 1930 - 1932DD-241
    08LCDR. Fultz, Harold Farnham, USN1932 - 28 June 1933DD-241
    09LCDR. Hungerford, Ralph Waldo28 June 1933 - ?DD-241
    10LCDR. Walker, Harold John1936 - ?DD-241
    11LCDR. Fick, Harold Foster :RADM1939 - ?AVP-14
    12CDR Pratt, John Lockwood1941 - ?AVD-1
    13CDR O'Beirne Sr., Frank :VADMApril 1942 - 9 November 1942AVD-1
    14LCDR Christopher, Thomas Aloysius :RADM9 November 1942 - 10 September 1943AVD-1
    15LT. Ingebrand, Charles D. USNR10 September 1943 - 17 April 1945AVD-1
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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