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


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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with 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)
    Complement;
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 145
    Boats;
    four LCP(L) landing craft
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion;
    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 Shipscribe.com.
    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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