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Lansdale (DM 6)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Watch - Jig

Call sign (1921):
Nan - Easy - Rush - Love

Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 20 April 1918 at Fore River Shipbuilding, Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Launched 21 July 1918
  • Commissioned USS Lansdale, Destroyer No. 101, 28 October 1918 at Boston Navy Yard
    Ships Data, U.S. Naval Vessels, 1921 list commissioning date as 26 October 1918
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-6, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 25 April 1922 at Philadelphia, PA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned 1 May 1930
  • Decommissioned 24 March 1931 at Philadelphia
  • Struck from the Navy Register 25 January 1937
  • Sold for scrap in March 1939 to the Union Shipbuilding Co. of Baltimore, MD.


  • Displacement 1,191 t.
    1921 - 1198 t.
  • Length 314' 4½"
  • Beam 30' 11¼"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 34 kts.
    1921 - 35.17 kts.
  • Complement 103
    1921 - 122
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, two 1-pounders, one depth charge projector and two depth charge tracks
    1921 - Two 1-pounders replaced by one 3"/23 mount
  • Propulsion: Four White-Foster boilers, two 12,100shp Parsons turbines, two shafts
    1921 - Four Yarrow boilers and two 26,940shp Curtis geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Lansdale 150k

    Philip Van Horne Lansdale, born 15 February 1858 in Washington, DC, 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 cruiser Philadelphia upon her re-commissioning at San Francisco 09 July 1898. After visiting Honolulu for ceremonies which transferred the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States, Philadelphia, flagship of Rear Admiral Albert Kautz, Commander, Pacific Station, arrived at Apia, Samoa, 06 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 01 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 John 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/Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 3 March 2022
    Lansdale 33k c. 1921
    Seen here still carrying hull No.101
    Robert Hurst
    Lansdale 171k c. 1921
    Lansdale steaming at high speed on two boilers, following conversion to a light minelayer. The Mine Force emblem is painted on her bow, and mines are resting on their tracks aft. Lansdale probably continued to wear her destroyer number for some years thereafter. USS Woodcock (AM-14) is partially visible in the right background
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 5124
    Mike Green
    Israel 91k c. 1921
    Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
    Still wearing their destroyer bow numbers with the mine force insignia painted on immediately behind, are (from left to right): USS Mahan (DM-7, formerly DD-102); Lansdale; USS Maury (DM 5, formerly DD-100); and USS Israel (DM 3, formerly DD-98)
    Photographed by H. J. Darley, 46 Water Street, Charlestown, Massachusetts
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103189 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    Barb Rebold

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