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Rizal (DM 14)

Call sign (1924):
Nan - Easy - Vice - Vice


Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 26 June 1918 at Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA
  • Launched 21 September 1918
  • Commissioned USS Rizal, Destroyer No. 174, 28 May 1919
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-14, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 20 August 1931 at San Diego, CA
  • Towed to Mare Island 31 August 1931 and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Mare Island
  • Struck from the Naval Register 11 November 1931
  • Sold for scrap 25 February 1932.


  • Displacement 1,191 t.
    1921 - 1184 t.
  • Length 314' 4½"
  • Beam 30' 11¼"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 34 kts.
    1921 - 33.84 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 28,960shp Curtis geared turbines, two shafts.

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    Josť Protasio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda, Philippine patriot, author, poet, and physician, was born 19 June 1861 in Calamba, Laguna Province, Luzon. After studies in Manila, Paris, Berlin, Heidelberg, and Leipzig, Rizal published his first novel in 1886. The publication of the book, a violent attack on Spanish administration in the Philippines, led to Rizal's arrest and deportation. He subsequently lived in China, Japan, Britain, France, and the United States, publishing poetry and a second novel. After settling in Hong Kong to practice medicine, Dr. Rizal returned to Manila in 1892 only to be arrested as a revolutionary agitator and banished to Dapitan on Mindanao. While attempting to leave Mindanao for Cuba in 1896, Rizal was again arrested and taken to Manila where he was given a farcical trial and sentenced to death. A figure of inspiration and hope to the Filipino world, Dr. Josť Rizal is remembered by an imposing monument in Manila which marks the spot where he fell before the firing squad on 30 December 1896

    Bill Gonyo/Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 1 March 2022
    USS Rizal (DD 174)
    Rizal 100k Photographed in 1919-20, prior to conversion to a minelayer
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970
    U.S. Navy photos NH 71569 and NH 71570
    Naval Historical Center
    Rizal 66k
    USS Rizal (DM 14)
    Rizal 90k Photographed following conversion to a minelayer
    Courtesy of Mr. W.G. Kelly, 1970
    U.S. Navy photo NH 71946
    Naval Historical Center
    Hart 308k c. 1923/1924
    Hong Kong, China
    American Man of War in Hong Kong Harbor. Identified ships are: Huron (CA 9), Helena (PG 9), Sacramento (PG 19), Asheville (PG 21), Black Hawk (AD 9), Hart (DM 8), Rizal (DM 14), Hulbert (DD 342), Noa (DD 343), William B. Preston (DD 344), Preble (DD 345), later DM-20; Sicard (DD 346), later DM 21); Pruitt (DD 347), later DM-22; Finch (AM 9), Bittern (AM 36) and SS President Jackson
    Photo by A. Fong
    Photo from the collection of Chief Walter E. Pegg
    Jay Milewski
    Photo added 5 March 2020
    Rizal 85k In the harbor of Chefoo, China, 9 September 1928
    U.S. Navy photos NH 64573 and NH 64572
    Naval Historical Center
    Rizal 56k

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Edmund Spence Root, USN28 May 1919
    02CDR Wolcott Ellsworth Hall, USN1922
    03LCDR James Parker, Jr., USN1924
    04CDR Irving Hall Mayfield, USN - USNA Class of 1907
    Awarded two Legions of Merit (1944/1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1924 - 27 June 1925
    05LCDR Guy Evans Baker, USN27 June 1925 - 26 June 1926
    06CDR Schuyler Franklin Heim, USN26 June 1926 - 1928
    07LCDR Herbert Whitwell Underwood, USN - USNA Class of 1910
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) - Retired as Captain
    17 July 1928 - 21 May 1929
    08CDR Daniel Aloysius McElduff, USN1930
    09LCDR Lee Payne Johnson, USN - USNA Class of 1905
    Awarded two Legions of Merit (1943/1944) - Retired as Commodore
    1930 - 20 August 1931
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

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