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Gamble (DM 15)

Call sign:
Nan - Easy - Zebra - Roger


Call sign (1919):
George - Tare - Boy - Sail

Sunk 16 July 1945

Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 12 November 1917 by the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Newport News, VA
  • Launched 11 May 1918
  • Commissioned USS Gamble, Destroyer No. 123, 29 November 1918 at Norfolk Navy Yard
  • Designated DD-123, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 17 June 1922 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 24 May 1930
  • Converted 13 June 1930 to a Light Minelayer, DM-15 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Decommissioned 22 December 1937 at San Diego
  • Recommissioned 25 September 1939
  • Decommissioned 1 June 1945 due to battle damage at Apra, Guam
  • Towed outside Apra Harbor and sunk 16 July 1945
  • Struck from the Navy Register 22 June 1945.


  • Displacement 1,090 t.
  • Length 314' 4"
  • Beam 30' 10"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 34 kts.
  • Complement 103
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, one 3"/23 mount, one depth charge projector and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four Yarrow/Thornycroft boilers, two 24,200shp Curtis geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Size Image Description Source
    Montgomery 150k Just visible beyond Montgomery (DM 17) and Ramsay (DM 16) -
    Gamble 83k c. 1940
    A Coast Guard cutter is in the right distance
    Grover Haynes SM1c 1944-45
    Gamble 132k Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D. Drawing prepared by the Bureau of Ships for a camouflage scheme intended for light minelayers of the DM-15 (Gamble) class. This plan, approved by Captain Torvald A. Solberg, USN, is dated 14 June 1944. It shows the ship's starboard side and superstructure ends
    National Archives photos 80-G-173486 and 80-G-173487
    Naval Historical Center
    Gamble 158k
    Gamble 105k c. December 1944 Grover Haynes SM1c 1944-45
    Gamble 50k 20 December 1944
    Naval Institute Archives
    Joe Radigan
    Gamble 251k Refueling from USS Carteret (APA-70) on 6 February 1945, in camouflage scheme Measure 32/7d
    National Archives photo 80-G-384250, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson, Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage
    Mike Green
    Gamble 46k The damaged USS Gamble (DM-15) alongside USS Mataco (ATF-86), 22 February 1945, prior to being towed to Saipan for repairs August Billig, Commanding Officer of Mataco via his son Bruce Billig
    Gamble 170k 16 June 1945
    Apra Harbor, Guam
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, George Silk photographer
    Mike Green
    Gamble 177k
    Gamble 88k 16 June 1945
    Apra Harbor, Guam
    “Scoreboard” on the port side bridge of Gamble. The ship was stripped of useful equipment before being scuttled
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, George Silk photographer
    Gamble 149k 16 June 1945
    Outside Apra Harbor, Guam, with scuttling charges exploding
    Photo from Life Magazine Archives, George Silk photographer

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Harry Jefferson Abbett, USN - USNA Class of 1907
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1918) - Retired as Captain
    29 November 1918
    02LCDR Lee Payne Johnson, USNJanuary 1921 - March 1921
    03LCDR Lewis Wells Comstock, USN4 December 1921 - 17 June 1922
    04LCDR Linton Herndon, USN24 May 1930 - 1932
    05LCDR Justin McCarthy Miller, USN1932 - 1934
    06LCDR George Carroll Dyer, USN1934 - 1936
    07LCDR Mays Livingston Lewis, USN1936 - 22 December 1937
    08CDR Allan Edward Smith, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral25 September 1939 - September 1941
    09LCDR Donald Allen Crandell, USN30 September 1941 - 1 May 1942
    10LCDR Stephen Noel Tackney, USN1 May 1942 - 3 March 1943
    11LT Warren Wilson Armstrong, USN3 March 1943 - 25 July 1944
    12LCDR Donald Noble Clay, USN25 July 1944 - 25 February 1945
    13LT Richard James Peterson, USNR25 February 1945 - 1 June 1945
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo, Joe Radigan and RA Moody

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