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Montgomery (DM 17)



Call sign:
Nan - Able - Xray - Jig

ex-DD-121
ex-Destroyer No. 121



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

Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 2 October 1917 by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 23 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Montgomery, Destroyer No. 121, 26 July 1918
  • Designated DD-121, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 6 June 1922 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-17, 5 January 1931
  • Recommissioned 20 August 1931
  • Decommissioned 7 December 1937 at San Diego and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 25 September 1939
  • Decommissioned 23 April 1945 at San Francisco, CA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 28 April 1945
  • Sold for scrap 11 March 1946.

    Specifications:

  • 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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    USS Montgomery (Destroyer No. 121)
    SC-125 98k 1 February 1918
    SC-125 and Montgomery, (in camouflage paint), at the Norfolk Navy Yard
    National Archives photo RG-165WW, Fiche 280
    Dan Treadwell
    USS Montgomery (DM 17)
    Montgomery 150k . .
    Montgomery 162k . Barb Rebold
    Montgomery 78k c. 1930s
    Courtesy of Robert Varrill
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 78612
    Robert Hurst
    Montgomery 99k c. early 1941
    Pearl Harbor, HI
    Along with three other mine craft
    National Archives photo
    Mike Green
    Montgomery 87k c. 1943
    Dutch Harbor, AK
    .
    Montgomery 124k c. 1943
    Pearl Harbor, HI
    Hoga (YT-146), asssiting Montgomery
    Photo by Frank McHale from National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
    Robert Hurst

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR William Reynolds Purnell, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral26 July 1918 - January 1919
    02LT Thomas Lamison Sprague, USN - USNA Class of 1918
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1944), the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1945), and two Legions of Merit with Combat "V" (1944) - Retired as Admiral
    January 1920 - November 1920
    03CDR William Alexander Glassford, Jr., USN - Retired as Vice Admiral28 December 1921 - 13 March 1922
    04CDR Lee Payne Johnson, USN25 June 1930 - March 1932
    05LCDR Lloyd Erwin Clifford, USNMarch 1932 - June 1933
    06LCDR Omar Brown Earle, USNJune 1933 - 1935
    07LCDR William Edward Miller, USN1935 - 1936
    08LCDR Robert Raymond Ferguson, USN1936 - 7 December 1937
    09LCDR Donald Fitzroy McLean, USN25 September 1939 - February 1941
    10LCDR Richard Allen Guthrie, USNFebruary 1941 - April 1942
    11LCDR John Andrews, Jr., USNApril 1942 - 1 April 1943
    12LCDR Dwight Lyman Moody, USN1 April 1943 - 1 November 1943
    13LCDR Edward Herman Inman, Jr., USNR1 November 1943 - 23 May 1944
    14LT Dan Thomas Drain, USNR23 May 1944 - 23 April 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and RA Moody

    View the Montgomery (DM-17)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Montgomery (DD-121)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To the Mine Warfare Vessel Index Back to the Light Minelayer (DM) Photo Index

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