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Lamberton (AG-21)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Zebra - Love

ex-Destroyer No. 119

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

Wickes Class Destroyer/Dorsey Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 1 October 1917 at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp., Newport News, VA
  • Launched 30 March 1918
  • Commissioned USS Lamberton, Destroyer No. 119, 22 August 1918
  • Designated DD-119, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 30 June 1922 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 16 November 1930
  • Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, AG-21, 16 April 1932
  • Reclassified as a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-2, 19 November 1940
  • Future movie star SN Ernest Borgnine served in Lamberton October 1935 - October 1941
  • Reclassified back to AG-21, 5 June 1945
  • Decommissioned 13 December 1946 at Bremerton, WA
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 January 1947
  • Sold for scrap 9 May 1947 to National Metal and Steel Co. of Terminal Island, CA.


  • Displacement 1,600 t.
  • Length 314' 5"
  • Beam 31' 4"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 29.1 kts.
  • Complement 149
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose mounts and one twin 40mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three Thornycroft 265psi saturated steam boilers, two 25,000shp Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp. Curtis geared turbines, Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Corp.
    single reduction gear, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    USS Lamberton (DD 119)
    Sponsor of the Lamberton
    Photo by Underwood & Underwood
    Image and text provided by Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
    Text by Evening Star. [volume] (Washington, D.C.) 1854-1972, 19 January 1930, Image 47, courtesy of
    Lamberton 107k 23 December 1920
    USS Lamberton (DMS 2)
    630k Lamberton (DMS-2): Booklet of General Plans - Outboard Profile / Inboard Profile. National Archives Identifier: 78116641
    Photo courtesy of, via Robert Hurst.
    391k Lamberton (DMS-2): Booklet of General Plans - 2nd Platform Deck Bridges & Top of Dk. House / Hold. National Archives Identifier: 78116636
    Photo courtesy of, via Robert Hurst.
    461k Lamberton (DMS-2): Booklet of General Plans - Main Deck. / 1st Platform. National Archives Identifier: 78116633
    Photo courtesy of, via Robert Hurst.
    Lamberton 440k On 27 July 1942 -Task Force 8 approached Kiska, Alaska to bombard Japanese positions but limited surface visibility results in the operation being postponed. During the retirement, however, high speed minesweeper Lamberton accidentally rammed high speed minesweeper Chandler (DMS-9).
    Details of damage to Lamberton, 31 July 1942
    National Archives photos 80-G-16430, 80-G-16431 and 80-G-16432 from National Museum of the U.S. Navy
    Michael Mohl
    Lamberton 364k
    Lamberton 426k
    Lamberton 106k 24 April 1943
    Stern, broadside and bow views in the Mare Island channel Navy Yard Mare Island, CA
    U.S. Navy photo 3005-43, 3007-43 and 3009-43
    Darryl Baker
    Lamberton 107k
    Lamberton 107k
    Lamberton 107k 24 April 1943
    Amidships and aft plan views at Mare Island. Areas in circles were modified or added during her overhaul period
    U.S. Navy photos 3010-43 and 3011-43
    Lamberton 107k
    Lamberton 381k 24 April 1943
    Mare Island
    U.S. Navy photo from the collection of John Dickey
    Ed Zajkowski
    Lamberton 117k 4 May 1945
    Bow on, broadside and stern views off Mare Island. She was in overhaul at Mare Island form 13 March until 9 May 1945
    U.S. Navy photos 3330-45, 3332-45 and 3334-45
    Darryl Baker
    Lamberton 104k
    Lamberton 145k
    Lamberton 93k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 4 May 1945
    Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 83215
    Robert Hurst
    Lamberton 503k 8 May 1945
    Mare Island
    U.S. Navy photos 3370-45, 3371-45 and 3372-45 from the collection of John Dickey
    Ed Zajkowski
    Lamberton 364k
    Lamberton 417k
    USS Lamberton (AG 21)
    Lamberton 96k c. November 1945
    Passing USS Stevens (DD 479)
    Photos from the Bert Bickel collection
    John Chiquoine
    Lamberton 117k

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Frank L. Slingluff, Jr., USN22 August 1918
    02CDR Robert Andrew Abernathy, USN20 November 1921
    03LCDR Thomas Alexander Symington, USN1922
    04LCDR Samuel Nobre Moore, USN6 November 1930
    05LCDR Edward Francis McCartin, USN21 January 1932
    06LCDR Harold Samuel Klein, USN1936
    07LCDR John Edwin Murphy, USN1938
    08LCDR William Lewis Benson, USN1940
    09LCDR William John O'Brien, USN1941
    10LT Howard Weldie Baker, USN1 August 1942 - 1 December 1942
    11LCDR Baxter Morrison McKay, USN1 December 1942
    12LT Charles Raymond Calhoun, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 193815 January 1944 - 1 August 1944
    13LT E. R. Hunt, USNRMay 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joseph M. Radigan (of blessed memory)

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