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Southard (DMS 10)

Call sign:
Nan - Able - Jig - King

ex-Destroyer No. 207

Clemson Class Destroyer/Chandler Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 18 August 1918 by William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA
  • Launched 31 March 1919
  • Commissioned USS Southard, Destroyer No. 207, 24 September 1919
  • Designated DD-207, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 7 February 1922 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned 6 January 1930
  • Reclassified and converted to a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-10, 19 October 1940
  • Lost due to grounding in September 1945 at Tsuken Shima, Ryukyus Islands, Japan
  • Decommissioned 5 December 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register 8 January 1946
  • Hulk destroyed 14 January 1946.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.(lt), 1,750 t.(fl)
  • Length 314' 5"
  • Beam 31' 8"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 32.5 kts.
  • Complement 149
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount and one twin 40mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three White-Forster boilers, two 26,000shp Bethlehem (Parsons design) geared turbines, De Laval single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    Southard 88k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 June 1942
    U.S. Navy photos NH 97942 and NH 97943
    Naval Historical Center
    Southard 91k
    Southard 133k At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 9 June 1942. Note that she still retains her original four smokestacks and 4"/50 guns. Other items visible include her whaleboat and gig, engine room hatches, reels for minesweeping cables, .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns mounted on the rear corners of her after deckhouse, depth charge tracks and minesweeping gear on her stern. A former sister ship, still fitted as a destroyer, is alongside, at left
    National Archives photos 19-N-30506 and 19-N-30509
    Southard 150k
    Southard 78k Photographed from dead ahead, off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 10 June 1942. The actual date of the photo may be 9 June 1942. Note details of her conversion to a fast minesweeper: squared-off triangular transom, with her name visible; sweep gear and davits on the stern; depth charge tracks angled out over the propeller guards; .50 caliber anti-aircraft machineguns at the rear of her
    after deckhouse
    National Archives photos 19-N-30507 and 19-N-30508
    Southard 82k
    Southard 84k Off San Francisco, California, 27 May 1943, after overhaul
    U.S. Navy photos NH 97944 and NH 49821
    Southard 67k
    Southard 185k 27 May 1943
    Aft and forward plan views at Mare Island Navy Yard. Areas modified during the overhaul indicated by circles
    U.S. Navy photos 3946-43 and 3947-43
    Darryl Baker
    Southard 223k
    Southard 203k c. 1945
    Of Mare Island Navy Yard
    From the collection of John Dickey
    U.S. Navy photo
    Ed Zajkowski

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR Russell Willson, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral24 September 1919 - 1921
    02LCDR George William Kenyon, USN1921 - 7 February 1922
    03LCDR Oliver Lee Downes, USN6 January 1930 - 1931
    04CDR Oscar Charles Badger, II, USN - USNA Class of 1911
    Awarded the Medal of Honor (1915), the Navy Cross (1918) and four Legions of Merit (Two in 1944 and two in 1945) - Retired
    as Admiral
    1931 - 1932
    05LCDR William Isiah Causey, Jr., USN1932
    06LCDR Wallis Gearing, USN1934
    07LCDR William J. Morcott, USN1935 - 1936
    08LCDR William Wohlsen Behrens, USN - Retired as Rear Admiral1936 - 1937
    09CDR Robert Leon Boller, USN1938
    10LCDR Alvin Duke Chandler, USN - Retired as Vice Admiral1940 - 1941
    11LCDR Joe Brice Cochran, USN1941 - 29 September 1942
    12LCDR John Gardner Tennent, III, USN29 September 1942 - 4 May 1943
    13LCDR Frederick Richard Matthews, USN14 May 1943 - 1 June 1944
    14LCDR John Edward Brennan, USNR1 June 1944 - 1 September 1945
    15LT John Ryan, USN1 September 1945 - 13 November 1945
    16ENS Robert Samuel Coney, USN13 November 1945 - 5 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and Joe Radigan

    View the Southard (DMS-10)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Southard (DD-207)
    Naval Minewarfare Association
    Association of Minemen
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