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Perry (DMS 17)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Queen - Sugar


Sunk 13 September 1944

Clemson Class Destroyer/Chandler Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down 15 September 1920 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Launched 29 October 1921
  • Commissioned USS Perry (DD-340), 7 August 1922
  • Decommissioned 17 January 1923 at San Diego, CA and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego
  • Recommissioned 1 April 1930
  • Reclassified and converted to a Highspeed Minesweeper, DMS-17, 19 November 1940
  • Sunk by mine off Angaur Island, Palau 13 September 1944
  • Struck from the Navy Register 23 September 1944.


  • Displacement 1,190 t. (lt), 1,308 t. (fl)
  • Length 314' 4"
  • Beam 30' 10"
  • Draft 9' 10"
  • Speed 35.8 kts.
  • Complement 122
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, one single 3"/23 gun mount and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four Yarrow, Thornycroft, White-Forster/Normand boilers, two 27,000shp Mare Island Navy Yard geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Perry (DD 340)
    Perry 158k Perry and USS Decatur (DD 341) ready to be launched at Mare Island on October 29, 1921
    U.S. Navy photo DD 340 & 341-10-1921
    Darryl Baker
    Perry 328k 29 October 1921
    Ways No. 3, Mare Island, CA
    "Wedging-up" at launching of Perry
    Tommy Trampp
    USS Perry (DD 340)
    Perry 229k Perry and USS Zane (DD 337) shown at Skagway, Alaska on June 25, 1935
    Courtesy of Lieutenant Raymond F. Farwell, U.S. Naval Reserve
    U.S. Navy photo DD 337 & DD 340-6-1935
    Darryl Baker
    USS Perry (DMS 17)
    Perry 145k Perry off Mare Island on July 22, 1942
    U.S. Navy photo 4211-42
    Darryl Baker
    Perry 242k Perry off Mare Island after overhaul on July 22, 1942
    U.S. Navy photo 4212-42
    Photo in the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Perry 367k Original photo: Mare Island Navy Yard
    Replacement photo: 23 July 1942
    Mare Island Navy Yard
    U.S. Navy photo 4247-42
    Replacement photo: Ed Zajkowski.
    Perry 103k Broadside view of Perry departing Mare Island Navy Yard on 2 November 1943. She was at the yard from 27 September to 2 November 1943 for overhaul
    U.S. Navy photo 7451-43
    Darryl Baker
    Perry 111k After starboard view of Perry departing Mare Island on 2 November 1943
    U.S. Navy photo 7455-43
    Perry 143k Bow plan view of Perry departing Mare Island Navy Yard on 2 November 1943.
    U.S. Navy photo 7456-43
    Perry 285k Perry being abandoned after striking a mine off Angaur, 13 September 1944, during the Palaus operation. USS Preble (DM-20) is standing by
    Photographed from a USS Tennessee (BB-43) aircraft
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 92987
    Robert Hurst
    Perry 255k Perry abandoned and sinking, off Angaur Island after striking a mine, 13 September 1944
    Photographed from a USS Tennessee (BB 43) aircraft
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 92989
    Mike Green

    View the Perry (DMS-17)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Perry (DD-340)
    Naval Minewarfare Association Association of Minemen

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