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USS DES MOINES (Cruiser No. 15/PG 29/CL 17)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: Nan - Easy - Nan
(Contributed by John Spivey)

CLASS - Denver
Displacement 3,200 Tons, Dimensions, 309' 10" (oa) x 44' x 17' 3" (Max)
Armament 10 x 5"/50, 8 x 6pdr, 2 x 1pdr.
Armor, 1 3/4" Shields, 2 1/2" Deck.
Machinery, 4,700 IHP; 2 Vertical, Inverted, Triple Expansion Engines, 2 screws
Speed, 16.5 Knots, Crew 339.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 28 AUG 1900 by Fore River Ship and Engine Co., Quincy, MA
Launched 20 SEP 1902
Commissioned 05 MAR 1904
Reclassified PG 29 07 JUL 1920
Decommissioned 09 APR 1921
Reclassified on 08 AUG 1921 as CL 17
Stricken 13 DEC 1929
Fate: Sold for scrap 11 MAR 1930

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Cuban Pacification Medal - Mexican Service Medal - World War I Victory Medal w/ESCORT Clasp

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3.7m Article on the Christening of the Des Moines from the September 30, 1901 Minneapolis Journal. Michael Mohl
860k News article on the launching of the Des Moines from the September 21, 1902 Washington Times Michael Mohl
Des Moines 196k Post card photo of the USS Des Moines. Caption of the card reads: USS Des Moines at anchor, Tompkinsville, N.Y. Post card published by the American News Company New York. Darryl Baker
Des Moines
106k Starboard side view of USS Des Moines. It appears to have been taken at the same time and location as the previous photo. John Spivey

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Class Final Rank Dates
McCrackin, Alexander, CDR     03/05/1904 -
Halsey, CDR     1906
Caperton, William Banks, CAPT   ADM 1908 - 1909
Luby, John Fraser, CDR     04/01/1910
Burt, Charles Perry, LT 1896   01/11/1911 - 01/11/1911
Long, Andrew Theodore, CDR 1887 RADM 10/20/1912
Vogelgesang, Carl Theodore, CDR   RADM 01/1914 - 10/23/1914
Blakely, John Russell Young, CDR     10/23/1914 - 1915
Johnston, Rufus Zenas, CAPT 1898 RADM 08/17/1917 - 09/1918

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)

USS DES MOINES (Cruiser No. 15/PG 29/CL 17) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Not Applicable To This Ship

Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.
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