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CLASS - (Repeat) PAULDING As Built.
Displacement 742 Tons, Dimensions, 293' 10" (oa) x 27' x 9' 5" (Max)
Armament 5 x 3"/50, 3 x 18" tt..
Machinery, 12,000 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines, 3 screws
Speed, 29.5 Knots, Crew 86.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Fore River, Quincy on July 17 1911.
Launched April 3 1912 and commissioned December 6 1912.
Henley was decommissioned at Philadelphia December 12 1919
and berthed with the reserve fleet until loaned to the Coast Guard as
CG-12 on May 16 1924. Returned May 8 1931.
Stricken July 5 1934.
Fate Sold August 22 1934 to Michael Flynn of Brooklyn and broken up for scrap.

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Henley 89kThe first, second and fourth Henleys (DD-39, DD-391, DD-762) were named for Robert Henley, born 5 January 1783 in Williamsburg, Ara., son of Leonard and Elizabeth Dandridge Henley and nephew of Martha Dandridge Custis Washington. Appointed a midshipman 8 April 1799, Henley participated in the engagement between Constellation and La Vengeance during the Quasi-War with France 2 February 1800. After service with Preble's squadron in the Mediterranean and a cruise to the East Indies, Henley received his first command, Gunboat No. 5, at Baltimore 9 April 1808. Henley was in command of 2 divisions of 15 gunboats which drove 3 British frigates from Hampton Roads 20 June 1813. Reporting to brig Eagle, he received the thanks of Congress and a gold medal for valiant conduct in the Battle of Lake Champlain 11 September 1814. With the end of-the War of 1812, Henley filled a variety of billets before commanding Hornet against pirates in the West Indies. He captured pirate schooner Moscow off Santo Domingo 29 October 1821. After serving as commandant of the Naval Rendezvous at Norfolk 1822 to 1824, he reported for similar duty at Charleston. Captain Robert Henley died at Sullivan's Island, Charleston, after a short illness 7 October 1828.Bill Gonyo
Henley 160kUndated, location unknown. Photo marked as NHC #93697, from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Henley 179kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Henley 115kUndated starboard broadside view of the USS Henley (DD-39) on patrol in New York Harbor. Library of Congress; LC-B2- 4108-11.Mike Green
Henley 166kUndated at Boston USS Henley (DD-39), USS Paulding (DD-22) and USS Fanning (DD-37). Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Mike Mohl
Henley 193kU.S.S. Henley launching April 3 1912 at Quincy, MA. George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.Tom Kermen
Henley 58kUSS Henley (DD-39) at the Fore River Shipyard in September 1912.Robert Hurst
Henley 171kPort Bow, Camouflaged, 1918 at Queenstown, Ireland. Image # (19-N-552)National Archives
Henley 52kPhoto #: NH 79529, U.S. Atlantic Fleet at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 6 April 1919. Leftmost section of a seven-part reproduction of a panoramic photograph taken by L.C. Grant, with the Falk Photo Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Among the ships present in this image are USS Shawmut (minelayer), in the center, and USS Henley (Destroyer # 39), at right. Courtesy of the St. Louis Memorial Museum, St. Louis, Missouri, 1974. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Henley 42kCirca 1924, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Henley 25kOn Coast Guard service during the Prohibition Era, from the Official Coast Guard Website.Mike Green
Henley 114kOn Coast Guard service after a fire in the Aft Boiler Room, February 10 1929. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Henley 91kAs above. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski

USS HENLEY DD-39 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Lord Littlefield    Dec 6 1912 - Oct 28 1914
LT Henry David Cooke Jr.    Oct 28 1914 - Aug 2 1915
LT Chester Lyerly Hand    Aug 2 1915 - Mar 15 1916
LTJG Earl Ames McIntyre    Mar 15 1916 - Mar 26 1918
LCDR Randall Jacobs    Mar 26 1918 - Jan 4 1919 (Later RADM)
LCDR John Borland    Jan 4 1919 - Jun 26 1919
LCDR George Hudson Fort    Jun 26 1919 - Dec 12 1919 (Later VADM)
Under Coast Guard command
LCDR Edward Hanson (Iceberg) Smith (USCG)    Nov 14 1924 - 1926 (Later RADM)    

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