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Built to a different set of plans (Bethlehem) than the Wickes (Bath) the Little versions were
considered less successful than the Bath designed ships, with few remaining in service past 1936.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,200 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Union Iron Works, San Francisco on April 1 1918.
Launched July 4 1918 and commissioned March 8 1919.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 22 1922 and was berthed there
until her sale. Gridley gave up her name to new construction on May 31 1935
Stricken January 25 1937.
Fate Sold April 18 1939 and broken up for scrap.

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Gridley 17kCharles Vernon Gridley was born 24 November 1844 in Logansport, Ind., and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1860. Reporting for duty with his class in September 1863, Gridley joined the sloop-of-war Oneida with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and distinguished himself with Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay 5 August 1864. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1867 and Commander in 1882, he spent the next 30 years at various stations around the world, including a tour as instructor at the Naval Academy. Captain Gridley took command of Olympia, Admiral Dewey's famous flagship, 27 April 1898, a post which he held despite failing health during the Battle of Manila Bay 1 May 1898. It was that morning that Dewey gave his famous command: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," immortalizing the doughty captain. After the destruction of the Spanish squadron and the capture of Manila, Gridley was obliged to leave his command because of his health, and died en route to the United States at Kobe, Japan, 25 May 1898.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 57kUndated, in Venice harbor.Paul Rebold
Gridley 213kOff Mare Island 1919. Naval Historical Center photo NH53781 contributed by D. M. McPherson.Original: Daniel Dunham
Replacement: Robert Hurst
Gridley 113kIn drydock in Norfolk circa 1919. Naval Historical Center photo NH72871.Daniel Dunham
Gridley 208kUSS Gridley (DD-92) and USS McCook (DD-252) in Venice during 1919. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Gridley 63kUSS Gridley arives on the scene of the floundering of the NC-1 in May 1919 as the NC-1 had been atempting a trans-Atlantic flight. Photographed from the USS Harding (DD-91) by MGen Jum Dan Hill USA (Ret.). Naval Historical Center photo NH79596.Daniel Dunham

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Frank Jack Fletcher    Mar 8 1919 - Apr 11 1919 (Later ADM)

LT Donald MacLean Dalton    Apr 11 1919 - Mar 20 1920 

LTJG Lester Thurston Forbes    Mar 20 1920 - Jul 5 1920 

LT James Potter Brown    Jul 5 1920 - Jan 27 1921

CDR Charles Harlan Shaw    Jan 27 1921 - Apr 5 1922

LCDR Harry Adrian McClure    Apr 5 1922 - Jun 22 1922 (Later COMO)

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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