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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 Fore River, Quincy on April 20 1918.
Launched July 21 1918 and commissioned October 26 1918.
Reclassified light minelayer DM-6 July 17 1920
Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 25 1922 and berthed there
until recommissioning May 1 1930 for 10 months and decommissioned
March 24 1931 and again berthed at Philadelphia until her sale.
Stricken January 25 1937.
Fate Sold March 16 1939 to Union Shipbuilding, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Lansdale 150kPhilip Van Horne Lansdale, born 15 February 1858 in Washington, DC, graduated as Passed Midshipman from the Naval Academy 18 June 1879. Commissioned Ensign 1 June 1881, he served on Asiatic, North Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Pacific stations. Promoted to Lieutenant 15 May 1893, he became executive officer of cruiser Philadelphia upon her re-commissioning at San Francisco 09 July 1898. After visiting Honolulu for ceremonies which transferred the sovereignty of the Hawaiian Islands to the United States, Philadelphia, flagship of Rear Admiral Albert Kautz, Commander, Pacific Station, arrived at Apia, Samoa, 06 March 1899. An unstable political climate, created by rival native factions and spurred on by German intrigue, erupted into open hostility during the month. A combined American and British naval force sought to keep the peace, but insurgent natives attacked American and British consulates late in March. In retaliation a British and American landing party, supported by friendly natives, set out from Apia 01 April on a reconnaissance mission to drive off the rebels under Chief Mataafa. With Lieutenant Lansdale in command of the Americans, the expeditionary force dispersed the natives. While returning to Apia, the force was ambushed and a brisk battle ensued. While protecting the evacuation of a mortally wounded machine gunner, Lieutenant Lansdale was seriously wounded, his right leg shattered by an enemy bullet. Aided by two enlisted men, Ensign John R. Monaghan carried him until he dropped from exhaustion. Despite Lansdale’s plea, “Monny, you leave me now, I cannot go any further,” Ensign Monaghan remained beside the fallen lieutenant. With only one rifle between them, they were soon overrun by pursuing natives; both brave officers died on the spot in heroic performance of their duty.
Photo from the book "Society of Colonial Wars" published by Order of the General Council, New York City, 1899.
Bill Gonyo
Lansdale 99kSecretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels and others inspect the keel of Lansdale (Destroyer No. 101), which had just been laid at Fore River Shipyard.Dave Wright
Lansdale 99kUndated, location unknown.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Lansdale 240kUSS Lansdale (Destroyer No. 101) at Venice, Italy in 1919. The ship's number is painted on the bulwark below her after bridge.
Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph photo NH 51246.
Robert Hurst
Lansdale 506kUSS Lansdale (Destroyer No. 101) in an Adriatic sea port, 1919. This is almost certainly Fiume (now Rijeka, Croatia). Bow of Italian (formerly Austro-Hungarian) freighter Szent Lazlo (1892-1928) is visible to right, behind the curious troops gathered on the pier.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72858.
Mike Green
Lansdale 528kCrewmembers of Lansdale (Destroyer No. 101) photographed alongside the ship, at Fiume, 1919.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 72857
Dave Wright
Lansdale 366kUSS Lansdale (Destroyer # 101/DM-6) steaming at high speed on two boilers, circa 1921, following conversion to a light minelayer. The Mine Force emblem is painted on her bow, and mines are resting on their tracks aft. Though redesignated DM-6 in July 1920, Lansdale probably continued to wear her destroyer number for some years thereafter. Minesweeper USS Woodcock (AM-14) is partially visible in the right background.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 51243
Jim Flynn

USS LANSDALE DD-101 / DM-6 History
View this vessel's DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Cary Wathall Margruder    Oct 28 1918 - Jul 17 1919

LCDR Stanley Roscoe Canine    Jul 17 1919 - Sep 7 1921 

LCDR Laurence Toombs DuBose    Sep 7 1921 - Jun 25 1922                               

(Decommissioned June 25 1922 - May 1 1930)

CDR Frank Robert Berg    May 1 1930 - Mar 24 1931

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Lansdale (DM-6)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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