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USS LEA (DD-118)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NETF

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, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on September 18 1917.
Launched April 29 1918 and commissioned October 2 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on May 1 1930.
Recommissioning again on September 30 1939.
Decommissioned for the last time at Philadelphia on July 20 1945 and was berthed there until her sale.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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- Edward Lea was born in Maryland 31 January 1837, and graduated from the Naval Academy in October 1855. Serving on the China Station at the outbreak of the Civil War, he continued to serve in the Navy although his father became an officer in the Confederate Army. The two met only once more, in one of the war’s most poignant incidents, when Lea, then executive officer in Harriet Lane, was mortally wounded during the Confederate recapture of Galveston 1 January 1863. His father, serving ashore in Galveston, was with his son at his death.Robert M. Cieri

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

with her Embarked Planes and Escort Vessels constituting the Five Task Groups listed below for service as set forth in the following

"For outstanding performance in combat against enemy submarines in the Atlantic Area from April 20, 1943, to July 3, 1944. Carrying out powerful and sustained offensive action during a period of heavy German undersea concentrations threatening our uninterrupted flow of supplies to the European Theater of operations, the U.S.S. BOGUE, her embarked planes and her escorts tracked the enemy packs relentlessly and, by unwavering vigilance, persistent aggressiveness and perfect cooperation of all units involved, sank a notable number of hostile U-boats. The superb leadership of the BOGUE and the gallant spirit of the officers and men who fought her planes and manned her escort vessels were largely instrumental in forcing the complete withdrawal of enemy submarines from supply routes essential to the maintenance of our established military supremacy."

United States Ships Bogue, Lea, Greene, Belknap, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, and VC-9 from April 20 to June 20, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, Clemson, and VC-9 from July 12 to August 23, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Osmond Ingram, George E. Badger, Clemson, Dupont and VC-19 from November 14 to December 29, 1943.
United States Ships Bogue, Haverfield, Swenning, Willis, Hobson (until March 25), Janssen (until April 7) and VC-95 from February 26 to April 19, 1944.
United States Ships Bogue, Haverfield, Swenning, Willis, Janssen, F. W. Robinson, and VC-69 from May 4 to July 3, 1944.

For the President,
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Lea 50kUndated postcard of the Lea entering Havana, Cuba from the collection of Pedro Llantada.Eric W. Dahlstrom
Lea 28kUndated, location unknown. After modifications for escort.Fred Weiss
Lea 146kUndated, location unknown. Sterns of USS Tarbell (DD-142) and USS Lea (DD-118).Darryl Baker
Lea 214kUndated, USS Lea (DD-118) transiting the Panama Canal.Frank Hoak III, Captain US Navy retired
Lea 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Lea 151kUSS Lea (Destroyer # 118), Photographed circa 1920, while serving in the Pacific. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 71571.Robert Hurst
Lea 146kThe destroyer USS Lea (DD-118) pictured laying a smoke screen, circa 1921. Image is part of a photograph album whose subjects are early naval aviation personnel and operations before American entry into World War I and interwar operations of the fleet.Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Lea 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Lea 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Lea 115kU.S. Navy destroyers moored together at Balboa, Panama Canal Zone, circa 1934. Ships present include (from left to right): USS Breckinridge (DD-148); two unidentified destroyers; USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); six unidentified destroyers and USS Hopkins (DD-249). U.S.Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 50099.Robert Hurst
Lea 160kCirca 1936, location unknown. From the Chris Wright collection. NARA photo 80-G-1034972.Ed Zajkowski
Lea 57kA series of 4 images at Pier 6 of the South Boston Annex of the Boston Navy Yard, where Lea underwent repairs between January and June 1944. From the collection of CWO Benton E. Buell, USN (Ret.) who went to sea for the first time aboard Lea in early 1942.David Buell
Lea 97kAs above.David Buell
Lea 139kAs above.David Buell
Lea 168kAs above.David Buell
Lea 68kPhoto taken on January 4, 1945 and shows the Lea in her final configuration; three stacks (one removed) and a small mainmast aft.-
Lea 103kA series of 6 in-stream views of USS Lea (DD-118) in camouflage paint scheme in Boston Harbor on 4 January 1945. Boston Navy Yard photos 54-45, 55-45, 57-45, 58-45, 59-45, 61-45, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-11756.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Lea 68kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Lea 81kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Lea 86kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Lea 99kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Lea 88kAs above.Stephen P. Carlson, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard
Lea 79kThree Wickes and two Clemson class destroyers await the scrapper´s torch at NAS Cape May, New Jersey in October of 1945. From Left; USS Greer (DD-145), USS Bainbridge (DD-246), USS Goff (DM-22 ex DD-247), USS Badger (DD-126) and USS Lea (DD-118).Gerd Matthes/Christopher Bainbridge McKnight

USS LEA DD-118 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR David Worth Bagley Sr.    Oct 2 1918 - Jan 24 1919 (Later ADM)

LCDR Daniel Aloysius McElduff    Jan 24 1919 - Jan 8 1920 

CDR George William Kenyon    Jan 8 1920 - Dec 15 1921

LCDR William Augustus Richardson    Dec 15 1921 - Jun 22 1922

(Decommissioned June 6 1922 - May 1 1930) 

LCDR Frank Delmore Manock    May 1 1930 - Jun 17 1931

LCDR Daniel Edward Barbey    Jun 17 1931 - Oct 4 1933 (Later VADM)

LCDR Grover Anderson Miller    Oct 4 1933 - Jun 21 1935

LCDR William McKinley Reifel    Jun 21 1935 - Apr 7 1937

(Decommissioned April 7 1937 - Sep 30 1939) 

LT Franklin Wilbur Slaven    Sep 30 1939 - Jun 13 1940

LCDR Clarence Broussard    Jun 13 1940 - Apr 4 1942

LCDR Paul Wentworth Card    Apr 4 1942 - Jul 21 1942

LCDR John Franklin Walsh    Jul 21 1942 - Dec 24 1942 

LCDR Donald Irving Thomas    Dec 24 1942 - Feb 14 1943

LCDR Moore Peter Huffman    Feb 14 1943 - Oct 19 1944

LT Donald Leonard John Dierks    Oct 19 1944 - Jul 20 1945

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