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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NESS

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 June 4 1918.
Launched November 7 1918 and commissioned May 19 1919.
Decommissioned July 21 1922.
Recommissioned May 1 1930, decommissioned September 1936.
Recommissioned October 1939 and assigned to Neutrality Patrol.
Decommissioned July 17 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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Bernadou 89kJohn Baptiste Bernadou (14 November 1858 - 2 October 1908) was an officer in the United States Navy during the Spanish-American War. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Bernadou graduated from the Naval Academy in 1880. He was promoted ten numbers for gallantry in action while commanding Winslow at the Battle of Cárdenas, Cuba, on 11 May 1898. John Baptiste Bernadou died at the Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, on 2 October 1908 and is buried with his wife Florence Whiting in Arlington National Cemetery.Bill Gonyo

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

for service as set forth in the following

"For outstanding performance in leading the attack on Safi, French Morocco, November 8, 1942. Under crossfire from three enemy coast defense batteries and machine guns mounted on harbor jetties, the BERNADOU, proceeding through unknown waters in total darkness, effectively countered hostile opposition with only slight damage to her hull, beached at Petite Jetee, and disembarked a company of U. S. Army assault troops without personnel casualty or loss of life. Her distinctive fulfillment of a difficult and hazardous mission contributed materially to the victorious achievement of the Southern Attack Group.”

For the President,
Frank Knox
Secretary of the Navy
Bernadou 81kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of Christopher J. Schmitt MM1, Chris's dad, who took this and the next photo while serving aboard the Walter S. Brown (DE-258).Christopher J. Schmitt
Bernadou 96kAs above.Christopher J. Schmitt
Bernadou 190kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical museum.Darryl Baker
Bernadou 86kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Bernadou 112kUndated, in the Baltic Sea.Tommy Trampp
Bernadou 84kUndated postcard, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Bernadou 479kUnderway, date and location unknown, but shortly after commissioning (note unshaded bow number).
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 2211, collection of Gustave Maurer.
Mike Green
Bernadou 148kUSS Bernadou (DD-153), At sea during the North African invasion operation, November 1942. The ship's mast had been removed to facilitate her role in the landings at Safi, Morocco on 8 November 1942. Note the signalman, atop Bernadou's bridge, sending a message with semaphore flags. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-31434. Photo from the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski/Robert Hurst
Bernadou 73kWent aground 0427 (G.S.T.) 8 November 1942. Picture taken about 1200. Floated off at high tide at 1400. Sound gear wrecked, forward compartment flooded.Ron Stokes
Bernadou   Bernadou   Bernadou   Bernadou
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Charleston, SC May 1 1943.
Mike Mohl
Bernadou 45kAs modified for troop transport during the November, 1943 landings in Morocco. Masts have been removed and the structure ahead of the stern guns is associated with the disembarking of troops. It appears that both sets of torpedo tubes have also been removed.-
Bernadou 50kAs above.-
Bernadou 57kIn an East Coast port 1945.Marc Piché
Bernadou   Bernadou   Bernadou
Charleston, SC February 28 1945.
Mike Mohl

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Louis Calott Farley    May 19 1919 - Sep 1919

LCDR Richard Henry Booth    Sep 1919 - Apr 16 1920

LCDR Frank Robert Berg    Apr 16 1920 - Jul 21 1922

(Decommissioned July 21 1922 - May 1 1930)

LCDR Joseph Young Dreisonstok    May 1 1930 - Jul 20 1930

LCDR Alexander Somerville Wotherspoon    Jul 20 1930 - Jul 18 1931 (Later RADM)

CDR Charles Covode Davis    Jul 18 1931 - Nov 3 1932

LCDR Edward William Wunch Jr.    Nov 3 1932 - Jan 15 1936

LCDR Leroy White Busbey Jr.    Jan 15 1936 - Jan 8 1937

LTJG Joseph Robert Haskin Jr.    Nov 10 1936 - Jan 8 1937

(Decommissioned January 8 1937 - October 16 1939)

CDR George Aloysius Leahey Jr.    Oct 16 1939 - Jun 24 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR Leon Samuel Kintberger    Jun 24 1940 - Jul 18 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR George Charles Wright    Jul 18 1940 - Oct 21 1941

LCDR Robert Edgar Braddy Jr.    Oct 21 1941 - Dec 1 1942

LCDR Ernest William Longton    Dec 1 1942 - Feb 4 1943

LT Edward Francis Scott    Feb 4 1943 - May 6 1943

LCDR Benjamin Long Edes Talman    May 6 1943 – Apr 4 1944

LCDR William C. Meredith Jr.    Apr 4 1944 - Jul 17 1945

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