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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 Cramp, Philadelphia on July 8 1918.
Launched December 14 1918 and commissioned June 30 1919.
Decommissioned January 18 1923.
Recommissioned May 1 1930.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-81 September 25 1944.
Decommissioned May 21 1946.
Stricken December 22 1946.
Fate Sold November 6 1946 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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Talbott 70kJoshua Frederick Cockey Talbott was born near Lutherville, Md., 29 July 1843. He began to study law in 1862 but joined the Confederate Army in 1864 to serve in the 2d Maryland Cavalry. Following the war, Talbott was admitted to the bar and began to practice law in Towson, Md. In 1878, after several years of activity in Democratic politics and local civic affairs, he was elected to Congress. Except for the periods 1885 to 1893, during which he served for a time as Insurance Commissioner for Maryland, and 1894 to 1902, he served in Congress until his death. Talbott was a member of the Naval Affairs Committee for 25 years and worked unceasingly for a strong and modern Navy. He died in Lutherville 5 October 1918 after a long life of distinguished public service. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Talbott 58kUndated, location unknown, port side view.Joe Radigan
Talbott 28kUSS Southard (DD-207) and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156) undated, location unknown.Russ Padden
Talbott 140kUndated, New York harbor. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Talbott 123k USS J. Fred Talbott (Destroyer # 156), In a Mediterranean harbor, circa 1919. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 52013.Robert Hurst
Talbott 27kCirca early 1930's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Talbott 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
Talbott 56kCirca 1938, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Talbott 35kTransiting the Panama Canal, circa 1939, USN photo.Joe Radigan
Talbott 128kAugust 17 1942 photo by the Balboa Shops.Paul Rebold/Theo. N. Stone
Talbott 31kUSS J. Fred Talbot (DD-156) as seen off the Panama Canal Balboa Shops on August 17, 1942. The ship is camouflaged in measure MS12 (mod) color scheme and, as many other Wickes class vessels, has been rebuilt, as is evident with one of her stacks removed. Photo from the 1943-45 Naval Recognition Manual files.Mike Green
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Charleston Navy Yard, December 31 1943.
David Buell
As AG-81
Talbott 241kOctober 30 1944, location unknown.Paul Rebold

USS J. FRED TALBOTT DD-156 / AG-81 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Theodore Gordon 'Spuds' Ellyson    Jun 3 1919 - Jul 14 1920
LCDR William Denny Brereton Jr.    Jul 14 1920 - May 25 1921
LCDR Frank Davis Pryor    May 25 1921 - Jul 7 1922
CDR Claude Banks Mayo    July 7 1922 - Jan 18 1923 
(Decommissioned Jan 18 1923 - May 1 1930)
CDR Calvin Hayes Cobb    May 1 1930 - Feb 10 1931 (Later VADM)
CDR Monroe Kelly    Feb 10 1931 - Jun 6 1932 (Later RADM)
LCDR Arthur Rudolph Ponto    Jun 6 1932 - Jun 3 1933
LCDR Roswell Hadfield Blair    Jun 3 1933 - ? 1936
LCDR Sydney Serrill Bunting    ? 1936 - ?
LCDR Clarence Henry Pike    ? 1939 - ?
LCDR Clyde Marcus Jensen    ? 1940 - ?
LCDR Frederic Seward Keeler    1942 - May 5 1943
LCDR William Weldon Stark Jr.    May 5 1943 - Dec 28 1943
LCDR Charles Harris Hutchins    Dec 28 1943 - Oct 12 1944
LT P. V. Brown    Oct 12 1944 - Jan 7 1946
LT Loyal C. Radtke    Jan 7 1946 - Feb 20 1946 
LCDR Stuyvesant F. Morris    Feb 20 1946 - May 21 1946

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