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USS SCHENCK (DD-159 / AG-82)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEMG

Built to Bath plans, built by New York SB., these Wickes versions were
slightly heavier but had a much poorer cruising radius.
Displacement 1,211 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 24,900 SHP; Direct Drive Turbines with Geared Cruising Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 101.
Operational and Building Data
Built by New York Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ (YN 218)
Laid down 26 March 1918
Launched 23 April 1919
Commissioned 30 October 1919
Decommissioned 09 June 1922
Recommissioned 01 May 1930
Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-82 02 September 1944
Decommissioned 17 May 1946
Stricken 05 June 1946
Fate Sold to Boston Metals, Baltimore, MD, 25 November 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Schenck 124kJames F. Schenck, born in 1807 in Franklin, Ohio, was appointed Midshipman in the United States Navy in 1825. During service in the Mexican War, he served under Commodore Stockton at Santa Barbara, San Pedro, Los Angeles, Guaymas, and Mazatlan. At Santa Barbara, in 1846, he raised with his own hands the first American flag to fly in California. He was highly commended for his service. Taking command of Sagi-naw in 1859, Schenck served on the China Station for two years, silencing a fort at Quinhon Bay, Cochin China, on 30 June 1861. Since Saginaw became unsea-worthy early in the Civil War, Schenck decommissioned his ship on 3 January 1862, proceeded home without waiting for orders, and was at once given command of St. Lawrence in the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. Schenck commanded Powhatan and the 3d Division of Admiral Porter's fleet in operations against Fort Fisher, and he was mentioned for gallantry in Admiral Porter's action report. He was promoted to Rear Admiral on 21 September 1868 and retired on 11 June 1869. Rear Admiral Schenck died at Dayton, Ohio, on 21 December 1882.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo
USS Schenck (DD-159)
Schenck 98kWickes-class destroyers fitting out at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, May 1919. These ships are (from left to right): Dickerson (Destroyer No. 157, builder's hull 216); Leary (Destroyer No. 158, builder's hull 217); Schenck (Destroyer No. 159, builder's hull 218); Herbert (Destroyer No. 160, builder's hull 219); Brooks (Destroyer No. 232, builder's hull 221); Hatfield (Destroyer No. 231, builder's hull 220); Babbitt (Destroyer No. 128, builder's hull 213) and DeLong (Destroyer No. 129, builder's hull 214). Note triple torpedo tube mounts on the wharf in the center foreground, and destroyer smokestacks in the lower left.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 42530
Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Schenck 152kUSS Schenck (Destroyer No. 159) at anchor, probably in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in 1919-1920. Note the awning rigged out to shade her Wardroom and Captain's Cabin, and the short-range battle target between her two forward smokestacks.
Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 2212, collection of Gustave Maurer
Robert Hurst
Schenck 264kCirca 1920, location unknown.Alan Butler
Schenck 164kCirca 1920, location unknown. (L-R) USS Schenck (DD-159), USS Herbert (DD-160) and USS Biddle (DD-151).Alan Butler
Schenck 108kUSS Schenck in the Panama Canal, Culebra Cut, taken June 1932. From the collection of crewman Lowell E. Webb.Don Webb
Schenck 153kUSS Dobbin (AD-3), alongside the dock at Smith's Cove, Seattle, Washington, in company with several destroyers, 04 July 1933. Destroyers in the foreground are, from left to right: USS Schenck (DD-159); USS Dickerson (DD-157); and USS Herbert (DD-160). USS Leary (DD-158) is alongside Dobbin, just astern of the foreground group. USS Tarbell (DD-142) is in the background, partially visible at right.
Naval Historical Center photo NH 65013, Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967
Robert Hurst
Schenck 100kMoored at Tampa, FL, circa 1934-1936Walter W. White, Captain, US Coast Guard (ret)
103kUSS Schenck (DD-159) at Miami, FL, probably 1939-40.Dave Wright
Schenck 123kSee here in 1943 as escort for a "Hunter - Killer" group based on the escort carrier Card (CVE-11). -
USS Schenck (AG-82)
Schenck 23kUndated, location unknown.Gary Priolo
Schenck 172kCirca 1945, location unknown.Paul Rebold/Robert Hurst

USS SCHENCK DD-159 / AG-82 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Nelson Henry Goss    Oct 30 1919 - Oct 5 1920

LT John Lesslie Hall Jr.    Oct 5 1920 - Feb 10 1921

CDR Carl Townsend Osburn    Feb 10 1921 - Jun 25 1921                                 

LCDR Randall Jacobs    Jun 25 1921 - Jun 9 1922 (Later RADM)

(Decommissioned June 9 1922 - May 1 1930)

LCDR William Stetson Hogg Jr.    May 1 1930 - Jun 13 1931

CDR Alan Goodrich Kirk    June 13 1931 - Jan 30 1933 (Later RADM)

LCDR Laurance Toombs DuBose    Jan 30 1933 - Jun 15 1934 (Later ADM)

CDR Ingolf Norman Kiland    Jun 15 1934 - Dec 12 1935 (Later VADM)

LCDR George Henry Bahm    Dec 12 1935 - Aug 3 1937? (Later RADM)

LCDR George Ellsworth Nold    Aug 3 1937 - Apr 21 1938

LCDR Edward Sumner Pearce    Apr 21 1938 - Apr 28 1939

LT Samuel Morgan Bailey    Apr 28 1939 - Nov 1 1939

LCDR Thomas Henry Tonseth    Nov 1 1939 - May 19 1941

LCDR Robert Beaman Ellis    May 19 1941 - May 26 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Brown Taylor    May 26 1942 - Aug 1942

LCDR William Sears Estabrook Jr.    Sep 18 1942 - Sep 1 1943

LCDR Earl William Logsdon    Sep 1 1943  - Sep 8 1944

LT Franklin James Stanton    Sep 8 1944 - Sep 12 1944 (Acting)

LT John Francis Cross    Sep 12 1944 - Aug 31 1945

LT Franklin James Stanton    Aug 31 1945 - May 17 1946

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