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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 May 28 1918.
Launched August 18 1918 and commissioned November 22 1918.
Decommissioned May 31 1922, Recommissioned August 7 1940.
Reclassified High Speed Minesweeper DMS-5 November 19 1940.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft in Lingayen Gulf January 7 1945.
28 of her crew were lost and remain on duty.

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Palmer 102kJames Shedden Palmer, born in 1810 in New Jersey, was appointed Midshipman 1 January 1825. He commanded Flirt during the Mexican War, and Iroquois and Hartford during the Civil War. He commanded the Naval Station at New Orleans and the West Gulf Squadron during 1864. Appointed to command the West Indian Squadron in 1865, he was commissioned Rear Admiral 25 July 1866 and died 7 December 1867 at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C.Bill Gonyo
Palmer 164kMrs. Robert B. Hilliard (Grace Powell) wife of Naval Constructor Robert B. Hilliard, USN, and Sponsor of USS Palmer (Destroyer # 161), With her party during Palmer's launching ceremonies, at the Fore River shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts, 18 August 1918. Collection of the Society of Sponsors of the U.S. Navy. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 99158.Robert Hurst
Palmer 128kUSS Palmer (Destroyer # 161) Underway at high speed, probably during her trials, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Palmer 95kUSS Palmer (Destroyer # 161, later DD-161) photographed from the air while underway, circa 1919-1921. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Palmer 92kUSS Palmer (Destroyer # 161) Underway, 26 February 1919. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Palmer 80kUSS Palmer (Destroyer # 161) At Boston, Massachusetts, 12 April 1919. The bow of USS Cowell (DD-167) is at right. Panogramic photograph by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, # 11 Portland Street, Boston. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Washington, D.C. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Thatcher 291kDestroyers Thatcher (Destroyer No. 162), Palmer (Destroyer No. 161), and Ramsay (Destroyer No. 124) moored at Balboa, Panama, 25 July 1919.Dave Wright
Palmer 76kUSS Palmer (Destroyer # 161) In a harbor, circa 1919. Courtesy of Jim Kazalis, 1981. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Palmer 98kDestroyers laid up in reserve at San Diego, California, probably in 1922 or shortly thereafter. The ships nearest the camera are: USS Palmer (DD-161) in left centre; USS Crane (DD-109) in right centre and USS Stansbury (DD-180) at right. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969 (Photo No NH 69513).Robert Hurst
Palmer 125kUSS Palmer (DD 161) in dry dock #2 at Mare Island between March 6 to March 10, 1922. YD-33 is seen in the background.Darryl Baker
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; Ramsay (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
As DMS-5
Palmer 97kUndated National Archive photo as DMS-5.Everett N. Schrader SoM1/c, USS Ira Jeffery DE 63

USS PALMER DD-161 / DMS-5 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Ralph Roderick Stewart    Nov 22 1918 - Jun 10 1919

LCDR Thomas Baxter    Jun 10 1919 - Oct 1 1919

LCDR John Franklin McClain    Oct 1 1919 - Dec 20 1919

LT Powell McCellan Rhea    Dec 20 1919 - Jan 9 1920                                                 

LT Leon Sangster Fiske    Jan 9 1920 - Feb 21 1921                 

LT Victor Cameron Barringer Jr.    Feb 21 1921 - May 31 1922 (Later RADM)

(Decommissioned May 31 1922 - August 7 1940)

LCDR John Stuart Blue    Aug 7 1940 - Feb 21 1942

LCDR Joshua Winfred Cooper    Feb 21 1942 - Nov 12 1942 (Later RADM)

LCDR Lester Cameron Conwell    Nov 12 1942 - Sep 27 1943

LCDR Robert Hampson Thomas    Sep 27 1943 - Jul 31 1944

LT William Edward McGuirk Jr.    Jul 31 1944 - Jan 7 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Palmer (DMS-5)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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