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Basic repeat Wickes Class, with 35% more fuel capacity to improve endurance problems,
designed radius was 4900 nautical miles at 15 Knots.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Newport News Shipbuilding on June 8 1918.
Launched November 20 1918 and commissioned January 26 1920.
Decommissioned July 14 1922.
Reclassified Sea Plane Tender AVP-18 November 15 1939.
Classification changed to AVD-5 August 24 1940.
Reclassified back to destroyer DD-188 December 1 1943.
Converted to High Speed Transport APD-32 March 7 1944.
Classification changed back to Destroyer DD-188 July 10 1945.
Decommissioned October 11 1945.
Stricken October 24 1945.
Fate Sold November 21 1946 to Hugo Neu, New York and broken up for scrap.

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Goldsborough 94kLouis Malesherbes Goldsborough, born 18 February 1805 in Washington, D.C., was appointed Midshipman 28 June 1812, but did not serve until 13 February 1816 when he reported for duty at the Washington Navy Yard. He led a four-boat night expedition from Porpoise in September 1827 to rescue British merchant brig Comet from Mediterranean pirates. In 1830 he was appointed first officer in charge of the newly created Depot of Charts and Instruments at Washington, the rude beginning of the United States Hydrographic Office. It was Goldsborough who suggested creation of the depot and initiated the collection and centralization of the instruments, books and charts that were scattered among several Navy yards. After 2 years he was relieved by Lt. Charles Wilkes. Goldsborough led German emigrants to Wirt's Estates near Monticello, Fla., in 1833; then took leave from the Navy to command a steamboat expedition and later mounted volunteers in the Seminole War. After cruising the Pacific in frigate United States, he participated in the bombardment of Vera Cruz in Ohio. He served consecutively as: commander of a detachment in the expedition against Tuxpan; senior officer of a commission which explored California and Oregon (1849-1850) ; Superintendent of the Naval Academy (1853-1857) ; and commander of the Brazil Squadron (1859-1861). During his command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron October 1861 to September 1862, he led his fleet off North Carolina, where in cooperation with troops under General Burnside, he captured Roanoke Island and destroyed a small Confederate fleet. After special administrative duties in Washington, D.C., he took command of the European Squadron in the last year of the Civil War, returning to Washington in 1868 to serve as Commander of the Washington Navy Yard until his retirement in 1873. Rear Admiral Goldsborough died 20 February 1877.NHC
Goldsborough 118kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Goldsborough 127kUSS Goldsborough (Destroyer # 188), At anchor, circa 1919-1920. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 63213.Robert Hurst
Goldsborough 184kCirca 1920's, location unknown.Alan Butler
Goldsborough 62kNorfolk April 1921.Marc Piché
Goldsborough 437kThe Goldsborough at Philadelphia Navy Yard on March 3 1923. From the collection of Benetta Buell.David Buell

USS GOLDSBOROUGH DD-188 (AVP-18 - AVD-5 - APD-32) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Francis Martin Robinson    Jan 26 1920 - Jun 27 1920
LCDR Alger Herman Dresel    Jun 27 1920 - Jan 21 1921
LCDR William Nicholas Richardson Jr.    Jan 21 1921 - 
LT Richard Howard Jones    Dec 2 1921 - Jul 14 1922
(Decommissioned July 14 1922 - July 1 1940)
LCDR Roland Philip Kauffman    Jul 1 1940 - Aug 2 1940
LCDR Stanley John Michael    Aug 2 1940 - Ag6 17 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR William Irvin Darnell    Aug 17 1942 - Nov 18 1942
LCDR Reid Puryear Fiala    Nov 18 1942 - Jul 20 1943(Later RADM)
LT William Joseph Meehan III    Jul 20 1943 - Feb 24 1945 
LT Clifford Edson Caton    Feb 24 1945 - Aug 1 1945 
LT Frank Thomas Hyde    Aug 1 1945 - Sep 1 1945
LT Charles John Harvi    Sep 1 1945 - Oct 11 1945 

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource APD/AVD/AVP Golsborough Page
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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