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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, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on October 24 1918.
Launched June 7 1919 and Commissioned November 24 1919.
Decommissioned January 24 1923, Recommissioned May 8 1930.
Decommissioned July 20 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold to Boston Metals Corp., Baltimore for $8,777.00 November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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Alden 61kMINSY 2859-44, Commodore James Alden. Born 31 March 1810 died 6 Feb 1877. Namesake of destroyer USS Alden (DD 211). He served as Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard from 1 August 1868 until 16 March 1869. Alden Park in front of the old headquarters building of the shipyard is named for him.Darryl Baker
Alden 93kStarboard quarter view of the U.S. Navy tanker USS Victoria (AO-46) (ex George G. Henry) with four old four stack destroyers alongside. This photo could have been taken at Fremantle, Australia, when the tanker - still George G. Henry - fueled the four surviving American ships that took part in the Battle of the Java Sea, the destroyers USS Alden (DD-211), USS John D. Edwards (DD-216), USS John D. Ford (DD-228), and USS Paul Jones (DD-230), soon after they arrived in Australian waters. On 15 April 1942, while at Yarraville, a suburb of Melbourne, George G. Henry was taken over by the U.S. Navy under a bareboat charter and commissioned as USS Victoria (AO-46) on 20 April. Survivors from the sunken USS Langley (AV-3), USS Peary (DD-226), and USS Pecos (AO-6) made up the ship's new crew. Photo Australian armed forces. From the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 302766Robert Hurst
Alden 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Alden 111kIn the Philippines about 1937, image from the Rulen Collection.S. E. Stokes
Alden 133kUSS Alden (DD-211), At Chefoo, China on 1 January 1937. A sampan is under sail in the foreground. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 101678.Robert Hurst
Alden 276kFour views of the Alden at Mare Island, August 9 1942. From the John Dickey collection.Ed Zajkowski
Alden 315kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Alden 287kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Alden 79kBroadside view of USS Alden (DD 211) departing Mare Island on 10 August 1942. She was in overhaul at the yard from 29 July to 10 August 1942.Darryl Baker
Alden 156kUSS Alden (DD 211) off Mare Island on September 22, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Alden 134kUSS Alden (DD 211) off Mare Island on September 22, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Alden 166kUSS Alden (DD-211) off Mare Island on October 30, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Joe Radigan/Darryl Baker
Alden 29kJanuary 15 1944, location unknown.Robert Hurst


Newspaper clipping from the August 1946 Foreign Service Magazine.Marcia Alexander

USS ALDEN DD-211 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Ancrum    Nov 24 1919 - Feb 5 1921

CDR Eldred Bewes Armstrong    Feb 5 1921 - May 21 1921

LCDR Edmund Weyman Strother    May 21 1921 - Dec 24 1921

CDR William Alexander Glassford, Jr.    Dec 24 1921 - Jan 24 1923

(Decommissioned Jan 24 1923 - May 8 1930)

LCDR Lloyd Robert Gray    May 8 1930 - Aug 8 1930

LCDR John Franklin McClain    Aug 8 1930 - May 30 1931

LCDR Paul Augustus Stevens    May 30 1931 - Jul 10 1934

LCDR Oliver Owen Kessing    Jul 10 1934 - Jan 3 1935

LCDR Stanley Martyn Haight    Jan 3 1935 - Mar 10 1938 (Later RADM)

LCDR Thomas Lee McCann    Mar 10 1938 - Jan 22 1939

LCDR Stanley Fletcher Patten    Jan 22 1939 - Jul 9 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR Lewis Elliott Coley    Jul 9 1940 - Mar 15 1942

LT Jacob Elliott Cooper    Mar 15 1942 - Apr 15 1942 (Later RADM)

CDR Ernest Edwin Evans    Apr 15 1942 - Jul 7 1943

LCDR Wayne Herkness II    Jul 7 1943 - Jan 27 1945

LT John Graham York    Jan 27 1945 - Jul 20 1945

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