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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 Cramp, Philadelphia on August 19 1919.
Launched December 18 1919 and Commissioned August 2 1920.
Decommissioned March 11 1932, Recommissioned September 25 1939.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-87 January 5 1945.
Decommissioned March 8 1946.
Stricken November 13 1946.
Fate Sold December 3 1946 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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MacLeish 22kLt. Kenneth MacLeish, USNRF, was born in Glencoe, Illinois, 19 September 1894. He was a brother of famous poet Archibald MacLeish and a member of the Yale Class of 1918. Leaving college to enlist, he was appointed Ensign in the Naval Reserve Flying Corps 31 August 1917 as naval aviator #74. In France he participated in many raids over the enemy’s lines before he was transferred in September 1918 to Eastleigh, England. On a raid while attached to 213 Squadron RAF 14 October 1918, his Sopwith Camel was shot down over Schoore, Belgium. Listed as missing, his body was not discovered until the day after Christmas. He was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for “distinguished service and extraordinary heroism." Initally buried in the village of Schoore, wherre his body fell, Lt. MacLeish now lies buried in Flanders Field American Cemetery.Robert M. Cieri/Ed Zajkowski/Dave Wright
MacLeish 52kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
MacLeish 80kUSS MacLeish (DD-220) and USS Truxtun (DD-229). Undated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
MacLeish 110kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
MacLeish 191kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
MacLeish 79kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
MacLeish 186kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
MacLeish 169kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Chris Wright. NARA 19-N-27241.Ed Zajkowski
MacLeish 88kCirca 1918-1926. The MacLeish (DD-220) and Simpson (DD-221) in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as whale boats pass between the ships.Jon Burdett
MacLeish 64kPhoto #: NH 105167. Six destroyers nested together during the early 1920s. These ships are (from left to right): USS Edsall (DD-219); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS Bulmer (DD-222); USS Parrott (DD-218); USS Simpson (DD-221); and USS MacLeish (DD-220). The original image is printed on post card ("AZO") stock. Donation of Dr. Mark Kulikowski, 2007. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Michael Mohl
MacLeish 166kUSS MacLeish (DD-220) anchored off San Diego, California during the early 1920s. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 69430.Robert Hurst
MacLeish 73kPhoto #: NH 88356, ships of the 39th Destroyer Division moored together, probably in San Diego Harbor, California, in 1921. These ships are (from left to right): USS Edsall (DD-219); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS Bulmer (DD-222); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS MacLeish (DD-220); and USS Parrott (DD-218). Courtesy of L.C. Lupin, 1978. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
MacLeish 1208kLarge newspaper clipping from The Evening World dated September 16 1922. Note McCormAck should read McCormIck in the photo caption.Mike Mohl
MacLeish 129kCirca 1930's, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
MacLeish 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
MacLeish 128kUSS MacLeish (DD-220) sailing down the ice covered Delaware River off Turkey's Neck, downstream from the Philadelphia Navy Yard, 25 January 1940.
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, George D. McDowell Collection
Mike Green


Location unknown, circa 1944. The destroyer USS MacLeish (DD-220) gets too close for comfort with a tanker's stern and then properly alongside the tanker none the worse for their brief encounter. Photos taken by Phm 1/c Harold S. Deal. Photos from by the kind permission of Harold's son Jeff Deal. Robert Hurst
MacLeish 40kOn Atlantic convoy duty in 1944, taken by Harold S. Deal, PhM 1/c, USS Liddle, DE-206/APD-60.Jeffrey D. Deal

USS MACLEISH DD-220 / AG-87 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Fred Thomas Berry    Aug 2 1920 - Nov 12 1920

LCDR Schuyler Franklin Heim    Nov 12 1920 - Feb 24 1922

LCDR Herbert Aloysius Ellis    Feb 24 1922 - May 8 1923

LCDR Walter Sherman Davidson    May 8 1923 - Apr 21 1924

LCDR Ewart Gladstone Haas    Apr 21 1924 - Jun 2 1925

LCDR Theodore Hugh Winters    Jun 2 1925 - Jun 16 1927

LTJG Elwood Eclair Burgess    Jun 16 1927 - (XOIC)

LT Wyatt Craig    Jul 3 1927 - Jan 26 1928

LCDR James Boyd Rutter    Jan 26 1928 - Jun 7 1928

LCDR Thomas Lewis Nash    Jun 7 1928 - Jun 30 1930

CDR Norman Scott    Jun 30 1930 - Mar 11 1932 (Later RADM)

(Decommissioned Mar 11 1932 - Sep 25 1939)

LCDR Arthur Crosby Wood    Sep 25 1939 - Nov 22 1941

LT William Rowell Caruthers    Nov 22 1941 - Dec 26 1941

LT Ray Russell Conner    Dec 26 1941 - Jul 31 1942

LCDR Wilfred Aves Walter    Jul 31 1942 - Apr 11 1943 

LCDR George Evald Theodore Parsons    Apr 11 1943 - Aug 17 1943

LCDR Robert Paul Winkel    Aug 17 1943 - Jul 6 1944

LCDR Joseph W. Fitzpatrick    Jul 6 1944 - Dec 16 1944

LCDR Donald Stanley Cramer    Dec 16 1944 - Jan 16 1946

LT Donald Thomas Burke    Jan 16 1946 - Mar 8 1946

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