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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 September 9 1919.
Launched March 23 1920 and Commissioned October 27 1920.
Fate Sunk by gun fire from Japanese warships and aircraft
in the Java Sea March 1 1942.
Of 152 crew, 1 sailor was KIA, and 27 died as POWS

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Pope 93kJohn Pope, born 17 December 1798 in Sandwich, Mass., was appointed midshipman from Maine 30 May 1816. Prior to the Civil War, he served in the Mediterranean, West Indian, Brazil, African and East India Squadrons. From 1 July to 24 October 1861, he was attached to the Gulf Squadron commanding Richmond. He participated in the search for CSS Sumter in the West Indies while on his way to join the Gulf Blockading Squadron, assisted in the blockade of the passes of the Mississippi and took part in the engagement with Confederate States’ vessels at the Head of Passes 12 October 1861. He was relieved at his own request on account of ill health, was later promoted to commodore 16 July 1862 and then retired. He died 14 January 1876 in Dorchester, Mass.Robert M. Cieri/Bill Gonyo

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the PRESIDENTIAL UNIT CITATION to the

for service as set forth in the following

"For extraordinary heroism in action against enemy Japanese forces in the Java Campaign in the Southwest Pacific War Area, from January 23 to March 1, 1942. Gallantly operating with the meager surface forces of the combined United States, British and Dutch Royal Navies tested in combat by predominantly superior Japanese Fleets, the U.S.S. POPE audaciously joined three destroyers in a first counter-invasion action off Balikpapan, confusing and disorganizing her enemy to aid in the sinking or damaging of a part of the hostile concentration by accurate torpedo and gunfire. Illuminated, and a highly vulnerable target for hostile cruiser and destroyer gunfire while fighting as a unit of a joint United States – Dutch Striking Force in the Badoeng Strait action, she responded nobly to the heroic efforts of her officers and men and scored several damaging torpedo and gun hits before effecting a masterly withdrawal from the perilous area. Subsequently escorting H.M.S. EXETER and H.M.S. ENCOUNTER in the Java Sea and engaging four Japanese cruisers and four destroyers, the POPE fought with all the armament at command to inflict damage on the Japanese forces and, when the friendly warships were put out of action, skillfully broke off the one-sided engagement. Relentlessly trailed by cruiser-borne planes and repeatedly bombed by enemy aircraft, she battled with unconquerable spirit and undiminished fury before succumbing to the lethal blows. The POPE’s illustrious achievements added new luster to the annals of American Naval warfare and upheld the finest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

For the President,
James Forrestal
Secretary of the Navy
Pope 47kStewart (DD-224) starboard side to tender with sister destroyers Pope (DD-225), Pillsbury (DD-227), Ford (DD-228), Truxtun (DD-229), and Peary (DD-226) nested outboard, date and location unknown. The tender is almost certainly the USS Whitney (AD-4). US Navy photo.Joe Radigan
Pope 201kMoored at Tsingtao, China, circa 1924. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 100406Darryl Baker
Pope 666kUSS Black Hawk (AD-9) with the USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Paul Jones (DD-230), USS Peary (DD-226) and USS Parrott (DD-218) alongside at Chefoo, China during the 1930s. Color-tinted photograph by the Ah-Fung O.K. Photo Service.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 90545-KN
Gerd Matthes
Pope 60kPope as she appeared during the 1920's while on duty with the Asiatic Fleet.-
Pope 128kNumber 1 gun crew at short range battle practice, circa 1922. They made 4 hits in 21 seconds, at a range of 1760 yards, to win the Navy "E" award. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 90122.Ed Zajkowski
Pope 680kUSS Pope (DD-225) at Algiers, Algeria, in July 1922, while en route to the Asiatic Fleet via the Suez Route. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 77097, Courtesy of Mr. Donald M. McPherson, Corte Madera, California.Darryl Baker/Mike Green
Pope 225kIn Chinese waters sometime between 1923 and 1940.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Pope 89kPope, steaming during short range battle practice off the Luzon coast, 15 January 1924. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 90123.Fred Weiss
Pope 611kThe landing party from USS Pope (DD-225) formed up on their ship's forecastle while Pope was anchored off Hankow, China in 1927. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 50900Dave Wright
Pope 51kUSS John D. Ford (DD-228), USS Sicard (DD-346), USS Pruitt (DD-347), USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Preble (DD-345), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Simpson (DD-221) and USS McCormick (DD-223) in Manila Harbor, November 16 1928.Carl Ross
Pope 120k A burial at sea off Chefoo, China, July 1937. Eric Pownall Railton was a British citizen working as a merchant in Chefoo. On 20 June, his eight year old son Harvey Eric fell overboard from a motorboat. His father dove in to rescue him, but both drowned. The father was buried at sea from Pope 01 July, and his son the next day.
From Lt. Howard G Havens USN photo collection on file at the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
Darryl Baker
Pope 147k
Pope 172kOff the coast of Japan circa 1929 - 1933.Darryl Baker
Pope 88kCirca 1930's.Marc Piché
Pope 75kUSS Black Hawk (AD-9) with the USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Pillsbury (DD-227), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Ford (DD-228), USS Edsall (DD-219) and USS Peary (DD-226) alongside, taken June 1933 from the breakwater at Chefoo.John N. Egeland, Jr.
Pope 204kAsiatic Fleet Destroyers dressed with flags while nested together off Shanghai, China, circa 1936. These ships are (from left to right): USS Paul Jones (DD-230); USS Pope (DD-225); and USS Parrott (DD-218). Naval Hoistory & Heritage Command photo NH 105794, donation of Charles R. Haberlein Jr., 2008.Mike Mohl
Pope 92k1936-1937, photo album image that belonged to U.S. Navy seaman, W. Pirie, a crew member (ship's cook) aboard the USS Pope, DD-225.Tommy Trampp
Pope 40kUSS Pope (DD-225) underway off Surabaya in company with the British heavy cruiser HMS Exeter, shortly before her loss, circa February 1942. The AWM caption suggests this is a "local modification" of Measure 12 camouflage (which no Asiatic Fleet vessel ever carried) or a locally applied scheme. The only Asiatic Fleet destroyer that received any camouflage was Peary (DD-226), and that was using Army paint stocks. The purported "camouflage" is merely the wear and tear on a destroyer that had seen hard service and no port availability during the first three months of the war. A good lesson to not take photo captions at face value.
Australian War Memorial photo 302704
Robert Hurst
Pope 35kLt. Richard Nott Antrim was Pope's executive officer from December 1939 until she was sunk by gun fire from Japanese warships and Japanese aircraft in the Java Sea, 01 March 1942. For a complete biography on this highly decorated officer please visit the page dedicated to the USS Antrim (FFG-20) located in the Destroyer Escort Archive.Bill Gonyo
Pope 56kUSS Pope (DD-225), sinking in the Java Sea, during the Japanese Dutch East Indies Campaign, 1 March 1942. Photo taken from a Japanese Navy floatplane. The photo was originally published in the magazine Maru Special #95.Robert Hurst

USS POPE DD-225 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Richard Somers Galloway    Oct 27 1920 - Feb 2 1921

LCDR James Bothwell Will    Feb 2 1921 - Dec 24 1921

CDR Henry George Stewart Wallace    Dec 24 1921 - Jan 22 1922

LT Benjamin Perlman    Jan 22 1922 - Sep 30 1922

CDR Henry George Stewart Wallace    Sep 30 1922 - Oct 13 1923

LCDR Howard Melvin Lammers    Oct 13 1923 - Jan 1 1924

LCDR John Walter McClaran    Jan 1 1924 - Dec 10 1924 

LCDR George Wirt Simpson    Dec 10 1924 - Jan 21 1925

LT Benjamin Perlman    Jan 21 1925 - Apr 19 1925

CDR James Perdue Olding    Apr 19 1925 - Sep 1 1925

CDR Harold Hofmann Ritter    Sep 1 1925 - Jun 3 1926

LCDR Romuald Peter Paul Meclewski    Jun 3 1926 - Jun 8 1928

CDR Stuart Southerlans Brown    Jun 8 1928 - Feb 2 1929

LT Ernest Herman Von Heimberg    Feb 2 1929 - Mar 25 1929 (Later VADM)

LCDR Theodore Edson Chandler    Mar 25 26 1929 - Oct 26 1930 (Later RADM)

LCDR George Platt Brewster    Oct 26 1930 - Jan 28 1931

CDR Walter Elliot Brown    Jan 28 1931 - Jun 10 1932 

LCDR Robert John Walker    Jun 10 1932 - Jul 1 1934

LCDR Robert Ogden Glover    Jul 1 1934 - Mar 10 1935 

LT Henry Howard Caldwell    Mar 10 1935 - Apr 27 1935 (Later RADM)

LCDR Nelson Nelles Gates    Apr 27 1935 - Jul 18 1936

LCDR Alexander John Couble    Jul 18 1936 - Apr 10 1937

LCDR Wade DeWeese    Apr 10 1937 - Aug 5 1939

LCDR Clarence Lee Conner Atkeson Jr.    Aug 5 1939 - Jul 20 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR Henry Theodore Wray    Jul 20 1940 - Jan 23 1941

LT Richard Nott Antrim    Jan 23 1941 - Feb 10 1941 (O-in-Ch Larer RADM)

LCDR Welford Charles Blinn    Feb 10 1941 - Mar 1 1942

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