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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQG

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 October 23 1919.
Launched August 3 1920 and Commissioned December 15 1920.
Fate Sunk by Gun Fire from Japanese Warships in the Java Sea March 1 1942.
her entire crew was lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Pillsbury 118kJohn E. Pillsbury, born in Lowell, Mass. 15 December 1846, was appointed Midshipman in 1862 and commissioned an Ensign in 1868. After serving on various stations afloat and ashore, he commanded the coast steamer Blake from 1884 to 1891 and did excellent scientific work, using in some of his research instruments of his own invention. In the Spanish-American War he commanded the dynamite cruiser Vesuvius, operating around the island of Cuba and in the vicinity of Morro Castle. In 1905 he served as Chief of Staff of the North Atlantic Fleet and in 1908–09, was Chief of the Bureau of Navigation. Although Rear Admiral Pillsbury’s attainments as a sailor and a fighting man were noteworthy, he is perhaps best known as having been one of the world’s foremost geographers and as an authority of the Gulf stream. Actively identified with the National Geographic Society for many years, he was president of the society at the time of his death, 30 December 1919. Photo of Rear Admiral John Elliott Pillsbury from the NOAA Photo Library.Bill Gonyo
USS Pillsbury (DD-227)
Pillsbury 41kPillsbury at Shanghai, 1927.Dave Wright
Pillsbury 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. The tender is almost certainly the USS Whitney (AD-4). US Navy photo, date unknown.Joe Radigan
Pillsbury 181kUndated in unknown Asian port. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Pillsbury 96kUSS Black Hawk 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 in Chefoo, China.Gerd Matthes
Pillsbury 39kUndated, pre-war somewhere in the Philippines. from the Navy Memorial.Richard Lillie & Don Kehn, Jr.
Pillsbury 113kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Pillsbury 179kFrom a Christmas/New Years card with photo dated 1924-1925 from Chefoo, China sent by BMC Virgil Fisher.Jamie Fisher
136kEdsall moored off Chefoo, China, probably during the 1920s.Dave Wright
Pillsbury 75kTaken June 1933 from the breakwater in Chefoo of the USS 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.John N. Egeland, Jr.
Pillsbury 129kFrom a Christmas card for the Asiatic fleet, dated 1937.David Wright
Pillsbury 93kA memory to CMM Richard Lang and the men of the Pillsbury located in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, CA.Colleen Collier
Pillsbury 181kUSS Pillsbury (DD-227) steaming at high speed, circa 1930, while serving with the U.S. Asiatic Fleet. Source: Naval History and Heritage, Photo No. NH 50901.Marc Piché/Mike Green

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Hal Williams Barnes    Dec 15 1920 - Jul 9 1921

LCDR Charles Talley Blackburn    Jul 9 1921 - Dec 28 1921

LCDR Harold Vincent McKittrick    Dec 28 1921 - Jun 25 1924

LCDR Williams Carter Wickham    Jun 25 1924 - Jul 9 1926

CDR Schuyler Franklin Heim    Jul 9 1926 - ?

LCDR Thomas Shore McCloy    Jun 16 1926 - May 26 1929

LCDR Hubert Vance LaBombard    May 26 1929 - Oct 8 1930

LT Donald McKenzie Weld    Oct 8 1930 - Jan 9 1931 (XOIC)

LCDR Lee Cummins Carey    Jan 9 1931 - Jul 26 1931

CDR Lucius Claude Dunn    Jul 26 1931 - Jul 3 1933

CDR John Culbertson Thom    Jul 3 1933 - Jan 21 1934

LCDR Roy Pfaff    Jan 21 1934 - Feb 10 1936

LCDR Harold George Eberhart    Feb 10 1936 - Jul 19 1936

LCDR Frank Ernest Vensel Jr.    Jul 19 1936 - Jun 21 1937

LCDR Alva Joseph Spriggs    Jun 21 1937 - Apr 18 1939

LCDR Arthur Ainslie Ageton    Apr 18 1939 - Jul 31 1940 (Later RADM)

LCDR Harold Clay Pound    Jul 31 1940 - Mar 1 1942

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