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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEZV

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/51, 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 New York Shipbuilding on June 10 1918.
Launched March 17 1919 and commissioned April 16 1920.
Decommissioned January 13 1931, recommissioned April 1 1932.
Decommissioned April 28 1938, Recommissioned September 25 1939.
Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-84 October 1 1944.
Decommissioned December 13 1946.
Stricken January 28 1947.
Fate Sold May 9 1947 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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USS Hatfield (DD-231)
Hatfield 194kJohn Hatfield, about whom no biographical information is known, was appointed Midshipman 18 June 1812 upon the outbreak of war with England. He volunteered for duty under Commodore Isaac Chauncey on Lake Ontario where he served in schooner Lady of the Lake. Midshipman Hatfield was killed by gunfire of the defending British Grenadiers of the 8th Regiment while commanding landing boats attached to Madison during the joint military and naval expedition to capture York, Upper Canada (now Toronto), 27 April 1813.
Image is a 1914 watercolor by Owen Staples depicting the naval contingent of the American forces during the Battle of York, 1813. The painting is in the interpretive center Upper Canada's first Parliament. Toronto Public Library reference number JRR905.
Robert M. Cieri
Hatfield 100kUSS Satterlee (DD-190), USS Hatfield (DD-231), USS Breckinridge (DD-148), and several other flush deckers moored off Balboa, Panama, date unknown.Paul Rebold
Hatfield 67kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Hatfield 151kLocation unknown, soon after completion. National Archives 19-N-9808, courtesy Chris Wright.Ed Zajkowski
Hatfield 886kWickes-class destroyers fitting out at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, May 1919. These ships are (from left to right): Dickerson (Destroyer # 157, builder's hull # 216); Leary (Destroyer # 158, builder's hull # 217); Schenck (Destroyer # 159, builder's hull # 218); Herbert (Destroyer # 160, builder's hull # 219); Brooks (Destroyer # 232, builder's hull # 221); Hatfield (Destroyer # 231, builder's hull # 220); Babbitt (Destroyer # 128, builder's hull # 213) and DeLong (Destroyer # 129, builder's hull # 214). Note triple torpedo tubes on the wharf in the center foreground, and destroyer smokestacks in the lower left. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 42530.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Hatfield 206kEagle 15 (PE-15) and USS Hatfield (DD-231) underway at an unknown location sometime between 1921 and 1923. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-H27-A-2874.Mike Green
Borie 130kDestroyers Hatfield (DD-231), John D. Edwards (DD-216) and Borie (DD-215) making a visit to Corpus Christi, Texas, to celebrate the opening of the port there. The destroyers arrived on 13 September 1926.Dave Wright
Hatfield 744kU.S. destroyers moored side-by-side after a day's manoeuvers in Haitian Waters, circa the late 1920s or the 1930s. These ships are (from front to rear): USS Kane (DD-235); USS Hatfield (DD-231); USS Brooks (DD-232) and USS Lawrence (DD-250). The first three destroyers carry 5"/51 guns mounted on their sterns, while Lawrence has the normal 4"/50 gun mounted atop her after deckhouse, with a 3"/23 anti-aircraft gun on her stern. Note bedding airing on the ships' lifelines. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 52227.Robert Hurst
Hatfield 164kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) and USS Humphreys (DD-236) circa 1928-1931. From the collection of Thomas Bowen, US Army.Thomas Kenny
Hatfield 119kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) preparing to leave the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 03 August 1929, as reservists line up for inspection. The ship and eight other destroyers were departing on a two week reservist cruise to Maine.
Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, George D. McDowell Collection.
Mike Green
Hatfield 103kUSS Sands (DD-243) collided with Hatfield during maneuvers off Newport, Rhode Island, 13 September 1930. Hatfield was towed to Brooklyn Navy Yard by tugs Sagamore (AT-20) and Penobscot (YT-42), where she is seen here. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Hatfield 198kMoored at San Francisco, circa 1930. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hatfield 840kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) in San Diego Harbor, California, during the early 1930s. She was one of only five "flush-deck" destroyers to carry 5"/51 guns. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 64542.Robert Hurst
Hatfield 94kLeaving New York harbor for European waters, August 1936.Darryl Baker
Hatfield 119kAs above.Darryl Baker
Hatfield 101kUSS Wichita (CA-45) and USS Hatfield entering Willemstad harbor, Curacao, 26 January 1940.Tommy Trampp
Hatfield   Hatfield   Hatfield
Three views of USS Hatfield (DD-231) moored at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington, 26 May 1942. Hatfield had just completed a yard overhaul and was preparing to deploy to Alaskan waters. Note boat (L); after deckhouse details; CVE under construction in background (R); barrage balloons; sign on dock (L): "Remember the Normandie, Guard against fire!" Open lighter YC-324 is moored at the base of the crane.
National Archives photo 19-N-30088, -30086 and -30087.
Mike Green
Hatfield 702kIn Puget Sound, enroute to deperming station at Illahee, Washington, 26 May 1942. National Archives photo 19-N-30085Dave Wright
USS Hatfield (AG-84)
Hatfield 136kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Hatfield 78kAt Seattle, October 1944.Marc Piché
Hatfield 235kOriginal DD equipment plaque saved while being scrapped. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.Ed Zajkowski
Hatfield 248kOriginal DD equipment plaque saved while being scrapped. Courtesy of the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.Ed Zajkowski

USS HATFIELD DD-231 / AG-84 History
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Commanding Officers
01LT Nicholas Vytlacil (USNA 1917)16 April 1920 - 10 May 1920
02LCDR Max Burke De Mott (USNA 1909)10 May 1920 - 29 October 1921
03LCDR Robert King Awtrey (USNA 1911)29 October 1921 - 01 January 1924
04LCDR James Chaffin Clark (USNA 1912)01 Janaury 1924 - 24 March 1924
05LCDR Thaddeus Austin Thomson, Jr. (USNA 1907)24 March 1924 - 07 December 1926
06LCDR Charles Johnes Moore (USNA 1910)07 December 1926 - 27 August 1927
07LCDR Benjamin Perlman (USNA 1912)27 August 1927 - 19 June 1930
08LCDR Robert Dudley Kirkpatrick (USNA 1913)19 June 1930 - 13 January 1931
 Decommissioned13 January 1931 - 01 April 1932
09LCDR James Fife, Jr. (USNA 1918)01 April 1932 - 10 March 1934
10LCDR Thomas Browning Inglis (USNA 1918)10 March 1934 - 27 July 1935
11LCDR Bernard Folsom Jenkins (USNA 1916)27 July 1935 - 10 April 1936
12LT Haskell Clifford Todd USN (XOIC)10 April 1936 - 12 May 1936
13LCDR Robert Bowman Matthews (USNA 1917)12 May 1936 - 13 January 1937
14LCDR Gerald Desmond Linke (USNA 1921-A)13 January 1937 - 20 January 1938
15LT John Martin Kennaday (USNA 1924)20 January 1938 - 28 April 1939
 Decommissioned28 April 1938 - 25 September 1939
16LCDR Robert Walton Fleming (USNA 1917)25 September 1939 - 12 October 1940
17LCDR Harry Keeler, Jr. (USNA 1922)12 October 1940 - 10 February 1941
18LCDR Benjamin Van Meter Russell (USNA 1926)10 February 1941 - 28 December 1942
19LCDR Elonzo Bowden Grantham, Jr. (USNA 1930)28 December 1942 - 08 November 1943
20LCDR John Mason Dod D-VG, USNR08 November 1943 - 13 October 1944
21LT John M. Krenz D-VG, USNR13 October 1944 - 12 January 1946
22LCDR Ralph Brown12 January 1946 - 13 December 1946
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Norman Hildebrand
Phone: (850)244-0816

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