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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJN

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 New York Shipbuilding on October 30 1918.
Launched July 10 1919 and commissioned June 30 1920.
Decommissioned February 3 1931, recommissioned 1932?.
Decommissioned November 20 1937, recommissioned September 26 1939.
Reclassified APD-23 August 23 1943.
Decommissioned July 28 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 to Boston Metals, Baltimore and broken up for scrap.

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-Macon C. Overton was born in Union Point, Ga., 18 August 1890. Mortally wounded while guiding a tank against an enemy position at St. George, France, 1 November 1918, Marine Captain Overton had previously been awarded the Croix de Guerre with silver star and palm for action in the Bois de Belleau (13 June 1918) and the Distinguished Service Cross for action near Mount Blanc (2-10 October 1918). For his courage and leadership at St. George, he was posthumously awarded an Oak Leaf cluster to his Distinguished Service Cross.Robert M. Cieri
Overton 60kAs DD-239, undated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Overton 150kAs DD-239, undated, location unknown.Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans
Overton 110kUndated, location unknown.-
Overton 112kUndated, location unknown. Operating as apart of DesRon 29 of the Asiatic Fleet.Robert Hurst
Overton 151kUSS Overton (DD 239) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Overton 195kUSS Overton (DD 239) date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Overton 130kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Overton 130kUndated, USS Overton (DD-239), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS James K. Paulding (DD-238), USS McFarland (DD-237) and USS Childs (DD-241) at Boston Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Overton 68kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Overton 109kNewspaper clipping from the Evening Hearld, Klamath Falls, OR dated July 21 1919 showing the ship's sponsor Mrs. Overton the namesakes mother.Mike Mohl
Overton 79kPhoto #: NH 78347, a French launch, under tow, transfers Vinh-Long survivors from USS Bainbridge (DD-246), from which the photograph was taken, to the French armored cruiser Waldeck Rousseau, off Constantinople, Turkey, 16 December 1922. Vinh-Long had burned in the sea of Marmora earlier that day. USS Lawrence (DD-250) and USS Overton (DD-239) are in the background, at left. Donation of Frank A. Downey, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Overton 132kPhoto of the USS Childs (DD-241), USS Sturtevant (DD-240), USS Overton (DD-239) and USS King (DD-242) from the San Diego Photo Shop dated March 20 1925.Ron Hanley
Overton 175kNH 50253. Overton in the North Atlantic receiving one of these 4 newsmen via highline, G. H. Spilman, Fletcher Pratt, Joe Driscoll or Thomas Morgan.Ed Zajkowski
Overton 102kUSS Overton (DD-239) in Hvalfjord, Iceland early 1942. Source: Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection by Parnall, C.H. (Lt), Photo No.© IWM(A 7490).Mike Green
Overton 71kUSS Overton (DD-239) underway on 11 November 1942, location unknown. It presents a good example of the US Navy's Measure 13, Haze Grey System, while at the same time it reveals its 'Achilles Heel' when viewed from above against a dark sea background (US National Archives: 19-LCM-DD-239-36308). Photo from Naval Camouflage 1914-1945, by David Williams.Robert Hurst
Overton 136kNew York, April 10 1943.Ed Zajkowski
Overton 126kThe Number Two triple torpedo tube launcher faces forward on USS Overton (DD-239) as she undergoes refit in the New York Navy Yard on 10 April 1943. The light cruiser USS Savannah (CL-42) is in the background.Gerd Matthes
Overton 88kJune 29 1943, while coming alongside for refueling during North Atlantic convoy escort operations.Robert Hurst

USS OVERTON DD-239 / APD-23 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Archibald Douglas Turnbull    Jun 30 1920 - Sep 10 1920
CDR Arthur Mark LeRoy (Roy) Bristol Jr.    Sep 10 1920 - Aug 13 1921 (Later VADM)
LCDR Bruce Richardson Ware Jr.    Aug 13 1921 - Jan 5 1922
LCDR Herbert Aloysius Ellis    Jan 5 1922 - Nov 30 1924
LCDR Ewart Gladstone Haas    Nov 30 1924 - Jun 5 1926
LCDR Fred Kingsley Elder    Jun 5 1926 - Jul 26 1927
LCDR Lucien Byron Green III    Jul 26 1927 - Jul 20 1930
LCDR Louis Peter Wenzell    Jul 20 1930 - Feb 3 1931 
(Decommissioned Feb 3 1931 - Feb 3 1932)
LCDR William John Forrestel    Feb 3 1932 - Jan 10 1934
LT John William Dillinder    Jan 10 1934 - Feb 20 1934 (XOIC)
LCDR Edward Dewey Walbridge    Feb 20 1934 - Apr 19 1936     
LCDR Russell Clyde Bartman    Apr 19 1936 - Nov 20 1937
(Decommissioned November 20 1937 - September 26 1939)
LCDR Daniel Newnan Cone Jr.    Se 26 1939 - Jun 22 1940                   
LT Thomas Carson Phifer    Jul 22 1940 - Aug 30 1940 (Later RADM)
LCDR Hubert Winthrop Chanler    Aug 30 1940 - Nov 10 1937
LT Thomas Carson Phifer    Jan 3 1941 - Jan 19 1941 (Later RADM)
LCDR Joseph Barnaby Stefanac    Jan 19 1941 - May 28 1942
CDR Lynne Cline Quiggle    May 18 1942 - Dec 6 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Roland Omer Lucier    Dec 6 1942 - Aug 10 1943
LT William James Riley Jr.    Aug 10 1943 - Jan 9 1944
LCDR Desmond Kelly O’Connor    Jan 9 1944 - Jan 18 1945
LCDR John Paul Bracken    Jan 18 1945 - May 23 1945
LT Walter Sean Sullivan Jr.    May 23 1945 - Jul 28 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource page for the USS Overton APD-23
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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