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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIGG

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 Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on April 20 1918.
Launched August 6 1918 and commissioned March 27 1919.
Appears in the silent film The Navigator starring Buster Keaton.
Decommissioned May 22 1929.
Stricken November 11 1931.
Fate Sold to NASSCO, Treasure Island, CA and broken up for scrap February 25 1932.

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McDermut 171kDavid A. McDermut, a native of New York, born 24 March 1824, was appointed midshipman 8 November 1841 and attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander 16 July 1862. During the Civil War he served aboard Potomac and Marion before assuming command of gunboat Cayuga 2 December 1862. He commanded Cayuga until 18 April 1863 when he was mortally wounded in action against Confederate forces while conducting a boat reconnaissance in Sabine Pass, Texas.
McDermut's grave in Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, Section 60, Lot 529. Photo by Find A Grave contributor "BKGeni."
Dave Wright
McDermut 233kMcDermut (Destroyer No. 262) is launched at Squantum, 06 August 1918. Photo from Boston Herald, 07 August 1918.Dave Wright
McDermut 509kPanoramic view at Boston, Massachusetts, 15 May 1919. USS McCook (Destroyer No. 252) is visible in center background. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 50051, Crosby Collection, Naval Historical Foundation (NHF-127), 1975. Dave Wright
McDermut 583kUndated, location unknown. Taken soon after completion, as her non-standard hull number lacks the black shading. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 67618.Darryl Baker
McDermut 524kUnderway, circa 1919-1922. Photographed by O.W. Waterman. Courtesy of Captain C.J. Moore, USN. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 46478.Robert Hurst
McDermut 214kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
McDermut 97kUndated, location unknown.-
McDermut 26kSan Diego May 4 1922.Tracy White
McDermut 131kUSS McDermut (DD-262) while she was on a West Indies Cruise in February 1924.Robert M. Cieri
McDermut 104kCurtiss HS-2L flying boat Under tow by USS Farragut (DD-300), circa 1925. USS McDermut (DD-262) is in the distance. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Meyer 160kTroops march to board transports in this still from the 1941 film The Fighting 69th. Given both Meyer (DD-279) and McDermut had long been scrap by the time the film was made, it's likely this is newsreel footage, perhaps from the 1920s Nicaraguan campaign.John Dapper

USS McDERMUT DD-262 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website.

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Allen Buchanan    Mar 27 1918 - Mar 27 1919

CDR Chester Lyerly Hand    Mar 27 1919 - Jun 19 1919

LCDR David Alexander Scott    Jun 19 1919 - Oct 5 1921

LCDR Charles Johnes Moore    Oct 5 1921 - Jun 29 1924

CDR Owen Bartlett    Jun 29 1924 - Jun 15 1925

LCDR Charles Stakely McWhorter    Jun 15 1925 - Nov 19 1926

LCDR Pat Buchanan    Nov 19 1926 - Jan 1929

LT Roland Ernest Krause    Jan 1929 - May 22 1929

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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