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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 December 9 1918.
Launched June 28 1919 and commissioned December 10 1919.
Decommissioned June 2 1930.
Stricken November 3 1930.
Fate The Moody was sold, June 10 1931, to MGM Studios for the production of "Hell Below" as a German destroyer starring Jimmy Durante and Robert Montgomery. On February 21 1933 sunk by the studio off San Clemente Island by studio during the filming. She split in half.

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Moody 40kWilliam Henry Moody, born 23 December 1853 at Newberry, Essex County, Mass., graduated from Harvard in 1876. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1895, he served three terms in Congress, making a reputation by his knowledge of parliamentary procedure and his perseverance in debate. He was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902 and then Attorney General in 1904. He became Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1906. In 1910 Justice Moody was retired by special act of Congress because of prolonged ill health. He died in Haverhill, Mass., 2 July 1917. Digital ID: cph 3b35759, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Moody 39kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Moody 199kUSS Moody (DD 277) in a nest of destroyers, date and place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Moody 121kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Moody 192kVictory Destroyer Plant, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts, interior of the building slips, photographed by Monks & Johnson, Boston, Massachusetts, between 27 April and 3 May 1919. The destroyers under construction in the foreground are, from the foreground: Meyer (Destroyer # 279, builder's # 359), Henshaw (Destroyer # 278, builder's # 358) and Moody (Destroyer # 277, builder's # 357). Beyond these three ships are at least three more, possibly McCawley (Destroyer # 276), Sinclair (Destroyer # 275) and Meade (Destroyer # 274). The unplated deck of Doyen (Destroyer # 280) is in the extreme right foreground. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 43154.Robert Hurst
Moody 79kUSS Moody (Destroyer # 277) at Boston, Massachusetts, 8 October 1919. Panoramic photograph by J. Crosby, Naval Photographer, 11 Portland St., Boston, Mass. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Crosby Collection. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Moody 121kUSS Sinclair (DD-275), USS Moody (DD-277), USS Henshaw (DD-278), USS Meyer (DD-279) and USS Doyen (DD-280) circa 1920, location unknown.Ric Hedman
Moody 112kUSS Moody (DD-277) In harbor, circa 1920-1922. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Moody 58kUSS Moody (DD-277) laying down a smokescreen, circa the early 1920s. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Moody 149kPuget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington USS Mahopac (AT-29), in center, and five destroyers in Dry Dock Number Two, 8-22 September 1921. The destroyers include Doyen (DD-280), Henshaw (DD-278), Mc (DD-276), Meyer (DD-279) and Moody (DD-277). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Moody 210kDestroyers in Dry Dock Number Two, Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, receiving modified after deckhouses to carry the after 4"/50 guns further from the waterline, September 1922. The destroyers are, from left to right: Moody (DD-277); Henshaw (DD-278) and Meyer (DD-279). Note the 3"/23 anti-aircraft guns mounted on the ships' sterns. U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 44542.Robert Hurst
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Moody 673kUSS Moody (DD-277) at Bremerton, WA, 1925. From the album of a USS Colorado sailor.Steve Franklin
Moody 57kUSS Moody (DD-277) Photographed in 1927, while lowering a boat from her after davits. Courtesy of Lieutenant Gustave J. Freret, USN (Retired), 1972. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Moody 165kUSS S-45 (SS-156) departing Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in April 1927, en route to the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, for overhaul. USS Moody (DD-277) is anchored in the right background. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 63418.Robert Hurst
Moody 132kUSS Paul Hamilton (DD 307) aft of USS Moody (DD-277) and marked with the date of June 4, 1927. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Fred Weiss/Darryl Baker
Moody 61kSan Diego in 1929.Manuel Tafoya Sr.
Moody 126kOn maneuvers off Seattle circa 1929. Hopefully she is practicing making smoke!Carrie Schmidt
Moody 129kOn maneuvers off Seattle circa 1929.Carrie Schmidt
Moody 80kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS Moody (DD-277), USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS McCawley (DD-276) in the Panama Canal circa the early 1930's.Bruce Billig
Moody 53kFrom the collection of CDR August Billig, USS Henshaw (DD-278), USS Moody (DD-277) and USS Doyen (DD-280) circa the late 1920's.Bruce Billig

USS MOODY DD-277 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James David Willson    Dec 10 1919 - Dec 18 1920

LCDR Ross Sherman Culp    Dec 18 1920 - Jun 15 1922

(Decommissioned Jun 15 1922 - Sep 27 1923) 

LT Elery Albert Zehner    Sep 27 1923 - Jan 2 1924

CDR Harlow Trask Kays    Jan 2 1924 - Jun 11 1926

CDR Randolph Perry Scudder    Jun 11 1926 - Jul 5 1927   

LCDR George Lester Weyler    Jul 5 1927 - Jun 2 1930

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