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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUJR

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, February 6 1919.
Launched July 18 1919 and commissioned December 17 1919.
Decommissioned May 15 1929.
Stricken November 25 1930.
Fate Scrapped at Mare Island in 1932.

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Meyer 52kGeorge von Lengerke Meyer, born 24 June 1858 at Boston, Mass., graduated from Harvard University in 1879 and pursued a career in the mercantile and banking world until 1899. During that period he also served as councilman and alderman for the city of Boston and in 1802 became one of its representatives in the Massachusetts Legislature. Serving until 1897 he acted as Speaker of the House during the last 3 years. From 1900 to 1905 he served as Ambassador to Italy and, from 1905 to 1907, as Ambassador to Russia. Returning to the United States, he served President Roosevelt as Postmaster General and then, 6 March 1909, was appointed Secretary of the Navy by President Taft. He held that office through the Taft administration and then returned to Massachusetts. He died at Boston 9 March 1918. Digital ID: ggbain 21877, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo
Meyer 62kUndated, location unknown.David Buell
Meyer 141kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Meyer 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
Meyer 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
Meyer 189kCirca 1920, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker/Robert Hurst
Meyer 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), McCawley (DD-276), Meyer (DD-279) and Moody (DD-277). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Meyer 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
Meyer 113kWith the fleet at Balboa, CZ on March 10 1926. NARA RG 185-G Vol 4 #8.Ron Reeves
Meyer 159kCirca 1928-1931. From the collection of Thomas Bowen, US Army.Thomas Kenny
Meyer 160kTroops march to board transports in this still from the 1941 film The Fighting 69th. Given both Meyer and McDermut (DD-262) 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 MEYER DD-279 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Wilfred Everett Clarke    Dec 17 1919 - Mar 25 1922

CDR Walter Frederick Lafrenz    Mar 25 1922 - Jul 9 1925

CDR James Sterett Woods    Jul 9 1925 - Jun 3 1926

LCDR Ernest Joseph Blankenship    Jun 3 1926 - May 1928

LCDR Francis Sanderson Craven    May 1928 - May 15 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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