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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 Steel, San Francisco January 23 1919.
Launched May 28 1919 and commissioned January 28 1921.
Decommissioned March 31 1930.
Stricken July 22 1930.
Fate Sold November 14 1930 and broken up for scrap.

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Wood 3kWilliam Maxwell Wood (May 27, 1819 - March 1, 1880) was an officer and surgeon in the United States Navy in the middle 1800s. He became the first Surgeon-General of the U.S. Navy in 1871, with the equivalent rank of Commodore after rising to Chief of the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in the years following the American Civil War. In that role, Wood was instrumental in increasing the stature of the Naval Surgeon, by championing a bill eventually passed by Congress that increased the rank and compensation of physicians in the Navy, enabling the Navy to attract and recruit more qualified physicians.Wood is most remembered in U.S. Naval history for his daring journey through Mexico in 1846 at the onset of the Mexican-American War, where he eluded detection and capture as a U.S. spy in enemy territory and successfully provided vital intelligence leading to the possession of California by the Pacific Squadron, as well as providing intelligence information to the Secretary of the Navy in Washington regarding Mexican fortifications and military operations. Wood was also an accomplished writer, and authored three books chronicling his voyages with the Pacific and East India Squadrons, and his ideas on improving the U.S. Navy, as well as many literary articles for notable publications of his day.Bill Gonyo
Wood 66kUndated, location unknown. USS Wood DD-317) followed by the USS Yarborough (DD-314) and other ships of the fleet.Edwin Kaukali
Wood 75kCirca 1920s, location unknown.David Buell/Robert Hurst
Wood 206kUSS Wood (DD-317) aground on Angel Island, California, sometime in the 1920s. Copied from a print owned by Mr. D. M. McPherson, Corte Madera, Calif. Courtesy of Mr. McPherson, 1968. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No.NH 65150.Mike Green
Wood 75kSan Diego, CA circa 1920's. USS Shirk (DD-318), USS Kidder (DD-319), USS Lavalette (DD-315), USS Sloat (DD-316), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Wood (DD-317). Naval Historical Center photo NH 69509.Daniel Dunham
Wood 53kCirca early 1920's. The four destroyers nearest the camera at the left are the USS La Vallette (DD-315), USS Wood (DD-317), USS Yarborough (DD-314) and USS Kidder (DD-319). Naval Historical Center photo NH 71034.Daniel Dunham
Wood 337kAerial view of six destroyers in Mare Island's dry dock #2 between August 13 - 25, 1922. The shipyard's records indicate that the six destroyers were in hull number order as: USS Yarborough (DD 314), USS La Vallette (DD 315), USS Sloat (DD 316), USS Wood (DD 317), USS Shirk (DD 318) and USS Kidder (DD 319).Darryl Baker

USS WOOD DD-317 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Paul Marshall Bates    Jan 28 1921 - ?
LT Lee Cummins Carey    Feb 1921 - ?
LCDR Webb Cook Hayes    Jun 1922 - Aug 1924 (Later RADM)
CDR Richard Stanislaus Edwards    Aug 1924 - ? (Later VADM)
CDR Samuel Averett Clement    Jun 10 1926 - Jun 28 1928
CDR Joel William Bunkley    Jun 28 1928 - Mar 31 1930 (Later RADM)

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