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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 May 20 1919.
Launched August 22 1919 and commissioned February 23 1921.
Decommissioned May 31 1930.
Stricken January 28 1935.
Fate Sunk as target off San Diego June 25 1935.

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Marcus 65kPhoto #: NH 49926. Midshipman Arnold Marcus, USN (1892-1917) photograph taken while he was attending the U.S. Naval Academy, circa 1909-1913. Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Marcus, then commanding the submarine A-7, died on 25 July 1917 as a result of injuries received in a gasoline explosion and fire on board his boat the previous day, while she was on patrol in Manila Bay, Philippine Islands. USS Marcus (Destroyer # 321, later DD-321) was named in his honor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Marcus 115kUndated, location unknown. (L-R) USS Altair (AD-11), USS Marcus (DD-321), unidentified, USS Sloat (DD-316), unidentified, unidentified and USS Litchfield (DD-336), NARA # 80G410474.Daniel Dunham
Marcus 79kUndated, location unknown.David Wright
Marcus 163kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Marcus 201kColoured postcard of five Clemson class destroyer alongside their tender about 1930 . The vessels are as follows: USS Chase (DD-323), USS Mullany (DD-235), USS Selfridge (DD-320), USS Mervine (DD-322) and USS Marcus (DD-321) alongside their unidentified tender.Robert Hurst
Marcus 99kNewspaper clipping from the Evening Herald dated August 23 1919.Mike Mohl
Marcus 133kU.S. Navy destroyers fitting out, At the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco, California, on 1 April 1920. Ships present are (from left to right): Kidder (Destroyer # 319); Selfridge (Destroyer # 320); Chase (Destroyer # 323); Mervine (Destroyer # 322); Marcus (Destroyer # 321); LaVallette (Destroyer # 315); and Yarborough (Destroyer # 314). Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-LC-38-L-3.Robert Hurst
Marcus 110kUSS Marcus (Destroyer # 321) Launching, at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco, California, on 22 August 1919. The ship's Sponsor, Mrs. Helen Cowles Marcus, is seen in the photograph inset at right. Photograph from the Collections of the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Marcus 138kUSS Marcus (DD-321) fitting out at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Union Plant, Potrero Works, San Francisco, California, on 26 December 1920 (USN Photo No 19-LC-38-L2).Robert Hurst
Marcus 72kPhoto #: NH 77317, USS Marcus (DD-321) makes a high speed pass by USS Cuyama (AO-3), during the mid-1920s. Note the 5"/50 gun on Cuyama. Courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973. From the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Marcus 78kUSS Marcus (DD-321) Steaming at high speed, circa 1923-1930. Photographed by O.W. Waterman. Courtesy of Jack L. Howland, 1983. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Marcus 116kUSS Marcus (DD-321) Photographed circa 1922-1930. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Marcus 114kBattle Fleet maneuvers off California, November 1926 Twelve Navy torpedo planes (probably SC-1 or CS-1 types) fly in formation over USS Marcus (DD-321) during the maneuvers. "Over 100 Naval planes vied with 60 surface craft for tactical advantage in a war game which displayed every angle of Naval action except gun fire." (quoted from the original photo caption). Admiral Richard H. Jackson was Commander-in-Chief at the time of these maneuvers. Courtesy of the San Francisco Maritime Museum, San Francisco, California, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Marcus 82kThe tender USS Melville (AD-2) with Destroyer Division 35 alongside and all are flying full colours during Navy Day in San Diego, California, 28 October 1927. From left to right are the USS MacDonough (DD-331), USS Mervine (DD-322), USS Marcus (DD-321), USS Mullany (DD-325), USS Chase (DD-323), USS Robert Smith (DD-324) and USS Selfridge (DD-320). Photo from Warship Boneyards, by Kit and Carolyn Bonner.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Charles Emerey Rosendahl    Feb 23 1921 - 1921 (Later VADM)
LCDR Harry Jefferson Abbett    1921 -  Sep 9 1921
LCDR George Truman Swazey Jr.    Sep 9 1921 - Jan 13 1922
LCDR Walden Lee Ainsworth    Jan 13 1922 - Oct 24 1923 (Later VADM)
LCDR Robert Melville Griffin    Oct 24 1923 - Oct 11 1926 (Later VADM)
LCDR Herbert Ross Hein    Oct 11 1926 - Jun 14 1929 
CDR David Irvin Hedrick    Jun 14 1929 - May 31 1930

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