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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 July 30 1919.
Launched May 20 1920 and commissioned September 29 1921.
Decommissioned May 1 1930.
Stricken November 6 1931.
Fate Sold August 23 1932 to Boston Metals and broken up for scrap.

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Bruce 85kBorn in Grand Island, Nebraska, 20 August 1879, Frank Bruce enlisted in the Navy in 1898. He was given a Boatswain's warrant 26 June 1917 after service in the Philippines and China. Among the vessels he served on were USS Monadnock, USS Buffalo, USS Raleigh, and as commanding officer of USS Iroquois. Promoted to Lieutenant (Temporary) 01 July 1918, he commanded Bobolink (AM-20) during the sweeping operation to clear the North Sea Mine Barrage. Bruce was killed when a mine which had fouled Bobolink's sweep exploded, 17 May 1919. Bruce had sent his men forward and was attmepting to direct the recovery when the disaster occurred. For his heroism, LT Bruce was posthumously recommended for the Medal of Honor. Due to a paperwork error, he only received the Distinguished Service Medal.
Photo of Frank Bruce and his brothers, taken at San Francisco, 1898. Photo submitted by Dave Haynes
Dave Haynes
Bruce 102kUndated, location unknown.Robin Rielly
Bruce 125kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Bruce 194kAt the launching of the USS Bruce. The individuals are as follows: (Left) Lt Bruce's brother Fred C Bruce, the Captain of the Bruce, Mrs. Fred Bruce (Geraldine Nell Hackett Bruce) and the young man at the rear is Lt Bruce's Nephew, the son of Frank's sister, May 20 1920.Dave Haynes
Bruce 602kThe destroyers Preston (DD-327) and Bruce (DD-329) pictured in the Pedro Miguel Locks in the Panama Canal. The ships, both of which were assigned to the Atlantic Fleet Destroyer Force, were participants in winter exercises in the Caribbean circa 1922. Photo courtesy of the National Naval Aviation Museum.Bill Gonyo
Bruce 99kUSS Bruce (DD-329) at San Diego, California, circa the early 1920s. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 69316.Robert Hurst
Bruce 103kCirca 1921-1926.Jon Burdett
Bruce 133kPhoto #: NH 75768. Officers on the ship's open bridge, during engineering, gunnery and torpedo exercises in early 1921. Those present are (from left to right): Commander Henry C. Gearing, Jr., Commanding Officer, USS Bruce; Captain William V. Pratt, Commander, Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet; Lieutenant Homer L. Grosskopf, Executive Officer, USS Bruce; and Captain Franck Taylor Evans, Chief of Staff, Destroyer Force, Pacific Fleet. Note pelorus at right and cigarettes and pipes in use. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Admiral William V. Pratt. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Bruce 106kShips of Destroyer Division 27 moored with several yachts and other vessels in Venice Harbour, 3 April 1926. The destroyers are (from left centre to right centre): USS Preston (DD-327); USS Lamson (DD-328); USS Coghlan (DD-326) and USS Bruce (DD-329) USN Photo No NH86200.Robert Hurst
Bruce 103kUSS Whitney (AD-4) With USS Lamson (DD-328) alongside, in the Hudson River, New York, at 1000 Hrs. on 2 May 1927. Several other destroyers are in the background, among them USS Bruce (DD-329) at right. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR George Newton Reeves Jr.    Sep 29 1920 - Feb 10 1921

CDR Henry Chalfant Gearing Jr.    Feb 10 1921 - Sep 22 1922

LCDR Seymour Edwards Holliday    Sep 22 1922 - Nov 7 1922

LCDR Francis Sanderson Craven    Nov 7 1922 - Jan 1 1923

CDR Francis Martin Robinson    Jan 1 1923 - Mar 1 1924

CDR Gordon Wayne Haines    Mar 1 1924 - Apr 23 1925

CDR Louis Francis Thibault    Apr 23 1925 - May 20 1925

LCDR Augustine Heard Gray    May 20 1925 - Jun 14 1927 (Later RADM)

LCDR Charlie Paul McFeathers    Jun 14 1927 - May 1 1930

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

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