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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQR

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 24 1920.
Launched December 15 1920 and commissioned April 30 1921.
Decommissioned January 8 1930.
Stricken July 8 1930.
Fate Sold December 20 1930 to Bethlehem Steel Alameda and broken up for scrap.

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Macdonough 84kPortrait in oils of Captain Thomas Macdonough, U.S.N. (1783-1825), "The Hero of Lake Champlain" by an unknown artist. Photographed on 17 September 1954. The original painting is in Old North Church, 187 Salem Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: 80-G-K-22707.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Macdonough 772kShip's boat races off Point Loma. Of the many ships pictured, the USS Macdonough (DD-331) is in the upper right and the USS Williamson (DD-244) is in the upper left. The other destroyers remain unidentified. From the collection of Benetta Buell.David Buell
Macdonough 97kUSS Melvin (DD-335) and USS Macdonough (DD-331) in Melbourne, date unknown.Allan Greene
Macdonough 124kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Macdonough 82kCirca 1920's, location unknown.Frank Tushoph
Macdonough 139kUSS Macdonough (DD 331) with what appears to be Alameda Naval Air Station in the background. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Macdonough 79kIn San Diego harbor, California, during the 1920s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 83kUSS Macdonough (DD-331) laying a smoke screen, while operating at sea during the 1920s. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of LeRoy R. Horstman. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 175kMare Island Navy Yard, California. Six destroyers docked at one time in the Yard's concrete Dry Dock # 2, during the period June 15 to July 14 1922. These ships are all members of Destroyer Division 36. The three in front are (from left to right): USS Farenholt (DD-332), USS Sumner (DD-333) and USS Hull (DD-330), in the back row are USS MacDonough (DD-331), USS Corry (DD-334) and USS Melvin (DD-335). The drydock's dimensions, as given on the photograph, are 740 feet in length and 120 feet in width, with 30 feet of water over the sill. Courtesy of the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Macdonough 196kCrew of the Macdonough in San Francisco October 14, 1922.Terry D. Tull
Macdonough 138kDestroyer Division 36 in San Francisco, circa 1922.Terry D. Tull
Macdonough 62kUSS Beaver (AS-5) leads the USS Kidder (DD-319) and USS Macdonough (DD-331) out to sea through the Golden Gate April 15 1925. Naval Historical Center photo NH 72402.Daniel Dunham
Macdonough 117kUSS Macdonough (DD-331) and other destroyers of Destroyer Division 35, along with tender Melville (AD-2) moored together at Melbourne, Australia during the U.S. Fleets July, 1925 visit. The stern of the USS Mullany (DD-325) can be seen at the left of the photo.
State Library Victoria, Photo No. H2009.30/15
Mike Green
MacDonough 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 Herbert James Ray    Apr 30 1921 - Oct 27 1921

CDR Thomas Alexander Symington    Oct 27 1921 - Nov 23 1922

LCDR George Maus Lowry    Nov 23 1922 - Jun 14 1924 (Later RADM)

LCDR Melville Stuart Brown    Jun 14 1924 - Mar 9 1927

CDR Arthur Schuyler Carpender    Mar 9 1927 - Apr 10 1928 (Later ADM)

LCDR Oliver Lee Downes    Apr 10 1928 - Jan 8 1930

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

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