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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 September 13 1920.
Launched March 9 1921 and commissioned May 10 1921.
Decommissioned February 20 1930.
Stricken July 12 1930.
Fate Sold June 10 1931 to Bethlehem Steel Alameda and broken up for scrap.

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Oscar Walter Farenholt, born 2 May 1843 in San Antonio, Tex., entered the Navy as a seaman 24 April 1861, after 3 years in the merchant service. Distinguished service led to his appointment as acting ensign 19 August 1864, and command of the mortar schooner Henry Janes in the sounds of North Carolina later that year. His last of many important billets at sea was in command of Monocacy, who acted as base of procurement at Shanghai for Dewey's fleet in the Spanish-American War. Rear Admiral Farenholt retired 1 September 1901, and died 30 June 1920 at Mare Island, Calif.Bill Gonyo/Mike Mohl/Ron Reeves
Farenholt 136kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Farenholt 481kUndated, location unknown. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54070Robert Hurst
Farenholt 167kUSS Farenholt (DD-332) in San Pablo Bay California circa 1921. Source: Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo No. NH 83758.Mike Green
Farenholt 138kDestroyer Division 36 in San Francisco, circa 1922.Terry D. Tull
Farenholt 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
Farenholt 107kUSS Farenholt (DD-332), Entering port, circa the middle or later 1920s. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 72633.Robert Hurst
Farenholt 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. (Manager's note: Since the Farenholt was scrapped in 1930, the identification by the Archives of her in this photograph is probably in error.)Fabio Peņa

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Nathan Woodworth Post    May 10 1921 - Jun 11 1921

LCDR Allen Farquahar    Jun 11 1921 - Nov 21 1921

LCDR William Henry Stiles Jr.    Nov 21 1921 - Maqy 31 1924

CDR Cortlandt Chesterfield Baughman    May 31 1924 - Mar 17 1926

LCDR Herbert James Ray   Mar 17 1926 - Oct 23 1926

LCDR Mahlon Street Tisdale    Oct 23 1926 - Apr 21 1928 (Later VADM)

LT Ola Daniel Butler    Apr 21 1928 - Jun 10 1928 (XOIC)

LCDR Donald Wheeler Hamilton    Jun 10 1928 - Jun 25 1929 

LCDR Stuart Osmond Greig    Jun 25 1929 - Feb 20 1930

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Destroyer History Foundation
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Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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