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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQX

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 August 27 1919.
Launched November 21 1920 and commissioned May 27 1921.
Decommissioned February 5 1930.
Stricken November 18 1930.
Fate Used as a Barracks Ship at New London until sold Jun 12 1934 to Bethlehem Steel Alameda and broken up for scrap.

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Sumner 19kALLEN MELANCTHON SUMNER was a Marine Corps Captain of the First World War, 81st Company 6th Machine Gun Battalion, who was killed by German shellfire will leading his troops during the advance on Tigny , 19 July 1918.Joe Gall
Sumner 190kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Sumner 97kUndated, in Hawaiian waters.Tommy Trampp
Sumner 138kDestroyer Division 36 in San Francisco, circa 1922.Terry D. Tull
Sumner 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
Sumner 93kOctober 14, 1922 in San Francisco.Terry D. Tull
Sumner 289kThe ship's crew October 14, 1922 in San Francisco.Terry D. Tull
Sumner 168k"Dress Ship" decoration for Washington's Birthday 22 February 1924 in Target Bay, Culebra, West Indies. (L-R) Identifiable ships are from left to right: (far left) USS La Vallette (DD-315), USS Hull (DD-330), USS Sumner (DD-333), (between Hull & Noa in the background) USS Mervine (DD-322), (behind Hull) USS Mullany (DD-325), (center) S-20 (SS-125) directly behind the submarine is the flagship USS Procyon (AG-11). Robert M. Cieri
Sumner 194kUSS Cuyama (AO-3) fueling the destroyer USS Sumner (DD-333) while under way circa 1925. The fueling gear appears to have been jury-rigged by securing the hose to the oiling boom. Note how close the ships are to one another as they steam side by side separated by only 20 feet or so. This type of operation could only be conducted in smooth seas as indicated from the photograph. Naval Historical Center. Image from Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy 1912-1992 by Thomas Wildenburg.Robert Hurst
Sumner 53kCirca the middle or later 1920s, location unknown.Fred Willshaw, USS Allen M. Sumner (DD-692) Reunion Association/Robert Hurst
Sumner 40kUSS Sumner (DD-333) and USS Corry (DD-334) in the Panama Canal circa 1929.Shapley R. Hunter IV

USS SUMNER DD-333 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Donald Bradford Beary    May 27 1921 - Sep 11 1923 (Later VADM)
LCDR Richard Walter Wuest    Sep 11 1923 - Aug 8 1926
LCDR Cleveland McCauley    Aug 8 1926 - Jun 1 1927
LCDR William Joseph Butler    Jun 1 1927 - May 5 1930

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Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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