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USS PERRY (DD-340 / DMS-17)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUQS

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 Mare Island Navy Yard September 15 1920.
Launched October 29 1921 and commissioned August 7 1922.
Decommissioned January 17 1923, Recommissioned April 1 1930.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-17 November 19 1940.
Fate Struck mine and sank off Palau September 13 1944.
8 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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Perry 94kPortrait in oils of captain Oliver Hazard Perry, U.S.N (1785-1819) by Edward L. Mooney (1813-1887) after John Wesley Jarvis (1839). Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Official U.S. Navy Photograph. Photo #: KN-2783.Bill Gonyo/Robert Hurst
Perry 49kUndated Ship's Service token.Tommy Trampp
Perry 86kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Perry 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Perry 241kUSS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Perry (DD-340) on the building ways on July 1 1921.Darryl L. Baker
Perry 105kUSS Perry (DD 340) and USS Decatur (DD 341) ready to be launched at Mare Island on October 29, 1921.Darryl Baker
Perry 157kLaunching of USS Perry (DD-340) at Mare Island October 29 1921.Darryl Baker
Perry 160kUSS Walker (DD-163), USS Trever (DD-339), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Decatur (DD-341) at Mare Island in April 1922. Note Trever, Perry and Decatur were not in commission.Darryl L. Baker
Red Lead Row 195kRed Lead Row, San Diego Destroyer Base, California. Photographed at the end of 1922, with at least 65 destroyers tied up there. Ships present are identified as: (left to right, in the right diagonal row): Stansbury (DD-180); MacKenzie (DD-175); Renshaw (DD-176); Howard (DD-179); Gillis (DD-260); Tingey (DD-272); McLanahan (DD-264); Swasey (DD-273); Morris (DD-271); Bailey (DD-269); Tattnall (DD-125); Breese (DD-122); Radford (DD-120); Aaron Ward (DD-132) -- probably; Ramsey (DD-124); Montgomery (DD-121); and Lea (DD-118). (left to right, in the middle diagonal row): Wickes (DD-75); Thornton (DD-270); Meade (DD-274); Crane (DD-109); Evans (DD-78); McCawley (DD-276); Doyen (DD-280); Elliot (DD-146); Henshaw (DD-278); Moody (DD-277); Meyer (DD-279); Sinclair (DD-275); Turner (DD-259); Philip (DD-76); Hamilton (DD-141); Boggs (DD-136); Claxton (DD-140); Ward (DD-139); Hazelwood (DD-107) or Kilty (DD-137); Kennison (DD-138); Jacob Jones (DD-130); Aulick (DD-258); Babbitt (DD-128); Twiggs (DD-127); and Badger (DD-126). (left to right, in the left diagonal row): Shubrick (DD-268); Edwards (DD-265); Palmer (DD-161); Welles (DD-257); Mugford (DD-105); Upshur (DD-144); Greer (DD-145); Wasmuth (DD-338); Hogan (DD-178); O'Bannon (DD-177); and -- possibly -- Decatur (DD-341). (Nested alongside wharf in left center, left to right): Prairie (AD-5); Buffalo (AD-8); Trever (DD-339); and Perry (DD-340). Minesweepers just astern of this group are Partridge (AM-16) and Brant (AM-24). Nearest ship in the group of destroyers at far left is Dent (DD-116). The others with her are unidentified. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. : NH 42539 Robert Hurst
Perry 137kUSS Decatur (DD 341) and USS Perry (DD 340) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Perry 188kUSS Perry (DD 340) passing El Morro Castle in Havana Harbor circa 1930.Darryl Baker
Perry 115kUSS Perry (DD-340) underway at sea, circa the early 1930s. Courtesy of Chief Photographer's Mate John Highfill, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 94831.Robert Hurst
Perry 228kUSS Perry (DD-340) takes fuel from USS Arizona (BB-39) while participating in the fleet exercises of 1932. Photo courtesy Kauffman Collection, 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. Published by Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.Ed Zajkowski/Robert Hurst
Perry 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.Fabio Peņa
Perry 677kUSS Perry (DD-340) dressed for Independence Day at Key West, Florida, 4 July 1934. USS Zane (DD-337) is visible in the background. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 67111, Image courtesy of Mr. Frank Uhlig, Jr.Robert Hurst
Perry 126kUSS Perry (DD 340) and USS Zane (DD 337) shown at Skagway, Alaska on June 25, 1935.Darryl Baker
Perry 177kShown on July 23, 1942, the Perry is seen as modified to a high speed minesweeper. The conversion required a modified squared-off false stern to support sweeping davits and other sweeping gear: winch, paravanes, and kites. Note that the depth charge racks had to be angled to the sides to allow enough clearance for the depth charges. Circled changes include addition of 20mm guns and depth charge throwers. -

USS PERRY DD-340 / DMS-17 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Richard Henry Booth    Aug 7 1922 - Jan 17 1923

(Decommissioned Jan 17 1923 - Apr 1 1930)

LCDR Earl Harrison Quinlan    Apr 1 1930 - Sep 9 1932

LCDR James Mackey Lewis    Sep 9 1932 - May 25 1935

CDR William Morrow Fechteler    May 25 1935 - Jun 17 1936 (Later ADM)

LCDR Charles Wellborn Jr.    Jun 17 1936 - May 22 1938 (Later VADM)

LCDR John Henry Shultz    May 22 1938 - Jun 25 1939 (Later RADM)

LCDR George Frederick Hussey Jr.    Jun 25 1939 - Apr 17 1940

As the DMS-17

LCDR Richard English Elliott    Apr 17 1940 - Oct 21 1941

LCDR Lermond Horton Miller    Oct 21 1941 - Apr 1 1942

LT Horace (Iron Mike) Myers    Apr 1 1942 - 13 Apr 1942

LCDR Bernhardt Alois Feutsch    Apr 13 1942 - Oct 30 1943

LCDR Ira Gerald Stubbart    Oct 30 1943 - Sep 3 1944

CDR William Neish Lindsay Jr.    Sep 3 1944 - Sep 13 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Joe Malmendier
Address: P.O. Box 606, Boiling Springs, PA 17007
Phone: (717)258-9695

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Perry (DMS-17)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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