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|255k||Stephen Decatur was born on 5 January 1779 in Sinepuxent, Maryland. He was warranted a midshipman at the age of 19 and made his first cruise in the frigate United States. In command of the schooner Enterprise at the outbreak of the Tripolitan War, he captured the bomb ketch Mastico on 23 December 1803. He used this ship, renamed Intrepid, in his daring raid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia in the harbor of Tripoli, 16 February 1804. He also distinguished himself during the attacks on Tripoli in command of a gunboat division. Promoted to captain he was assigned command of Constitution, and later, in November 1804, Congress. He negotiated with the Bey of Tunis at the close of the Tripolitan War, and returned to the United States in September 1805 with the Tunisian envoy. During the War of 1812 he commanded United States, capturing HMS Macedonian in one of the greatest single-ship actions of naval history. He took command of President at New York and attempting to slip through the blockade fell in with a British squadron of five heavy ships. After 2 hours of furious combat the frigate HMS Endymion was silenced but President had suffered such extensive damage that it was impossible to execute an escape. The twice-wounded Decatur reluctantly surrendered, but was paroled, landing at New London 22 February 1815. Returning to the Mediterranean in 1815, Decatur in Guerriere, negotiated a treaty with the Dey of Algiers which ended tribute and exacted full payment for injuries to Americans, then concluded similar agreements with the Bey of Tunis and the Bashaw of Tripoli. From November 1815 until his death, Decatur served on the Board of Navy Commissioners.
Decatur was killed by Commodore James Barron in a duel at Bladensburg, Maryland on 22 March 1820.|
Commodore Stephen Decatur, USN (1779-1820) oil on wood, 35" x 27", by John Wesley Jarvis (1780-1840). Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection, transferred from the U.S. Naval Lyceum, 1892. Naval History & Heritage Command photo KN-2779.
|Tony Cowart/Robert M. Cieri|
|USS Decatur (DD-341) Construction and Prewar
|41k||Undated, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.||Paul Rebold|
|223k||Undated, location unknown.||Darryl Baker|
|184k||Undated, location unknown.||Darryl Baker|
|145k||Undated, USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Sicard (DD-346) transiting the Panama Canal, probably during the early 1930s.||Darryl Baker|
|41k||Undated image by the well-known Baltimore Sun newspaper pictoralist, A. Aubrey Bodine. This was probably taken during Decatur's journey up the Chesapeake in spring 1930.||Larry Backus|
|77k||USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Herbert (DD-160), undated and location unknown.||Gerd Matthes|
|111k||Undated, location unknown.||Allan Greene|
|202k||Undated, location unknown.||Mike Mohl|
|77k||Undated, location unknown. Possibly while transporting Secretary of the Navy Wilbur on a tour of Alaskan ports, July-August 1926.||Tommy Trampp|
|75k||Undated, location unknown.||Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.|
|241k||USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Perry (DD-340) on the building ways, 01 July 1921.||Darryl L. Baker|
|254k||USS Decatur (DD 341) on the building ways, 01 July 1921.||Darryl L. Baker|
|105k||USS Perry (DD 340) and USS Decatur (DD 341) ready to be launched at Mare Island on October 29, 1921.||Darryl Baker|
|277k||Decatur (DD-341) on the ways at Mare Island, just prior to launch, 29 October 1921.||Tommy Trampp|
|111k||Stern view of USS Trever (DD 339) and USS Decatur (DD 341) at Mare Island in March 1922.||Darryl L. Baker|
|160k||USS Walker (DD-163), USS Trever (DD-339), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Decatur (DD-341) at Mare Island in April 1922. All three were out of commission at this time.||Darryl L. Baker|
|1002k||Red 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; Ramsay (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.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 42539
|267k||At anchor as Flagship of Destroyer Squadron 11, circa 1923.||Darryl Baker|
|611k||Steaming at sea in company with another destroyer, probably Paul Hamilton (DD-307), circa 1925.|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107425
|Paul Rebold/Robert Hurst|
|440k||USS Decatur (DD-341) underway during the Fleet Review, 04 June 1927. USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307) is partially visible in the left distance.|
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54650
|438k||USS Decatur (DD-341) underway, probably during the Fleet Review, 04 June 1927. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54651||Fred Weiss|
|51k||USS John D. Ford (DD-228), USS Sicard (DD-346), USS Pruitt (DD-347), USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Preble (DD-345), USS Pope (DD-225), USS Bulmer (DD-222), USS Simpson (DD-221) and USS McCormick (DD-223) in Manila Harbor, 16 November 1928.||Carl Ross|
|248k||USS Decatur (DD-341) transiting the Panama Canal during the 1920s or 1930s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 98172, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Harriet A. Harris, (NC) USN (Retired). Donated by Mrs. J.B. Redfield, 1961.||Fred Weiss|
|261k||USS Decatur (DD-341) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.||Darryl Baker|
|137k||USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Perry (DD-340) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.||Darryl Baker|
|153k||USS Decatur (DD-341), At anchor, circa the 1930s. Color-tinted black & white photograph. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 107424-KN (color), donation of the Lincoln County Museum, North Platte, Nebraska, 2010.||Robert Hurst|
|59k||USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Somers (DD-301), USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299), USS Farragut (DD-300), USS Percival (DD-298), USS William Jones (DD-308) and USS Zeilin (DD-313) circa the early 1930's.|
From the collection of CDR August Billig.
|80k||USS Moody (DD-277), USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS McCawley (DD-276) in the Panama Canal circa the early 1930's.|
From the collection of CDR August Billig.
|220k||August 1935, location unknown.||Gerd Matthes|
|697k||USS Yorktown (CV-5), USS Texas (BB-35), USS Decatur (DD-341), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), and Keywadin (AT-24) moored at Pier 7, Naval Operating Base, Norfolk, Virginia, 19 October 1937.|
National Archives photo 80-CF-2115-11
|220k||Navy Day visitors aboard Decatur (DD-341) at Norfolk, 27 October 1937. Norfolk Public Library (Va.), Sargeant Memorial Collection, Photo No. FN1992||Mike Green|
|495k||USS Decatur (DD-341) moored in the Hudson River, off Poughkeepsie, New York, 17 June 1939. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 67695, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969.||Paul Rebold|
|146k||Wire Service photo with Decatur in the Hudson River, 14 June 1940.||Tommy Trampp|
|USS Decatur (DD-341) Wartime
|77k||Undated World War 2 shot, location unknown.||Paul Rebold|
Two views of Decatur (DD-341) off New York Navy Yard, 07 August 1943. Decatur departed New York that afternoon to escort convoy UT-8 to England. Naval History & Heritage Command photos NH 91580 and 91581
|644k||USS Decatur (DD-341) underway at sea, 22 January 1944. Decatur departed NOB Hampton Roads that morning, arrived at New York Navy Yard the next day. Courtesy of A.D. Baker III. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 91579||Paul Rebold /|
Two views of Decatur (DD-341) coming alongside and refueling from USS Bennington (CV-20) in October-November 1944. They were taken by Lowell Love, a photographer aboard Bennington.
Refueling from the USS Antietam (CV-36) during Antietam's shakedown cruise off Trinidad, March 1945.
|01||LT Charles Kyle Osborne (USNA 1912)||09 August 1922 - 16 December 1922|
|02||LCDR Jesse Barrett Oldendorf (USNA 1909)||16 December 1922 - 26 September 1923|
|03||LCDR Samuel Wilder King (USNA 1910)||26 September 1923 - 17 May 1924|
|04||LCDR Jesse Barrett Oldendorf (USNA 1909)||17 May 1924 - 27 May 1927|
|05||LCDR Willard Everett Cheadle (USNA 1912)||27 May 1927 - 16 April 1928|
|06||LCDR Aylmer Lee Morgan, Jr. (USNA 1911)||16 April 1928 - 09 July 1929|
|07||LCDR Ralph Stafford Wentworth (USNA 1912)||09 July 1929 - 25 June 1932|
|08||LCDR Robert Archibald Hall (USNA 1912)||25 June 1932 - 10 May 1934|
|09||LCDR John Joseph Mahoney (USNA 1915)||10 May 1934 - 18 June 1935|
|10||LCDR George Frederick Hussey, Jr. (USNA 1916)||18 June 1935 - 07 June 1936|
|11||LCDR Charles Clifford Hartman (USNA 1920)||07 June 1936 - 16 January 1937|
|12||LCDR John Augustine Waters, Jr. (USNA 1921-A)||16 January 1937 - 20 November 1937|
|13||LCDR Halstead Shaw Covington (USNA 1922)||20 November 1937 - 05 June 1939|
|14||LCDR Jesse Clyburn Sowell (USNA 1925)||05 June 1939 - 28 November 1941|
|15||LCDR Dewitt Clinton Ellis Hamberger (USNA 1926)||28 November 1941 - 15 October 1942|
|16||LCDR Jack Bercaw Williams (USNA 1931)||15 October 1942 - 03 March 1944|
|17||LT/LCDR Donald George Wright DE-V(G), USNR||03 March 1944 - 01 December 1944|
|18||LT Benjamin Burns Kirkland D-V(G), USNR||01 December 1944 - 28 July 1945|
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.
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