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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, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design 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 9 1922.
Decommissioned July 28 1945.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 to Boston Metals, Baltimore for $8,777 then resold to Northern Metals, Philadelphia and broken up for scrap.

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Decatur 255kStephen 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
Decatur 41kUndated, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.Paul Rebold
Decatur 223kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Decatur 184kUndated, location unknown.Darryl Baker
Decatur 145kUndated, USS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Sicard (DD-346) transiting the Panama Canal, probably during the early 1930s.Darryl Baker
Decatur 41kUndated 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
Decatur 77kUSS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Herbert (DD-160), undated and location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Decatur 111kUndated, location unknown.Allan Greene
Decatur 202kUndated, location unknown.Mike Mohl
Decatur 77kUndated, location unknown. Possibly while transporting Secretary of the Navy Wilbur on a tour of Alaskan ports, July-August 1926. Tommy Trampp
Decatur 75kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Decatur 241kUSS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Perry (DD-340) on the building ways, 01 July 1921.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 254kUSS Decatur (DD 341) on the building ways, 01 July 1921.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 105kUSS Perry (DD 340) and USS Decatur (DD 341) ready to be launched at Mare Island on October 29, 1921.Darryl Baker
Decatur 277kDecatur (DD-341) on the ways at Mare Island, just prior to launch, 29 October 1921.Tommy Trampp
Decatur 111kStern view of USS Trever (DD 339) and USS Decatur (DD 341) at Mare Island in March 1922.Darryl L. Baker
Decatur 160kUSS 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
Red Lead Row 1002kRed 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
Robert Hurst
Decatur 267kAt anchor as Flagship of Destroyer Squadron 11, circa 1923.Darryl Baker
Decatur 611kSteaming 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
Decatur 440kUSS 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
Fred Weiss
Decatur 438kUSS Decatur (DD-341) underway, probably during the Fleet Review, 04 June 1927. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 54651Fred Weiss
Decatur 51kUSS 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
Decatur 248kUSS 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
Decatur 261kUSS Decatur (DD-341) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Decatur 137kUSS Decatur (DD-341) and USS Perry (DD-340) at a San Francisco pier in the 1930s.Darryl Baker
Decatur 153kUSS 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
Decatur 59kUSS 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.
Bruce Billig
Decatur 80kUSS 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.
Bruce Billig
Decatur 220kAugust 1935, location unknown.Gerd Matthes
Decatur 697kUSS 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
Joe Radigan
Decatur 220kNavy Day visitors aboard Decatur (DD-341) at Norfolk, 27 October 1937. Norfolk Public Library (Va.), Sargeant Memorial Collection, Photo No. FN1992Mike Green
Decatur 495kUSS 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
Decatur 146kWire Service photo with Decatur in the Hudson River, 14 June 1940.Tommy Trampp
USS Decatur (DD-341) Wartime
Decatur 77kUndated World War 2 shot, location unknown.Paul Rebold
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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
Fred Weiss
Decatur 644kUSS 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 91579Paul Rebold /
Robert Hurst
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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.
Steve Whitby
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Refueling from the USS Antietam (CV-36) during Antietam's shakedown cruise off Trinidad, March 1945.
Daniel Dunham

USS DECATUR DD-341 History
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Commanding Officers
01LT Charles Kyle Osborne (USNA 1912)09 August 1922 - 16 December 1922
02LCDR Jesse Barrett Oldendorf (USNA 1909)16 December 1922 - 26 September 1923
03LCDR Samuel Wilder King (USNA 1910)26 September 1923 - 17 May 1924
04LCDR Jesse Barrett Oldendorf (USNA 1909)17 May 1924 - 27 May 1927
05LCDR Willard Everett Cheadle (USNA 1912)27 May 1927 - 16 April 1928
06LCDR Aylmer Lee Morgan, Jr. (USNA 1911)16 April 1928 - 09 July 1929
07LCDR Ralph Stafford Wentworth (USNA 1912)09 July 1929 - 25 June 1932
08LCDR Robert Archibald Hall (USNA 1912)25 June 1932 - 10 May 1934
09LCDR John Joseph Mahoney (USNA 1915)10 May 1934 - 18 June 1935
10LCDR George Frederick Hussey, Jr. (USNA 1916)18 June 1935 - 07 June 1936
11LCDR Charles Clifford Hartman (USNA 1920)07 June 1936 - 16 January 1937
12LCDR John Augustine Waters, Jr. (USNA 1921-A)16 January 1937 - 20 November 1937
13LCDR Halstead Shaw Covington (USNA 1922)20 November 1937 - 05 June 1939
14LCDR Jesse Clyburn Sowell (USNA 1925)05 June 1939 - 28 November 1941
15LCDR Dewitt Clinton Ellis Hamberger (USNA 1926)28 November 1941 - 15 October 1942
16LCDR Jack Bercaw Williams (USNA 1931)15 October 1942 - 03 March 1944
17LT/LCDR Donald George Wright DE-V(G), USNR03 March 1944 - 01 December 1944
18LT Benjamin Burns Kirkland D-V(G), USNR01 December 1944 - 28 July 1945

Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Vince Spade
Address: 16 South Madison St., Boyertown, PA 19512-2207
Phone: 610-966-8336

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