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USS NOA (DD-343 / APD-24)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NUKF

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
Built by Norfolk Navy Yard, Norfolk, VA
Laid down 18 November 1918
Launched 28 June 1919
Commissioned 15 February 1921
Decommissioned 11 November 1934
Recommissioned 01 April 1940
Converted to High Speed Transport APD-24 10 August 1943
Fate Sunk in collision with Fullam (DD-474) off Palau 12 September 1944

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David Bernard Loveman Noa was born at Chattanooga, Tennessee, 05 October 1878. Appointed to the Naval Academy as a midshipman 05 September 1896, he graduated in June 1900, and was ordered to the Asiatic station in gunboat Mariveles. The morning of 26 October 1901 Midshipman Noa, with an armed crew of six men, put off from Mariveles in a small boat to watch for craft engaged in smuggling contraband from the island of Leyte to Samar. When ready to return to Mariveles, they found the wind and the tide against them. As the boat was taking on water, they put into a small cove on the island of Samar. While scouting the adjacent jungle, Noa was attacked and stabbed four times by Filipino insurgents. He died before aid could reach him. [1] Portrait of Naval Cadet David Bernard Loveman Noa. [2] Commemorative plaque at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD erected by the Class of 1900 in Memorial Hall.Bill Gonyo
USS Noa (DD-343)
Noa 38kUndated, Shanghai, China.Robert M. Cieri
Noa 125kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Noa 35kUndated, location unknown. Courtesy of Kerman
Noa 73kLaunching of Noa (Destroyer No. 343) and Hulbert (Destroyer No. 342) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 28 June 1919. USN photo.Joe Radigan
Hulbert/Noa   Hulbert/Noa
Launching of the Hulbert and Noa, 28 June 1919.
Marcus Robbins, NNSY historian and archivist
Noa 183kLaunching presentation case presented to Mrs. Albert Morehead (Bianca Noa Morehead), the sister of Midshipman Noa.Terry Walker
Noa 76kUSS Noa (DD-343) moored at the Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, Virginia, 11 February 1921. She would be commissioned four days later.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 105312, panoramic photograph, taken by Crosby, "Naval Photographer", 11 Portland Street, Boston, Massachusetts. Donation of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, 1970
Paul Rebold
Noa 645kNoa (DD-343) at anchor on the Yangtze River in the early 1920s. Peary (DD-226) is visible astern.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 44864
Robert Hurst
Noa 169kFour American destroyers: USS Preble (DD-345), USS Noa (DD-343), unidentified, and USS Pruitt (DD-347) moored at Saigon, French Indochina, 1926.Frederick J. Moisson
Noa 64kDressed with flags at Shanghai, China, while celebrating the Fourth of July 1927.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 90000
Curt Clark, The Four Stack APD Veterans/Robert Hurst
Noa 72kCirca 1930's, location unknown.Marc Piché
Noa 943k USS Noa (DD-343) underway in San Diego Harbor, California, about 1930. Destroyer USS Kane (DD-235) and another destroyer (probably Fox (DD-234)) are moored in the left background, the hangars of NAS North Island in the center, and Wright (AV-1) in the right background.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 73276
Robert Hurst
Noa 60kPhiladelphia April 1940, fitted with a Curtiss SOC seaplane which nested just forward of the after deckhouse, replacing the after torpedo tubes. At the same time a boom for lifting the aircraft was stepped in place of the mainmast.-
Noa 531kNoa (DD-343) moored at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 02 May 1941. She appears to be painted in Measure 14 camouflage, though with her prominent white hull number retained.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 50278
Gerd Matthes
Noa 66kShip's patch.Don McGrogan
Noa 56kShip's patch.Don McGrogan

USS NOA DD-343 / APD-24 History
View This Vessels DANFS History entry at the Naval History & Heritage Command website

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LTJG Valentin Hixon Schaeffer    Feb 15 1921 - Jul 8 1921 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Alden Dawes    Jul 8 1921 - Dec 8 1921

CDR Robert Alfred (Fuzzy) Theobald    Dec 8 1921 - Jun 20 1925 (Later RADM)

CDR Roy Campbell Smith Jr.    Jun 20 1925 - Jul 10 1927

LT Benjamin Franklin Staud    Jul 10 1927 - Oct 15 1927 (XOIC) 

LT George Douglas Morrison    Oct 15 1927 - Jan 6 1928 

LCDR Edgar Arden Logan    Jan 6 1928 - Oct 8 1928

LT Donald McKenzie Weld    Oct 8 1928 - Dec 22 1928 (XOIC)

LCDR Stuart Augustine Maher    Dec 22 1928 - May 25 1931

LCDR Woodbury Esborne MacKay    May 25 1931 - Nov 11 1934

(Decommissioned Nov 11 1934 - Apr 1 1940)

As the APD-24

LCDR Ernest Sidney Lewis Goodwin    Apr 1 1940 - Dec 1 1940

LCDR Rae Emmett Arison    Dec 1 1940 - Jan 5 1942

LCDR Bosquet Neill Wev    Jan 5 1942 - Oct 1 1942

LCDR William Young Allen Jr.    Oct 1 1942 - May 1 1943

LCDR Thomas Dana McGrath    May 1 1943 - Aug 1 1943

LCDR Henry Wallace Boud    Aug 1 1943 - Sep 12 1944

Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Contact Name: Curt Clark, Secretary Four Stack APD Veterans
Address: 3384 Grim Ave., San Diego, CA 92104
Phone: 619-282-0971

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 page for the USS Noa APD-24
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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