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Displacement 1365 Tons, Dimensions, 341' 3" (oa) x 34' 3" x 16' 4" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 8 x 21" tt.(4x2).
Machinery, 42,800 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 160.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Philadelphia Navy Yard September 23 1933.
Launched July 10 1934 and commissioned March 1 1935.
Decommissioned October 6 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold December 20 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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Aylwin 187kJohn Cushing Aylwin was born in Quebec, Canada, on 14 June 1778. He worked on board British naval vessels at an early age. Though never formally enrolled in the Royal Navy, he received increasing responsibilities eventually performing the duties of a mate by 1795. He refused the offer of a midshipman's warrant but continued service at sea, apparently against his will, for another six years. Ill health, however, finally brought about his return home. Then, for several years, he commanded merchant ships out of Boston. When war between the United States and Great Britain broke out in 1812, Aylwin received an appointment as a lieutenant in the Navy and became sailing master in Constitution. He received commendations for his gallantry during that frigate's engagement with HMS Guerriere on 19 August 1812. Severely wounded during that encounter, Aylwin later died at sea. The image is an original painting of the engagement published by Colourpicture Publications, Boston.Robert M. Cieri
Aylwin 4kUndated, location unknown.-
Aylwin 223kUndated, location unknown.-
Aylwin 97kUndated, location unknown.-
Aylwin 64kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Aylwin 44kUndated postcard.Tommy Trampp
Aylwin 299kLaunching at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 10 July 1934.Dave Wright
Aylwin 46kCommissioning at Philadelphia Navy Yard March 1 1935.Ron Reeves
Aylwin 107kAylwin (DD-355), Underway at sea, circa the 1930s. Collection of Vice Admiral George C. Dyer, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 77066.Robert Hurst
Aylwin 133kThe USS Balch (DD 363) appears to be coming alongside of another ship with USS Aylwin (DD 355), USS Monaghan (DD 354), USS Farragut (DD 348) and another unidentified destroyer in San Diego circa 1936.Darryl Baker
Aylwin 118kDestroyer Squadron Twenty (DesRon 20), five of the squadron's ships moored together, circa 1936. The destroyers are (from left to right): USS Dewey (DD-349), USS Farragut (DD-348), USS Worden (DD-352), USS Hull (DD-350) and USS Aylwin (DD-355). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Aylwin 99kUSS Farragut leading a column of Destroyer Squadron Twenty ships, during manouevres staged for Movietone News, off San Diego, California, 14 September 1936. The next ship astern is USS Aylwin (DD-355) USN Pic No NH 67299.Robert Hurst
Aylwin 80kDestroyer Squadron Twenty (DesRon20) steam through a smokescreen laid by planes of Patrol Squadrons Seven, Nine and Eleven, during an exhibition staged for Movietone News off San Diego, California, 14 September 1936. the ships are, from bottom to top: USS Farragut (DD-348); USS Dewey (DD-349); USS Hull (DD-350); USS Macdonough (DD-351); USS Worden (DD-352); USS Dale (DD-353); USS Monaghan (DD-354) and USS Aylwin (DD-355). Courtesy Commander Robert L. Ghormley, Jr., USN, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 67293.Robert Hurst
Aylwin 162kSeptember 14, 1936 photograph staged for Movietone News off San Diego, California. Destroyer Squadron 20 (DesRon 20) steams through a smokescreen laid by Patrol Squadrons Seven, Nine and Eleven. USS Aylwin (DD-355), USS Monaghan (DD-354), USS Dale (DD-353), and USS Worden (DD-352) are visible, while USS Macdonough (DD-351), USS Hull (DD-350), USS Dewey (DD-349) and USS Farragut (DD-348) are out of the photo, their presence indicated by their wakes. Overhead, two PH Flying Boats observe the formation. US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 1996.229.032.Mike Green
Aylwin 118kCirca 1939, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Theo N. Stone
Aylwin 145kUSS Aylwin (DD 355) off Mare Island on March 30, 1942. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Museum.Darryl Baker
Aylwin 1005kUSS Aylwin (DD-355) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 March 1942. Note details of the bridge, director, and other ship's equipment. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No.19-N-29702.Ed Zajkowski/Rick E. Davis
Aylwin 191kMarch 30 1942 at Mare Island. Note YR-38 at next pier.Ed Zajkowski
Aylwin 193kPearl Harbor Navy Yard, Oahu, Territory of Hawaii. Vertical aerial view of the drydock area, 28 July 1942. Floating drydock YFD-2 is at left, with USS Aylwin (DD-355) inside. Small drydock in center holds USS Growler (SS-215) and USS Nautilus (SS-168). USS Litchfield (DD-336) and an ARD floating drydock are in Drydock # 2, in right center. Drydock # 1, at right, contains USS West Virginia (BB-48). Submarines partially visible alongside 1010 Dock, in the extreme upper right, are Trout (SS-202) and Pollack (SS-180). Note anti-torpedo nets and booms protecting this area. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of The Honorable James V. Forrestal. Fred Weiss
Aylwin 221kAugust 1942, location unknown. From the collections of Ingersol-Rand.Ron Titus/Jesse P. Mannix
Aylwin 161kUSS Aylwin at Mare Island in January 1943.Gerd Matthes
Aylwin 167kUSS Aylwin DD 355 taken at Mare Island January 3 1943.David Buell
Aylwin 49kPhoto from the 1943-45 Naval Recognition Manual. Port bow view of the USS Aylwin (DD-355) in January, 1943. A Farragut class destroyer, these ships were the first post WWI class of destroyers built for the U.S. Navy. The class was an enlarged version of contemporary British destroyers and were originally to mount 5 5"/38 mounts. One 5" mount was removed from all the ships in this class for sea keeping purposes.Mike Green
Aylwin 111k5 December 1944, a week or two before the typhoon that almost sank her and did sink her sister ships Hull and Monaghan. 80-G-263910, NARA II College Park. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 6d.Tracy White
Aylwin 64kDecember 1945, location unknown.Robert Hurst

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Clarence Gulbranson    Mar 1 1935 - Jun 28 1936

CDR Dennis Leo Ryan    Jun 28 1936 - ?

CDR Carl Kenneth Fink    ? - ? (Later RADM)

LCDR Clarence Vaille Lee    Jun 15 1938 - ?

LCDR Robert Henry Rodgers    Feb 10 1941 - Jun 15 1942

LCDR George Richardson Phelan    Jun 15 1942 - Jan 7 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR Ray Edward Malpass    Jan 7 1943 - Oct 11 1943 (Later RADM)

CDR Robert Orris Strange    Oct 11 1943 - May 31 1944 

LCDR William Kittridge Rogers    May 31 1944 - Jun 27 1945

LCDR Karl Frederic Neupert    Jun 27 1945 - Oct 16 1945

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Naval Historical Center Pearl Harbor Action Report
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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