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Displacement 2597 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 381' (oa) x 37' x 13' (Max)
Armament 8 x 5"/38AA (4x2), 8 x 1.1" AA (2x4), 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; New York Shipbuilding Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 37 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 194.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding December 18 1933.
Launched April 18 1936 and commissioned November 25 1936.
Decommissioned October 15 1945.
Stricken November 1 1945.
Fate Sold December 20 1946 to George Nutman Inc., Brooklyn, NY, and broken up for scrap.

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[1] - Rear Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge. Born 24 April 1804 in Boston, Massachusetts, died 15 Oct 1902. Namesake of destroyers USS Selfridge (DD-320) and (DD-357). He served as Commandant of Mare Island Navy Yard from 28 May 1862 until 17 Oct 1864 as a Captain and again from 03 July 1872 until 03 July 1873 as a Read Admiral. MINSY photo 2854-44.
[2] - Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr., son of the above, was born in Charlestown, Mass., on 06 February 1836 and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1854. At the beginning of the Civil War, he helped with efforts to destroy the untenable Norfolk Navy Yard; he then escaped from that burning and beleaguered base in Cumberland, helping to save the sloop of war for the Union Navy. He participated in the capture of the Hatteras forts and was on board Cumberland on 08 March 1862 when she was sunk by Confederate ironclad Virginia. He then briefly commanded Monitor, after Lt. Worden was wounded; and commanded Alligator, an experimental submarine, in testing operations based at the Washington Navy Yard. In August, he joined the Mississippi Squadron, and subsequently commanded Cairo and Conestoga when those ships were sunk in action. Late in the war, he returned to the Atlantic where he commanded Huron in the attacks on Fort Fisher; he also participated in the ensuing bombardment of Fort Anderson and the capture of Wilmington. His postwar service included command of Nipsic, Enterprise, and Omaha, the last two on the Asiatic Station, and duty as Commander in Chief of the European Squadron from 1895 to 1898. He retired on 06 February 1898 and died on 04 February 1924.
Darryl Baker/Bill Gonyo
Selfridge 743kUndated, location unknown. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 63120Dave Wright
Selfridge 562kUndated, location unknown. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 67853Jon Burdett
Selfridge 669kUndated, San Diego Bay, in the background is the County Admin Building and the Aerospace Museum in Balboa Park. Downes (DD-375) is behind Selfridge. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 63121Ed Zajkowski/Steven C. Iwig
Selfridge 17kUndated, location unknown. From the collection of William. J Heizman.Tommy Trampp
Selfridge 243kNewspaper clipping from the launching dated April 18 1936.Ron Reeves
Selfridge 684kUSS Winslow (DD-359), USS Balch (DD-363) and USS Selfridge (DD-357) moored together in San Diego Harbor, California, during the later 1930s. Courtesy of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, USNR, 1963.
Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 45221
Fred Weiss
Selfridge 264kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) Leading USS Clark (DD-361) during exercises at sea, circa the later 1930s. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 74280Fred Weiss
Selfridge 120kAt Philadelphia Navy Yard, 26 October 1937.Ed Zajkowski
Selfridge 94kComing alongside the USS New Orleans (CA-32) off Pearl Harbor on a 'mail run' and to refuel, 21 April 1938.James D. McGrew
Selfridge 80kAt San Diego, 1939.Arthur Foster
Selfridge 996kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) photograph taken off San Diego, California circa 1939. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 50127.Robert Hurst
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In the months before the Pearl Harbor attack, Life Magazine's Carl Mydans made a camera tour of the Pacific Fleet, now called Fleet Essay. These four aboard USS Selfridge are from that set, with good views of peacetime midships Porter-Class details. Used for educational and non-commercial purposes.
John Chiquoine
Selfridge 53kTwo Japanese torpedo bombers attacking Allied transports and landing craft fly past the USS Selfridge (DD-357) during the August, 1942 landings at Guadalcanal. Source: Australian War Memorial, Photo No. P02497.006.Mike Green
Selfridge 91kUSS Selfridge (DD-357), left, and USS O'Bannon (DD-450) damaged at Noumea, Espiritu Santo, after the naval Battle of Vella Lavella, on 7 October 1943. Selfridge´s bow was torn off by a Japanese torpedo (note sailors climbing in the wrecked gun turret). O'Bannon collided with USS Chevalier (DD-451) during the battle, after Chevalier had been hit by a torpedo (she had to be sunk later). U.S. Navy photo from Breaking the Bismarcks Barrier (History of US Naval Operations in WWII, Vol VI), by Samuel Eliot Morison, Castle Books, Edison (New Jersey, USA), 2001, p. 253 (reprint from 1950).Robert Hurst
Selfridge 60kA series of 5 photos of the battle damage sustained in the Battle of Vella Lavella on the night of October 6, 1943. Bow cut off.Arthur Foster
Selfridge 52kAs above, the day after at Noumea.Arthur Foster
Selfridge 667kAt Noumea, 07 October 1943. Alongside is USS O'Bannon (DD-450), which damaged her bow in a collision during the action. National Archives photo 80-G-274873Arthur Foster/Tracey White
Selfridge 62kAs above, enroute to Purvis Bay.Arthur Foster
Selfridge 33kAs above, with false bow entering San Diego.Arthur Foster
Selfridge 72kAs above.Robert Hurst/Tracy White
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Effects of being torpedoed off Vella La Vella, 06 October 1943
Ed Zajkowski
Selfridge 72kCompletion of false bow, December 1943. Mare Island Photo Number 677-44Tracy White
Selfridge 140kJanuary 1944 installation of forward upper section 3. Mare Island Photo Number 954-44Tracy White
Selfridge 104kStern view of the battle damage to the USS Claxton (DD-571) at Mare Island on 13 March 1944. She was in overhaul at Mare Island 10 March to 18 May 1944. The USS Selfridge (DD-357) is to the left; note her new dual and single 5" gun mounts. Mare Island Photo Number 1706-44Darryl Baker
Selfridge 203kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) plan view aft, during inclining experiment at Mare Island, 24 March 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard 24 January to 21 April 1944 for refit, rebuild and bow replacement from battle damage sustained on 7 October 1943. Note that her original 5”/38 SP twin mounts have been replaced with new dual and single 5"/38 DP mounts. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84908.Mike Green
Selfridge 152kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) showing plan view amidships, looking forward, during inclining experiment at Mare Island, 24 March 1944. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84907.Mike Green
Selfridge 175kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) showing plan view, amidships and aft during inclining experiment at Mare Island, 24 March 1944. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 84909.Mike Green
Selfridge 153kAft plan view of USS Selfridge (DD-357) at Mare Island, 08 April 1944. She was in overhaul at the yard 24 January to 21 April 1944. Mare Island Photo Number 2203-44, aDarryl Baker
Selfridge 172kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Selfridge (DD-357) at Mare Island, 08 April 1944. Mare Island Photo Number 2206-44Darryl Baker
Selfridge 99kBroadside view of USS Selfridge (DD-357) off Mare Island, 10 April 1944. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 32, Design 22d. Mare Island Photo Number 2240-44, bDarryl Baker
Selfridge 47kWith open 5" in mount replacing No.3 turret, and No.2 turret removed, Mare Island 10th April 1944.Robert Hurst
Selfridge 196kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) off San Francisco with Yerba Buena Island and the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background, April 10, 1944. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Selfridge 83kClose-up broadside view of USS Selfridge (DD 357) off Mare Island, 10 April 1944. Mare Island Photo Number 2240-44Darryl Baker
Selfridge 64kSelfridge off San Francisco with the Oakland Bay Bridge in the background, 10 April 1944.Tracey White
Selfridge 81kUSS Selfridge (DD-357) reconfigured and camouflaged during amphibious assault support at Guam, 21 July 1944. Photo from Life Magazine collection, photographer J R Eyerman. For educational and non-commercial use.John Chiquoine
Selfridge 1002kOff Casco Bay, Maine, during radar calibration tests, April 19 1945.National Archives photo 80-G-325491Dave Wright

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Horace Donald Clarke    Nov 26 1936 - Jun 15 1938 (Later RADM)

CDR Bertram Joseph Rodgers    Jun 15 1938 - May 17 1940 (Later VADM)

CDR Leland Pearson Lovette    May 17 1940 - Jul 19 1940 (Later VADM)

LCDR Wyatt Craig    Jul 19 1940 - Mar 21 1942

LCDR Carroll Dayne Reynolds    Mar 21 1942 - Oct 3 1943

LCDR George Edward Peckham    Oct 3 1943 - Feb 9 1944 (Later RADM)

LCDR Lewis Levi Snider    Feb 9 1944 - Oct 9 1944

LCDR James Abner Boyd    Oct 9 1944 - Oct 15 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Clifford E. Chambers
Address: 55l E. Jefferson Drive, Lake Charles. LA 70805
E-mail: None

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.

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