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Displacement 2219 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 340' 10" (oa) x 35' 10" x 12' 9" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG, 16 x 21" tt.(4x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38.5 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 158.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy. June 3 1935.
Launched December 1 1936 and commissioned June 24 1937.
Decommissioned April 18 1946.
Stricken February 25 1947.
Fate Sold August 20 1947 and broken up for scrap.

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Gridley 17kCharles Vernon Gridley was born 24 November 1844 in Logansport, Ind., and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1860. Reporting for duty with his class in September 1863, Gridley joined the sloop-of-war Oneida with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and distinguished himself with Farragut at the Battle of Mobile Bay 5 August 1864. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1867 and Commander in 1882, he spent the next 30 years at various stations around the world, including a tour as instructor at the Naval Academy. Captain Gridley took command of Olympia, Admiral Dewey's famous flagship, 27 April 1898, a post which he held despite failing health during the Battle of Manila Bay 1 May 1898. It was that morning that Dewey gave his famous command: "You may fire when you are ready, Gridley," immortalizing the doughty captain. After the destruction of the Spanish squadron and the capture of Manila, Gridley was obliged to leave his command because of his health, and died en route to the United States at Kobe, Japan, 25 May 1898.Bill Gonyo
Gridley 65kUndated, location unknown.Barry Mathews
Gridley 90kUndated, location unknown.Sanford F. Delano
Gridley 49kUndated, World War II era.-
Gridley 59kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Gridley 72kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Gridley 129kLaunching December 1 1936.Dale Hargrave
Gridley 136kOfficial trials, Rockland, Me., May 11 1937 1:55pm, 7.77 knots North.Ed Zajkowski
Gridley 143kOfficial trials, Rockland, Me., May 11 1937 3:14pm, 14.18 knots North.Ed Zajkowski
Gridley 142kMay 12 1937, Bethlehem Steel, Rockland, Me.Ed Zajkowski


Tobacco card issued by "John Player and Sons" in the U.K. in 1939 and came from a series entited "Modern Naval Craft".Tommy Trampp
Gridley 49kUSS Gridley (DD-380) at anchor, circa the later 1930s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. Source Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 67719.Barry Mathews/Robert Hurst/Tommy Trampp
Gridley 150kUSS Gridley (DD-380), circa 1944-1945, photographed by Photographer’s Mate 2/Class Paul D. Guttman from the deck of an aircraft carrier somewhere in the Western Pacific. The carrier was one of the following Yorktown, Hornet, Belleau Wood or Fanshaw Bay.Robert Guttman

USS GRIDLEY DD-380 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Leroy White Busbey Jr.    Jun 24 1937 - Jun 4 1938
CDR John Thomas Bottom Jr.    Jun 4 1938 - Jun 1939 (Later RADM)
CDR John Templar Evans    Jun 1939 - May 15 1940
LCDR Edward Alva Solomons    May 15 1940 - Mar 1 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Donald A. Crandall    Mar 1 1942 - Mar 2 1942 (Acting)
LCDR Fred Russell Stickney Jr.    Mar 2 1942 - Feb 8 1943
CDR Jesse Hogan Motes Jr.    Feb 8 1943 - May 21 1944
CDR Philip Decatur Quirk    May 21 1944 - Nov 1 1944
LCDR George Francis Dalton    Nov 1 1944 - Jul 10 1945
LCDR John Thomas Evans    Jul 10 1945 - Nov 11 1945
CDR Stuart Thomas Hotchkiss    Nov 11 1945 - Apr 18 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Robert Wood
Address: 1257 Wood Ln, Sewickley, PA 15143
Phone: 412-741-4454
E-mail: None

Note About Contacts.

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