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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard June 1 1939.
Launched April 24 1940 and commissioned March 1 1941.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Aircraft off San Cristobal October 15 1942.
185 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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- Jonathan Meredith was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania about 1772. He enlisted in the Marine Corps on 6 June 1803 and was promoted to sergeant 1 August of that same year. During an engagement in the harbor of Tripoli on 3 August 1805, Sergeant Meredith saved the life of Lt. John Trippe of Vixen, who with a party of nine men had boarded a Tripolitan ship. Heavily outnumbered, the boarding party fought a fierce hand-to-hand combat, in which Trippe was severely wounded; Meredith protected him from what would have been the final blow. Four days later Meredith was killed in the explosion of Gunboat No. 3 during a similar attack against the Tripolitans.Robert M. Cieri
Meredith 82kArtist's conception of the Meredith as she appeared in World War II by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Meredith 29kUndated, location unknown.-
Meredith 121kLaunching photo of the USS Meredith DD434 at Boston Navy Yard on April 24 1940. Photo is part of the National Destroyermens Museum aboard USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Rich Angelini
Meredith 126kUSS Meredith (DD-434) taken in late 1941, while wearing Measure 1 camouflage. Note that her hull number is painted just forward of the forecastle break.Robert Hurst
Meredith 128kUSS Long Island (AVG-1) (upper center) underway in company with USS Augusta (CA-31), in left front, off Cape Sable, Nova Scotia, on August 1941. Augusta had President Franklin D. Roosevelt embarked to witness Long Island's operations. Among the other ships present are USS Tuscaloosa (CA-37), partially visible at far right, and USS Meredith (DD-434), steaming astern of Long Island. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (# 80-G-13074).Fabio Peņa
Meredith 114kUSS Meredith (DD-434) steaming astern of USS North Carolina (BB-55), during the latter's shakedown operations, circa Summer 1941. Note North Carolina's wake as she turns to port, her aircraft crane and muzzles of her after 16"/45 guns. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fred Weiss
Meredith 109kA snapshot view of MEREDITH taken along the Atlantic coast in late February 1942. Photo by Swede Swenson, then a crewman of the Swedish sailing vessel ABRAHAM RYDBERG.John Chiquoine
Meredith 145kAa above.John Chiquoine
Meredith 113kUncropped version of the photo below, at sea in the Fiji Islands area, 22 June 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Fred Weiss
Meredith 100kAs above.-
Meredith 91kUSS Meredith (DD-434) At Suva, Fiji Islands, 23 June 1942. Photographed by USS Tangier (AV-8). Note her camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Meredith 185kSecNav Certificate of Recognition for the Doolittle Task Force Tokyo raid, May 15 1995.James D. Johnson, USS Gwin (DD433)

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR William Kavanaugh Mendenhall Jr.    Mar 1 1941 - Mar 2 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Harry Ensor Hubbard    Mar 2 1942 - Oct 15 1942

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Harry Wrede
Address: 377 Conklintown Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Phone: 973-839-0332

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
USS Meredith Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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