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Pruitt (AG 101)
ex-DM 22

DM-22 call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Peter - Victor


Clemson Class Destroyer/Tracy Class Light Minelayer:

  • Laid down 25 June 1919 by Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
  • Launched 2 August 1920
  • Delivered 7 August 1920
  • Commissioned USS Pruitt (DD-347), 2 September 1920
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-22, 30 June 1937
  • Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, AG-101, 5 June 1945
  • Decommissioned 18 October 1945 at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 5 December 1945
  • Scrapped at Philadelphia Navy Yard in 1946.


  • Displacement 1,190 t.(lt), 1,308 t.(fl)
  • Length 314' 4"
  • Beam 30' 10"
  • Draft 9' 10"
  • Speed 35.8 kts.
  • Complement 132
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, one 3"/23 gun mount and two depth charge tracks
  • Propulsion: Four Normand boilers, two 27,000shp Parsons geared turbines, two shafts.
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    Pruitt 52k

    John Henry Pruitt was born on 4 October 1896 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps from Arizona in May 1917, less than a month after the United States entered World War I. Later promoted to corporal, he served with Seventy-eighth Company, Sixth Marine Regiment, a part of the U.S. Second Division. Pruitt fought in France at Chateau-Thierry, Bouresches and Belleau Wood and was injured in a German gas attack on 14 June 1918. Following recovery, he participated in more battles, and his brave conduct in an action near Thiaucourt on 15 September was officially reported. On 3 October, while in combat at Blanc Mont Ridge, France, Corporal Pruitt conducted a single-handled attack, capturing two machine guns and 40 enemy soldiers before being killed in action later in the day. For his "extraordinary gallantry and intrepidity" on 3 October 1918, John H. Pruitt was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor by both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army (plus three Silver Star Citations). He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. U.S. Navy Medal of Honor citation of Corporal John H. Pruitt, USMC (as printed in the official publication "Medal of Honor, 1861-1949, The Navy", page 123): "For extraordinary gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving with the Seventy-eighth Company, Sixth Regiment, Second Division, in action with the enemy at Blanc Mont Ridge, France, 3 October 1918. Corporal Pruitt, single-handed, attacked two machine guns, capturing them and killing two of the enemy. He then captured 40 prisoners in a dugout near by. This gallant soldier was killed soon afterward by shellfire while he was sniping the enemy."
    Photo from the USMC History Division

    Bill Gonyo/Tommy Trampp
    Photo added 22 February 2022
    Hart 308k c. 1923/1924
    Hong Kong, China
    American Man of War in Hong Kong Harbor. Identified ships are: Huron (CA 9), Helena (PG 9), Sacramento (PG 19), Asheville (PG 21), Black Hawk (AD 9), Hart (DM 8), Rizal (DM 14), Hulbert (DD 342), Noa (DD 343), William B. Preston (DD 344), Preble (DD 345), later DM-20; Sicard (DD 346), later DM -21; Pruitt (DD 347), later DM-22; Finch
    (AM 9), Bittern (AM 36)
    and SS President Jackson
    Photo by A. Fong
    Photo from the collection of Chief Walter E. Pegg
    Jay Milewski
    Tracy 97k 30 July 1939
    Hawaiian Islands
    Sicard (DM 20), Tracy (DM 19), Preble (DM 21) and Pruitt
    Jon Burdett
    Pruitt 54k USS Pruitt leads landing craft from USS Heywood (APA-6) toward their landing beaches in Massacre Bay, Attu, [AK] on the first day of the invasion, 11 May 1943. Pruitt used her radar and searchlight to guide the boats nine miles through the fog. The searchlight beam is faintly visible pointing aft from atop her pilothouse
    Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute Photo Collection
    Collection of James C. Fahey
    U.S. Navy photo NH 78232
    Naval Historical Center
    Pruitt 177k 11 October 1944
    Navy Yard Hunter's Point, San Francisco, CA
    Broadside view after overhaul
    From the collection of crew member Wilfred Sellers Dowden
    Hunter's Point photo 2714-44-S4
    Glen Brock
    Pruitt 72k Port quarter view of Pruitt in San Francisco Bay off the Hunters Point Naval Drydocks, California, 11 October 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 7D
    Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, Annapolis, Maryland
    Collection of James C. Fahey
    Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 78223
    Jon Burdett

    Commanding Officers
    01LTJG William Grover Burgess, USN2 September 1920 - 3 September 1920
    02LT Martin Richard Derx, USN - USNA Class of 1918
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Captain
    3 September 1920 - 23 October 1921
    03LCDR Oscar Charles Badger, II, USN - USNA Class of 1911
    Awarded the Medal of Honor (1914), the Navy Cross (1918) and four Legions of Merit (1944/1945 with Combat V) - Retired as Admiral
    23 October 1921 - 28 November 1921
    04CDR Harvey William McCormack, USN - USNA Class of 190728 November 1921 - 8 June 1923
    05LCDR Joel William Bunkley, USN - USNA Class of 1909
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Legion of Merit (1946)Retired as Rear Admiral
    8 June 1923 - 27 June 1925
    06LCDR Leslie Charles Davis, USN - USNA Class of 190827 June 1925 - 25 June 1927
    07CDR Charles Milford Elder, USN - USNA Class of 190925 June 1927 - 10 January 1929
    08LCDR Hamilton Vose Bryan, USN10 January 1929 - June 1929
    09CDR Laurance Sprague Stewart, USN - USNA Class of 190818 December 1930 - 25 November 1932
    10LCDR Philip Clark Morgan, USN - USNA Class of 191525 November 1932 - 29 March 1935
    11LCDR Albert Lockett Hutson, USN - USNA Class of 191829 March 1935 - 25 March 1936
    12LCDR Henry Theodore Wray, USN - USNA Class of 1921-b25 March 1936 - 9 October 1936
    13LCDR Paul Cyril Wirtz, USN - USNA Class of 19239 October 1936 - 30 April1939
    14LCDR John Leslie Melgaard, USN - USNA Class of 1925
    Awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat V (1952) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    30 April 1939 - 31 May 1940
    15LCDR William Gordon Beecher, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1925
    Awarded the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    31 May 1940 - 2 December 1941
    16LCDR Edwin Warren Herron, USN - USNA Class of 1927
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    2 December 1941 - 1 October 1942
    17LCDR Richard Claggett Williams, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1932
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1951), the Silver Star (1945) and two Legions of Merit with Combat V (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    1 October 1942 - 19 May 1944
    18LCDR Paul Henrik Bjarnason, USN - USNA Class of 1936
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1945 and two Legions of Merit with Combat V (1945) - Retired as Captain
    19 May 1944 - 7 March 1945
    19LT Donavan Bowman Harby, USN - USNA Class of 19337 March 1945 - 15 September 1945
    20LT Richard Franz Schwerzmann, USNR15 September 1945 - 18 October 1945
    ??LCDR George Wilson Davison Dashiell, USN - USNA Class of 1912
    Retired as Captain
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo, Spencer Clark, RA Moody and Joe Radigan

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