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Zane (AG 109)

Call sign:
Nan - Uncle - Mike - Nan


Clemson Class Destroyer/Chandler Class Highspeed Minesweeper:

  • Laid down, 15 January 1919 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA
  • Launched, 12 August 1919
  • Commissioned USS Zane (DD-337), 15 February 1921
  • Decommissioned, 1 February 1923 at San Diego, CA
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego
  • Recommissioned, 25 February 1930
  • Reclassified and converted to a High Speed Minesweeper, DMS-14, 19 November 1940
    (Herman Wouk, author of "The Caine Mutiny" served in Zane as Assistant Communications Officer and later as First Lieutenant)
  • Reclassified as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, AG-109, 5 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 14 December 1945 at Norfolk, VA
  • Struck from the Navy Register 8 January 1946
  • Sold for scrap 22 October 1946 to Luria Brothers and Co., Inc. of Philadelphia, PA.


  • Displacement 1,190 t(lt), 1,750 t(fl)
  • Length 314' 5"
  • Beam 31' 8"
  • Draft 12' 2"
  • Speed 32.5 kts.
  • Complement 149
  • Armament: Three 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount and one twin 40mm mount
  • Propulsion: Three Normand boilers, two 26,000shp Mare Island Navy Yard (Parsons design) geared turbines, Mare Island Navy Yard single reduction gear, two shafts.
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    USS Zane (DD 337)
    Perry 229k USS Perry (DD 340) and Zane shown at Skagway, Alaska on June 25, 1935.
    Courtesy of Lieutenant Raymond F. Farwell, U.S. Naval Reserve
    U.S. Navy photo DD 337 & DD 340-6-1935
    Darryl Baker
    Zane 35k c. October 1935. .
    USS Zane (DMS 14)
    Zane 28k . .
    Zane 157k Plan view of the after half of the ship, taken while she was tied up alongside a more modern destroyer at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 30 May 1942. Shown is her after deckhouse, with two 20mm guns, a 3"/50 gun and the after conn on its top; minesweeping cable reels and floats; and depth charge racks installed over the propeller guards
    U.S. Navy photo NH 97701
    Naval Historical Center
    Zane 325k 30 May 1942
    Mare Island
    U.S. Navy photo from the collection of John Dickey
    Ed Zajkowski
    Zane 563k
    Zane 87k Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 31 May 1942.
    U.S. Navy photo NH 97702
    Naval Historical Center
    Zane 78k Off San Francisco, California, 21 September 1943.
    Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives
    Bureau of Ships photo 19-N-57504
    Zane 89k 21 September 1943
    Off San Francisco
    U.S. Navy photos 6639-43, 6641-43 and 6643-43
    Darryl Baker
    Zane 134k
    Zane 80k
    Zane 222k 21 September 1943
    San Francisco, CA
    Ed Zajkowski

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR Philip Seymour, USN - USNA Class of 1908
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1917) - Retired as Captain
    15 February 1921 - 1921
    02LCDR Louis Collin Scheibla, USN1921 - 1 February 1923
    03LCDR Charles Jefferson Parrish, USN - Retired as Commodore25 February 1930 - 1 July 1931
    04LCDR Thomas Calloway Latimore, Jr., USN1 July 1931
    05LCDR George Frederick Hussey, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1916
    Awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal (1945) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    April 1934
    06LCDR Ralph Smith Riggs, USN - USNA Class of 1918
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1943), three Legions of Merit (1944/1945) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    07LCDR Robert McLanahan Smith, Jr., USN - USNA Class of 1919
    Awarded the Silver Star (Posthumously) (1942) - Died while in command of USS Joseph Hewes (AP-50), when that ship was torpedoed and sunk off Fedala, French Morocco, on 11 November 1942
    1936 - April 1937
    08LCDR Charles Joseph Maguire, USN - Awarded the Legion of Merit (1945)
    Retired as Rear Admiral
    April 1937 - December 1938
    09LCDR Frederick John Eckhoff, USNDecember 1936 - 1940
    10LCDR John Lester Wilfong, USN - USNA Class of 1926
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1943) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Rear Admiral
    11LCDR Robert Hampson Thomas, USN1940
    12LCDR Louis Marcel Wilfong, USN1941 - 1942
    13LCDR Peyton Louis Wirtz, USN - USNA Class of 1931
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1942), two Silver Stars (1942/1943) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Captain
    1 May 1942 - 7 September 1943
    14LCDR William Talmadge Powell, Jr., USN7 September 1943 - 17 September 1943
    15LT Burrough Bertram Anderson, USN17 September 1943 - 11 November 1943
    16LCDR William Talmadge Powell, Jr., USN11 November 1943 - 1 October 1944
    17LCDR Robert Hampson Thomas, USN - Awarded the Navy Commendation Medal
    Retired as Captain
    1 October 1944 - 20 June 1945
    18LT Lee Charles McFarland, USN20 June 1945 - 30 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Joe Radigan and Darryl Baker

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