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USS James K. Paulding (DD-238)

Please see below for item level images and donated collections containing photographs of USS James K. Paulding (DD-238)

USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) was laid down 31 July 1918 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; launched 20 April 1920; sponsored by Miss Mary Hubbard Paulding, great granddaughter of James K. Paulding; and commissioned 29 November 1920, Lt. H. W. Jackson in command.

After shakedown USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, and commenced tactical exercises with destroyer squadrons along the coast. She arrived Newport, R.I., 31 May 1921 for summer maneuvers and reserve training. Later that year she cruised to Charleston, S.C., for squadron exercises, and continued operations there until late winter 1922.

While engaging in gunnery exercises in Caribbean waters November 1926, USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) sailed to Nicaragua to protect American interests in the wake of political turmoil in that country. During March and April 1927 USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) remained off Nicaragua to prevent any smuggling of arms to rebel forces.

For the remainder of her career USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) continued reserve training and tactical exercises in the Atlantic and Caribbean. Her service with the Navy was distinguished and her versatility in peacekeeping, reserve training, and fleet problems all helped to maintain the position of the United States as a great seapower. Even more important, however, the service of USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) and her sister ships was a base upon which an even more powerful naval force was built. The destroyer arrived Philadelphia Navy Yard 31 October 1930, and decommissioned there 10 February 1931. She was reduced to a hulk 28 December 1936 in accordance with the provisions of the London treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament, scrapped, and struck from the Navy List 25 January 1937.

For a complete history of USS James K. Paulding (DD-238) please see its DANFS pages.