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USS Jarvis (DD-38) 

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USS Jarvis (DD-38) was laid down on 1 July 1911 at Camden, N.J. by the New York Shipbuilding Company; launched on 4 April 1912; sponsored by Jean Knox, daughter of Samuel Knox, President of the building yard; and commissioned on 22 October 1912, Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Pratt Mannix in command.

USS Jarvis (DD-38) got underway from the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 18 November 1912, calling at Newport, R.I. and Norfolk, Va. on her way to winter cruising in the Caribbean from the U.S. Navy Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. During the next two years, USS Jarvis (DD-38) conducted strategic problems and battle practice with her flotilla off the New England coast, the Virginia capes and the Caribbean. She entered the New York Navy Yard on 17 May 1917 in order to prepare for distant service.

As a unit of the United States Naval Forces in France, USS Jarvis (DD-38) drove off several German submarines from the track of convoys along the coast of France and gave constant protection to shipping until 22 July when she collided with USS Benham (DD-49), causing considerable damage to her bow. The ship then sailed for repairs at Birkenhead, England. After resuming her patrol and escort duties at Brest on 20 September, she sailed on 28 December for the United States.

USS Jarvis (DD-38) called at the Azores and Bermuda on her way to Philadelphia where she arrived on 12 January 1919. After voyage repairs, she joined Flotilla B of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet for operations along the eastern seaboard which took her as far north as New York City. USS Jarvis (DD-38) entered the Philadelphia Navy Yard on 21 July 1919 in order to prepare for inactivation and decommissioning on 26 November 1919. She remained inactive at Philadelphia and her name was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 8 March 1935.

For a complete history of USS Jarvis (DD-38) please see its DANFS page.