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USS King (DD-242) 

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USS King (DD-242) was laid down 28 April 1919 by the New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; launched 14 October 1920; sponsored by Mrs. Allene A. King, widow of Oomdr. King; and commissioned 16 December 1920, Lt. Comdr. R. C. Smith, in command.

After shakedown and training operations along the Atlantic Coast USS King (DD-242) cleared Hampton Roads 2 October 1921 for her first Mediterranean cruise. Arriving Smyrna, Turkey, 8 November, the destroyer received 300 Greek refugees for transport to Mitylene, Greece. USS King (DD-242) served as station ship during the Crimean Crisis, remaining in Turkish waters until June 1923.

Upon return to the United State during the summer, USS King (DD-242) joined the Atlantic Scouting Fleet and from 1923 to 1930 engaged in fleet exercises and reserve training cruises along the coast and in the Caribbean. USS King (DD-242) sailed for the Pacific 15 April 1925 for maneuvers in Hawaiian waters. During the spring of 1927, she patrolled waters off Nicaragua to protect American citizens and interests during civil war in that country. USS King (DD-242) decommissioned at Philadelphia 10 March 1931. She recommissioned 13 June 1932 and departed Hampton Roads 18 August to join the Pacific Scouting Force. USS King (DD-242) operated out of California for the next 6 years, engaging in central Pacific exercises, reserve cruises and training maneuvers to strengthen America's powerful sea force. The destroyer decommissioned at San Diego 21 September 1938.

Soon after Nazi aggression plunged Europe into war, USS King (DD-242) recommissioned 26 September 1939, Lt. Comdr. E. E. Berthold in command. Following arrival at Norfolk 22 February 1940, the destroyer operated along the East Coast on Neutrality Patrol out of Boston and Key West, before returing to the West Coast during the fall. She continued patrol and maneuvers out of San Francisco, operating in that area at the outbreak of hostilities with Japan.

After overhaul, USS King (DD-242) operated off the West Coast for the rest of the war, as patrol vessel and an ASW screen. She departed Treasure Island 28 August 1945 arriving Philadelphia 20 September. USS King (DD-242) decommissioned there 23 October 1945, and was sold to Boston Metals for scrapping on 29 September 1946.

For a complete history of USS King (DD-242) please see its DANFS page.