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Macdonough II (DD‑331)


The second U.S. Navy ship named for Commodore Thomas Macdonough (1783-1825); see Macdonough I for biography.   


(DD‑331: displacement 1,190; length 314'5"; beam 311'8"; draft 9'4"; speed 35 knots; complement 95; armament 4 4-inch, 1 3-inch, 12 21-inch torpedo tubes; class Clemson)

The second Macdonough (Destroyer No. 331) was laid down on 24 May 1920 at San Francisco, Calif., by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp.; redesignated as DD-331 on 17 July 1920 as the Navy standardized iots nomenclature for ship classifications; launched on 15 December 1920; sponsored by Mrs. Charles W. Dabney, great‑granddaughter of Commodore Thomas Macdonough; and commissioned on 30 April 1921, Lt. Cmdr. Herbert J. Ray in command.

Based at San Diego, Calif,., throughout her naval service, Macdonough operated primarily along the west coast. Periodic maneuvers and cruises with the Battle Fleet off the Pacific coast of Central America, the Hawaiian Islands, and in the Caribbean, as well as special assignments, intervened in her normal operations schedule. Included in her special assignments was a good will cruise with the fleet to Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand, 20 June to 26 September 1925.

On 22 March 1929, Macdonough returned to San Diego from fleet exercises held off Balboa, Canal Zone, and operated off southern California until decommissioned at San Diego on 8 January 1930. She was sold for scrap on 20 December 1930.

Updated, Robert J. Cressman

4 May 2022

Published: Mon May 09 09:00:22 EDT 2022