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USS TARBELL (DD-142)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEZP

CLASS - WICKES As Built.
Displacement 1,154 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA (1 x 3"/23AA In Some Ships), 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,000 SHP; Parsons Design Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 103.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Cramp, Philadelphia on December 31 1917.
Launched May 28 1918 and commissioned November 27 1918.
Decommissioned at San Diego on June 8 1922.
Recommissioning on May 29 1930.
She set sail for Philadelphia in late 1936 and was decommissioned there
shortly after her arrival.
Recommissioned on October 4 1939.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia on July 20 1945 and berthed there until her sale.
Stricken August 13 1945.
Fate Sold November 30 1945 and broken up for scrap.

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-Joseph Tarbell was born at Norfolk, Va., sometime around 1780 and was appointed midshipman on 5 December 1798. He served in the frigate Constitution and other ships of the Mediterranean Squadron from 1800 to 1804, at the height of America's war with Tripoli. He was present, under Commodore Edward Preble, during the demonstration before Tripoli in 1804 and stood among those honored by Congress for services rendered during that action. From 19 to 23 June 1813, during the War of 1812, Tarbell commanded a boat expedition against the British squadron off Craney Island and in the James River. His flotilla of 15 armed crafts fought the enemy for an hour and one-half and succeeded in forcing him to flee. In those actions, his men sank three British boats, took 43 prisoners, and killed 90 of the enemy. Tarbell received a commendation from his superior, Commodore Stephen Cassin, and by the army officers ashore for his gallantry and assistance in the defense of Craney Island. Just over a month later, on 24 July 1813, he was promoted to the rank of captain. Captain Tarbell died at Norfolk on 24 November 1815.Robert M. Cieri
Tarbell 236kUndated, location unknown. USS Tarbell (DD-142) with USS Humphreys (DD-236) and USS Hopkins (DD-249) aft of her. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Tarbell 146kUndated, location unknown. Sterns of USS Tarbell (DD-142) and USS Lea (DD-118).Darryl Baker
Tarbell 230kPost World War I San Diego image including the USS Walker (DD-163), USS Lea (DD-118), USS Gamble (DD-123), USS Montgomery (DD-121), USS Roper (DD-147), USS Ramsay (DD-124), USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Crosby (DD-164), USS Jacob Jones (DD-130), USS Hazelwood (DD-107), USS Gillis (DD-260), USS McLanahan (DD-264), USS Howard (DD-179), USS Schley (DD-103), USS Dorsey (DD-117), USS Tattnall (DD-125), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Laub (DD-263), USS Zane (DD-337), USS Perry (DD-340) and USS Alden (DD-211).Mike Mohl
Tarbell 109kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) Underway, circa 1919-1922. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 95kUSS Wickes (DD-75) underway in a channel, with USS Tarbell (DD-142) following, circa 1919-1922. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 171kPhoto #: NH 71572, USS Tarbell (DD-142) crewmembers doing laundry and relaxing on the ship's afterdeck, circa 1919-1922. The stern of USS Lea (DD-118) is in the background. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 130kAt sea in 1919. Courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation. Collection of Lieutenant Charles Dutreaux. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 104kDestroyers at Mare Island Navy Yard, 1919. These ships are from left to right: USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Thatcher (DD-162); USS Rizal (DD-174); USS Hart (DD-110); USS Hogan (DD-178); USS Gamble (DD-123); USS Ramsay (DD-124) and USS Williams (DD-108). Donation of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (Medical Corps). Photo No NH 42538.Robert Hurst
Tarbell 106kDestroyers at the Mare Island Navy Yard, 1919. These ships are (from left to right): USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Thatcher (DD-162); USS Rizal (DD-174); USS Hart (DD-110); USS Hogan (DD-178); USS Gamble (DD-123); USS Ramsay (DD-124) and USS Williams (DD-108). Donation of Rear Admiral Ammon Fahrenholt, USN (Medical Corps). U.S. Navy Historical Centre photo # NH 42537.Robert Hurst
Tarbell 108kPhoto #: NH 57140, USS Tarbell (Destroyer # 142), at left, steaming through the Gaillard Cut, during the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. USS Woolsey (Destroyer # 77) is immediately ahead of Tarbell. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 152kDestroyers in the Middle Chambers, Gatun Lock during the Pacific Fleet's passage through the Panama Canal, 24 July 1919. Those in the front centre are (left to right): USS Waters (Destroyer # 115); USS Dent (Destroyer # 116) and USS Boggs (Destroyer # 136). USS Yarnall (Destroyer # 143) is by herself just aft of that group. Partially visible at right are (left to right): USS Elliot (Destroyer # 146); USS Buchanan (Destroyer # 131) and USS Philip (Destroyer # 76). two of the three ships just astern of that group are: USS Tarbell (Destroyer # 142), right, and USS Wickes (Destroyer # 75, left. Photographed by the Panama Canal Company (their photo # 80-C-5). U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 42536.Robert Hurst
Tarbell 138kDestroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22. Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 108kUSS Yarnall (DD-143) and USS Tarbell (DD-142) Tied up together alongside a pier, during the 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 92kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) in New York Harbour during the 1930s (USN).Robert Hurst
Tarbell 119kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) in San Diego harbor, California, during the early 1930s. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 96kUSS Tarbell (DD-142), outboard ship, and USS Yarnall (DD-143), just inboard of Tarbell with two other destroyers, alongside a tender during the 1930s. Donation of BMGC Ralph E. Turpin, USNRF, 1963. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 153kUSS Dobbin (AD-3), Alongside the dock at Smith's Cove, Seattle, Washington, in company with several destroyers, 4 July 1933. Destroyers in the foreground are, from left to right: USS Schenck (DD-159); USS Dickerson (DD-157); and USS Herbert (DD-160). USS Leary (DD-158) is alongside Dobbin, just astern of the foreground group. USS Tarbell (DD-142) is in the background, partially visible at right. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 65013.Robert Hurst
Tarbell 301kBalboa Harbor, Panama Canal Zone. Aerial photograph taken 23 April 1934, with U.S. Fleet cruisers and destroyers moored together. Ships present include (left to right in lower left): USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Roper (DD-147); USS Hale (DD-133); USS Dorsey (DD-117); USS Lea (DD-118); USS Rathburne (DD-113); USS Talbot (DD-114); USS Waters (DD-115); USS Dent (DD-116); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Crowninshield (DD-134); USS Preble (DD-345); and USS William B. Preston (DD-344). (left to right in center): USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Sands (DD-243); USS Lawrence (DD-250); (unidentified destroyer); USS Detroit (CL-8), Flagship, Destroyers Battle Force; USS Fox (DD-234); USS Greer (DD-145); USS Barney (DD-149); USS Tarbell (DD-142); and USS Chicago (CA-29), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. (left to right across the top): USS Southard (DD-207); USS Chandler (DD-206); USS Farenholt (DD-332); USS Perry (DD-340); USS Wasmuth (DD-338); USS Trever (DD-339); USS Melville (AD-2); USS Truxtun (DD-229); USS McCormick (DD-223); USS MacLeish (DD-220); USS Simpson (DD-221); USS Hovey (DD-208); USS Long (DD-209); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Tracy (DD-214); USS Dahlgren (DD-187); USS Medusa (AR-1); USS Raleigh (CL-7), Flagship, Destroyers Scouting Force; USS Pruitt (DD-347); and USS J. Fred Talbott (DD-156); USS Dallas (DD-199); (four unidentified destroyers); and USS Indianapolis (CA-35), Flagship, Cruisers Scouting Force. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Fabio Peña
Tarbell 145kJuly 1934 at Provincetown, USS Tarbell (DD-142), USS Upshur (DD-144) and USS Greer (DD-145). Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Tarbell 53kJuly 29 1934, location unknown.Marc Piché
Tarbell 69kPhoto #: NH 47002, USS Upshur (DD-144) and USS Tarbell (DD-142) tied up in port, during the later 1930s. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 186kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) Underway in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 100kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 86kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 221kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) steaming in Charleston harbor, South Carolina, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold
Tarbell 154kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) In Charleston harbor, South Carolina, 17 December 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 94kCirca 1943, location unknown. Image from the 1943-44 Edition of Jane's Fighting Ships.Robert Hurst
Tarbell 204kUSS Tarbell (DD-142) At anchor in New York Harbor, 24 July 1943, with the barge Captain Jarvis and a tug alongside. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Tarbell 156kUSS Tarbell (DD-142), at anchor in New York Harbor, 24 July 1943, with the barge Captain Jarvis and a tug alongside. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Paul Rebold

USS TARBELL DD-142 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves


CDR Halsey Powell    Nov 27 1918 - Jun 10 1919

LCDR Granville Benjamin Hoey    Jun 10 1919 - Oct 13 1921

LT William Francis Dietrich    Oct 13 1921 - Jun 8 1922 (Later RADM)

(Decommissioned Jun 8 1922 - May 29 1930)

LCDR Charles Kyle Osborne    May 29 1930 - Jun 5 1931 

LCDR Herbert Keeney Fenn    Jun 5 1931 - Jan 10 1933

LCDR Carl Frederick Holden    Jan 10 1933 - Jan 21 1935 (Later VADM)

LCDR Walter Scott MacAuley    Jan 21 1935 - Jan 15 1937

(Decommissioned Jan 15 1937 - Oct 4 1939)

LCDR Edward White Rawlins    Oct 4 1939 - Mar 21 1941

LCDR Solomon David Willingham    Mar 21 1941 - May 20 1942

LCDR Walter Manly Foster    May 20 1942 - Nov 4 1943 (Later RADM)

LCDR Howard Martin Payne    Nov 4 1943 - Jun 15 1944

LCDR Charles Alfred Berry    Jun 15 1944 - Jul 20 1945


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