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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEZV

Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/51, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by New York Shipbuilding on June 10 1918.
Launched March 17 1919 and commissioned April 16 1920.
Decommissioned January 13 1931, recommissioned April 1 1932.
Decommissioned April 28 1938, Recommissioned September 25 1939.
Reclassified Auxiliary AG-84 October 1 1944.
Decommissioned December 13 1946.
Stricken January 28 1947.
Fate Sold May 9 1947 to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, CA and broken up for scrap.

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-John Hatfield was appointed Midshipman 18 June 1812 upon the outbreak of war. He volunteered for duty under Commodore Isaac Chauncey on Lake Ontario where he served in Lady of the Lake. Midshipman Hatfield was killed during the attack on York, Canada, 27 April 1813.Robert M. Cieri
Hatfield 124kUndated, location unknown.-
Hatfield 100kUndated, USS Satterlee (DD-190), USS Hatfield (DD-231) and USS Breckinridge (DD-148) in Balboa, The Canal Zone.Paul Rebold
Hatfield 67kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Hatfield 151kUndated, location unknown. NARA 19-N-9808, courtesy Chris Wright.Ed Zajkowski
Hatfield 103kUndated, USS Sands collided with Hatfield off Rhode island coast. Pictured here at Brooklyn Navy Yard. Leslie Jones Collection, Boston Public Library.Ed Zajkowski
Hatfield 98kWickes-class destroyers fitting out at the New York Shipbuilding Corporation shipyard, Camden, New Jersey, May 1919. These ships are (from left to right): Dickerson (Destroyer # 157, builder's hull # 216); Leary (Destroyer # 158, builder's hull # 217); Schenck (Destroyer # 159, builder's hull # 218); Herbert (Destroyer # 160, builder's hull # 219); Brooks (Destroyer # 232, builder's hull # 221); Hatfield (Destroyer # 231, builder's hull # 220); Babbitt (Destroyer # 128, builder's hull # 213) and DeLong (Destroyer # 129, builder's hull # 214). Note triple torpedo tubes on the wharf in the center foreground, and destroyer smokestacks in the lower left. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo # NH 42530.Joe Radigan/Robert Hurst
Hatfield 206kUSS PE-15 and USS Hatfield (DD-231) underway at an unknown location sometime between 1921 and 1923. Source: Library of Congress, Photo No. LC-H27-A-2874.Mike Green
Hatfield 154kU.S. destroyers moored side-by-side after a day's manoeuvers in Haitian Waters, circa the late 1920s or the 1930s. These ships are (from front to rear): USS Kane (DD-235); USS Hatfield (DD-231); USS Brooks (DD-232) and USS Lawrence (DD-250). The first three destroyers carry 5"/51 guns mounted on their sterns, while Lawrence has the normal 4"/50 gun mounted atop her after deckhouse, with a 3"/23 anti-aircraft gun on her stern. Note bedding airing on the ships' lifelines. U.S. Naval Historical Centre photo # NH 52227.Robert Hurst
Hatfield 164kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) and USS Humphreys (DD-236) circa 1928-1931. From the collection of Thomas Bowen, US Army.Thomas Kenny
Hatfield 198kCirca 1930 in San Francisco. Photo from the collection of Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Hatfield 145kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) in San Diego Harbor, California, during the early 1930s. She was one of only five "flush-deck" destroyers to carry 5"/51 guns. Donation of Franklin Moran, 1967. U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command Photograph. Photo #: NH 64542.Robert Hurst
Hatfield 94kLeaving New York City in August 1936.Darryl Baker
Hatfield 119kAs above.Darryl Baker
Hatfield 101kJanuary 26 1940, the USS Wichita and the USS Hatfield entering Willemstad, Curacao harbor.Tommy Trampp
Hatfield 75kProbably May 1942.-
Hatfield 171kUSS Hatfield (DD-231) as seen on 26 May 1942, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Washington. Note boat (L); after deckhouse details; CVE under construction in background (R); barrage balloons; sign on dock (L): "Remember the Normandy, Guard against fire!" Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. 19-N-30088.Mike Green
As AG-84
Hatfield 136kUndated, location unknown.Paul Rebold
Hatfield 78kAs AG-84 Seattle, WA October 1944.Marc Piché
Hatfield 235kOriginal DD equipment plaque saved while being scrapped. COURTESY OF THE LOS ANGELES MARITIME MUSEUM.Ed Zajkowski
Hatfield 248kOriginal DD equipment plaque saved while being scrapped. COURTESY OF THE LOS ANGELES MARITIME MUSEUM.Ed Zajkowski

USS HATFIELD DD-231 / AG-84 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LT Nicholas Vytlacil    Apr 16 1920 - May 10 1920
LCDR Max Burke De Mott    May 10 1920 - Oct 29 1921
LCDR Robert King Awtrey    Oct 29 1921 - Jan 1 1924
LCDR James Chaffin Clark    Jan 1 1924 - Mar 24 1924
LCDR Thaddeus Austin Thomson, Jr.    Mar 24 1924 - Dec 7 1926
LCDR Charles Johnes Moore    Dec 7 1926 - Aug 27 1927                       
LCDR Benjamin Perlman    Aug 27 1927 - Jun 19 1930
LCDR Robert Dudley Kirkpatrick    Jun 19 1930 - Jan 13 1931 
(Decommissioned January 13 1931 - April 1 1932)
LCDR James Fife, Jr.    Apr 1 1932 - Mar 10 1934
LCDR Thomas Browning Inglis    Mar 10 1934 - Jul 27 1935
LCDR Bernard Folsom Jenkins    Jul 27 1935 - Apr 10 1936
LT Haskell Clifford Todd    Apr 10 1936 - May 12 1936 (XOIC)
LCDR Robert Bowman Matthews    May 12 1936 - Jan 13 1937 
LCDR Gerald Desmond Linke    Jan 13 1937 - 
LT John Martin Kennaday    Jan 20 1938 - Apr 28 1939
(Decommissioned April 28 1938 - September 25 1939)
CDR Robert Walton Fleming    Sep 25 1939 - Oct 12 1940
LCDR Harry Keeler Jr.    Oct 12 1940 - Feb 10 1941
LCDR Benjamin Van Meter Russell    Feb 10 1941 - Dec 28 1942
LCDR Elonzo Bowden Grantham    Dec 28 1942 - Nov 8 1943
LCDR John Mason Dod    Nov 8 1943 - Oct 13 1944
LT John M. Krenz    Oct 13 1944 - Jan 12 1946
LCDR Ralph Brown    Jan 12 1946 - Dec 13 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Norman Hildebrand
Phone: (850)244-0816

Note About Contacts.

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