- USS James K. Paulding (DD-238)
USS "James K. Paulding" (DD-238) was a "Clemson"-class
destroyerin the United States Navyduring the period between World War Iand World War II. She was named for former Secretary of the Navy James Kirke Paulding.
"James K. Paulding" was laid down
31 July 1918and launched 20 April 1920by New York Shipbuilding Corporation; sponsored by Miss Mary Hubbard Paulding, great granddaughter of James K. Paulding; and commissioned 29 November 1920, Lieutenant H. W. Jackson in command.
After shakedown "James K. Paulding" was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, and commenced tactical exercises with destroyer squadrons along the coast. She arrived
Newport, Rhode Island, 31 May 1921for summer maneuvers and reserve training. Later that year she cruised to Charleston, South Carolina, for squadron exercises, and continued operations there until late winter 1922.
"James K. Paulding" joined the
Scouting FleetJanuary 1923 and throughout the year engaged in tactical war problems designed to maintain the fleet in the best possible fighting condition. She continued these operations in addition to reserve training until she sailed in February 1925 to San Diego, Californiafor war problems in the Pacific. Upon her return to Newport 31 August, she resumed her duties with the Scouting Fleet. While engaging in gunnery exercises in Caribbean waters November 1926, "James K. Paulding" sailed to Nicaraguato protect American interests in the wake of political turmoil in that country. During March and April 1927 she remained off Nicaragua to prevent any smuggling of arms.
For the remainder of her career "James K. Paulding" continued reserve training and tactical exercises in the Atlantic and
Caribbean. During her service with the Navy she conducted peacekeeping operations, reserve training, and fleet problems all to maintain the United States' seapower, and provided a base upon which more powerful naval forces were built.
The destroyer arrived
Philadelphia Navy Yard 31 October 1930, and decommissioned there 10 February 1931. She was reduced to a hulk 28 December 1936in accordance with the provisions of the London treaty for the limitation and reduction of naval armament, scrapped, and struck from the Navy List 25 January 1937.
As of 2005, no other ship of the US Navy has been named "James K. Paulding". USS "Paulding" (DD-22) was named for
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