USS Bell (DD-95)

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USS Bell (DD-95)
Career (US)
Namesake: Henry H. Bell
Builder: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts
Laid down: 16 November 1917
Launched: 20 April 1918
Commissioned: 31 July 1918
Decommissioned: 21 June 1922
Struck: 25 January 1937
Fate: Sold, 18 April 1939
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,191 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4" (102 mm), 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes

The first USS Bell (DD-95) was a Wickes-class destroyer in World War I. She was named for Rear Admiral Henry H. Bell.

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Bell was launched 20 April 1918 by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts; sponsored by Mrs. Josephus Daniels, wife of the Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, and commissioned 31 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander D. L. Howard in command.

From August to November 1918 Bell convoyed troop ships across the North Atlantic and in December formed part of the escort for George Washington carrying President Woodrow Wilson from New York to Brest, France. Bell continued serving with the Atlantic Fleet until placed in reserve in June 1920. She was decommissioned at Portsmouth Navy Yard 21 June 1922. Bell remained out of commission until August 1936 when she was declared in excess of the limits imposed by the London Naval Treaty of 1930 and reduced to a hulk. She was subsequently sold.

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