USS Graham (DD-192)

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USS Graham
Career (US)
Namesake: William A. Graham
Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company
Laid down: 7 September 1918
Launched: 22 March 1919
Commissioned: 13 March 1920
Decommissioned: 31 March 1922
Struck: 4 May 1922
Fate: sold for scrapping,
19 September 1922
General characteristics
Class & type: Clemson-class destroyer
Displacement: 1,215 tons
Length: 310 ft (94 m)
Beam: 30 ft 11 12 in (9.436 m)
Draft: 9 ft 4 in (2.84 m)
Propulsion: 26,500 SHP (20 MW);
geared turbines,
2 screws
Speed: 35 kn (65 km/h)
Range: 4,900 nmi (9,100 km)
  @ 15 kt
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 × 4 in./50 (102 mm),
1 × 3 in./23 (76 mm),
12 × 21 in (533 mm) torpedo tubes.

USS Graham (DD-192) was a Clemson-class destroyer in the United States Navy during World War I. She was named for Secretary of the Navy William A. Graham (1804–1875).

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Graham was launched 22 March 1919 by the Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Newport News, Virginia, sponsored by Mrs. Robert F. Smallwood, granddaughter of Secretary Graham; and commissioned at Norfolk Navy Yard, 13 March 1920, Lieutenant Commander Paulus P. Powell in command.

Assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, after several trial runs on East Coast, Graham was at first given the special duty, together with two other U.S. destroyers, of a moving picture boat carrying the moving picture photographers, in connection with the International Cup Race, under the auspices of the New York Yacht Club, beginning 15 July 1920 and on alternate days thereafter until 27 July when the Race was completed.

Graham then joined the Atlantic Torpedo Fleet at Newport, Rhode Island, for exercises and training along the east coast, and for Neutrality Patrol and exercises off Guantanamo Bay and in the Panama Canal Zone. In 1921, she participated in combined division, squadron and fleet maneuvers off South America, visiting Callao, Peru, and Balboa, Canal Zone, before returning to Hampton Roads. There she took part in the Presidential Fleet Review at Norfolk, Virginia, in April 1921. She also participated in the bombing tests on former German ships off the Virginia coast that summer. On 27 October, in company with the 20th Division, she escorted S.S. Paris, on which General Foch was a passenger, to New York, and convoyed that ship up Ambrose Channel, New York. Then she commenced antiaircraft practice. On 12 November 1921 she had a change of status from operative commission to reduced complement. She was en route to New York from Charleston, South Carolina, when on 16 December she collided with SS Panama off the New Jersey coast and had to return to New York.

Graham decommissioned at New York Navy Yard 31 March 1922, and was sold for scrapping, 19 September 1922.

As of 2005, no other U.S. Navy ship has been named Graham.

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