USS Meredith (DD-165)
|Builder:||Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||26 June 1918|
|Launched:||22 September 1918|
|Commissioned:||29 January 1919|
|Decommissioned:||28 June 1922|
|Struck:||7 January 1936|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping 29 September 1936|
|Class & type:||Wickes class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)|
|Beam:||30 ft 11 in (9.42 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||101 officers and enlisted|
|Armament:||4 × 4" (102 mm), 2 × 1 pdrs. (0.454 kg), 4 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes|
Meredith was laid down 26 June 1918 by Fore River Shipbuilding Company, Quincy, Massachusetts; launched 22 September 1918; sponsored by Mrs. William F. Meredith, wife of the great-grandnephew of Sergeant Meredith; and commissioned at Boston 29 January 1919, Commander H. H. Michaels in command.
Assigned to Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, Meredith proceeded to Newport, Rhode Island, for torpedoes and 18 February began a shakedown cruise to Cuba. However, she received orders 22 February to join five other destroyers as escort to George Washington, returning President Woodrow Wilson from France to Boston. On 26 February, she resumed her shakedown.
Meredith departed New York 1 May for Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland, to serve as a guide post for the first transoceanic flight, as Navy Curtis flying boats spanned the Atlantic from Long Island to Plymouth, England. Returning to Boston 22 May, Meredith cruised the east and gulf coasts with Destroyer Flotilla 2 until November, then served out of Newport for training, particularly target practice, until November, when she went into repair at Norfolk.
Rejoining her division at Charleston, South Carolina, 26 January 1922, she participated in maneuvers until 5 April when she went into Philadelphia Navy Yard for inactivation. Decommissioned 28 June 1922, Meredith remained at Philadelphia until, in accordance with the London Naval Treaty, she was sold for scrapping 29 September 1936.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.