USS Boggs (DD-136)

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USS Boggs (DD-136)
United States
Namesake: Charles Boggs
Builder: Mare Island Navy Yard
Cost: $2,455,952.79 (hull & machinery)[1]
Laid down: November 15, 1917
Launched: April 25, 1918
Commissioned: September 23, 1918
Decommissioned: March 20, 1946
In service:
  • September 23, 1918 to June 29, 1922
  • December 19, 1931 to March 20, 1946
  • AG-19, September 5, 1931
  • DMS-3, late-1940
  • AG-19, June 5, 1945
Struck: April 12, 1946
Fate: Sold for scrapping, November 27, 1946
Status: Scrapped
General characteristics
Class and type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,154 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 9 in (9.68 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.74 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
  • 4 × 4 in (102 mm)
  • 1 × 3 in/23 (76/23 mm)
  • 12 × 21" (533 mm) torpedo tubes (4 × 3)

USS Boggs (DD–136) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy, later redesignated as AG-19 and then as DMS-3, and back again to AG-19. She was the first ship named for Admiral Charles Boggs.

Boggs was launched on April 25, 1918 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Miss Ruth Hascal; and commissioned on September 23, 1918, with Commander H. V. McKittrick in command.

Service history[edit]

Boggs departed San Diego in March 1919 for a six months cruise along the east coast, in the North Atlantic, and in the Caribbean. Upon her return she served with the Pacific Fleet until being placed out of commission on June 29, 1922. Redesignated a miscellaneous auxiliary (AG-19) on September 5, 1931, she was re-commissioned on December 19, 1931 and assigned to Mobile Target Division 1, Battle Force, for high-speed radio control tests, target towing, and mine sweeping.[2] Except for a cruise to the east coast (January–October 1934) she served off the west coast until 1940. She arrived at Pearl Harbor on September 11, 1940. Late in 1940, she was reclassified a high speed minesweeper (DMS-3).

World War II[edit]

The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 found Boggs at sea, but she returned later in the day to sweep the approaches and anchorage. She remained at Pearl Harbor on minesweeping, patrol, and training duty until January 1943 when she made a run to Canton Island, Phoenix Islands, with supplies. She returned to Pearl Harbor on March 2, 1943, and for the next year served in the vicinity as a patrol vessel, minesweeper, and towboat. She served as a target towing vessel with the Operational Training Command out of San Diego (April 12, 1944-March 1945).

Following overhaul at San Pedro, California, from March through June 1945, she was stripped of her sweeping gear and reclassified 'AG-19, June 5, 1945. Fitted for high-speed target towing, Boggs arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, via Pearl Harbor, on August 15, 1945. She remained at Eniwetok until October 6, 1945 and then returned to the United States, arriving in early 1946. Boggs was decommissioned on March 20, 1946 and sold on November 27, 1946.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Table 21 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 762. 1921. 
  2. ^ "Robot Warships" Popular Mechanics, July 1934, pp. 72-75

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