USS Boggs (DD-136)
USS Boggs in June 1945
|Builder:||Mare Island Navy Yard|
|Cost:||$2,455,952.79 (hull & machinery)|
|Laid down:||15 November 1917|
|Launched:||25 April 1918|
|Commissioned:||23 September 1918|
|Decommissioned:||20 March 1946|
|Struck:||12 April 1946|
|Fate:||Sold for scrapping, 27 November 1946|
|Class and type:||Wickes-class destroyer|
|Length:||314 ft 5 in (95.8 m)|
|Beam:||31 ft 9 in (9.7 m)|
|Draft:||9 ft 0 in (2.7 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
|Complement:||122 officers and enlisted|
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 departed San Diego in March 1919 for a six-month cruise along the east coast, in the North Atlantic, and in the Caribbean Sea. Upon her return she served with the Pacific Fleet until being placed out of commission on 29 June 1922. Redesignated a miscellaneous auxiliary (AG-19) on 5 September 1931, she was re-commissioned on 19 December 1931 and assigned to Mobile Target Division 1, Battle Force, for high-speed radio control tests, target towing, and mine sweeping. 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 11 September 1940. Late in 1940, she was reclassified a high speed minesweeper (DMS-3).
World War II
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 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 2 March 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 (12 April 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, 5 June 1945. Fitted for high-speed target towing, Boggs arrived at Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, via Pearl Harbor, on 15 August 1945. She remained at Eniwetok until 6 October 1945 and then returned to the United States, arriving in early 1946. Boggs was decommissioned on 20 March 1946 and sold for scrap on 27 November 1946.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- "Table 21 - Ships on Navy List June 30, 1919". Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office: 762. 1921.
- "Robot Warships" Popular Mechanics, July 1934, pp. 72-75