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USS Davis (DD-65)

USS Davis (DD-65)

USS Davis (DD-65) was a Sampson-class destroyer that served in the US Navy during World War I, and later served in the US Coast Guard as the USS Davis (CG-21). Davis was the second Navy ship to be named after Rear Admiral Charles Henry Davis.


Davis was launched by Bath Iron Works out of Bath, Maine on August 15, 1916. She was sponsored by Miss E. Davis, who was the granddaughter of Admiral Davis, for whom the destroyer was named. Lieutenant Commander R. F. Zogbaum, Jr. took command of Davis when she was commissioned on October 5, 1916.

Naval History

Prior to World War I, Davis was assigned to Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet. Her first duties were to operate in the Caribbean as well as on the east and west coast. After the United States entered WWI, Davis joined five other destroyers and became one of the first American destroyer detachments to be sent to European waters. Davis left Boston on April 24, 1917 and arrived in Queenstown, Ireland on May 4. Here she performed patrol duty and escorted merchant convoys through treacherous submarine zones.

For a brief period in June, Davis assisted in carrying the first American Expeditionary Force to France. She was also credited with rescuing numerous survivors from vessels that had been torpedoed, with the most notable rescue mission taking place on May 12, 1918. On that date, Davis picked up 35 crew members from U-103 after the vessel had been damaged in a collision with Olympic. The rescued crew members were taken prisoner and were turned over to British military authorities at Milford Haven. In December 1918, Davis served as part of the escort force for President Woodrow Wilson, who was traveling to Brest, France, via SS George Washington. She returned to New York the following month.

After returning to the United States in January 1919, Davis underwent an overhaul and was reassigned to Division 4, Flotilla 8, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet. Her new duty was to cruise on the east coast. She was placed in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard in September 1919, where she stayed until November 1920. Three months later, she was sent to Charleston, South Carolina. Here, Davis operated in reduced commission until she was once again returned to Philadelphia Navy Yard on March 1922. On June 30, 1922, Davis was decommissioned. She was transferred to the Coast Guard on March 25, 1926. Here, she served as part of the Rum Patrol out of New London, Connecticut until she was returned to the Navy on June 30, 1933. She was then decommissioned and eventually sold on August 22, 1934.

Asbestos Risk on the USS Davis (DD-65)

The USS Davis used asbestos insulation extensively in boilers and engineering rooms, as well as to insulate compartments and pipes all over the vessel. The damage done by asbestos happens when its microscopic fibers are inhaled. They can infiltrate the mesothelium, a thin lining of cells that surrounds and buffers internal organs. There, they can cause scarring or tissue damage, possibly resulting in mesothelioma, a dangerous cancer.

If you or someone you love was injured by asbestos aboard the USS Davis, there are legal avenues to compensation. Choosing a qualified mesothelioma lawyer can guide you on the best course of action. We have published a mesothelioma information kit that outlines your legal options and treatment choices. Simply complete the form on this page and we'll mail you a kit, at no charge.



Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Retrieved 14 December 2010

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