The USS Farenholt (DD-332) served in the U.S. Navy during the third decade of the 20th century. She was named for Rear Admiral Oscar Walter Farenholt of San Antonio, Texas, who served in the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War and the Spanish-American War. Farenholt was built as a Clemson-class ship.
Farenholt was laid down at San Francisco, California by the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation in September 1920, launched in March 1921, and commissioned in May with Commander N.W. Post in command. Carrying a crew of 114, Farenholt was 314 feet, five inches long, with a beam of 31 feet, eight inches and draught of nine feet 10 inches. Farenholt was driven by geared turbines supporting a cruising speed of 35 knots, and was armed with four 4-inch rapid-fire guns, one three-inch anti-aircraft gun, and twelve 21-inch torpedo tubes.
Farenholt began her service at San Diego in May 1921 and joined the Pacific Fleet for routine maneuvers and exercises. She operated from the Pacific Northwest to the Panama Canal Zone, and participated in many gunnery drills, torpedo exercises, and plane guard duty for battleships that carried seaplanes. Farenholt also joined in for fleet problems and war practice with the Army.
Farenholt was first commanded by Commander N.W. Post, but was later run by Lieutenant Commander William Henry Stiles, Jr., and then by Lieutenant Commander Mahlon Street Tisdale. She participated in fleet exercises in 1924 and 1927 in the Caribbean, the second trip during which Farenholt sailed up the east coast to Norfolk, Virginia, New York, and Newport, Rhode Island. Farenholt took part in a fleet problem and routine exercises in Hawaii from May to August 1925, and continued onto Samoa, Australia, and New Zealand with the Battle Fleet. In 1928, Farenholt conducted various exercises in Hawaiian waters and was stationed at Pearl Harbor.
Farenholt was assigned to helping train Naval Reserve members in the summer of 1929. This service was conducted along the west coast, at various ports in the United States, up to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Farenholt was decommissioned in February 1930, and then sold for scrap in June 1931 following the issuance of the London Treaty that limited naval armament in several countries.
Asbestos Risk on the USS Farenholt (DD-332)
As a pre-1930s vessel, use of asbestos on Farenholt was likely concentrated in her engineering sections. Sailors assigned to maintenance and engine room labor were at the greatest risk for exposure. The asbestos risk was not confined to those sailors, though, because asbestos dust easily carried throughout many common areas of the ship. If your loved one served aboard Farenholt and was later diagnosed with mesothelioma, Naval exposure to asbestos may have contributed to his disease.Sources
Haze Gray & Underway. Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. DD-332.
NavSource Naval History, USS Farenholt (DD-332).