THE UNITED STATES FLEET
OCTOBER 1, 1939

BATTLE FORCE
UNITED STATES FLEET
Admiral Claude C. Bloch

PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38) - Fleet Flagship
Flag Air Unit - 1 VOS

HOUSTON (CA-30) - Relief Flagship
BATTLE FORCE, U.S. FLEET
Admiral James O. Richardson

CALIFORNIA (BB-44) - Battle Force Flagship
Flag Air Unit - 1 VOS
Admiral James O. Richardson, COMBATFOR, photographed in his office aboard USS CALIFORNIA in 1939.
Richardson "fleeted up" to become CINCUS in 1940, but was relieved of his command in early 1941 due to
disagreements with President Franklin Roosevelt. Photo is from the Naval History and Heritage Command On-Line Library. As
far as I know it is in the public domain.
BATTLESHIPS, BATTLE FORCE
Vice Admiral Charles P. Snyder

WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48) - Flagship
BATTLESHIP DIVISION ONE
Rear Admiral Russell Willson

ARIZONA (BB-39) (F)
Captain Isaac Kidd
NEVADA (BB-36)
Captain Francis Rockwell
PENNSYLVANIA (BB-38)
Captain Elwin F. Cutts

Air Units - VO-1
Lt. Cmdr. Sherman E.. Burroughs
3 VOS per ship
BATTLESHIP DIVISION TWO
Rear Admiral Walter N. Vernou

TENNESSEE (BB-43) (F)
Captain Damon E. Cummings
OKLAHOMA (BB-37)
Captain Emanuel A. Lofquist
CALIFORNIA (BB-44)
Captain Harold M. Bemis

Air Units - VO-2
Lt. Cmdr. Rufus C. Young
3 VOS per ship
BATTLESHIP DIVISION THREE
Rear Admiral Arthur P. Fairfield

IDAHO (BB-42) (F)
Captain Stephen B. McKinney
MISSISSIPPI (BB-41)
Captain Raymond Spruance
NEW MEXICO (BB-40)
Captain Cortland C. Baughman

Air Units - VO-3
Lt. Cmdr. Henry C. Doan
3 VOS per ship
BATTLESHIP DIVISION FOUR
Vice Admiral Charles P. Snyder

WEST VIRGINIA (BB-48) (F)
Captain Henry M. Jensen
COLORADO (BB-45)
Captain Clyde R. Robinson
MARYLAND (BB-46)
Captain George C. Logan

Air Units - VO-4
Lt. Cmdr. Joseph F. Bolger
3 VOS per ship
USS OKLAHOMA (BB-37) of BATDIVTWO,
photographed in 1940. Navy picture obtained from
the NAVSOURCE photo archive. As far as I know it is
in the public domain.
CRUISERS, BATTLE FORCE
Rear Admiral Husband Kimmell

HONOLULU (CL-48) - Flagship
CRUISER DIVISION THREE
Captain Frank Fletcher**

CONCORD (CL-10) (F)
Captain Earle C. Metz
CINCINNATI (CL-6)
Captain Spencer  S. Lewis
MILWAUKEE (CL-5)
Captain Archibald McGlasson
OMAHA (CL-4)
Captain Lyal A. Davidson
TRENTON (CL-11)**
Captain James R. Barry

Air Units - VCS-3
Lt. Cmdr. Halstead L. Hopping
2 VSO per ship
CRUISER DIVISION EIGHT
Rear Admiral Forde A. Todd

PHILADELPHIA (CL-41) (F)
Captain Vance D. Chapline
BROOKLYN (CL-40)
Captain William Ward Smith
SAVANNAH (CL-42)
Captain Robert C. Giffen
NASHVILLE (CL-43)
Captain William W. Wilson

Air Units - VCS-8
Lt. Cmdr. Robert Goldthwaite
4 VSO per ship
CRUISER DIVISION NINE
Rear Admiral Husband Kimmell

HONOLULU (CL-48) (F)
Captain Oscar Smith
BOISE (CL-47)
Captain Byron V. McCandlish
PHOENIX (CL-46)
Captain John W. Rankin
ST. LOUIS (CL-49)**
Captain Charles H. Morrison
HELENA (CL-50)**
Lt. Cmdr. D. H. Johnston**

Air Units - VCS-9
Lt. Cmdr. Clarence E. Ekstrom
4 VSO per ship
** Notes for Cruisers, Battle Force:
TRENTON On Temporary Duty with Squadron 40-T.
ST LOUIS and HELENA assignments effective upon reporting to CINCUS following post-commissioning shakedown.
HELENA commissioned September 19. Lt. Cmdr. Johnson was in temporary command pending the arrival of Captain Max B. DeMott.
Captain Fletcher had been selected for promotion to Rear Admiral and would in fact soon assume this rank.
USS HELENA, the first USN cruiser commissioned after the outbreak
of WWII in Europe, circa 1940
US Navy Photo from Naval History and Heritage Command On-Line
Library. As Far as I know it is in the public domain.
DESTROYERS, BATTLE FORCE
Rear Admiral William S. Pye

DETROIT (CL-8) (F)
Captain George L. Weyler
Air Unit - 2 VSO
Lt. M. P. Bagdanovich
DESTROYER FLOTILLA ONE
Rear Admiral Ralston S. Holmes

RALEIGH (CL-7) (F)
Captain M. L. Hersey
Air Unit - 2 VSO
Lt. T. K. Wright

DOBBIN (AD-3) - Tender for Desrons 1 and 3
Captain E. P. Eldredge
WHITNEY (AD-4) - Tender for Desrons 2 and 9
Captain D. C. Godwin
DESTROYER SQUADRON ONE
Captain G. M. Ravenscroft

PHELPS (DD-360) (F)
Cmdr. H. Biesemeier
DESTROYER DIVISION ONE
Cmdr. C. C. Todd

DEWEY (DD-349) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. S. W. DuBois
HULL (DD-350)
Lt. Cmdr. H. D. Baker
MACDONOUGH (DD-351)
Lt. Cmdr. R. D. Tarbuck
WORDEN (DD-352)
Lt. Cmdr. R. K. Davis
DESTROYER DIVISION TWO
Captain George H. Fort

AYLWIN (DD-355) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. C. V. Lee
DALE (DD-353)
Lt. Cmdr. John P. Womble, Jr.
FARRAGUT (DD-348)
Lt. Cmdr. J. W. Welker
MONAGHAN (DD-354)
Lt. Cmdr. K. M. McManes
DESTROYER SQUADRON TWO
Captain  F. H. Roberts

PORTER (DD-356 ) (F)
Cmdr. H. D. Hoffman
DESTROYER DIVISION THREE
Captain Ernest G. Small

DRAYTON (DD-366) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. J. H. Carter
FLUSSER (DD-368)
Lt. Cmdr. John F. Rees
LAMSON (DD-367)
Lt. Cmdr. N. K. Dietrich
MAHAN (DD-364)
Lt. Cmdr. J. H. Leppert
DESTROYER DIVISION FOUR
Captain Thomas L. Gatch

CUSHING (DD-376) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. J. R. Wallace
PERKINS (DD-377)
Lt. Cmdr. J. P. Vetter
PRESTON (DD-379)
Lt. Cmdr. C. S. Isgrig
SMITH (DD-378)
Lt. Cmdr. G. M. O'Rear
DESTROYER SQUADRON THREE
Captain  A. H. Dresel

CLARK (DD-361) (F)
Cmdr. R. W. Bates
DESTROYER DIVISION FIVE
Cmdr. G. W. Dugger, Jr.

CASSIN (DD-372) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. W. F. Fitzgerald, Jr.
CONYNGHAM (DD-371)
Lt. Cmdr. J. E. Craig
DOWNES (DD-375)
Lt. Cmdr. K. H. Noble
REID (DD-369)
Lt. Cmdr. James B. Carter
DESTROYER DIVISION SIX
Cmdr. Theodore D. Ruddock

CASE (DD-370) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. H. D. Smith
SHAW (DD-373)
Lt. Cmdr. Thomas B. Britain
CUMMINGS (DD-365)
Lt. Cmdr. C. R. Todd
TUCKER (DD-374)
Lt. Cmdr. H. F. Gearing
DESTROYER SQUADRON NINE
Captain  C. H. J. Keppler

MCDOUGAL (DD-358) (F)
Cmdr. E. M. Senn
DESTROYER DIVISION SEVENTEEN
Captain A. Stanton Merrill

SOMERS (DD-381) (F)
Cmdr. J. E. Maher
WINSLOW (DD-359)**
Cmdr. Randal E. Dees
WARRINGTON (DD-383)
Cmdr. L. Wood
DESTROYER DIVISION EIGHTEEN
Captain Lewis. E. Denfeld

SAMPSON (DD-394) (F)
Cmdr. W. Granat
DAVIS (DD-395)**
Cmdr. T. DeW. Carr
JOUETT (DD-396)**
Cmdr. G. W. Clark
** Notes for Destroyer Squadron Nine:
WINSLOW scheduled to become flagship of DESRON 8 later in Fiscal Year 1940.
DAVIS and JOUETT assignments effective upon reporting to CINCUS following post-commissioning shakedown.
DESTROYER FLOTILLA TWO
Rear Admiral Rear Admiral William S. Pye

DETROIT (CL-8) (F)
Captain George L. Weyler
Air Unit - 2 VSO
Lt. Michael P. Bagdanovich

ALTAIR (AD-11) - Tender for Desrons 4 and 6
Cmdr. Ernest W. Broadbent
MELVILLE (AD-2) Tender for Desrons 7, 8 and 12 and Desdiv 19
Capt. Edward B. Lapham
DESTROYER SQUADRON FOUR
Captain Henry C. Gearing, Jr.

SELFRIDGE (DD-357) (F)
Cmdr. Bertram J. Rodgers
DESTROYER DIVISION SEVEN
Cmdr. Robert L. Conolly

HENLEY (DD-391) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Rutledge B. Tomkins
HELM (DD-388)
Lt. Cmdr. Percival E. McDowell
BLUE (DD-387)
Lt. Cmdr. Charles O. Comp
BAGLEY (DD-386)
Lt. Cmdr. W. L. Freeman
DESTROYER DIVISION EIGHT
Captain Francis E. M. Whiting

MUGFORD (DD-389) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Arleigh A. Burke
RALPH TALBOT (DD-390)
Lt. Cmdr. Roy W. M. Graham
JARVIS (DD-393)
Lt. Cmdr. Corydon H. Kimball
PATTERSON (DD-392)
Lt. Cmdr. Jack E. Hurff
DESTROYER SQUADRON SIX
Captain Freeland A. Daubin

BALCH (DD-363) (F)
Cmdr. Harry R. Thurber
DESTROYER DIVISION ELEVEN
Cmdr. Paul Hendren

GRIDLEY (DD-380) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. John T. Bottom
CRAVEN (DD-382)
Lt. Cmdr. Mead S. Pearson
MAURY (DD-401)
Lt. Cmdr. Edward M. Thompson
MCCALL (DD-400)
Lt. Cmdr. John E. Whelchel
DESTROYER DIVISION TWELVE
Cmdr. John M. Creighton

DUNLAP (DD-384) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Rockwell J. Townsend
BENHAM (DD-397)**
Lt. Cmdr. Thomas F. Darden, Jr.
FANNING (DD-385)
Lt. Cmdr. Norman O. Schwein
ELLET (DD-398)**
Lt. Cmdr. Francis J. Mee
** Notes for Destroyer Squadron Six:
BENHAM and ELLET assignments effective upon reporting to CINCUS following post-commissioning shakedown.
DESTROYER SQUADRON SEVEN
Captain Thomas E. Van Metre

MOFFETT (DD-362) (F)**
Cmdr. George W. Johnson
DESTROYER DIVISION TWENTY-FOUR
Cmdr. George F. Hussey, Jr.

PERRY (DD-340) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Richard E. Elliott
WASMUTH (DD-338)
Lt. Cmdr. Church A. Chappell
ZANE (DD-337)
Lt. Cmdr. Frederick J. Eckhoff
TREVER (DD-339)
Lt. Cmdr. James S. Smith, Jr.
DESTROYER DIVISION TWENTY-EIGHT
Cmdr. Warner P. Portz

SOUTHARD (DD-207) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Alvin D. Chandler
CHANDLER (DD-206)
Lt. Stirling P. Smith
HOVEY (DD-208)
Lt. Cmdr. Rufus E. Rose
LONG (DD-209)
Lt. Cmdr. John G. Jones
** Notes for Destroyer Squadron Seven:
MOFFETT scheduled to become flagship of DESRON 12 when that unit organized later in Fiscal Year 1940.
DESTROYER SQUADRON EIGHT
No Commander Assigned

WINSLOW (DD-359) (F)**
Cmdr. Randal  E. Dees
DESTROYER DIVISION NINE
No Commander Assigned

LANG (DD-399) (F)**
Cmdr. Felix L. Johnson
STERETT (DD-407)**
Lt. Cmdr. Atherton Macondray, Jr.
WILSON (DD-408)**
Lt. Cmdr. Russell G. Sturges
DESTROYER DIVISION TEN
No Commander Assigned

MAYRANT (DD-402) (F)**
Lt. Cmdr. Edwin A. Taylor
ROWAN (DD-405)**
Lt. Cmdr. Beverly. Harrison, Jr.
** Notes for Destroyer Squadron Eight:
WINSLOW scheduled to become flagship of DESRON 8 when that unit organized later in Fiscal Year 1940.
Assignment of all vessels in Destroyer Divisions Nine and Ten effective upon reporting to CINCUS following post-commissioning shakedown.
DESTROYER SQUADRON TWELVE
No Commander Assigned

MOFFETT (DD-362) (F)**
Cmdr. George W. Johnson
DESTROYER DIVISION TWENTY-FIVE
No Commander Assigned

ANDERSON (DD-411) (F)**
Lt. Cmdr. William M. Hobby
HAMMANN (DD-412)**
Lt. Cmdr. Arnold E. True
HUGHES (DD-410)**
Lt. Cmdr. Donald J. Ramsey
SIMS (DD-409)**
Lt. Cmdr. William A. Griswold
DESTROYER DIVISION TWENTY-SIX
No Commander Assigned

MUSTIN (DD-413) (F)**
Lt. Cmdr. James S. Freeman
** Notes for Destroyer Squadron Twelve:
MOFFETT scheduled to become flagship of DESRON 12 when that unit organized later in Fiscal Year 1940.
Assignment of all vessels in Destroyer Divisions Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six effective upon reporting to CINCUS following post-commissioning shakedown.
DESTROYER SQUADRON THIRTY-ONE
Commander Unknown

MACLEISH (DD-220) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Arthur C. Wood
DESTROYER DIVISION SIXTY-TWO
Cmdr. Thomas V. Cooper

MCCORMICK (DD-223) (F)
Cmdr. Thomas V. Cooper
OVERTON (DD-239)
Lt. Cmdr. Daniel N. Cone, Jr.
STURTEVANT (DD-240)
Lt. Albert E. Jarrell
BAINBRIDGE (DD-246)
Lt. Cmdr. Edward P. Creehan
DESTROYER DIVISION EIGHTY-THREE
Cmdr. Horace D. Clarke

LAWRENCE (DD-250) (F)
Cmdr. Horace D. Clarke
SANDS (DD-243)
Lt. Cmdr. Frank W. MacDonald
KING (DD-242)
Lt. Cmdr. Elmer E. Berthold
HUMPHREYS (DD-236)
Lt. Cmdr. Harrison B. Southworth
DESTROYER SQUADRON THIRTY-TWO
Captain Arthur S. Carpender

LEA (DD-118) (F)
Lt. Franklin W. Slaven
DESTROYER DIVISION SIXTY-FOUR
Cmdr. Lyman K. Swenson

TWIGGS (DD-127) (F)
Cmdr. Lyman K. Swenson
WICKES (DD-75)
Lt. Cmdr. Charles J. Stuart
PHILIP (DD-76)
Lt. Cmdr. Edward F. Crowe
EVANS (DD-78)
Lt. Cmdr. Chauncey Moore
DESTROYER DIVISION SIXTY-FIVE
Cmdr. Henry B. Broadfoot

AARON WARD (DD-132 (F)
Cmdr. Henry B. Broadfoot
BUCHANAN (DD-131)
Lt. Jeane R. Clark
HALE (DD-133)
Lt. William C. Latrobe
CROWNINSHIELD (DD-134)
Lt. Harry H. Henderson
DESTROYER DIVISION NINETEEN
Cmdr. Arthur D. Burhans
RATHBURNE (DD-113) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. Preston V. Mercer
TALBOT (DD-114)
Lt. Cmdr. Max Stormes
DENT (DD-116)
Lt. Cmdr. Merrall K. Kirk Patrick
WATERS (DD-115)
Lt. R. D. Smith
AIRCRAFT, BATTLE FORCE
Vice Admiral Charles A. Blakely

YORKTOWN (CV-5) - Flagship
F3F-3 fighter planes from YORKTOWN's VF-5 in flight in 1939. Photo
from the Naval History and Heritage Command On-Line Library.
As far as I know it is in the public domain.
CARRIER DIVISION ONE
Rear Admiral William F. Halsey

SARATOGA (CV-3) (F)
Captain Albert C. Read

Saratoga Air Group
Lt. Cmdr. Austin K. Doyle

 VB-3  - 18 VSB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Robert E. Blick
 VF-3  - 18 VF, 1 VSB, 2 VM
   
Lt. Cmdr. H. F. Cooper
 VS-3  - 18 VSB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Charles F. Greber
 VT-3  - 18 VTB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Frank C. Sutton
 Miscellaneous Aircraft - 2 VM, 3 VSO, 2 VJ, 1 VSB


LEXINGTON (CV-2)
Captain Alva D. Bernhard

Lexington Air Group
Lt. Cmdr. James H. McKay

 VB-2  - 18 VSB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Harry D. Felt
 VF-2  - 18 VF, 1 VSB, 2 VM
   
Lt. Cmdr. Lucien A. Moebus
 VS-2  - 18 VSB
   
Lt. Cmdr. John W. King, III
 VT-2  - 18 VTB
   
Lt. Cmdr. George A. Dussault
 Miscellaneous Aircraft - 3 VSO, 2 VJ, 1 VSB
CARRIER DIVISION TWO
Vice Admiral Charles A. Blakely

YORKTOWN (CV-5) (F)
Captain Ernest L. Gunther

Yorktown Air Group
Lt. Cmdr. J. R. Tate

 VB-5  - 18 VB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Daniel W. Harrigan
 VF-5  - 18 VF, 1 VSB, 2 VM
   
Lt. Cmdr. William L. Rees
 VS-5  - 18 VSB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Robert N. Hunter
 VT-5  - 18 VTB
   
Lt. Cmdr. John P. W. Vest
 Miscellaneous Aircraft - 4 VM, 3 VSO, 2 VJ, 1 VSB


ENTERPRISE (CV-6)
Captain Charles A. Pownall

Enterprise Air Group
Lt. Cmdr. Richard F. Whitehead

 VB-6  - 18 VB
   
Lt. Cmdr. Roland P. Kauffman
 VF-6  - 18 VF, 1 VSB, 2 VM
   
Lt. Cmdr. Harold L. Young
 VS-6  - 18 VSB
   
Lt. Cmdr. William V. Saunders
 VT-6  - 18 VTB
   
Lt. Cmdr. George H. De Baun
 Miscellaneous Aircraft - 3 VSO, 2 VJ, 1 VSB
USS ENTERPRISE, October, 1939.
US Navy Photo from Naval History and Heritage Command On-Line
Library. As far as I know, it is in the public domain.
MINECRAFT, BATTLE FORCE
Rear Admiral Edward J. Marquart

OGLALA (CM-4) (F)
Cmdr. J. G. Atkins
MINE SQUADRON ONE
Commander Unknown (possibly RADM Marquart)
MINE DIVISION ONE
Cmdr. A. D. Mayer

PRUITT (DM-22) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. J. L. Melgaard
PREBLE (DM-20)
Lt. Cmdr. L. A. Reinken
SICARD (DM-21)
Lt. Cmdr. A. M. Townsend
TRACY (DM-19)
Lt. Cmdr. J. B. Sides
MINE DIVISION TWO
Commander Unknown

TANAGER (AM-5) (F)
Lt. Cmdr. E. R. J. Griffin
QUAIL (AM-15)
Lt. Cmdr. J. H. Morrill
LARK (AM-21)
Lt. J. O. Jenkins
WHIPOORWILL (AM-35)
Lt. L. F. Blodgett
MINE DIVISION FIVE
Cmdr. A. E. Smith
GAMBLE (DM-15) (F)
Cmdr. A. E. Smith
RAMSAY (DM-16)
Lt. Cmdr. H. M. Hayter
MONTGOMERY (DM-17)
Lt. Cmdr. D. F. McLean
BREESE (DM-18)
Lt. Cmdr. W. J. Longfellow
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