DD 331 (Clemson Class)
The Clemson Class as Constructed
MACDONOUGH was built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding of San Francisco, California. Her keel was laid May 24, 1920 and was launched December 12, 1920. At her launching she was sponsored by Mrs. Charles W. Dabney, great-granddaughter of Commodore Macdonough. She was placed in commission at Mare Island Navy Yard, California on April 26, 1921.
Complement: 89 men and 6 officers
MACDONOUGH was one of the ubiquitous 'Four Pipers' designed for convoy service during World War I. Although built after the end of hostilities she served ably in the postwar peacetime navy.
MACDONOUGH was based in San Diego for her entire Navy service, making frequent cruises to Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Hawiian Islands. In 1925 MACDONOUGH joined a Pacific Fleet battlegroup for a goodwill cruise to Australia and New Zealand.
She was decommissioned on January 8, 1930. Her name lived on in the fleet with the commissioning of the third MACDONOUGH (DD-351) in 1935.