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USS Anthony (DD-172)
USS Anthony (DD-172), in Pacific Coast waters, circa 1920
USS Anthony, in Pacific Coast waters, circa 1920
Namesake: William Anthony
Builder: Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 18 April 1918
Launched: 10 August 1918
Commissioned: 19 June 1919
Decommissioned: 30 June 1922
Reclassified: DM-12, 16 November 1920
Struck: 1 December 1936
Fate: Sunk as target, 22 July 1937
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,191 tons
Length: 314 ft 5 in (95.83 m)
Beam: 31 ft 8 in (9.65 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 133 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 2 x 3" (76 mm), 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt.

USS Anthony (DD–172/DM-12) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I. She was named for Marine Sergeant Major William Anthony (1853–1899).


Anthony (DD-172) was launched 10 August 1918 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California; sponsored by Miss Grace Heathcote; commissioned 19 June 1919 Commander D. A. Scott in command; and reported to Destroyer Division Pacific. Anthony operated on the west coast between San Diego and Bremerton, Washington, until June 1921. She sailed on 8 September 1919 from San Francisco to Port Angeles, Washington, to attend the ceremonies of the newly organized Pacific Fleet. Anthony visited Victoria, British Columbia, 11 September and returned Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels to Bremerton on 12 September. On 13 September she passed review, with other units of the fleet, before President Woodrow Wilson in Oregon (BB-3) and, on 14 September before the Secretary of the Navy.

On 16 November 1920 Anthony was designated a light minelayer, DM-12. In October 1921 she joined Mine Division 1, Mine Squadron 2 and operated in the Pearl Harbor area until placed out of commission on 30 June 1922 at Pearl Harbor. She was towed to San Diego in 1937, used as a target, and sunk off the California coast on 22 July 1937.

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