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USS Sproston (DD-173)
USS Sproston (DD-173)
Career (US)
Namesake: John G. Sproston
Builder: Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California
Laid down: 20 April 1918
Launched: 10 August 1918
Commissioned: 12 July 1919
Decommissioned: 15 August 1922
Reclassified: DM-13, 17 July 1920
Struck: 1 December 1936
Fate: Sunk as a target 20 July 1937
General characteristics
Class & type: Wickes class destroyer
Displacement: 1,191 tons
Length: 310 ft (94.49 m)
Beam: 30 ft 11 in (9.42 m)
Draft: 9 ft 2 in (2.79 m)
Speed: 35 knots (65 km/h)
Complement: 122 officers and enlisted
Armament: 4 x 4" (102 mm), 2 x 3" (76 mm), 12 x 21" (533 mm) tt.

The first USS Sproston (DD–173) was a Wickes class destroyer in the United States Navy following World War I . She was named for John G. Sproston.


Sproston was laid down on 20 April 1918 by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, California; launched on 10 August 1918; sponsored by Mrs. George J. Dennis; and commissioned on 12 July 1919.

Sproston sailed to Hawaii and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet in the fall of 1919. On 17 July 1920, the ship was reclassified from a destroyer to a Light Minelayer (DM-13) and continued operating at Pearl Harbor until 1922. On 15 August 1922, Sproston was decommissioned there and attached to the reserve fleet. She was struck from the Navy list on 1 December 1936 and sunk as a target.

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