Destroyers at Mare Island

Ernest Borgnine
Served on the AG-21;  HISTORY

Destroyers refitting at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California View taken circa 1921-22.

Many of these ships are being modified to place the after 4"/50 gun atop an enlarged after deckhouse. Ships present include (listed from the foreground): USS Lamberton (DD-119); unidentified destroyer; USS Breese (DD-122); USS Radford (DD-120); unidentified destroyer; USS Elliot (DD-146); USS Tarbell (DD-142); USS Yarnall (DD-143); USS Delphy (DD-261); USS McFarland (DD-237); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Kennison (DD-138); USS Lea (DD-118); and two unidentified destroyers. Collection of Rear Admiral Ammen Farenholt, USN (MC), 1932. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.

The USS Lamberton (DD-119) was reclassified AG-21 on April 1932

Reclassified (AG-21) on April 1932   DANFS

Ernest Borgnine
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Ernest Borgnine served from October 1935 until October 1941. During that time he served on board the USS Lamberton (DD-119), This photo of the ship's company includes Seaman Borgnine in the fourth row, on the left. "E"

Although the ship was originally DD-119; from 1932-1940 she was designated AG-21, then DMS-2.

During Borgnine's time on the Lamberton, they operated out of San Diego, towing targets for surface combatants, submarines, and aircraft, a role that was to serve her well during World War II.  In 1941 Borgnine left the Navy, only to reenlist after Pearl Harbor. From January 1942 until the end of the war he served in the USS Sylph (PY-12), a converted yacht devoted to antisubmarine-warfare activities throughout the war.


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