Hull Number: DD-170
Launch Date: 12/21/2018
Commissioned Date: 03/29/2019
Decommissioned Date: 09/23/1940
Data for USS Little (DD-79) as of 1921
Length Overall: 314’ 4 1/2"
Beam: 31' 8"
Draft: 9’ 2"
Standard Displacement: 1,191 tons
Full Load Displacement: 1,284 tons
Four 4″/50 caliber guns
One 3″/23 caliber anti-aircraft gun
Four 21″ triple torpedo tubes
8 Chief Petty Officers
2 Curtis Geared Turbines: 27,180 horsepower
Highest speed on trials: 34.7 knots
Namesake: STANTON FREDERICK KALK
STANTON FREDERICK KALK
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
Stanton Frederick Kalk, born 14 October 1894, in Ala., graduated from the Naval Academy in 1916. After serving in Florida (BB-30), he was assigned to Jacob Jones (DD-61) 10 September 1917. While steaming on patrol duty from Brest, France, to Queenstown, Ireland, Jacob Jones was attacked 16 December by German submarine U-53. Although Kalk, officer-of-the-deck during the attack, “took correct and especially prompt measures in maneuvering to avoid the torpedo,” the destroyer could not turn in time to escape. She sank stern first in 8 minutes. Though stunned by the explosion and weakened by his action after the ship went down, Kalk swam from one raft to another in an attempt to equalize weight on them. Displaying “extraordinary heroism,” he disregarded his own condition while endeavoring to save the lives of his men. Game to the last, Kalk overtaxed his own strength; he died from exposure and exhaustion. For his “splendid self-sacrifice” Lt. (j.g.) Kalk was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Medal.
To Britain 9/23/1940 as Hamilton. Stricken 1/8/1941