Hull Number: DD-50
Launch Date: 12/21/2012
Commissioned Date: 03/26/2014
Decommissioned Date: 06/20/2022
Namesake: GEORGE BEALL BALCH
GEORGE BEALL BALCH
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1959)
Born in Shelbyville, TN, 3 January 1821, George Beall Balch was appointed Acting Midshipman in 1837. He served in the Mexican War and was executive officer of Plymouth during Commodore M. C. Perry’s expedition to Japan. During the Civil War he took part in many engagements. Rear Admiral Balch served as superintendent of the Naval Academy (1879-81) and for a short period commanded the Pacific Fleet. He retired in January 1883 and died 16 April 1908 at Raleigh, NC.
Sold 04/23/35. Scrapped.