Presented in approximate chronological order. Official captions appear above photos.
Photos can be roughly dated by looking at the hull number:
- Early: The tops of the numerals are roughly even with the lower set of portholes near the bow. Gray overall.
- Pre-war: The bottoms of the numerals are roughly even with the lower set of portholes near the bow. Dark gray overall.
- War: Small numerals with no shadows. Overall dark blue-grey; camouflage is U.S. Navy Measure 21 Navy Blue System.
Worden moments after launch in Bremerton, Wash., on 27 October 1934.
Worden apparently getting underway in Puget Sound, Wash., in the mid 1930s. Some of the crew is mustered on the forecastle. Early paint scheme.
Worden underway possibly in Puget Sound, Wash., in the mid 1930s. Note the open-backed gun turrets. Early paint scheme.
Worden at anchor; said to be “… new 1,500-ton destroyer squadron leader … on its arrival at San Diego, completing a shakedown cruise.” Note the launches and early paint scheme.
Underway (probably in San Diego Bay), September 1935. Early paint scheme.
Worden in the mid 1930s. Photo (greatly enlarged here) was pasted to an envelope commemorating Worden’s 1936 cruise to South America. Location unknown. Early paint scheme.
Worden in the mid 1930s. Photo post card. Location unknown. Note white stripe on stack and position of early-style hull number.
Worden in the mid 1930s. Early paint scheme.
Patrol planes fly over DesRon20 destroyers, during an exhibition staged for Movietone News off San Diego on 14 September 1936. Planes include one Consolidated PBY-1 Catalina of Patrol Squadron 11 (upper right), flying in formation with four Consolidated P2Ys of Patrol Squadron 7. In the distance are four Martin PM-1s of Patrol Squadron 9. Ships are steaming in line abreast, shortly after passing through a smokescreen. The three nearest the camera are (from right to left): Dewey, Hull and MacDonough. This film was used as stock footage in several Hollywood movies, including the 1943 film Destroyer with Edward G. Robinson.
Maneuvering off San Diego with other ships of Destroyer Squadron 20, during a demonstration for Movietone News, 14 September 1936. Hull is the next ship to starboard.
Destroyers of Squadron Twenty (DesRon20) steam through a smokescreen laid by planes of Patrol Squadrons Seven, Nine and Eleven, during an exhibition staged for Movietone News off San Diego on 14 September 1936. The ships are, from bottom to top: Farragut, Dewey, Hull, MacDonough, Worden, Dale, Monaghan and Aylwin.
More than half of the Farragut-class fleet: Dewey, Farragut, Worden, Hull and Aylwin. Missing are MacDonough, Dale and Monaghan. Photo taken well before World War II, location unknown. Early paint scheme.
Three destroyers speed into position in the battle line during annual U.S. Fleet maneuvers. They are, from left to right): Hull, Worden and MacDonough. Early paint scheme on all ships.
Destroyer tender Dobbin with (left to right) destroyers Phelps, Worden, MacDonough, Dewey and Hull. Phelps was a Porter-class destroyer; the others were Farragut-class. Photo taken in 1937, location unknown. Early paint scheme on Worden, pre-war scheme on MacDonough. This photo was taken after photo NH78224 (above)
Worden in the late 1930s, possibly off Hawaii. Note pre-war paint scheme; the hull number is now farther above the waterline (compare it with other photos above).
Pre-war, date unknown. Note position of pre-war hull number.
Cameron Sales warship trading card, published in Chicago circa 1942, based on the photo above. About 3.75” x 2.25”. Reverse has a brief profile of the ship and says: “Official U.S. Navy Photograph, No.60 — 60 ships to this series. C.S.C. Ill.”
The fanciful red coloring and extra smoke are typical embellishments from this series of cards.
Pearl Harbor. View taken around 09:26 on the morning of 7 December 1941, from an automobile on the road in the Aiea area, looking about west-southwest with destroyer moorings closest to the camera. In the center of the photograph are: Dobbin, with destroyers Hull, Dewey, Worden and MacDonough alongside. The ship just to the left of that group is Phelps, which got underway on two boilers around 0926 hrs. The group further to the right consists of: Whitney, with destroyers Conyngham, Reid, Tucker, Case and Selfridge alongside. Solace is barely visible at the far left.
Worden preparing to cast off following its last major refit, less than two months before sinking in the Aleutians. The retrofitted improvements are circled, including radar and new gun platforms. Wartime paint scheme. Photo taken 21 November 1942 at Mare Island, California.
Worden underway off Mare Island, California, after its last major refit and less than two months before sinking in the Aleutians. Note wartime paint scheme and smaller hull number. The aft mast has been removed and many portholes are gone.
Worden off Mare Island, Calif., on 21 November 1942. This may be the last known photo of Worden taken before the disaster in Amchitka, Alaska. Photo taken on 21 November 1942, from Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum via NavSource Naval History.