Stuff You Should Know
USS Balch was an Aylwin-class destroyer laid down on May 7, 1912 and launched on December 21, the same year. It was commissioned on March 26, 1914 with the hull number DD-50 and served in the US Navy for 8 years until it was decommissioned on June 20, 1922. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 101 people on board and had the main missions in Newport, Long Island, Queenstown, the West Indies, Norfolk or Azores. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on March 8, 1935 and sold for scrapping the same year.