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USS Preble was a Bainbridge-class destroyer laid down on April 21, 1899 and launched on March 2, 1901. It was commissioned on December 14, 1903 under Lt. T. C. Fenton’s command with the hull number DD-12 and served in the US Navy for 16 years until it was decommissioned on July 11, 1919. During its activity, the ship carried a complement of 75 men on board and it had the main missions in the Panama Canal Zone, Samoa, Hawaii, Mare Island, the Gulf of California or San Diego. After the decommissioning, the ship was struck from the Naval Register on September 15, 1919. Several months later, on January 3, 1920 USS Preble was sold for scrapping.