(Destroyer No. 282: dp. 1,216 (n.), l. 314'4 1/4", b. 30'11 1/2" (wl.); dr. 9'9"; S. 34.96 k.; cpl. 122, a.4 4", 1 3", 12
21" tt.; cl. Clemson)
Toucey (Destroyer No. 282) was laid down on 26 April 1919 at Squantum, Mass., by the Bethlehem
Shipbuilding Corp.; launched on 5 September 1919- sponsored by Miss Elizabeth Alden Robinson; and
commissioned at Boston on 9 December 1919, Comdr. Reuben B. Coffey in command.
Soon after commissioning, Toucey began duty with the Atlantic Fleet as a unit of Division 42, Flotilla
7, Squadron 1. Based at Newport, R.I., for the next seven years, she operated along the eastern seaboard and
in the West Indies. During the summer, the destroyer cruised the northern latitudes off the New England coast,
training in destroyer operations. Each winter, she headed south for the annual fleet concentration held in waters
near the Panama Canal and for gunnery training at the range near Puerto Rico. Sometime between 1 July 1921
and 1 January 1922, she was reassigned to Division 25 of Squadron 9 and began operating with only 50
percent of her normal complement. However, by 1 January 1923, her full complement had been restored and,
still assigned to the same squadron and division, she began operating with the newly organized Scouting Force.
Late in 1926, she appears to have been temporarily assigned to the American naval forces operating
in Europe. By 1 January 1927, her base of operations had been moved from Newport, R.I., to Norfolk, Va. From
the sketchy records which exist, she appears to have served the remainder of her career with the Scouting
Force destroyers operating out of Norfolk.
In the spring of 1930, she moved to Philadelphia to prepare for inactivation. On 1 May 1930, Toucey
was decommissioned at Philadelphia. Her name was struck from the Navy list on 22 October. The former
destroyer was sold on 17 January 1931 and scrapped sometime in 1934.