USS UTAH  BB-31 / AG-16

The Forgotten Ship of Pearl Harbor

Captain William Lord Littlefield

USNA Grad: 1896

USS Utah Commanding Officer: January 23, 1927 - August 29, 1928

William Lord Littlefield was born on December 21, 1873 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Nathan Clark and Sarah Elizabeth (Nowell) Littlefield.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, 1896 and later the Naval War College.


Commissioned Assistant Engineer, United States Navy, 1898. Littlefield took part in Spanish-American War, 1898. In Philippines and Boxer Outbreak, 1898-1901.

1916 Command USS Henley and Division. 3, United States Atlantic Destroyer Flotilla, under Captain Simms during trouble with Mexico, at Tampico and Vera Cruz, 1913-1914: Executive Officer. United States Ship Georgia., 1914-1915.

Command USS Montgomery, Hancock and Charleston, during World War I, 1917-1918, in cruiser and transport service. Citation by President of United States for distinguished service in command during World War I, and letter of Commendation from Secretary of War. Command. Captain. 1918.

Command Squadron 9. Destroyer Squads., Scouting Fleet, 1921-1924. Captain, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1925-1926.

Commanding Officer USS Utah, 1927-1928.

President General Court Martial, Navy Yard, Phila. - 1929

Captain Littlefield passed on December 20, 1935.