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USS LUCE (DL-7 / DLG-7 / DDG-38)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NOGH

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - TEXAS RANGER

CLASS - FARRAGUT As Built.
Displacement 5648 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 512' 6" (oa) x 52' 4" x 17' 9" (Max)
Armament 1 x 5"/54 RF, 1 Terrier Missile SAM System, 1 ASROC ASW System,
6 x 12.75" MK 32 ASW TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 5000 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 360.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Quincy on October 1 1957.
Launched December 11 1958 and commissioned May 20 1961.
Reclassified Guided Missile Frigate DLG -7 November 14 1956.
Decommissioned February 27 1970 and recommissioned May 22 1971.
Reclassified Guided Missile Destroyer DDG -38 June 30 1975.
Decommissioned April 1 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sold to Metro Machine Corp., scrapping completed Jun 2 2005.

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Luce 76kOil on wood painting, 24" x 12", of Midshipman Stephen B. Luce, by Alexander James (1890-1946). Signed by the artist. Painting in the U.S. Naval Academy Museum Collection. Gift of Charlotte Luce Noyes, 1940. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives. Photo #: KN-10934.Tony Cowart/Robert Hurst
Farragut 50kSample artist's conception by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
DLG-7
Luce 110kUndated location unknown.-
Luce 107kUndated, location unknown.-
Luce 60kUndated, location unknown.Roy Brooks FC1c/MN (SW) USNR
Luce 57kUndated, location unknown.Roy Brooks FC1c/MN (SW) USNR
Luce 49kUndated, Charleston Navy Yard photograph.Robert Hall
Luce 73kStarboard quarter looking forward at Bethlehem Steel Co. in Boston Harbor on May 4 1961.Roy Brooks FC1c/MN (SW) USNR/Roy Williams
Luce 219kBoston, July, 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Luce 73kBoston, July, 1961© Richard Leonhardt
Luce 47kAs DLG-7 New York July 1962.Marc Piché
Luce 180kComing alongside USS Enterprise (CVA(N)-65) while enroute to the Mediterranean on 8 August 1962. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106804.Robert Hurst
Luce 193kUSS Luce (DLG-7) picture taken from USS Boston (CAG-1) in the Mediterranean Fall 1962.Roy Williams
Luce 31kAs DLG-7 Quebec July 1963.Marc Piché
Luce 44kAs DLG-7 Quebec July 1963.Marc Piché
Luce 126kUSS Luce DLG-7 as seen from the USS Perry DD-844, during the Dominican Republic Crisis in 1965.Robert Hales
Luce 183kPostcard sold in the ships store circa Oct 1965. The only credit showing on the card is "Printed by the Cruise Book Firm Burdette & Co. Boston 27, Mass."Bill Friebus
Luce 173kPostcard "Navy ship at submarine base, St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Color Photo by H. C. Magorian." Postally used March 5, 1966.Bill Friebus
Luce 134kOfficial US Navy Photograph of USS Luce (DLG-7), undergoing AAW Modernization at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in 1970. Luce was decommissioned on 25 February 1970 for an extensive 15-month conversion as part of the Navy's Anti-Air Warfare Modernization Program. New radar and electronics were installed to replace less efficient units. The missile system was modified to permit the firing of two next generation missiles and to operate against sophisticated enemy countermeasures. The Naval Tactical Data System was also installed enabling Luce to exchange digital information by computer-to-computer radio links with similarly equipped ships and aircraft. She was then capable of making rapid and accurate identification, as well as precise control of weapons.Robert M. Cieri
Luce 53kThe cover of the Commissioning Ceremony Program for USS Luce (DLG-7), held at the Philadelphia Naval Base on 22 May 1971.Robert M. Cieri
Luce 91kThe schedule of events for the Commissioning Ceremony for USS Luce (DLG-7).Robert M. Cieri
Luce 107kThe rear cover of the Commissioning Program with a explanation of the meaning of the ship's insignia.Robert M. Cieri
Luce 82kFollowing the Commissioning Ceremony, invited guests were able to tour the ship.This is the Tour Route Diagram handed out for this purpose on 22 May 1971.Robert M. Cieri
DDG-38
Luce 101kUndated location unknown.-
Luce 51kUndated location unknown.-
Luce 66kUndated location unknown.-
Luce 101kUndated location unknown.Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
Luce 88kUndated location unknown.Robert Hurst
Luce 135kUSS Luce (DDG-38) underway on the Ionian Sea on 10 October 1975. Photographer PH3 Beitz, of USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 106803.Robert Hurst
Luce 80kCirca 1979, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Luce 84kUSS Luce (centre) accompanied on her starboard side by the Dutch frigate Isaac Sweers (F 814) and the Norwegian frigate Stavanger (F 303). Astern of Luce is the Canadian Nippigon. On Luce's portside is the RN frigate HMS Bacchante (F 69) and the West German frigate Karlsruhe (F 223). Picture taken during a Standing Naval Force Atlantic (STANAVFORLANT) Exercise in 1979.Robert Hurst/Lutz Böhnert
Luce 26kAs DDG-38 Quebec September 4 1979.Marc Piché
Luce 103kAntwerp 1984.Marc Piché
Luce 74kMediterranean Sea, March 2 1988, a starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Tattnall (DDG-19) underway. Also visible is the frigate USS PAUL (FF-1080), the destroyer USS Stump (DD-978), the frigate USS Capodanno (FF-1093) and the guided missile destroyer USS luce (DDG-38).Fred Weiss
Luce 66kAt anchor somewhere in the Persian Gulf during the Iran-Iraq War.Robert Hurst
Luce 79kMediterranean Sea, March 12 1988, a starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Luce (DDG-38) underway.Fred Weiss
Luce 107kDN-SC-88-05385. A starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS LUCE (DDG 38) underway. Photo by PH3 Houser, March 12 1988.Bill Gonyo
Luce 36kUSS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5), USS Sellers (DDG-11) and USS Luce (DDG-38) in Philadelphia July 16 1991.Marc Piché
Luce 98kPhiladelphia Naval Shipyard, August 31 2002, due to her location between the USS MacDonough (DDG-39) on her port side, and the USS Farragut (DDG-37) on her starboard side these were the best photos possible. Although she's been at the Naval Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility (NISMF) since 1991 with almost no upkeep (other than to keep her trimmed and afloat) the Luce is in remarkable condition. She's missing all her search radars, whip antennas, EW antennas (AN/SLQ-32), and the AN/SPG-55B radomes have been smashed to demilitarize her. It was difficult to see from her location, but it also appears that the 5" gun mount has been removed as well. (Roy also added a photo of the Charles F. Adams (DDG-2) for comparison)Roy J. Brooks
Luce 99kAs above.Roy J. Brooks
Luce 117kAs above.Roy J. Brooks
Luce 114kAs above.Roy J. Brooks
Luce 68kAs above.Roy J. Brooks
Luce 81kAs above.Roy J. Brooks
Luce 85kA series of three photos of the Luce as she appeared at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenace facility Philadelphia September 2004.Jon White
Luce 120kAs above.Jon White
Luce 81kAs above.Jon White
Luce 101kA series of 21 photos of the scrapping of the Luce at Metro Machine.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 25kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 35kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 40kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 46kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 51kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 29kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 53kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 40kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 70kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 58kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 46kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 68kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 50kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 49kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 34kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 43kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 69kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 77kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 49kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Luce 50kAs above.Jon White and Richard Owen of Metro Machine
Patches
Luce 46kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Luce 52kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Luce 47kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Luce 68kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Luce 29kShip's patchGerd Matthes

USS LUCE DL-7 / DLG-7 / DDG-38 History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry
(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR David Harrington Bagley    May 20 1961 - Apr 20 1962 (Later ADM)
CDR Allan Paul Slaff    Apr 20 1962 - Oct 5 1964
CDR Dixon Lademan    Oct 5 1964 - Feb 19 1966
CDR John Francis Drake    Feb 19 1966 - Mar 2 1968
CDR John Donald Stevens    Mar 2 1968 - Oct 4 1969
CDR William Edward Polling    Oct 4 1969 - Feb 27 1970
(Decommissioned Feb 27 1970 - May 22 1971)
CDR Samuel Saul Pearlman    May 22 1971 - Aug 24 1972
CDR Richard Franklin Butts    Aug 24 1972 - May 18 1974 (Later RADM)
CDR George Keith Kistler    May 18 1974 - May 3 1976
CDR David Brooks Robinson    May 3 1976 - Jul 19 1978 (Later VADM)
CDR Paul David Miller    Jul 19 1978 - Oct 22 1979 (Later VADM)
CDR William Olan Stubbs Jr.    Oct 22 1979 - Aug 14 1981
CDR David Bartlett Dunlap    Aug 14 1981 - May 13 1983
CDR Robert Leon Brant    May 13 1983 - Mar 18 1985
CDR William Gregory Fidyk    Mar 18 1985 - May 1 1987
CDR Lance Arthur Waters    May 1 1987 - Aug 15 1989
CDR Larry Warren Brown    Aug 15 1989 - Apr 1 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Speidel
Address: 63 Via Pico Plaza, #440, San Clemente CA 92672
Phone: 949 366 2895
E-mail: Lucevet@att.net


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Luce (DLG-7) website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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