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USS CALDWELL (DD-69)


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CLASS - CALDWELL As Built.
Displacement 1,125 Tons, Dimensions, 315' 6" (oa) x 31' 2" x 11' 6" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 2 x 1pdr AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 21,000 SHP; General Electric/Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 30 Knots, Crew 100.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Mare Island Navy Yard on December 9 1916.
Launched July 10 1917 and commissioned December 1 1917.
Caldwell was placed into reserve with reduced complement in 1919.
Decommissioned at Philadelphia June 27 1922 and berthed
with the reserve fleet until her sale.
Stricken January 7 1936.
Fate Sold June 30 1936 and broken up for scrap.

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Caldwell 103kPhoto #: NH 51575. Midshipman James R. Caldwell, U.S. Navy, (1778-1804) engraved portrait by Charles Ste. Memin, 1799. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 75kPhoto #: NH 69834, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) fitting out at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 November 1917. She was commissioned one month later. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 82kScene from her commissioning December 1 1917.Ron Reeves
Caldwell 76kPhoto #: NH 70850, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 14 December 1917. She is painted in what appears to be Mackay Low Visibility camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 111kPhoto #: NH 69832, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 14 December 1917. She is painted in what appears to be Mackay Low Visibility camouflage. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 79kPhoto #: NH 70849, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, in late 1917, probably on 14 December. She is painted in what appears to be Mackay Low Visibility camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 125kOff Mare Island in 1918.Darryl Baker
Caldwell 85kPhoto #: NH 55003, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) taking on fuel oil from the French four-masted barque Quevilley, at Ponta Delgada, Azores, 27 February 1918. Caldwell appears to be painted in a Mackay low visibility camouflage pattern. Photographed from USS Margaret (SP-527) by Raymond D. Borden. Quevilley was one of the World's few sailing oil tankers. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 55kPhoto #: NH 55001, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) alongside another destroyer, 1918, while she was painted in pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 61kPhoto #: NH 52854, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) moored in a harbor, 1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 74kPhoto #: NH 90446, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) underway in British waters, 1918. She is painted in pattern camouflage, whose design on her forward hull differs somewhat from that seen in other photographs. Courtesy of Charles Sass, 1979. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 75kPhoto #: NH 55002, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) underway off France, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 59kSteaming out of Queenstown, Ireland some time around 1918Ted George, USN Ret
Caldwell 228kUSS Kimberly (DD 80), USS Caldwell (DD 69), and USS Allen (DD 66) showing depth charges make ready for sea at Queenstown, Ireland, August 1918. Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels Collection. Photographed through Mylar sleeve. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.Mike Mohl
Caldwell 113kPhoto #: NH 54480, USS Caldwell (Destroyer # 69) underway off France, circa late 1918. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan
Caldwell 157kLate 1919, location unknown. Tentative ID.Darryl Baker
Caldwell 159kAs above.Darryl Baker

USS CALDWELL DD-69 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Byron McCandless    Dec 1 1917 - Oct 17 1918
LT Delorimer Steece    Oct 17 1919 - Sep 1 1921
LTJG John Patrick Holland    Sep 1 1921 - Jan 22 1922
LT Harold Farnham Fultz    Jan 22 1922 - Jun 27 1922 

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