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USS HUGHES (DD-410)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NATX

CLASS - SIMS As Built.
Displacement 2313 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' x 12' 10" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 4 x 0.5" MG 8 x 21" tt.(2x4).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 192.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. September 15 1937.
Launched June 17 1939 and commissioned September 21 1939.
Damaged in Atom Bomb Test at Bikini Atoll July 1946.
Decommissioned August 28 1946.
Stricken November 26 1948.
Fate Sunk as target October 16 1948

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-Edward Merritt Hughes was born 28 January 1850 in Ohio. He was appointed to the United States Naval Academy in 1866. After service in a number of ships and stations ashore, he reached the high point in his career during the Spanish-American War. He was Executive Officer of Petrel during the Battle of Manila Bay. Immediately after the action, he commanded a small boat which boarded and set fire to five Spanish ships lying in Cavite Harbor, despite reports that fuses had been set to their magazines and in the face of a large and excited armed force on shore nearby. He was advanced five numbers in rank for eminent and conspicuous conduct on this occasion. Commander Hughes died at Yokohama, Japan, 28 September 1903.Robert M. Cieri
Hughes 112kUndated, prior to the rearrangement of her after torpedo tubes. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Hughes 82kUndated, US destroyers belonging to Task Force 16.7 head out of Kuluk Bay, Adak, for a patrol off Attu Island. Photo from "United States Destroyer Operations In World War II" by Theodore Roscoe. Thanks to Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine, who identified the three single-funnel destroyers and one twin-funnel destroyer, as being USS Hughes (DD-410), USS Mustin (DD-413), and Morris (DD-417), along with Balch (DD-363).Robert Hurst
Hughes 62kUndated, at Boston NSY getting changes to mast and bilge lead. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 82kThe Commissioning Plate. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 83kChristening by Mrs Edward M Hughes, 17 June 1939, Bath Iron Works. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 88kChristening Day preparations, 17 June 1939. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 77kDown the ways at Bath Iron Works, 17 June 1939. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 88kCirca 1939-1940, off Halfjord, Iceland.Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst
Hughes 181kStarboard surface view from 1940. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 147kUSS Yorktown (CV-5) afire and dead in the water, with several of her escorts steaming nearby. She had been hit by Japanese dive bombers shortly after noon on 4 June 1942. This view was taken about an hour after she was hit, once F4F-4 fighters, which were parked forward during the attack, had been moved to the after end of her flight deck. Photographed from USS Pensacola (CA-24). The larger ship to the left of Yorktown is USS Portland (CA-33), the smaller ship on the CV-5's port quarter is the USS HUGHES (DD-410). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives (photo # 80-G-21649).Flags Karetka
Hughes 120kUSS Hughes (DD-410) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 29 July 1942. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note torpedo tubes, catwalk, and 20mm guns (in a cruciform arrangement) on her superstructure deck; winch and floater nets on the main deck. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Hughes 51kAugust 1942, Mare Island Navy Yard, California.Robert Hurst
Hughes 80kUSS Hughes (DD-410) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 August 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Hughes 185kUSS Hughes (DD-410) At the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 29 July 1942. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Note smokestack, whaleboat and Mark 37 gun director on Hughes; sandbagged equipment and other items on shore. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Hughes 73kUSS Hughes (DD-410) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 August 1942. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.Fred Weiss
Hughes 71kUSS Hughes (DD-410) Off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 1 August 1942. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Hughes 229kPort surface view, 1943. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 87kStarboard surface view, 1943. From the Chester Bradley scrapbook.Markey DuBose
Hughes 107kUSS Lansdowne (DD-486), at right, and the USS Hughes (DD-410), at left take stations to commence the bombardment off Kiska, 6 July 1943. Photographed from USS Louisville (CA-28) USN Photo No NH 97914).Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst
Hughes 136kHughes and her division sisters covering the approach of an LST group against Morotai, September 1944. National Archives photo 80G257935.John Chiquoine
Hughes 190kHughes picked out of a wide aerial view during amphibious landings at Panoan, 20 Oct 1944. NA 80G29501_. By the Air Group flying from Sangamon or Suwannee.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Hughes 115kHughes and her division sisters covering the approach of an LST group against Morotai, September 1944. NA 80G257934.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
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These are detail views of equipment, activity, and weapons in deck scenes aboard USS Hughes, and are a good presentation of what a late-war Sims-Class destroyer looked like. This Summer 1945 war cruise took Hughes and her squadron to Midway and Alaska and on further to Northern Japan after the surrender. Hughes is shown repaired from her December 1944 kamikaze damage and in measure 21. From the collections of Chester Bradley and Anthony Skic, courtesy of their daughters Markey Dubose and Rose Skic.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine.
Hughes 113kAP Wirephoto July 28 1946 by Clarence Hamm. Navy salvage craft sprays streams of foamite on USS Hughes (r), beached at Enyu Island, Bikini atoll, in an effort to wash away radioactive material from the underwater atomic blast.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Hughes 201kAP Wirephoto July 28 1946, Newsmen inspect bomb-damaged USS Hughes, beached at Enyu Island after underwater bomb blast at Bikini atoll, from small boat alongside. They were not permitted aboard destroyer because of intense radioactivity still existent.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Hughes 222kAP Wirephoto October 20 1948, Navy Sends Bikini Vet To Bottom. Smoke and flame our from the smashed superstructure of the destroyer Hughes, a radioactive Bikini veteran, as the Navy sent it to the bottom with rockets and bombs 140 miles off the California coast.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine

USS HUGHES DD-410 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald James Ramsey    Sep 21 1939 - Dec 23 1942 (Later RADM)
LCDR Herbert Hughes Marable    Dec 23 1942 - Oct 23 1943
LCDR Ellis Brooks Rittenhouse    Oct 23 1943 - Feb 23 1945
CDR John Francis Ducey Jr.    Feb 23 1945 - Oct 7 1945
LCDR David Spencer Bill Jr.    Oct 7 1945 - Aug 28 1946

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