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Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Boston Navy Yard December 19 1938.
Launched October 20 1939 and commissioned August 6 1940.
Decommissioned March 13 1946.
Stricken June 1 1969.
Fate Sunk as target off Southeastern Florida October 14 1969.

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Madison 49kJames Jonas Madison was born on 20 May 1888 at Jersey City, New Jersey. A commercial mariner since his mid-teens, he was Master of a Luckenbach Line ship prior to World War I and enrolled as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve Force in May 1917, soon after the United States entered the conflict. Madison was later promoted to Lieutenant Commander and in January 1918 became the Commanding Officer of USS Ticonderoga, which was placed in commission at that time. On 30 September 1918 his ship encountered the German submarine U-152 in the mid-Atlantic and fought a long, losing gunnery duel. Seriously wounded early in the battle, Lieutenant Commander Madison remained on the bridge controlling Ticonderoga's fight until she had to be abandoned. Though incapacitated by loss of blood, he subsequently survived four days in a lifeboat. For his "exceptionally heroic service" during this action, Lieutenant Commander Madison was awarded the Medal of Honor. Promoted to the rank of Commander in mid-1919, Madison was retired in August 1920. The effects of his combat injuries kept him hospitalized for much of the rest of his life, and he underwent several operations, one of which involved the amputation of a leg. Commander James J. Madison died on 25 December 1922 at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Brooklyn, New York.
Photo #: NH 48048, Commander James J. Madison, USNRF portrait photograph, taken circa 1919, showing him wearing the Medal of Honor (Tiffany Cross). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
Tony Cowart/Bill Gonyo
Madison 82kArtist's conception of the Madison as she appeared in World War II 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
Madison 99kUndated, location unknown.-
Madison 17kCirca 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
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New York Navy Yard January 1 1944. Source:United States Navy Bureau of Ships.
Mike Green

USS MADISON DD-425 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Thomas Edward Boyce    Aug 6 1940 - Jul 25 1941
CDR William Bronley Ammon    Jul 25 1941 - Oct 23 1942 (Later RADM)
CDR James Walker Hager    Oct 23 1942 - Jan 8 1944
CDR Daniel Alfriend Stuart    Jan 8 1944 - Jan 22 1945
CDR David Wooster Todd Jr.    Jan 22 1945 - Mar 13 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Dale Crittenden
Address: PO Box 517, Fairhope, AL 36533
Phone: 334-928-0786

Note About Contacts.

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