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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; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath Me. December 18 1939.
Launched November 11 1940 and commissioned March 5 1941.
Decommissioned May 20 1946.
Stricken January 24 1951.
To Greece January 22 1951, renamed Doxa.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1972.

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- Augustus C. Ludlow, born Newburgh, N.Y., 1 January 1792. He was appointed midshipment 2 April 1804 and commissioned Lieutenant 3 June 1810. Second in command to Capt. James Lawrence in Chesapeake, he was, like his captain, mortally wounded in their ship’s engagement with HMS Shannon 1 June 1813, and died at Halifax, Nova Scotia, 13 June.Robert M. Cieri
Ludlow 82kArtist's conception of the Ludlow 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
Ludlow 20kUndated, location unknown.-
Ludlow 22kUndated, location unknown.Ken Williams
Ludlow 17kUndated, location unknown.Ken Williams
Ludlow 12kUndated, location unknown.Ken Williams
Ludlow 120kUndated, location unknown. Date on the photo appears to be wrong.Ron Titus
Ludlow 111kNovember 11 1940 at Bath Iron Works.Ed Zajkowski
Ludlow 170kPort broadside view of the USS Ludlow (DD-438) off Kennebec River, Maine on March 5, 1941. Source: United States National Archives, Photo No. unknown.Mike Green
Ludlow 72kCirca 1942, location unknown.Marc Piché
Ludlow 167kUSS Ludlow seen in a coastal channel from USS Doran, 1942. From the Life Magazine collection, photographer Thomas McAvoy. For educational non-commercial use.John Chiquoine
Ludlow 192kJune 1943, Mers-el-Kebir, photo taken from the Wilkes, with USS Swanson (DD-443) alongside, in the background is the USS Bristol (DD-453) outboard, and USS Ludlow (DD-438) inboard. From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Ed Zajkowski
Ludlow 248kJune 1943, Mers-el-Kebir, view from the Wilkes looking at the USS Ludlow (DD-438). From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).Ed Zajkowski
Ludlow 139kUSS Ludlow (DD-438) underway off the Massachusetts coast, 29 March 1945. Photographed by Naval Air Station, Squantum, Massachusetts. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107302.Robert Hurst
Ludlow 85kPensacola, FL in 1949.Robert A. Carey
On Greek Service
Ludlow 72kUndated, location unknown. On Greek service as the Doxa.Robert Hurst
Ludlow 41kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ludlow 40kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ludlow 75kOfficial Hellenic Navy photo of HNS DOXA, D-20, ex-USS LUDLOW, DD 438. Picture taken in the '50s, location unknown. DOXA in Greek translates to GLORY.Anthony J. Vrailas
Ludlow 125kHNS DOXA, D-20, ex- USS LUDLOW,DD 438 undated but probably circa the 1960s.Anthony J. Vrailas
Ludlow 128kRHNS Doxa (D 20, ex-USS Ludlow) underway in 1971, location unknown. Royal Hellenic Navy, Official.Robert Hurst

USS LUDLOW DD-438 History
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(Located On The hazegray Web Site, This Is The Main Archive For The DANFS Online Project.)

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Claude Henry Bennett Jr.    Mar 5 1941 - Sep 19 1942
CDR Liles Walker Creighton    Sep 19 1942 - Feb 8 1944
LT Philip Cutler    Feb 8 1944 - Feb 25 1944
CDR William Roy Barnes    Feb 25 1944 - Feb 28 1945
CDR Stanley Maitland Barnes    Feb 28 1945 - Feb 26 1946
LT Melvin Wilbur Brown    Feb 26 1946 - Feb 26 1946
(Decommissioned Feb 26 1946 - Jun 6 1950)
CDR Milton Abraham Zimmerman    Jun 6 1950 - Jan 22 1951

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Bob Javins
Address: 537 Clark’s Run Rd., LaPlata, MD 20646
Phone: 301 934 8955
E-mail: None

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 Ludlow Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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