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Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 10/11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, Staten Island, NY August 24 1942.
Launched March 6 1943 and commissioned June 21 1943.
Fate Sunk by Japanese Kamikaze Aircraft off Okinawa May 4 1945.
150 of her crew were lost with the ship and remain on duty.

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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
Luce 82kArtist's conception of the Luce as she appeared after original construction 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
Luce 77kUndated, location unknown.Steve Fletcher
Luce 78kPhoto #: NH 75609, USS Luce (DD-522) launching, at the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Company shipyard, Staten Island, New York, 6 March 1943. Courtesy of James Russell, 1972. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Tony Cowart
Luce 76kNew York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Lights are turned as night falls over the Navy Yard docks, circa June-September 1943. USS Gherhardi (DD-637) is in the centre, by the crane. USS Luce (DD-522) is at left (USN Photo No. 80-G-K-3860). Robert Hurst
Luce 53kNew York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York. Dusk falls over the Navy Yard docks, circa June-September 1943. The ship in the centre, just beyond the crane, is USS Gherhardi (DD-637). USS Luce (DD-522) is at left, with only her bow visible. USS Butler (DD-636) is at right, with only her stern visible. USS Doyle (DD-494) is in the right background. A British light cruiser, painted in yellow primer, is in the left background (USN Photo No 80-G-K-3859).Robert Hurst
Luce 90kNew York July 2 1943.Marc Piché
Luce 53kPhoto #: NH 51451, USS Luce (DD-522) photographed in 1944, while wearing Camouflage Measure 32, Design 18D. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Luce 189kMay 1945, USN photo #84385.Ed Zajkowski

USS LUCE DD-522 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Donald Cord Varian    Jun 21 1943 - Nov 22 1943 (Later RADM)
CDR Hinton Allen Owens    Nov 22 1943 - Feb 1 1945
CDR Jacob Wilson Waterhouse    Feb 1 1945 - May 4 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: David Vanness
Address: S74 W13080 Courtland Lane, Muskego, WI 53150
Phone: (414) 529-4595

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.

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

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