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USS CALDWELL (DD-605)


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CLASS - BENSON As Built.
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 Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco.March 24 1941.
Launched January 15 1942 and commissioned June 10 1942.
Decommissioned April 24 1946.
Stricken May 1 1965.
Fate Sold November 4 1966 to Boston Metals, Baltimore 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 82kArtist's conception of the Caldwell 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
Caldwell 71kUndated war time photo of this Benson class shipRichard Leo Schweda
Caldwell 116kUndated war time photo of this Benson class shipRichard Leo Schweda
Caldwell 78kUndated war time photo of this Benson class ship good detail of the rounded bridgeRichard Leo Schweda
Caldwell 226kUSS Caldwell (DD-605) view looking aft, while she was in the early stages of construction at the Bethlehem Steel Company shipyard, San Francisco, California, 3 April 1941. Her keel had been laid on 24 March. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-32313.Robert Hurst
Caldwell 68kUSS Caldwell (DD-605) off Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco, California, on June 23 1942. Official U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo 19-N-32322.Robert Hurst
Caldwell 176kUSS Detroit (CL-8) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 15 August 1942. Note her after 6"/53 guns and men lounging on the fantail. Circles mark recent alterations to the ship. Destroyers in the background include USS Preston (DD-379), at right, and USS Conyngham (DD-371), at left. On the far side of the pier from them are USS Caldwell (DD-605), in the far center distance beyond Preston's bow, and USS Walke (DD-416), at left beyond Conyngham. YOS-1 is in the far right distance. Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives. Photo #: 19-N-33050.Robert Hurst
Caldwell 106kAft plan view of the USS Caldwell (DD 605) at Mare Island on 2 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Caldwell 115kForward plan view of the USS Caldwell (DD 605) at Mare Island on 2 August 1943.Darryl Baker
Caldwell 82kBroadside view of the USS Caldwell (DD 605) off Mare Island on 7 August 1943 at the conclusion of her overhaul at the yard which started on 4 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Caldwell 106kPhoto #: NH 99687, USS Caldwell (DD-605) off San Francisco, California, 3 March 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 87kPhoto #: NH 99685, USS Caldwell (DD-605) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 7 August 1943. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 93kPhoto #: NH 99686, USS Caldwell (DD-605) off the Mare Island Navy Yard, California, 7 August 1943. Note barrage balloon in the upper left distance. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tony Cowart
Caldwell 143kFebruary 2 1944, viewed from the USS Manila Bay (CVE-61). Donated by Eric Hudson.Ed Zajkowski
Caldwell 177kMarch 1945 in San Francisco.Ed Zajkowski
Caldwell 8kAt Charleston, SC in 1946.Ron Reeves
Caldwell 95kCirca 1951Richard Leo Schweda

USS CALDWELL DD-605 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR John Francis Newman Jr.    Jun 10 1942 - Feb 22 1943
LCDR Horatio Alonzo Lincoln    Feb 22 1943 - Feb 24 1944
CDR George Wendelburg    Feb 24 1944 - Dec 12 1944
CDR Dunlap R. Robinson    Dec 12 1944 - Jan 7 1945
LCDR Richard Shaw Harlan    Jan 7 1945 - Jan 30 1945
CDR Dunlap R. Robinson    Jan 30 1945 - Nov 24 1945
LCDR Carl August Sander Jr.    Nov 24 1945 - Apr 24 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Ed Polasek
Address: 2306 Park Place Ave., APT 12A, Fort Worth, TX 76110-6626
Phone: 817-923-8211
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.


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