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USS Alexander J. Luke (DE 577)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - H - N - R
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal


Specifications:
Class: Buckley
Type: TE (turbine-electric drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1400 tons (light), 1740 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 10' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 "D" Express boilers, G.E. turbines with electric drive, 12000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 24 kts
Range: 6,000 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 198
Alexander J. Luke (DE 577) Building and Operational Data:
  • 5 November 1943: Keel laid by the Bethlehem-Hingham Shipyard Co., Hingham, Mass.
  • 28 December 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Catherine B. Luke, mother of Sgt. Luke
  • 19 February 1944: Commissioned at Boston, Mass., Lcdr Herbert A. Peterson in command
  • 7 December 1945: Redesignated DER 577, conversion completed at the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 18 October 1947: Decommissioned at Charleston, S.C.
  • 1 December1954: Redesignated DE 577
  • 1 May 1970: Stricken from the NVR
  • 22 October 1970: Sold, scrapped
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    Alexander J. Luke 70k 1 June 1946: New York City - Alexander J. Luke (DE 577) following her conversion to a radar picket ship. (Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #NH 79724, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships) (Note: appears to be the same photo as below from a slightly different angle) Robert Hurst
    Alexander J. Luke 67k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo) B.J. Crawford
    Alexander J. Luke 27k Late '44 - Early '45, North Atlantic (U.S. Navy photo)
    Alexander J. Luke 69k crewmembers at Casco Bay Maine, 26 December 1944 (Photo © B.J. Crawford)
    Alexander J. Luke 36k undated wartime image (U.S. Navy photo)

    View the USS Alexander J. Luke (DE577) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Alexander J. Luke
    The Destroyer History Foundation
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