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Luce (DM 4)

Call sign:
George - Sail - Watch - Fox

Call sign (1921):
Nan - Easy - George - Dog


Wickes Class Destroyer/Stribling Class Light Minelayer:

  • Originally planned as Schley
  • Named changed to Luce 4 December 1917
    Ships Data, U.S. Naval Vessels, 1921 shows name changed 24 September 1917
  • Laid down 9 February 1918 by the Fore River Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, Massachusetts
  • Launched 29 June 1918
  • Commissioned USS Luce, Destroyer No. 99, 11 September 1918 at the Boston Navy Yard
  • Reclassified as a Light Minelayer, DM-4, 18 July 1920
  • Decommissioned 30 June 1922 at Philadelphia, PA and laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia
  • Recommissioned 19 March 1930
  • Decommissioned 31 January 1931 at Boston, Massachusetts
  • Struck from the Navy Register 7 January 1936
  • Sold 29 September 1936 to Schievone-Bonomo Corp. of New York, NY
  • Scrapped 13 November 1936.


  • Displacement 1,191 t.
    1921 - 1198 t.
  • Length 314' 4½"
  • Beam 30' 11¼"
  • Draft 9' 2"
  • Speed 34 kts.
    1921 - 34.81 kts.
  • Complement 103
    1921 - 122
  • Armament: Four 4"/50 mounts, two 1-pounders, one depth charge projector and two depth charge tracks
    1921 - Two 1-pounders replaced by one 3"/23 mount
  • Propulsion: Four White-Foster boilers, two 12,100shp Parsons turbines, two shafts
    1921 - Four Yarrow boilers and two 27,340shp Curtis geared turbines, two shafts.

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    Size Image Description Source
    Luce 141k c. 1921
    Boston Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA
    The ship still wears her former destroyer bow number, but has had her torpedo tubes removed and replaced with mine tracks running along each side to the stern from just aft of Number Four Smoke Stack
    Photographed by H. J. Darley, 46 Water Street, Charlestown, Massachusetts
    U.S. Navy photo NH 103189 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    Barb Rebold
    Luce 90k 15 April 1930
    Philadelphia Navy Yard

    Commanding Officers
    01LT Ralph Chandler Parker, USN - USNA Class of 1907
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Captain
    11 September 1918 - 1919
    02LT Jay Louis Kerley, USN4 June 1919
    03CDR Robert Carlisle Giffen, USN - USNA Class of 1907
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and two Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1942/1944) - Retired as Vice Admiral
    04LCDR Aubrey Wray "Jake" Fitch, USN - USNA Class of 1906
    Awarded two Navy Distinguished Service Medals (1942/1944) and the Legion of Merit (1945) - Retired as Admiral
    August 1920 - 1921
    05LCDR Lee Payne Johnson, USN - USNA Class of 1909
    Awarded the Navy Cross (1918) and two Legion of Merits (1943/1944) - Retired as Commodore
    June 1930 - 1931
    Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, Bill Gonyo and Joe Radigan

    View the Luce (DM-4)
    DANFS History entry located on the Haze Gray & Underway Website
    Additional Resources and Websites of Interest
    NavSource Destroyer Pages, USS Luce (DD-99)

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