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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, 47,000 SHP; Bethlehem Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Navy Yard January 3 1938.
Launched May 16 1940 and commissioned September 5 1940.
Decommissioned March 18 1946.
Stricken June 1 1969.
Fate Sunk as target off Virginia March 26 1969.

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Hughes 55kCharles Frederick Hughes was born on 14 October 1866 and was appointed to the Naval Academy in 1884. Upon graduation on 8 June 1888, he went to the Fleet for the customary two years at sea preceding a commission as an ensign. He received that commission on 1 July 1890, and his promotion to lieutenant (junior grade) came on 27 April 1898. During the Spanish-American War, Lt. (jg.) Hughes fought in Commodore Dewey's Asiatic Squadron. He made lieutenant on 3 March 1899. While serving ashore at the Bureau of Equipment from 1904 to 1906, he became Lt. Comdr. Hughes on 1 July 1905. During a tour of duty as recorder for the Board of Inspection and Survey between 1909 and 1911, he received his promotion to commander. He assumed command of Birmingham (Scout Cruiser No. 2) in 1911 and plied the troubled waters along the Mexican gulf coast in her and, later, in command of Des Moines (Cruiser No. 15). In 1913, Comdr. Hughes became chief of staff to the Commander, Atlantic Fleet, and served in that capacity during the occupation of Veracruz, Mexico, in the spring of 1914. Promoted to captain on 10 July 1914, he returned to shore duty later that year to serve with the General Board. Capt. Hughes took command of New York (Battleship No. 34) in October of 1916. His ship served in the American battleship squadron that operated with the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands through World War I. Hughes, however, left New York just before the Armistice. On 10 October 1918, he was promoted to rear admiral. His first assignment as a flag officer was as commandant at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from late 1918 to 1920. Between 1920 and 1921, Rear Admiral Hughes was Commander, 2d Battleship Squadron, Atlantic Fleet. From the latter part of 1921 to 25 June 1923, he commanded Divisions 7 and 4 of the Battle Fleet. Coming ashore again in 1923, he became president of the Naval War College at Newport, R.I., on 1 July. A year later, Rear Admiral Hughes moved to the job of Director of Fleet Training. That assignment lasted until 10 October 1925. Soon thereafter, Hughes was appointed Commander in Chief, Battle Fleet. On 14 November 1927, Admiral Hughes became the fourth man to occupy the office of Chief of Naval Operations. He completed his tour of duty in that post on 11 September 1930 and, on 14 October 1930, retired to his home in Chevy Chase, Md., where he died on 28 May 1934. Admiral Hughes was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.Bill Gonyo
Hughes 82kArtist's conception of the Hughes 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
Hughes 128kUndated, damage sustained in a collision with a Greek freighter in the Atlantic.Lloyd C. Murray- WT 3C USNR, 44-45
Hughes 35kUndated, entering Charleston S.C.Lloyd C. Murray- WT 3C USNR, 44-45
Hughes 37kUndated, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hughes 77kUndated, crew photo from the collection of Kenneth Holmes SoM2.Jim Holmes
Hughes 98kCirca 1942, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Hughes 142kIn Charleston during 1945 after the end of World War II.David Buell
Hughes 131kAs above.David Buell
Hughes 30kShip's identification card.Tommy Trampp

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR George Lawrence Menocal    Sep 6 1940 - May 26 1942
LCDR Bennett Smith Copping    May 26 1942 - Sep 29 1943
CDR J. C. Gillespie Wilson    Sep 29 1943 - Dec 24 1944
CDR John Shannon    Dec 1944 - Mar 18 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Charles Cullen
Address: 2805 Philip Ave., New York, NY 10465
Phone: 718-892-9626
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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