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Hull Number: DD-69

Launch Date: 07/10/2017

Commissioned Date: 12/01/2017

Decommissioned Date: 06/27/2022



Data for USS Caldwell (DD-69) as of 1921

Length Overall: 315' 6"

Beam: 31' 2"

Draft: 8' 0 1/2"

Standard Displacement: 1,125 tons

Full Load Displacement: 1,187 tons


Four 4″/50 caliber guns
One 3″/23 caliber anti-aircraft gun
Four 21″ triple torpedo tubes


8 Officers
8 Chief Petty Officers
106 Enlisted


4 Boilers
2 G.E. Curtis Turbines: 20,000 horsepower (estimated)

Highest speed on trials: 31.7 knots



Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1980)

James R. Caldwell was appointed a midshipman 22 May 1798 and commissioned a lieutenant in 1800. He served in the West Indies during the Quasi-War with France, and in Siren during the Barbary Wars. Lieutenant Caldwell was killed when Gunboat No. 9 blew up in action in Tripoli Harbor 7 August 1804.


Stricken 1/7/1936.

USS CALDWELL DD-69 Ship History

Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1981)

Caldwell (DD-69) was launched 10 July 1917 by Mare Island Navy Yard; sponsored by Miss C. Caldwell; and commissioned 1 December 1917, Lieutenant Commander B. McCandless in command.

Ordered to join the Atlantic Fleet, Caldwell reached Norfolk, Va., 8 January 1918, and Queenstown, Ireland, 5 March. Alertness and skill marked her operations on patrol and convoy escort duty, which were interrupted when Caldwell aided in urgent experimental work on underwater listening devices to employ against the menace of German submarines. After the close of World War I, Caldwell transported troops to Brest, France, and while there joined the escort for President Woodrow Wilson in Washington as he entered the harbor.

Caldwell returned home for operations with the Norfolk Division, Destroyer Force, Atlantic Fleet, and with Destroyer Squadron 3 along the east coast during 1919. Placed in reserve in August 1920, she operated with a reduced complement out of Charleston, S.C., and Newport, R.I., until decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 27 June 1922. She was sold there 30 June 1936.