Hull Number: DD-71
Launch Date: 12/22/2017
Commissioned Date: 03/18/2020
Decommissioned Date: 06/28/2022
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 Chief Petty Officers
2 G.E. Curtis Turbines: 20,000 horsepower (estimated)
Highest speed on trials: 31.7 knots
Namesake: WILLIAM GWIN
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (Published 1968)
William Gwin was born 6 December 1832 in Columbus, IN, and appointed a Midshipman 7 April 1847. One of the most promising officers in the nation, he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant Commander by the time of his death. During the Civil War he commanded several ships of the Mississippi Squadron. He was one of Flag Officer Foote’s “can do” officers, displaying outstanding initiative, energy and dash. After the fall of Fort Henry he swept with his wooden gunboats up the Tennessee River all the way to regions of Alabama, spreading destruction and terror. This action was a major factor in the collapse of the Confederate lines far behind him in Kentucky. Fire support from two of his gunboats, Tyler and Lexington, helped save Union troops front disaster in the Battle of Shiloh, bringing high praise from General Grant. He was wounded in action 27 December 1862 while commanding gunboat Benton in the battle of Haines Bluff on the Yazoo River. He died from these injuries 3 January 1863 on board a hospital ship in the Mississippi River.
Reduced to a hulk 12/28/1936. Stricken 1/25/1937. Sold 03/16/1939 to Union Shipbuilding Co., Baltimore, MD.