|USS Caldwell (DD-69)|
USS Caldwell (DD-69).
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||USS Caldwell (DD-69)|
|Namesake:||James R. Caldwell|
|Builder:||Mare Island Navy Yard|
|Laid down:||9 December 1916|
|Launched:||10 July 1917|
|Commissioned:||1 December 1917|
|Decommissioned:||27 June 1922|
|Struck:||7 January 1936|
|Class & type:||Caldwell-class destroyer|
|Beam:||31 ft 3 in (9.52 m)|
|Speed:||35 knots (65 km/h)|
Ordered to join the Atlantic Fleet, Caldwell reached Norfolk, Virginia, 8 January 1918, and Queenstown, Ireland, 5 March. She participated in patrol and convoy escort duty, which were interrupted when Caldwell aided in urgent experimental work on underwater listening devices to employ against 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 George 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, South Carolina, and Newport, Rhode Island.
She was decommissioned at Philadelphia Navy Yard 27 June 1922. She was sold there 30 June 1936.
- Fitzsimons, Bernard, General Editor. The Encyclopedia of 20th Century Weapons and Warfare, Volume 5, pp. 510–11, "Caldwell", and Volume 16, pp. 1717–18, "Leeds". London: Phoebus, 1978.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
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