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USS Luce

CountryUnited States
Ship ClassFletcher-class Destroyer
Hull NumberDD-522
BuilderBethlehem Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, New York, United States
Laid Down24 Aug 1942
Launched6 Mar 1943
Commissioned21 Jun 1943
Sunk4 May 1945
Displacement2050 tons standard; 2924 tons full
Length377 feet
Beam40 feet
Draft18 feet
MachineryGeneral Electric geared turbines with two screws
Power Output60000 SHP
Speed35 knots
Range6,500nm at 15 knots
Crew336
Armament5x130mm guns, 10x40mm AA guns, 7x20mm AA guns, 10x530mm torpedo tubes, 6x depth charge projectors, 2x depth charge tracks

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ww2dbaseUSS Luce was commissioned into service in Jun 1943. Based out of Attu, Aleutian Islands in the North Pacific starting in late 1943, she engaged in anti-submarine patrols off Attu and participated in three raids in the Kurile Islands, sinking a Japanese freighter during the first raid off Paramushiru. From late 1944 into 1945, she supported the invasions in the Philippine Islands, Huon Gulf in Australian Territory of New Guinea, and Okinawa in Japan. Off Okinawa, she was targeted by two Japanese special attack aircraft on 4 May 1945. She was able to down the first, but only when the aircraft had already closed in, thus the blast of the explosion still caused general power failures aboard the ship. Moments later, she was struck by the second special attack aircraft in the aft section on the port side, knocking out the port engine, jamming the rudder, and causing flooding. When the list became too significant, the commanding officer gave the order to abandon ship. She exploded as she sank. Of the 312 on board, 126 were killed in the attack and the sinking.

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USS Luce Operational Timeline

24 Aug 1942 The keel of destroyer Luce was laid down at Bethlehem Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, New York, United States.
6 Mar 1943 Destroyer Luce was launched at Bethlehem Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, New York, United States. She was sponsored by the wife of Stephen B. Luce, Jr., who was the grandson of Rear Admiral Stephen B. Luce, who in turn was the namesake of the ship.
21 Jun 1943 USS Luce was commissioned into service with Commander Donald C. Varian in command.
5 Sep 1943 USS Luce departed New York, New York, United States.
28 Oct 1943 USS Luce arrived at Bremerton, Washington, United States.
1 Nov 1943 USS Luce departed Bremerton, Washington, United States.
22 Nov 1943 Commander Hinton A. Owens relieved Commander Donald C. Varian as the commanding officer of USS Luce.
24 Nov 1943 USS Luce departed Hawaiian Islands waters.
30 Nov 1943 USS Luce began a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
31 Jan 1944 USS Luce completed a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
1 Feb 1944 USS Luce departed Massacre Bay, Attu, Aleutian Islands for Paramushiru, Kurile Islands.
4 Feb 1944 USS Luce began a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands.
13 Jun 1944 USS Luce bombarded Matsuwa (Matua), Kurile Islands.
26 Jun 1944 USS Luce bombarded Paramushiru (Paramushir), Kurile Islands.
8 Aug 1944 USS Luce completed a period of anti-submarine patrol off Attu in the Aleutian Islands and departed for San Francisco, California, United States.
31 Aug 1944 USS Luce arrived at Pearl Harbor, US Territory of Hawaii.
11 Oct 1944 USS Luce departed Manus, Admiralty Islands.
1 Nov 1944 USS Luce departed Manus, Admiralty Islands.
12 Dec 1944 USS Luce supported landing operations at Huon Gulf, Australian New Guinea.
27 Dec 1944 USS Luce departed Huon Gulf, Australian New Guinea.
9 Jan 1945 USS Luce arrived off Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands.
11 Jan 1945 USS Luce shot down a Japanese aircraft off Lingayen Gulf, Philippine Islands. She set sail toward San Pedro Bay later in the day.
16 Jan 1945 USS Luce arrived at San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands.
25 Jan 1945 USS Luce departed San Pedro Bay, Philippine Islands.
30 Jan 1945 USS Luce departed for Mindoro, Philippine Islands.
1 Feb 1945 Commander Jacob Wilson Waterhouse relieved Commander Hinton A. Owens as the commanding officer of USS Luce.
2 Feb 1945 USS Luce began escorting transport ships between Subic Bay and San Pedro Bay in the Philippine Islands.
24 Mar 1945 USS Luce departed Philippine waters to escort ships which were sailing for Kelse Shima, Ryukyu Islands.
1 Apr 1945 USS Luce patrolled waters off Okinawa, Japan.
4 May 1945 USS Luce was attacked by two Japanese special attack aircraft off Okinawa, Japan. The first was shot down near the port side of the ship, and the blast of the explosion caused power failures throughout the ship. The second aircraft crashed into the aft portion of the destroyer, knocking out the port engine, jamming the rudder, and flooding engineering spaces. The commanding officer gave the order to abandon ship at 0814 hours. Of the 312 on board, 126 were killed in the attack and the sinking.

Photographs

Launching ceremony of destroyer Luce, Bethlehem Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, New York, United States, 6 Mar 1943USS Gherardi (center) and USS Luce (left) at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, Jun-Sep 1943
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Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Mikki says:
1 May 2012 05:39:11 PM

Seeking list of sailors who did not survive the sinknig of the destroyer USS Luce in 1945.

I am putting together a short family history for my children as to their fathers side of the family. He lost a brother on the USS Luce and I would like to know more about what his rank was and what he did while on board.

Thanks to anyone who could help.
2. neil shattuck says:
27 May 2012 07:18:59 AM

My uncle Robert Shattuck was killed on the luce
3. Fred Davis says:
25 May 2013 08:58:33 PM

My uncle James Appicelli CMM was killed on the Luce
James was in the after engine room where one of the planes hit.There is a book that I have that tells everything that happened that day. It is DD 522 Diary of a Destroyer by Ron Surels Every Memorial day I honor the Luce and its crew by wearing a Luce
baseball hat.I will never forget the men who were lost and those that survived. They were all heroes!!
4. James Robert Appleby says:
29 Sep 2014 04:22:10 PM

My Grandfather, James L. Appleby was also killed in the aft engine room. I am looking for like people who can tell me more. Thanks
Rob Appleby
alienguyrt66@gmail.com
352-613-3806
5. Trish says:
14 Oct 2015 04:24:04 AM

My grandfathers was a survivor on the Luce, John Welsh. A book was written about it that might mention your relatives. DD 522: Diary of a destroyer : the action saga of the USS Luce from the Aleutian and Philippine campaigns to her sinking off Okinawa Hardcover 1994
by Ron Surels (Author)
6. Phil Becker says:
31 Oct 2015 12:46:54 PM

I served on Luce as s/1c for only about a year--While in the Atlantic we escorted the- Queen Mary from the coast of Ireland to Halifax Nova Scotia with Winston Churchill on her as a passenger Admiral King was also on board -we also screened the Enterprise on her shake down to Trinidad. Also almost hit a tug towing a target with 5inch fire.
7. kenneth says:
7 Dec 2015 07:40:42 AM

my great uncle frank machacek went down with the ship that day. he could have gotten off the ship but he went back down to save his buddies, god bless him. thank you for your courage and sacrifice uncle frank.
8. maura fischer bunge says:
6 Feb 2016 01:03:14 PM

My grandfather, Walter Fischer went down with the ship. Stayed back to save others, Received the Bronze Star.
9. Debi Reep says:
18 Apr 2016 04:57:35 PM

My father who is turning 90 this year is a survivor of the USS Luce. Looking for any other survivors still alive.
10. Neil Shattuck says:
23 May 2016 07:10:47 PM

Debi Reep
My Uncle Robert L Shattuck went missing on that day the ship went down, anything your father remembers about the crew and ship I would love to know.
Neil Shattuck
Millmaster1047@yahoo.com
I'm watching a documentary tonight on Okinawa and kamikaze attacks. It made me come to this page again.
God Bless those men, they are and were all heros.
11. Maura Fischer Bunge says:
29 May 2016 03:27:05 PM

Debi Deep
Please ask your father if he knew Walter Fischer, Cheif Torpedoman. He was killed when the Luxe went down. Thank you!
Maura Bunge
Bunge4life@gmail
12. Michael Powers says:
30 May 2016 05:19:03 AM

My uncle Arthur Powers also went down with his crewmates.....Rest in Peace

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Destroyer USS Luce (DD-522) Photo Gallery
Launching ceremony of destroyer Luce, Bethlehem Mariners Harbor, Staten Island, New York, United States, 6 Mar 1943USS Gherardi (center) and USS Luce (left) at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, United States, Jun-Sep 1943
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