Allied Warships

USS Alexander J. Luke (DE 577)

Destroyer Escort of the Buckley class

NavyThe US Navy
TypeDestroyer Escort
PennantDE 577 
Built byBethlehem Shipyard Inc. (Hingham, Massachusetts, U.S.A.) 
Ordered7 Aug 1942 
Laid down5 Nov 1943 
Launched28 Dec 1943 
Commissioned19 Feb 1944 
End service18 Oct 1947 

Decommissioned 18 October 1947.
Stricken 1 May 1970.
Sunk as a target off Newport, Rhode Island on 22 October 1970.


Commands listed for USS Alexander J. Luke (DE 577)

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1Herbert Augustus Peterson, USNR19 Feb 194416 Apr 1944
2John Voorhees Cameron, USN16 Apr 194424 Nov 1944
3Adrian W. Rich, USNR24 Nov 194414 Dec 1944
4Lt. Cmdr. Lawrence M. Griffin, USNR14 Dec 1944

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Notable events involving Alexander J. Luke include:

6 May 1945
HMS Universal (Lt. S.S. Brooks, DSC, RN) conducted A/S exercises off Loch Alsh with USS Alexander J. Luke (Lt.Cdr. L.M. Griffin, USNR) and USS Spangenberg (Lt.Cdr. T.H.P. Whitney, USNR). (1)

Media links

Destroyers of World War Two

Whitley, M. J.

The Buckley-Class Destroyer Escorts

Bruce Hampton Franklin


  1. ADM 173/20128

ADM numbers indicate documents at the British National Archives at Kew, London.

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