USS John Rodgers
DD 574 (Fletcher class)

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Courtesy of: Daughter of Burton Steele

Builder:         Consolidated Steel, Orange TX.
Laid Down:  	 June 25, 1941
Launched:        May 7, 1942
Commissioned:  	 February 9, 1943
Decommissioned:  May 25, 1947; Stricken 8/19/70
Fate:            To Mexico 5/1/68, renamed Cuitlahuac; 
                 retired July 2002

We are seeking information on the USS John Rodgers and her crews. Files and photos may be E-mailed to us and we will incorporate them into these pages.


A tribute to the Rodgers Family


Subject: USS John Rodgers (DD 574)
Date: Wed, 5 Nov 2003
From: Sharyn Lands

My father, Burton Havis Steele, was enlisted onboard the USS John Rodgers (574) during WWII. He died over 30 years ago. However, I (his daughter) have a few photographs of the ship and the crew. Would you be interested in using them? I have been researching my roots which brought me to my fatherís navy enlistment. I am so glad to have found your web site.

Thanks you so much!

Sharyn Steele Lands


Subject: USS John Rodgers (DD-574)
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2003
From: John Nowakowski

Dear Sir,

My name is John Nowakowski, I'm the Commanding Officer of a group called The Last Patrol. We have been working on saving John Rodgers for roughly 12 years. Last week I recieved a letter from the Mexican Government telling us that the USS John Rodgers was ours if we still wanted her. I have informed them that we did still want to save the ship as a museum. We are a 501c3 non-profit group based in north west Ohio. We plan on bringing John Rodgers to the west end of Lake Erie as a museum. We are looking for all the help we can find at this point. Especially monitary sponsores and donations to get the ship home. I can be reached at:

    Home 419-825-5108
    Work 419-461-1263
    E-mail: lastpatrol@aol.com
    Mail: Last Patrol
    828 S. Berkey Southern
    Swanton, OH 43558


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Courtesy of: Daughter of Burton Steele


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