Reclaiming a Piece of History: DD-574

by Steve on July 24, 2006

The USS John Rodgers (DD-574) is coming home courtesy of Beauchamp Tower Corporation.


The ship was transferred to Mexico 1 May 1968. She served in the Mexican Navy as BAM Cuitlahuac, named after Cuitláhuac (?–1520), the second-to-last Aztec emperor of the Mexica.

Cuitlahuac was retired by the Mexican Navy 16 July 2002—bringing to an end the 60-year history of the Fletcher-class ships.

The Cuitlahuac was transferred to the ownership of U.S.-based nonprofit Beauchamp Tower Corporation on December 7, 2005. It will be moved back to the United States in 2006 and restored, with it ultimately becoming a World War II Pacific Theater Museum.

For more background go read up at Argghhh as John will be part of the crew bringing her home.

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