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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHMC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RANGEFINDER

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging, Seattle on June 11 1962.
Launched January 8 1963 and commissioned September 12 1964.
Decommissioned December 20 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sank February 3 2001 in the Pacific Ocean while under tow for breaking up in Brownsville, Texas.

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Stoddert 89kBenjamin Stoddert was born in Charles County, Maryland, in 1751. He served in the Pennsylvania cavalry and on the Board of War during the American War of Independence. After the war, he became a merchant at Georgetown, Maryland, a town that later became part of the District of Columbia, and during the 1790s was active in obtaining land for the use of the new Federal Government. In May 1798, Benjamin Stoddert was nominated by President John Adams to became the Nation's first Secretary of the Navy. In that post, he guided the Navy through the undeclared war with France and achieved a significant expansion in the United States' naval strength. He left office in March 1801 to return to commercial life. Benjamin Stoddert died on 13 December 1813.Robert Hurst
Stoddert 55kUndated postcard Copyright © Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.Mike Smolinski
Stoddert 99kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Stoddert 23kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Stoddert 86kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Stoddert 145kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
Stoddert 32kUndated, USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) at Pearl Harbor.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stoddert 23kUndated, in Hong Kong.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stoddert 84kUndated, in Hong Kong.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stoddert 134kUSS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Cochrane (DDG-21) and USS Goldsborough (DDG-20)at Pearl Harbor in 1966.ssharpbt2/Art Burciaga
Stoddert 159kPre 1968, location unknown.Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 125kUSN photo, pre-1968Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 139kUSN photo, pre-1968Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 73kIn the Gulf of Tonkin above the DMZ in summer 1967.Larry Backus
Stoddert 75kCirca 1967-68 off the entrance to Pearl Harbor-
Stoddert 100kDry Dock 4 Pearl Harbor, June 1968© Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 101kTaken from the USS Boston (CAG-1) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in early 1968. USS Sproston (DD-577), USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) and USS Cochrane (DDG-21).John Jazdzewski
Stoddert 211kDry Dock 4 Pearl Harbor, April 1968© Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 90kPearl Harbor, June, 1968© Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 156kUSS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Cochrane (DDG-21) in Pearl Harbor, November 1968.© Richard Leonhardt
Stoddert 106kUSS Lynde McCormick (DDG-8) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) in late 1960s at Subic Bay.Richard Miller, BMCS, USN (Ret.)
Stoddert 294kIn 1971 the Stoddert was providing gun support off the coast of Vietnam. It was 12 miles out and received gun fire, a 6” round exploded outside the hull on the 3rd shot. It punched through the hole on the hull number 22, destroying the forward Medical Locker.Tommy Trampp/HMC Robert R. Lusk Jr
Stoddert 111kRearming in the South China Sea on May 9 1972.Tommy Trampp
Stoddert 116kUSS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) from USS Ashtabula (AO-51), South China Sea, June 11 1972.Glenn R. Sirkis
Stoddert 41kApra, Guam late 1970's.Marc Piché
Stoddert 74kFebruary 1 1979, location unknown. A starboard view of the guided missile destroyer USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) underway.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 191kNote SPQ-9 surface seach radar installed in early-mid 1980's upgrade of DDG-19, 20 & 22. Also note SLQ-32 boxes present on O-4 level slightly forward and abeam the main mast. Ship appears to be operating with USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) (identifiable by SPQ-9 radar) also homeported in Pearl Harbor, HI with Benjamin Stoddert. (Description provided by Chet Makuch)-
Stoddert 93kFremantle in the 80'sGraeme D. Fuller
Stoddert 72kOctober 1 1981, a starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), with crew members manning the rail during Fleet Week activities. Visible in the background is Alcatraz Island.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 49kSan Francisco October 29 1981.Marc Piché
Strauss 82kSan Francisco Fleet Week, October 29, 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Strauss 82kUSS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), San Francisco Fleet Week, October 29, 1981.Robert M. Cieri
Strauss 177kDN-SC-84-01908. San Francisco, October 29 1981, a starboard beam view of the guided-missile destroyer USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22), with sailors manning the rail during Fleet Week activities. Visible in the background are Alcatraz Island, the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Curt Fargo.Robert M. Cieri
Stoddert 34kUSS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and USS Stoddert (DDG-22) in San Francisco November 1 1981.Marc Piché
Stoddert 77kUSS Joseph Strauss (DDG-16) and USS Stoddert (DDG-22) in San Francisco November 1 1981.Marc Piché
Stoddert 71kDN-SN-83-01950. Lieutenant Daniel W. Chang, who is stationed aboard the guided missile destroyer USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG 22), talks to one of the crewmen as they stand at the ship's controls on the bridge, November 1 1982.Bill Gonyo
Stoddert 66kApril 14 1983, Pacific Ocean, the battleship USS New Jersey (BB 62) underway with the guided missile destroyer USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22 ) to starboard. The crew of the Stoddert welcoming the newly recommissioned New Jersey back to the fleet with fire hoses lit off as each ship passed to starboard as a salute.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 157kDN-SC-86-08672. An elevated starboard bow view of the guided missile destroyer USS BENJAMIN STODDERT (DDG 22) leaving port. Pearl Harbor, January 1 1986.Bill Gonyo
Stoddert 59kJanuary 24 1986, location unknown, the guided missile destroyer USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22 ) underway.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 37kVancouver, BC July 3 1986.Marc Piché
Stoddert 52kVancouver, BC July 3 1986.Marc Piché
Stoddert 41kSan Francisco September 1986.Marc Piché
Stoddert 221kDecember 1990, the USS Goldsborough (DDG-20) and USS Benjamin Staddert (DDG-22) at Pearl Harbor , Hawaii with the USS Brewton (FF-1086) in the background.Gerd Matthes
Stoddert 52kShip's patchMike Smolinski
Stoddert 122kShip's patchJack Treutle
Stoddert 100k-120kUniform Ship's name shoulder patch.Al Grazevich
Stoddert 49kShip's coffee mug.Tommy Trampp

Note: History is unavailable at this time
This ship was built too late to be covered by the DANFS project

Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Walter Murphee Meginniss    Sep 12 1964 - Jun 14 1965
CDR John Richard Kint    Jun 14 1965 - Jul 21 1967
CDR Edmund Batelle Taylor Jr.    Jul 21 1967 - Sep 22 1969
CDR Charles Edwin Gurney III    Sep 22 1969 - Sep 17 1971 (Later RADM)
CDR Ronald Alfred Marquis    Sep 17 1971 - Apr 20 1973
CDR Edward Adam Siegrist Jr.    Apr 20 1973 - Mar 8 1975
CDR Peter Maynard Hekman Jr.    Mar 8 1975 - Sep 12 1976 (Later VADM)
CDR Bridgman Angus MacDonald    Sep 12 1976 - Oct 4 1978
CDR Philip M. Quast    Oct 4 1978 - May 16 1981 (Later VADM)
CDR Robert William Hechtman    May 16 1981 - May 6 1983
CAPT Arthur William Newlon Jr.    May 6 1983 - Jul 24 1985
CDR Errol Ray Hurst    Jul 24 1985 - Dec 17 1987
CDR Dale Everett Onyon    Dec 17 1987 - Dec 21 1989
CDR Vaughan Eugene Mahaffey    Dec 21 1989 - Oct 1 1991
CDR William Raymond Arguello    Oct 1 1991 - Dec 20 1991

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Herm Chambers
Address: 220 Meister Way, Sacramento, CA 95819-1924
Phone: (916)736-3140
Next Reunion: September 25–30 2012 at Albuquerque, NM

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
USS Benjamin Stoddert Website
Adams Class Veterans Association Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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