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USS STODDERT (DD-302 / AG-18)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NALZ

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel, San Francisco July 4 1918.
Launched January8 1919 and commissioned June 30 1920.
Decommissioned on 20 May 1930.
Recommissioned on 6 April 1931.
Reclassified as miscellaneous auxiliary, AG-18, on 30 June 1931.
Redesignated DD-302 on 16 April 1932.
Decommissioned January 10 1933.
Stricken June 5 1935.
Fate Sold August 30 1935 and broken up for scrap.

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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 161kUndated, possibly at San Diego. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Stoddert 121kUndated, in Melbourne.Allan Greene
Stoddert 161kLaunching of USS Stoddert (DD-302) on January 8, 1919.Darryl Baker
Stoddert 137kUSS Stoddert (DD 302) immediately after launching with an insert photo of her sponsor Mrs. Garvin McNabb.Darryl Baker
Stoddert 55kCirca 1918-1926.Jon Burdett
Stoddert 70kPhoto #: NH 77258: The USS Cuyama (AO-3) with twelve destroyers tied up alongside, during the early 1920s. The ships present include (from left to right): USS Jacob Jones (DD-130); USS Hull (DD-330); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Corry (DD-334); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Cuyama (AO-3; USS Stoddert (DD-302); USS Yarborough (DD-314); USS Sloat (DD-316); USS Litchfield (DD-336); USS Shubrick (DD-268); USS Young (DD-312); Courtesy of Mrs. C.R. DeSpain, 1973. From the scrapbooks of Fred M. Butler. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 82kPhoto #: NH 69456: USS Stoddert (DD-302) at anchor, probably off San Diego, California, circa 1920. USS Kennedy (DD-306) is in the right distance. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 42kPhoto #: NH 67899: USS Stoddert (DD-302) photographed circa the later 1920s. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 84kPhoto #: NH 85454. Circa 1921, location unknown.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 145kPhoto #: NH 1871: USS Stoddert (DD-302) photographed while underway, circa 1923-1930. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 149kUSS Stoddert (DD 302) and USS Melvin (DD 335) in the background off San Diego circa 1930. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Stoddert 82kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) view of the ship's smokestacks, circa 1931, showing the steel "umbrellas" installed to protect them from falling bombs. Stoddert was then serving as a radio-controlled target ship. Note the steam whistle on the forward stack, and smokestack guy wires. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Stoddert 89kPhoto #: NH 50996: USS Stoddert (DD-302) underway at sea, while serving as a radio-controlled target ship, circa 1931. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 154kPhoto #: NH 43774, USS Stoddert (DD-302) underway at high speed while serving as a radio-controlled target ship, circa 1931. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Stoddert 72kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) steaming at high speed, circa 1931, while serving as a radio-controlled target ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Stoddert 70kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) underway following conversion to a radio-controlled target ship, circa 1931. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Paul Rebold
Stoddert 135kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) (left) operating under radio command, circa 1931, following conversion to a target ship. Her control ship, USS Dent (DD-116), is steaming astern. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 60kPhoto #: NH 42020: USS Stoddert (DD-302) underway at sea, circa 1931, while serving as a radio-controlled target ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. "Decommissioned in May 1930, Stoddert was subsequently converted to a radio-controlled target ship for use in realistic high-speed combat exercises. While this shipyard work was in progress in November 1930, her name was changed to Light Target Number 1 and her hull number to IX-35. She was recommissioned in April 1931 and soon received her old name back. In June her hull number was again changed to AG-18, and in April 1932 Stoddert was again redesignated DD-302. During 1931-32, she conducted tests with her new equipment and operated with Mobile Target Division One, based at San Diego, California, to support aircraft dive bombing and torpedo training as well as surface ship gunnery practice. Stoddert was decommissioned for the last time in January 1933. She was sold for scrapping in August 1935.Fabio Peña
Stoddert 95kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) maneuvering under radio control, circa 1931, following conversion to a target ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42015.Robert Hurst
Stoddert 102kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) steaming under radio control following conversion to a target ship, circa 1931. A Loening OL-type observation plane is flying overhead. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42014.Robert Hurst
Stoddert 82kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) maneuvering under radio control, circa 1931, while serving as a target ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42018.Robert Hurst
Stoddert 90kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) underway, circa 1931, while serving as a radio-controlled target ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 42011.Robert Hurst
Stoddert 84kDestroyer Division THIRTY-THREE moored together off San Diego, California, on 16 April 1921. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. These ships are (from left to right): USS Stoddert (DD-302); USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Thompson (DD-305) and USS Farquhar (DD-304) Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 108k"Old Hen and Chickens" USS Kanawha (AO-1) with thirteen destroyers alongside, off San Diego, California, during the early 1920s. Photographed by Bunnell, 414 E Street, San Diego. Ships present are (from left to right): USS Meade (DD-274); USS Evans (DD-78); USS Kennedy (DD-306); USS Aaron Ward (DD-132); USS Woolsey (DD-77); USS Wickes (DD-75); USS Buchanan (DD-131); USS Kanawha; USS Farquhar (DD-304); USS Paul Hamilton (DD-307); USS Thompson (DD-305); USS Reno (DD-303); USS Stoddert (DD-302) and USS Philip (DD-76) Collection of Chief Quartermaster John Harold, USN. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 67kCirca late 1920's.Marc Piché
Stoddert 135kDestroyers moored together at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, circa 1925 The ships present include (from right to left): USS Somers (DD-301); USS Farragut (DD-300); USS John Francis Burnes (DD-299); USS Percival (DD-298); and USS Stoddert (DD-302). The outboard destroyer (furthest to the left) can not be identified. Photograph from the Albert Chamberlain photo album, donated by Colonel Carl Mahakian, USMCR, 1975. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 102kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) anchored off San Diego, California, circa 1920. Photographed by the Pier Studio, San Diego. The ship's name is misspelled on the print Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 117kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) at anchor, probably off San Diego, California, circa 1920. Courtesy of ESKC Joseph L. Aguillard, USNR, 1969. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 134kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) under repair alongside a tender, circa the later 1920s. Note what appears to be a diver support boat below her starboard propeller guard. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 126kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) Standing by with a motor launch approaching, circa 1931, following conversion to a radio-controlled target ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 82kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) steaming under radio-control, circa 1931, while she was serving as a radio-controlled target. Note the boat booms serving as outriggers on both sides of the ship. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stoddert 118kUSS Stoddert (DD-302) raising her anchor near shore, while serving as a radio-controlled target, circa 1931. Note the boat boom outriggers on both sides of the ship, and what appears to be seaweed fouling her anchor. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss

USS STODDERT DD-302 / AG-18 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Norman Scott    Jun 30 1920 - ? (Later RADM)
LCDR Leslie E. Bratton    ? 1923 - ?
CDR Jonas Howard Ingram    Jul 24 1924 - May 23 1926 (Later ADM)
CDR Franklin Paul Conger    May 23 1926 - Jun 25 1928
CDR Archer Meredith Ruland Allen    Jun 25 1928 - May 1 1930

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