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USS RINGGOLD (DD-500)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWDH

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 40mm, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 38 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 15 Knots, Crew 273.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding, Kearny NJ. June 25 1942.
Launched November 11 1942 and commissioned December 24 1942.
Decommissioned March 23 1946.
Stricken October 1 1974.
To West Germany July 14 1959, renamed Z-2.
To Greece September 18 1981, renamed Kimon (D-65).
Used for spare parts.
Fate Stricken and broken up for scrap in 1993 at Piraeus.

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Ringgold 61kRear Adm. Cadwallader Ringgold was born in Washington County, Md., 20 August 1802, and entered the U.S. Navy in 1819. He commanded the schooner Weazel in action against West Indies pirates during the late 1820s and later served on board Vandalia in the Pacific and Adams in the Mediterranean. During 1838-42, he participated in the Wilkes Expedition in the Pacific, commanding Porpoise from 1840. Inactive in the later 1850s, he returned to the fleet during the Civil War. While in command of the frigate Sabine he effected the rescue of a battalion of Marines whose transport steamer had gone inshore and also of the ship of the line Vermont which had lost her rudder in a storm. Promoted to commodore in 1862, he was placed on the rear admiral (retired) list in 1866. Rear Admiral Ringgold died at New York 29 April 1867.Bill Gonyo
Ringgold 82kArtist's conception of the Ringgold as she appeared after original construction by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Ringgold 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Ringgold by the renowned graphic illustrator John Barrett with the text written by naval author and historian Robert F. Sumrall. Their company Navy Yard Associates offers prints of most destroyers, destroyer escorts, submarines and aircraft carriers in various configurations during the ship's lifetime. The prints can be customized with ship's patches, your photograph, your bio, etc. If you decide to purchase artwork from them please indicate that you heard about their work from NavSource.Navy Yard Associates
Ringgold 36kUndated, location unknown.-
Ringgold 100kUndated, Stern view, showing the Fletcher layout as built as opposed to designed. Additional AA armenment is added from "Lessons Learned" thus far during the war.-
Ringgold 97kUndated, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Ringgold 163kThe USS Ringgold (DD-500), USS Stevenson (DD-645), USS Schroeder (DD-501) and USS Stockton (DD-646) were launched with 28 minutes on November 11 1942 at Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in Kearny, New Jersey. AP Wirephoto.David Buell
Ringgold 78kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Ringgold (DD-500), USS Schroeder (DD-501), USS Stevenson (DD-645) and USS Stockton (DD-646) on November 11 1942. Courtesy of www.timepassagesnostalgia.com.Tom Kerman
Ringgold 139kCirca 1940's, location unknown.Bill Gonyo
Ringgold 115kMay 14 1943 at New York NY after receiving her amidships twin 40mm gun mounts. It was during this yard period that the Ringgold was modified to the three twin 40mm gun mounts and 11-20mm guns standard. Just a few months latter in July 1943, the Ringgold was again upgraded at Mare Island to the five twin 40mm gun mounts and 7-20mm guns standard.Rick E. Davis
Ringgold 245kDetail of boat falls aboard Ringgold, 10 Aug 1944 at Eniwetok anchorage. From Dwight Spayth photo collection.John Chiquoine
Ringgold 235kDetail of smoke cylinders on fantail aboard Ringgold, 10 Aug 1944 at Eniwetok anchorage. From Dwight Spayth photo collection.John Chiquoine
Ringgold 92kThis RINGGOLD view was taken October 13, 1944 in Humboldt Bay anchorage, New Guinea. (NNSP SC111-260537) The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 7d.John Chiquoine
Ringgold 125kNewpaper clipping of heroism aboard the Ringgold on November 20 1943.Ron Reeves
Ringgold 113kNew Year's Day, 1945 at Pier 54, San Francisco. Left to right, Sigsbee (DD-502), Ringgold (DD-500), and Shea (DM-30), all are concluding overhauls. Nara 19N80477.John Chiquoine
Ringgold 195kUSS Ringgold (DD-500) and USS New Jersey (BB-62) taken from deck of USS Lexington (CV-16) in 1945. USN from the Joe Houston Tailhook Collection.Angelo Romano
Ringgold 109kThis is RINGGOLD probably the day after the collision with YARNALL Mar 4, 1945. It was shot by covering aircraft from the VC squadron of USS SHAMROCK BAY. (NNSP 80G356105)John Chiquoine
Ringgold 67kSurface view with bow section sheared off from collision with USS YARNALL, 4 March 1945. Moored with HARRISON, from Dwight Spayth photo collection.John Chiquoine
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These are work progress views of USS Ringgold alongside USS Cascade in March 1945 at Ulithi Lagoon. Cascade personnel have cut away jagged hull steel and fashioned a steel frame for a safe ocean voyage back to Pearl Harbor, where a new bow will be waiting. These views are from Ringgold's Lt Dwight Spayth and from NA 19NGC text folders.
John Chiquoine
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USS Ringgold and USS Yarnall both lost their bows in a collision 4 March 1945 while holding torpedo tactics drills. This is Ringgold tied up with Harrison at Ulithi anchorage between March 7 and 13, 1945. Ringgold's twisted wreckage was subsequently cut away by USS Cascade and a temporary prow was welded on. With a replacement forward section waiting for RINGGOLD upon her arrival at Pearl, she returned to TG38.1 on June 6. Photo from USS Harrison, by T.McCann.John Chiquoine
Ringgold 173kRinggold in an unrep activity, summer 1945. NARA 80G.John Chiquoine
Ringgold 43kNews release with details of the transfer of the Ringgold to the Federal Republic of Germany.Robert Hall
Ringgold 108kAmerican and German crews on the pier at Charleston Navy Yard July 15 1959 for transfer of the Ringgold.Robert Hall
Ringgold 162kUSS Ringgold (DD-500) undergoing an inclining experiment at the Charleston Naval Shipyard, Charleston, South Carolina on 17 July 1959. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107238.Robert Hurst
On Federal Republic of Germany Service
Ringgold 142kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 142kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 134kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 115kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 153kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 96kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 111kUndated, location unknown..Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 211kUndated, as German Z2/D171 passing through the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal (NOK, or Kiel channel).Jörg Bihlmayr/Wolfgang Hechler
Ringgold 67kZ-2/D171 near DelgadaJörg Bihlmayr
Ringgold 134kWest German destroyer Z-1 (D-171, ex -USS Ringgold (DD-500) during a fleet exercise, in 1960. Photo by S.L.A. Marshall, U.S. Army. U.S. Army Heritage Education center (USAHEC).Robert Hurst
Ringgold 96kZ-2/D171 circa early 1960's.Marc Piché
Ringgold 48kCirca 1968, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ringgold 55kCirca 1977, location unknown.Robert Hurst
Ringgold 142kDeparting Toulon on November 27 1977.Carlo Martinelli
Ringgold 143kDeparting Toulon on November 27 1977.Carlo Martinelli
Ringgold 6kGerman Navy Coat of Arms for the Z2.Franzen Karlheinz
On Greek Service
Ringgold 224kThe Greek Salamis Naval Base on 31 August 1979. Visible among other ships are the six Greek Fletcher-class destroyers: Kimon (ex-USS Ringgold (DD-500), Nearchos (ex-USS Wadsworth (DD-516), Sfendoni (ex-USS Aulick (DD-569), Aspis (ex-USS Connor (DD-582), Lonchi (ex-USS Hall (DD-583), and Velos (ex-USS Charrette (DD-581). Also visible are the landing ships Nafkratoussa (ex-USS Fort Mandan (LSD-21), Oinoussai (ex-USS Terrell County (LST-1157), and Kos (ex-USS Whitfield County (LST-1169). Photo by PHC C. Pedrick, USN. U.S. DefenseImagery photo VIRIN: photo VIRIN: DN-SC-82-00328.Robert Hurst

USS RINGGOLD DD-500 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Thomas Francis Conley Jr.    Dec 30 1942 - Aug 11 1943
CDR Warren Byron Christie    Aug 11 1943 - Mar 23 1946
Commanding Officers under Federal German Command
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
(KK = Korvettenkapitän = LCDR    FK = Fregattenkapitän = CDR    KzS = Kapitän zur See = CAPT)

FK Gunter Kuhnke   Jul 14 1959 - Nov 1960
FK Dr. Otto Ites    Nov 1960 - Sep 1962
FK Paul Brasack    Sep 1962 - Mar 1964
FK Mumm    Mar 1964 - Feb 1966
KK Heinz Siewert    Feb 1966 - Apr 1966
FK Suikat    Apr 1966 - Mar 1968
FK Heinz Siewert    Mar 1968 - Oct 1968
No CO assigned Oct 1968 - Nov 1969
FK Klages    Nov 1969 - Mar 1973
FK Jochen Menner    Mar 1973 - Apr 1976
FK Rolf Bretschneider    Apr 1976 - Mar 1979
FK Huber    Mar 1979 - Jun 30 1981
No CO assigned Jun 30 1981 - Sep 2 1981
FK Huber    Sep 2 1981 - Sep 18 1981

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Chiquoine
Address: 323 Wellington Road, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: (610)692-2627
E-mail: dd573@aol.com


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