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USS SCHROEDER (DD-501)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWLJ

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 January 1 1943.
Decommissioned March 23 1946.
Stricken October 1 1972.
Fate Sold January 2 1974 to Southern Scrap Materials, New Orleans for $139,377.60 and broken up for scrap.

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Seaton Schroeder was born in Washington, D.C., on 17 August 1849 and entered the Naval Academy in 1864. He served with the Pacific Fleet in 1868 and 1869 under Admiral John Rodgers in screw sloop, Benicia, and fought in the Salt River near Seoul, Korea. His sea tours took him to Alaska, Japan, and the Philippines in Saginaw, to the West Indies in Canandaigua, and on a world cruise on Swatara. After specializing in hydrographic duties for 11 years, he spent two years in the Office of Naval Intelligence where he helped develop the Driggs-Schroeder rapid-fire gun. He returned to sea in 1890 as the Commanding Officer of Vesuvius. In 1893, he began a three-year tour as ordnance officer for the Washington Navy Yard and as the recorder of the Board of Inspection and Survey; and joined the Board as a member in 1894. Following his appointment as executive officer of battleship, Massachusetts, he participated in the American blockade of Santiago, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War and was advanced three numbers in rank "for eminent and conspicuous conduct in battle" during five engagements between 31 May and 4 July 1898. He was appointed Naval governor of Guam on 19 July 1900, and there commanded Yosemite and later, Brutus, On 1 May 1903, Schroeder became Chief Intelligence Officer of the Navy. He assumed command of battleship, Virginia,, upon her first commissioning on 7 May 1906 and afterwards commanded various divisions in the Atlantic Fleet. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1908, he hoisted his flag on Connecticut when he took command of the Atlantic Fleet on 8 March 1909. Two months later, he was assigned to the General Board and subsequently placed on the retired list on 17 August 1911. Rear Admiral Schroeder was recalled to active duty in 1912 to prepare a new signal book, and again in World War I to serve as Chief Hydrographer and the Navy representative on the United States Geographic Board. He died at the Naval Hospital, Washington, D.C., on 19 October 1922.Bill Gonyo/Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 82kArtist's conception of the Schroeder 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
Schroeder 78kArtist's conception of a cutaway view of the Schroeder 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
Schroeder 105kUndated, Typicial war time Fletcher configuration, Note The elevation of the #4 5"-38 gun, These dual purpose guns were very effective against the air attack threat.-
Schroeder 171kFour undated views from the collection of crewmember Edward Leake Addy. Looking aft from the bridge.Cheryl Wren
Schroeder 194kAs above. Left to right: Brannigan EM2/c, Buddingh F1/c, Stewart SF3/c, Kott RdM1/c, Johnson EM3/c & Olen SF3/c.Cheryl Wren
Schroeder 206kAs above. Some Filapinos on a small stream on Leyte.Cheryl Wren
Schroeder 190kAs above. Shellback ceremony upon crossing the Equator.Cheryl Wren
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USS Schroeder under construction at Federal Kearney during 1941 and 1942. NA 19N125731, 39803, 39806. Good view of her original fantail twin 40 mount and bulwark.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 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
Schroeder 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
Schroeder 86kUSS Schroeder (DD-501) at the time of delivery, 31 December 1942, the day before she was commissioned. At this time she was configured to be armed with two twin 40mm gun mounts, but the mounts have yet to be installed.Rick E. Davis
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Yard work photos of SC2 air search radar gear installed on USS Schroeder from 12 January 1943. Accompanying documentation by Brooklyn Navy Yard states that SCHROEDER was the first ship they installed the SC2 on. Previous installations were of the SC1 or SA. From the DD501 folder NA 19NGC.
Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 104kThe USS Schroeder (DD-501) on 13 January 1943 at the New York NY. The USS Stockton (DD-646) is in the background.Rick E. Davis
Schroeder 75kView aboard Schroeder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 13 Jan 1943, between commissioning and shakedown. NARA 19N-40831.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 92kView aboard Schroeder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 13 Jan 1943, between commissioning and shakedown. NARA 19N-40834.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 91kView aboard Schroeder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 13 Jan 1943, between commissioning and shakedown. NARA 19N-40835.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 99kView aboard Schroeder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 13 Jan 1943, between commissioning and shakedown. NARA 19N-4083?.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 116kView of EDISON, SCHROEDER, SPENCE, and FOOTE at Norfolk, Spring 1943. By C Kerlee, NARA 80GK14999.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 95kView of SCHROEDER at Norfolk pier, Spring 1943, by C Kerlee, NARA 80GK15098.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 102kUnderway, location unknown, between July 1943 and 16 August 1944. NA 80G333183.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 135kJuly 1943 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Schroeder 178kUSS Schroeder (DD 501) off Mare Island on July 25, 1943. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Schroeder 185kDetail shot of the Schroeder and an unidentified Fletcher class sister taken in July, 1943 at Mare Island Navy Yard. Waist and aft 40mm mounts are visible along with three new 20mm mounts on the fantail. ASW weapons include K guns along the after superstructure and two depth charge racks at the far stern. The circular structure atop the aft torpedo tube launcher is the torpedo trainer's station, built up to protect him from the blast of #3 5" gun turret, located just aft of his, normally exposed, position.-
Schroeder 90kStern view of USS Schroeder (DD 501) departing Mare Island on 25 July 1943 after completion of an overhaul which started on 30 June 1943.Darryl Baker
Schroeder 108kBow on view of USS Schroeder (DD 501) departing Mare Island on 25 July 1943.Darryl Baker
Schroeder 105kA pilot is being returned to USS Essex from USS Schroeder during one of the 1943 Fast Carrier Raids, September or October 1943. NA 80G333190.JohnChiquoine
Schroeder 115kUSS Schroeder in 7d camouflage anchored in Humboldt Bay, New Guinea, 11 October 1944. Army and Navy units were preparing to get underway for the Leyte operation. She is in the ten 40mm configuration, is graphically dissimilar to her sister DD500, and identified thru 19N text files and anchorage and ship's deck logs. Paint had been put on 17 to 21 August at Espiritu. NA 80G257931.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 100kTaken by Al DeSantis from the USS Saugatuck (AO-75). Taken around 1944 or 1945. Possibly near Okinawa.Carmen Costa
Schroeder 114kUSS Schroeder (DD-501) at anchor off the U.S. Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, California in January 1945. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo #: NH 107239.Robert Hurst
Schroeder 170kJanuary 5 1945 at San Francisco.Ed Zajkowski
Schroeder 164kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Schroeder 146kAs above.Ed Zajkowski
Schroeder 196kView of overhauls concluding and activity at pier 3 Bethlehem Shipyard, San Francisco, on 5 January 1945. Mullany is in the foreground and Schroeder is across the pier with mattresses lining the rails. NA 80G335569.John Chiquoine
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Post overhaul views of USS Schroeder taken January 5 1945 in San Francisco Bay. She was in Bethlehem Shipyard San Francisco from November 24 1944 to January 5 1945. NA 19N91314 to 91318.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 185kUSS Schroeder seen splitting waves in the TG58.1 formation, February 1945. From the USS Sigsbee, courtesy Lt Gordon Barrett and John Mastin.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 125kUSS Lyman K. Swenson and USS Schroeder are maneuvering within the TG58.1 formation, as seen from USS Belleau Wood. Taken in February 1945 during mainland Japan raids and Iwo Jima support. John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 67kView of SCHROEDER deck gang recovering target drone, Spring 1945. J J Heimark collection.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 83kDeck plate buckle occuring during typhoon, 5 June 1945. Photo by J Hiemark.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 89kLate August 1945.J. Chiquoine/D. Schroeder
Schroeder 119kView in task group, late August 1945, photo distributed to crew.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 150kUSS Schroeder making a high-speed pose for cameras when home-bound, September 1945. Colors at the foremast. Distributed to crew.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 99kPhoto was taken just after the close of the war while still in TG38.1, distributed to crew. Thanks to George Bennett and George Thomas.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 70kView of SCHROEDER combat score on bridge wing. Berthed at Baltimore Inner Harbor for Navy Day, 27 October 1945. J J Heimark collection.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 188kScene of firing exercises at a towed sleeve, September 1945. Courtesy of shipmate Joe Mock.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 112kInspection of sonar dome in drydock, 1945. Photo by J Hiemark.John Chiquoine
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USS Schroeder in a Charleston NSY drydock being prepared for inactivation, December 1945. Courtesy of Shipmate Joe Mock.Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 74kTin Cans in this Wando River nest being de-activated, February and March 1946. The four nearest in view L to R are USS Murray (DD-576), USS Harrison (DD-573), USS Schroeder (DD-501) and USS Sigsbee (DD-502). B Sulzer collection.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 108kAs above.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 183kCommemorative ship's patch.John Chiquoine
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USS SCHROEDER DD-501 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Treadwell Bowers Jr.    Jan 1 1943 - Jun 7 1944
LCDR Robert Wallace McElrath Jr.    Jun 7 1944 - ?

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