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Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NWLJ

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1945) - CHILI

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 graduated from the Naval Academy in 1868. 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 aboard 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 dynamite cruiser 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; he 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 01 May 1903, Schroeder became Chief Intelligence Officer of the Navy. He assumed command of battleship Virginia upon her first commissioning on 07 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, DC on 19 October 1922, and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in that city.Bill Gonyo/Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
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. Addy served aboard Schroeder from December 1943 to February 1946, finishing as a Fire Controlman 2nd Class. Looking aft from the bridge.Cheryl Wren
Schroeder 194kAs above. Left to right: John M. Brannigan EM2/c, Henry R. Buddingh F1/c, Stewart SF3/c, Russell Kott RdM1/c, Glen A. Johnson EM3/c & Ignacio A. Olea SF3/c.
[Names revised from muster rolls. Given ranks, photo must have been taken in October 1945 or later]
Cheryl Wren
Schroeder 206kAs above. Some Filipinos 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, Kearny during 1941 and 1942. National Archives photos 19-N-125731, -39803 and -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 11 November 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 11 November 1942. Courtesy of 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
Schroeder 151kCommissioning at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 01 January 1943. From the Public Relations Department, Third Naval District, New York.David Way
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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 to receive the SC2. Previous installations were of the SC1 or SA. From the DD501 folder NA 19NGC.
Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 104kAt New York Navy Yard, 13 January 1943. The USS Stockton (DD-646) is in the background.Rick E. Davis
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Views aboard Schroeder in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 13 January 1943, between commissioning and shakedown. National Archives photos 19-N-40831, -40834, -40835 and -4083?.
Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 149kView of Edison (DD-439), Schroeder, Spence (DD-512), and Foote (DD-511) at Norfolk, May 1943. Photo was taken between 19-21 May; Foote arrived at Norfolk from Boston in the late morning of the 19th, while Schroeder, Foote and Spence sortied on the 21st to escort Yorktown (CV-10) to the Caribbean on her shakedown cruise.
Photo by C. Kerlee, National Archives photo 80-GK-14999.
John Chiquoine
Schroeder 668kView of Schroeder at Norfolk, May 1943. Stern of carrier in foreground is Charger (ACV-30). Photo by C Kerlee, National Archives photo 80-GK-15098.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 135kOff Mare Island, July 1943.Ed Zajkowski
Schroeder 178kOff 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 at Mare Island Navy Yard, July 1943. 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 105kThough captioned by NARA as "A pilot being returned to USS Essex from USS Schroeder during one of the 1943 Fast Carrier Raids, September or October 1943," it's unlikely a ditched pilot would be wearing his service cap. This is actually LT Clinton F. Carrougher (MC) USNR being transferred to Essex via breeches-buoy to be treated for an abscessed tooth on 06 September 1943. National Archives photo 80-G-333190.JohnChiquoine
Schroeder 102kPulling away from Essex after delivering the patient, 06 September 1943. National Archives photo 80-G-333183.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 115kSchroeder 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 DD-500, and identified thru 19N text files and anchorage and ship's deck logs. 7d camouflage had been applied on 17 to 21 August at Espiritu. National Archives photo 80-G-257931.Dave Schroeder/John Chiquoine
Schroeder 144kSchroeder refueling alongside Saugatuck (AO-75) while operating in the western picket screen of the Guam invasion, 24 July 1944. Original print is from both the Al DeSantis and Beverly Bass collections of the Saugatuck crew.Carmen Costa
Schroeder 917kAt anchor off the U.S. Naval Drydocks, Hunters Point, San Francisco, California in January 1945. Naval History and Heritage Command photo NH 107239.Robert Hurst
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USS Schroeder getting ready for sea after her overhaul at BethShip San Francisco, 05 January 1945. Mullany (DD-528) and Soubarissen (AO-93) are in view to the west. National Archives photo 19-N-91320
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. National Archives photo 80-G-335569.John Chiquoine
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Post overhaul views of USS Schroeder taken 05 January 1945 in San Francisco Bay. She was in Bethlehem Shipyard San Francisco from 24 November 1944 to 05 January 1945. National Archives photo 19-N-91314 to -91318.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 185kUSS Schroeder seen splitting waves in the TG58.1 formation, February 1945. From the USS Sigsbee (DD-502), courtesy LT Gordon Barrett and John Mastin.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 125kUSS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729) and USS Schroeder maneuvering within the TG58.1 formation, as seen from USS Belleau Wood (CVL-24). 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. Photo from Ensign John Heimark collection.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Schroeder 83kDeck plate buckle that occurred during typhoon, 05 June 1945. Photo by Ensign John Hiemark.John Chiquoine
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 Ensign John Hiemark.John Chiquoine
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This is a series of posed photos of USS Schroeder made by ship's company of USS Randolph (CV-15), 9 October 1945. Schroeder, Randolph, Wasp, and Desdiv 50 were en route to the Canal and US East Coast ports as TF11.8 for Navy Day events. All circulated to shipmates as keepsakes. Thanks to collections of Gene Dobish, George Bennett, and George Thomas.
Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 169kUSS Schroeder being berthed at the Inner Harbor at Baltimore for Navy Day 1945 activities. She arrived 23 Oct 1945. Photo circulated to the crew. Dave Schroeder and John Chiquoine
Schroeder 70kView of Schroeder combat score on bridge wing. Berthed at Baltimore Inner Harbor for Navy Day, 27 October 1945. Photo from Ensign John Heimark collection.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
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USS Schroeder and USS Gyatt's crews were hosted by the city of Baltimore during Navy Day week, 23-28 October 1945. They were berthed at the very northern piers of Inner Harbor. The aerial was a wirephoto, and the pier views were by Schroeder swabbie H V Roberts' family, Gail McGinn.
Dave Schroeder and 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-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 150kn 1954 and 1955 a handful of round bridge Fletchers in the Charleston Atlantic Reserve Force were re-positioned to Philly, Bayonne, and Boston. This is USS Schroeder, sealed up at Brooklyn Navy Yard, October 1955, as seen from USS Tanner (AGS-15). She will join Converse, Sigsbee, and Foote at Bayonne. McKee and Young went to South Boston, and Rodgers, Aulick, and Ausburne went to Philly. Harrison and Ringgold stayed at Charleston.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 149kUSS Schroeder and USS Sigsbee (DD-502) in the Atlantic Reserve Force at the Philadelphia NSY Back Basin in 1964. Photo by Harold Switzer, USNI collection. Used for educational and non-commercial purposes.John Chiquoine
Schroeder 183kCommemorative ship's patch.John Chiquoine
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Commanding Officers
01CDR John Treadwell Bowers, Jr. (USNA 1928)01 January 1943 - 07 June 1944
02LCDR / CDR Robert Wallace McElrath, Jr. (USNA 1936)07 June 1944 - 23 March 1946
Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: John Chiquoine

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