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USS STODDARD (DD-566)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NEBX

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - BUCK BOARD

CLASS - FLETCHER As Built.
Displacement 2924 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 5"(oa) x 39' 7" x 13' 9" (Max)
Armament 5 x 5"/38AA, 10 x 40mm, 7 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 Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding. March 10 1943.
Launched November 19 1943 and commissioned April 15 1944.
Decommissioned 8 July 1946 and recommissioned 9 March 1951.
Decommissioned September 26 1969.
Stricken June 1 1975 (the last Fletcher Class Destroyer to be stricken).
Fate Continued to serve as a test platform for the Pacific Missile Range until 1992,
and finally sunk by Navy SEALS NW of Hawaii 22 July 1997

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Stoddard 86kJames Stoddard was born at Port Robinson, C.W. (Canada West), around 1838. On 21 September 1863, he enlisted in the United States Navy at Detroit, Mich. While serving in Marmora near Yazoo City, Miss., he was sent ashore, in the crew of a rifled howitzer mounted on a field carriage, to help repulse a Confederate attack on the town. He and his comrades defended their gun against superior forces, often engaging in hand-to-hand combat. Stoddard was wounded in the neck during the action, but recovered to receive the award of a medal and a promotion to Acting Master's Mate, on 14 April 1864, for his courageous stand. Photo #: NH 59431, USS Hunchback (1862-65), gunners loading a 12-pounder Dahlgren smooth-bore howitzer, which is mounted on a field carriage. Photographed by Matthew Brady in the James River, Virginia, 1864-65. The original photograph has Brady negative number B-6193. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo
Stoddard 82kArtist's conception of the Stoddard 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
Stoddard 111kUndated, location unknown.The USS Stoddard (DD-566) and the USS Van Valkenburgh (DD-656).Robert M. Cieri
Stoddard 70kUndated, location unknown.Robert M. Cieri
Stoddard 28kApril 1944, location unknown.-
Stoddard 97kApril 21 1944 off Vashon Island which is just out of the channel from Bremerton and Puget Sound Navy Yard. The ship is painted in camouflage Measure 31, Design 16d.Tracy White
Stoddard 74kAs above.Tracy White
Stoddard 95kCirca 1950's, location unknown.David Buell
Stoddard 270kCover of the recommissioning pamphlet, March 9 1951.Robert M. Cieri
Stoddard 120kUSS Stoddard (DD-566) and USS Braine (DD-630) in San Diego circa 1956-57.Everett Ellestad
Stoddard 218kJune 29 1959, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
Stoddard 175kUSS Stoddard (DD 566) on November 13, 1961 place unknown. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Stoddard 74kSan Diego, February 5 1966. Richard Leonhardt
Stoddard 132kUSS Stoddard (DD 566) in the Pacific Reserve Fleet at Mare Island on February 6, 1974, from the photo collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Musem.Darryl Baker
Stoddard 61kUSS STODDARD DD-566, at Long Beach Naval Station in 1979. It was being used for target practice cuz it has a few holes in it. All the AA guns were dismantled and the torpedo tubes (triple mounts) was sheared in half by some missile or ordnance. The Destroyer in the background is the USS Higbee DD-806.Larry Lee
Stoddard 155kUSS Stoddard (DD-566) tied up pierside at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard, in 1997. Note: This is the last "Fletcher" Class destroyer to be stricken. It happened in 1975. Well done for an old "warhorse". The ship behind Stoddard could be "Gearing" Class destroyer Higbee (DD 806) - but not for sure. Photo thanks to Karsten Petersen.Robert Hurst
Stoddard 66kShip's patch.Gerd Matthes

USS STODDARD DD-566 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Horace (Iron Mike) Meyers    Apr 15 1944 - Dec 17 1944
CDR George Paul Unmacht    Dec 17 1944 - Feb 18 1946
CDR Orville Owen (Ollie) Liebschner    Feb 18 1946 - Jun 10 1946
LCDR William James Hurst    Jun 10 1946 - Jul 8 1946
(Decommissioned Jul 8 1946 - Mar 9 1951)
CDR Eli Thomas Reich    Mar 9 1951 - Apr 17 1952 (Later VADM)
CDR John Baumeister Jr.    Apr 17 1952 - Mar 19 1954
CDR John Blount Nelson    Mar 19 1954 - Sep 1955
CDR Jacob Vincent Heimark    Sep 1955 - Jan 15 1957
CDR Claude Lloyd Reeves    Jan 15 1957 - 1958
CDR Robert Timothy Hanley    1958  Aug 13 1960
CDR James Richard Collier    Aug 13 1960 - Jun 4 1962
CDR Charles Louis Wall    Jun 4 1962 - Feb 18 1964
CDR Theodore Lawton Morgan    Feb 18 1964 - Jun 1965
CDR Charles Kenneth Presgrove    Jun 1965 - Oct 1966
CDR Robert Carhart Conolly II    Oct 1966 - Oct 1968 (Later RADM)
CDR James Ernest Lacy    Oct 1968 - Sep 26 1969

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Carlene Rauh
Address: 4337 S. Highway 51, Perryvile, MO 63775
Phone: (573)547-8523
E-mail: cjrauh@ldd.net

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 Stoddard Website
USS Stoddard 1963-1964 Cruisebook
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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