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USS MADDOX (DD-731)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHHK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - SINBAD

CLASS - ALLEN M. SUMNER As Built.
Displacement 3218 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 376' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 2" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; Westinghouse Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.5 Knots, Range 3300 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bath Iron Works, Bath ME October 28 1943.
Launched March 19 1944 and commissioned June 2 1944.
Decommissioned (?) 1972.
Stricken July 2 1972.
To Taiwan July 6 1972, renamed Po Yang.
Stricken in 1985.
Fate Transfered to Naval Weapons school and then scrapped.

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-William A. T. Maddox, born in Charles County, Md., in 1814, commanded a volunteer company in the Creek and Seminole Wars in 1836, and was appointed 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps 14 October 1837. Serving in the Mexican War, he was breveted captain for "gallant and meritorious conduct" as Military Commandant of the Middle District of California during a Mexican uprising at Monterey and during the Battle of Santa Clara, 3 January 1847. Captain Maddox retired in 1880 and died in Washington, D.C., 1 January 1889.Robert M. Cieri
Maddox 154kArtist's conception of the Maddox as built in a cutaway view 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
Maddox 140kUndated, location unknown.-
Maddox 76kUndated postcard.Mike Smolinski
Maddox 72kUndated postcard.Mike Smolinski
Maddox 188kUndated, location unknown. Photo from the archives of Florida State University.Bill Gonyo
Maddox 83kThe Launching at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME on March 19 1944.James Harte
Maddox 204kAugust 1944, location unknown. Photo used in Vietnam War time period article.Robert Hurst/Tommy Trampp
Maddox 104kMare Island, January 5 1945 (?).David Buell
Maddox 223k1947 AP Wire photo used in describing the North Vietnamese attack on the Maddox.Tommy Trampp
Maddox 69kView capturing the dazzle camouflage on MADDOX being painted out by ship's company. Only a remnant of the pattern remains on the bow. Photo taken at Ulithi anchorage between 7 and 13 March, 1945, from RINGGOLD, Dwight Spayth collection.John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
Maddox 152kUSS DeHaven (DD-727) and USS Maddox (DD-731) at Mare Island in December 1945.Ed Zajkowski/Bill Gonyo
Maddox 183kJanuary 3 1946 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Maddox 188kJanuary 4 1946 at Mare Island.Ed Zajkowski
Maddox 147kAft plan view of USS Maddox (DD 731) at Mare Island on 5 Jan 46.Darryl Baker
Maddox 82kForward plan view of USS Maddox (DD 731) at Mare Island on 5 Jan 46.Darryl Baker
Maddox 223k1947 AP Wire photo used in describing the North Vietnamese attack on the Maddox.Tommy Trampp
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USS Maddox (DD-731) and USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) in Nanaimo Harbor, B.C., Canada in 1949 for Victoria Day.Jim Barr
Maddox 165kUSS Maddox (DD-731) steamining astern of USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) off San Diego, California, 3 March 1954. Note her anti-submarine armament aft: a single depth charge rack on her stern with K-Gun depth charge throwers at the deck sides forward of then after 5"/38 gun mount (Photo No NH 97903).Robert Hurst
Maddox 137kUSS Maddox (DD-731) underway at sea, 28 January 1955. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Maddox 230kUSS Hancock (CVA-19) underway, circa 1957. CAPT Charles Joseph Odend'hal, Jr., Commanding. AJ-2 Savages from VAH-6 "Fleurs" are amidships, AD Skyraiders aft. Destroyers USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747) and USS Maddox (DD-731) are to starboard and port of Hancock, respectively.The Odend'hal Family
Maddox 38kCirca 1957-1958.Al Kaplan
Maddox 128kUSS Maddox underway with crewmen manning the rail forward and amidships, during the 1950s. This photograph was received by the Naval Photographic Center in December 1959, but was probably taken some years earlier (Photo No NH 97901).Robert Hurst
Maddox 133kUSS Maddox underway during the 1950s (Photo No NH97902).Robert Hurst
Maddox 87kUSS Maddox operating with an Anti-Submarine Squadron 23 (VS-23) S2F Tracker aircraft (with its MAD boom extended), during a joint Canadian-United States ASW exercise, 16 August 1959. Photographed by PHC Kirchir (Photo No NH 97910).Robert Hurst
Maddox 134kUSS Maddox operating at sea, circa the early 1960s (Photo No NH 97900).Robert Hurst
Maddox 181kUSS Currituck (AV-7), USS Maddox (DD-731), USS Brush (DD-745), USS Jenkins (DD-447) and USS O'Bannon (DD-450) at Okinawa circa 1961-1962.Gary Priolo
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Yokosuka, October 7 1961, with the Maddox and 10 other destroyers being serviced by the USS Piedmont (AD-17)Ed Zajkowski
Maddox 86kUSS Maddox standing by as a Polaris missile fired by USS Ethan Allan (SSBN-608) breaks the surface of the Pacific Ocean during Exercise "Frigate Bird" of Operation "Dominic" 6 May 1962. Photographed by PH1 Burwell (Photo No NH 97906).Robert Hurst
Maddox 108kUSS Maddox (DD-731) underway at sea in 1963. Photographed from USS Oriskany (CVA-34). Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Maddox 47kView of the Maddox as seen from the USS Ticonderoga during her 1963 WestPac cruise, 3 Jan-15 July.Sal Vacca
Maddox 129kUSS Maddox (DD-731) Arriving at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 19 March 1964. Photographed by PH3 B.J. Long, of the Commander 14th Naval District Photo Lab. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Maddox 100kUSS Maddox (DD-731) Operating off Oahu, Hawaii, on 21 March 1964. Photographed by PH2 Antoine. Note that the ship had recently been refitted with an SPS-40 air search radar. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Maddox 62kPhoto #: KN-11060: Tonkin Gulf Incident, August 1964, oil on canvas by Commander E.J. Fitzgerald, January 1965. It depicts the engagement between USS Maddox (DD-731) and three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964. Official U.S. Navy Photograph.Scott Dyben
Maddox 87kLieutenant Commander Dempster M. Jackson, USN, Executive officer of USS Maddox (DD-731), kneels next to the hole made by the machine gun bullet that hit his ship's Mk.56 director pedestal during the engagement between Maddox and three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964. The bullet is lodged in the hole. Taken by a USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) photographer on 10 August 1964. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Maddox 112kAnother view of the the hole made by the machine gun bullet that hit his ship's Mk.56 director pedestal during the engagement between Maddox and three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964. The bullet is lodged in the hole. Taken by a USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) photographer on 10 August 1964. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Tommy Trampp
Maddox 82kPhoto #: NH 97898. Captain John J. Herrick, USN, Commander Destroyer Division 192 (at left) and Commander Herbert L. Ogier, USN, Commanding Officer of USS Maddox (DD-731), on board Maddox on 13 August 1964. They were in charge of the ship during her engagement with three North Vietnamese motor torpedo boats on 2 August 1964. Photographed by PH3 White. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Bill Gonyo
Maddox 43kUSS Brinkley Bass (DD-887) and USS Maddox (DD-731) at Long Beach in 1965.Richard Miller, BMCS, USNR (Ret.)
Maddox 103kUSS Maddox (DD-731) Entering Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on 15 August 1966. Photographed by Lt. M.M. McClure. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
Maddox 91kLocation unknown, circa 1971.Marc Piché
Maddox 63kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Maddox 35kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR James Sturgis Willis    Jun 2 1944 - Jan 27 1945
CDR Selby Krauss Santmyers    Jan 27 1945 - Mar 28 1947
CDR Richard Drury Harwood    Mar 28 1947 - May 7 1948
LCDR Douglas George Anstett    May 7 1948 - Jul 11 1948
CDR Carleton Edgar Mott    Jul 11 1948 - Jul 22 1949
CDR Preston Bennett Haines Jr.    Jul 22 1949 - Oct 22 1951
CDR Hugh Allen Hanna    Oct 22 1951 - Dec 16 1953
CDR Edwin Herman Keifer    Dec 16 1953 - Oct 1 1955
CDR William Edward Norrington    Oct 1 1955 - Oct 21 1957
CDR James Mumford Ashley Jr.    Oct 21 1957 - Jan 7 1960
CDR James Abner Payne    Jan 7 1960 - Jul 1 1961
CDR Dixon Lademan    Jul 1 1961 - Nov 23 1962
CDR Herbert Leakin Ogier Jr.    Nov 23 1962 - Aug 25 1964
CDR A. C. Lassiter Jr.    Aug 25 1964 - Sep 11 1965
CDR Thomas Howard Mc Glaughlin    Sep 11 1965 - Sep 29 1967
CDR John Geis Shaw    Sep 29 1967 - May 23 1969
CDR Daniel Thomas Bridge    May 23 1969 - Sep 15 1970
CDR Homer Omans Mains Jr.    Sep 15 1970 - Jun 16 1972
LCDR Robert Joseph Ference    Jun 16 1972 - Jul 6 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: KENNETH CHESTNUT
Address: 6844 CLARA LEE AVE, SAN DIEGO, CA. 92120
Phone: 619-582-1238
E-mail: None


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