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USS STICKELL (DD-888 / DDR-888)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NBIK

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - RED CROSS

CLASS - GEARING As Built.
Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (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, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Consolidated Steel,Orange Texas. January 5 1945.
Launched June 16 1945 and commissioned October 31 1945.
Decommissioned December 13 1952 and recommissioned September 2 1953.
Completed FRAM upgrade March 1964.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 1 1972.
To Greece July 1 1972, renamed Kanaris.
Stricken in 1994.
Fate Sold for scrap in 2002.

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Stickell 45kJohn Harlan Stickell was born in Gilson, Illinois, on 31 July 1914. He attended Bradley Polytechnic Institute for two years before joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. Before America's entry into World War II, he served with Path Finding Force in England and received both the British Distinguished Flying Cross and the Distinguished Service Order for his outstanding service in heavy bomber missions over Germany. He subsequently accepted an appointment as a lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve, to date from 29 March 1943, and reported to Naval Forces, Europe, for active duty and transportation to the United States. LT Stickell was attached to the Bureau of Aeronautics from early April until late May, and then assigned to the Naval Air Training Center at Corpus Christi, Texas, for indoctrination in naval aircraft. He completed training on 5 August and, on the 19th, he reported to the Pacific Fleet Air Wing for duty. He was assigned to Bombing Squadron 108 (VB-108), based in the Ellice Islands. During his combat service, LT Stickell conducted search and reconnaissance missions during the Gilberts-Marshalls campaign. His skill and ability contributed to the destruction of three enemy planes, the sinking of an enemy boat and possibly of a cargo vessel. For the two actions in which these events occurred, LT Stickell was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. LT Stickell volunteered for a hazardous, two-plane bombing strike on 13 December 1943 against an underground oil storage tank located on Jabor at Jaluit Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Seriously wounded by antiaircraft fire during the tree-top level approach, LT Stickell ignored his wounds and single mindedly pursued his mission. His plane scored a direct hit on the target; but upon commencing the return flight, he was forced to relinquish the control of the plane to his copilot. Preferring to risk his own life and suffer pain rather than risk the safety of his crew and plane, LT Stickell ordered his co-pilot to pass up the dangerously narrow airstrip at Tarawa and head for a safer field over 400 miles away. LT Stickell died of his wounds six days later. For his gallantry and selfless sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.Robert M. Cieri/Ed Zajkowski
Stickell 104kArtist's conception of the Stickell 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
Stickell 221kUndated, location unknown.-
Stickell 54kUndated, location unknown.-
Stickell 229kUSS Stickell (DD 888) off Mare Island on September 25, 1950. Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.Darryl Baker
Stickell 116kAmidships looking forward plan view of USS Stickell (DD 888) with USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) outboard at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950. Stickell was in overhaul at the yard from 28 July to 6 Oct 1950.Darryl Baker
Stickell 114kAft plan view of USS Stickell (DD 888) with USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) outboard at Mare Island on 28 Sep 1950.Darryl Baker
Stickell 109kStern view of USS Leonard F. Mason (DD 852) and USS Stickell (DD 888) at Mare Island on September 28, 1950.Darryl Baker
Stickell 59kUSS Stickell (DDR-888) underway in 1958. Stickell was assigned to the battle group of the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), from which this photo was taken. Photo from the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt website, taken by Jim Mulligan, USN.Robert Hurst
Stickell 113kUSS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835), USS Wiliam C. Lawe (DD-763) and USS Stickell (DD-888) in Livorno, Italy 1962.Marc Piché
Stickell 100kUSS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835), USS Wiliam C. Lawe (DD-763) and USS Stickell (DD-888) in Livorno, Italy 1962.Marc Piché
Stickell 216kJanuary 28 1964 off Philadelphia.Ed Zajkowski
Stickell 225kJanuary 28 1964 off Philadelphia.Ed Zajkowski
Stickell 191kJanuary 28 1964 off Philadelphia.Ed Zajkowski
Stickell 62kChesapeake Bay, July 1964© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 69kFebruary 24 1966 in the Western Pacific.© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 229kKoahsuing Taiwan, February 28 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 92kAden, British Protectorate, July 23 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 90kAden, British Protectorate, July 23 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 153kAden, British Protectorate, July 23 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 56kAthens Greece, July 30 1966© Richard Leonhardt
Stickell 62kGuantanamo Bay, Cuba April 1967.Mike Smolinski
Stickell 130kThe USS Stickell (DD-888) and the USS Laffey (DD-724) at the D&S Piers in Norfolk in 1974.Vince Venincasa
Stickell 52kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
On Greek Service
Stickell 63kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Stickell 43kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Stickell 34kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Stickell 36kUndated, location unknown.Yucel M.Umar, CPO (Ret.) Turkish Navy
Stickell 32kSeptember 13, 1978 in the Bosphorus at Istanbul, Turkey.Cüneyt Demir
Stickell 112kThe HNS "KANARIS" D-212 and the HNS "Velos" D-16 during the 1980's from HN archives.Anthony J. Vrailas
Stickell 119kAt Genoa, Italy on November 9 1980.Carlo Martinelli
Stickell 197kAt Genoa, Italy on November 9 1980.Carlo Martinelli
Stickell 97kAt Genoa, Italy on November 9 1980.Carlo Martinelli
Stickell 174kAt Genoa, Italy on November 9 1980.Carlo Martinelli
Stickell 186kThe Greek destroyer HS Kanaris (D-212, ex-USS Stickell, DD-888) underway during Operation DRAGON HAMMER, on 1 April 1988. Photograph taken by PH3 Douglas E. Houser. DN-SC-88-08292.Robert Hurst
Stickell 122kAs the Hellenic Navy Ship "KANARIS" D-212 at anchor, Karistos Bay, Greece, 12 May 1990. The name "KANARIS" derives from an Admiral during the Greek War Of Independence (1821).Anthony J. Vrailas
Stickell 92kAs the Hellenic Navy Ship "KANARIS" D-212 from HN archives.Anthony J. Vrailas
Stickell 41kSTICKELL DD-888 as KANARIS D-216 in Venice, Italy, August 1992.Marc Piché
Stickell 107kHNS Kanaris (D 212) former USS Stickell (DD-888) in early 90s shortly before her decommissioning 15 September 1993 at the Greek island of Spetses.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Stickell 171kHNS Kanaris (D 212) former USS Stickell (DD-888) in early 90s shortly before her decommissioning 15 September 1993 at the Greek island of Spetses.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Stickell 26kShip's plaque, named for Constantinos Kanaris ship captain and later Admiral of the Greek war for idepedence and Minister for the Navy and Prime Minister of the free Greek State.Panagiotis Moschovitis
Stickell 39kShip's patch.Anthony J. Vrailas
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USS STICKELL DD-888 / DDR-888 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Francis Edward Fleck Jr.    Oct 31 1945 - Jun 21 1947 (Later RADM)
CDR John Louis Chew    Jun 21 1947 - Jul 5 1948 (Later VADM)
CDR William Henry Raymond    Jul 5 1948 - Feb 18 1950
CDR Jesse Bishop Gay Jr.    Feb 18 1950 - Sep 12 1951
CDR Arthur Henry Berndtson    Sep 12 1951 - Dec 13 1952
(Decommissioned Dec 13 1952 - Sep 2 1953)
CDR James A. Boyd    Sep 2 1953 - Oct 14 1955
CDR John Boone Schley    Oct 14 1955 - Jul 27 1957
CDR Robert Gould Brown    Jul 27 1957 - Aug 11 1959
CDR Donald John Jacques    Aug 11 1959 - Mar 13 1961
CDR Tracy Hartwell Wilder Jr.    Mar 13 1961 - Apr 28 1963
LT Stuart David Landersman    Apr 28 1963 - Dec 19 1963
CDR Arthur Joseph Languedoc    Dec 19 1963 - Jul 24 1965
CDR Wirt Cummings Thayer    Jul 24 1965 - Mar 13 1968
CDR Richard Donald Longman    Mar 13 1968 - Dec 2 1969
CDR Alvin John Buchanan Jr.    Dec 2 1969 - Sep 3 1971
CDR James Wesley Harris    Sep 3 1971 - Feb 25 1972
LCDR Keith Montgomery Ott    Feb 25 1972 - Jul 1 1972

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Keith Ott
Address: 708 College St, Woodland, CA 95695
Phone: (530) 666-2226
E-mail: None


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 Stickell Website
USS Stickell 1952 Cruisebook
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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