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USS Stadtfeld (DE 29)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row: American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ 4 stars - WWII Victory Medal

Class: Evarts
Type: GMT (diesel-electric tandem motor drive, short hull, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1,140 tons (light), 1,430 tons (full)
Length: 283' 6" (wl), 289' 5" (oa)
Beam: 35' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 11' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 GM Model 16-278A diesel engines with electric drive, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 19 kts
Range: 4,150 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 - 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 - 1.1"/75 cal. Mk2 quad AA (4x1), 9 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 15 / 183
Stadtfeld (DE 29) Building and Operational Data:
  • 26 November 1942: Keel laid as BDE-29 by the Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, Cal.
  • 17 May 1943: Launched
  • 16 June 1943: Assignment to the Royal Navy cancelled, redesignated DE 29
  • 26 August 1943: Commissioned, Lcdr Sigurd Hansen, USNR, in command
  • 10 November 1945: Decommissioned at the Mare Island Navy Yard after 2 years and 2 months of service
  • 28 November 1945: Struck from the NVR
  • 22 July 1947: Sold for scrapping to the National Metal & Steel Corp., Terminal Island, Los Angeles, Cal.
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    29k Sanford Stadtfeld, the son and oldest child of Walter and Marguerite Stadtfeld was born in San Francisco, Calif., on 18 June 1917. He graduated from Lowell High School in the spring of 1935. He was commissioned an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 10 July 1939. He was ordered to duty at the Naval Reserve Training Base, San Francisco, on 24 October 1940. He was detached to USS Argus (PY 14) on 08 January 1941. On 17 September, he transferred to USS Crusader (ARS 2) and the following month was detached for duty in USS Pensacola (CA 24).

    Stadtfeld was promoted to lieutenant on 15 June 1942 and killed in action during the Battle of Tassafaronga on 30 November 1942.

    USS Stadtfeld (DE 29) (1943-1945) was the first ship to be named in his honor.

    (Photo from the yearbook, University of California Berkeley, 1939.)
    David Wright
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    106k 17 May 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - Distinguished guests at the launching of USS Stadtfeld (DE 29) at Mare Island Navy Yard. Left to right: Mrs. W. L. Friedell, Rear Admiral W. L. Friedell (Mare Island Shipyard Commandant), Mrs. Louis B. Quiney (Matron of Honor) Commander Simeon L. Owen, Mrs. Simeon L. Owen (Sponsor), Captain F. G. Crisp, Mrs. Christal Murphy, Lieutenant Commander Waldo H. Stone, USN (Ret).

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-29-3633-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    246k 17 May 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - A press photo of the christening of Stadtfeld by Mrs. S. L. Owen. It appears the ship was thoroughly christened as was anyone standing close by. S. Dale Hargrave
    Newport News, Va.
    516k 17 May 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - The future USS Stadtfeld (DE 29) slides down the building was after being christened.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #80-G-70709 from the United States National Archives)
    David Wright
    Destroyer Archives
    Manager, Navsource
    106k 03 July 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - Stadtfeld at her outfitting berth at Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-29-4843-43)
    Darryl Baker
    PNCM, USNR (ret.)

    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum
    106k 0July 1943: Vallejo, Cal. - Stadtfeld at her outfitting berth at Mare Island Navy Yard.

    (U.S. Navy Photo #DE-29-4844-43)
    156k date / location unknown: A ship's portrait of USS Stadtfeld (DE 29).

    (Personal photo, Clifford D. Feak collection, courtesy of his daughter, Alice Feak-Theriault)
    Robert Patrokas
    Las Flores, Cal.
    319k A group portrait of Stadtfeld's officers with Captain Clifford Feak front and center.

    (Personal photo, Clifford D. Feak collection, courtesy of his daughter, Alice Feak-Theriault)

    Stadtfeld History
    View the USS Stadtfeld (DE 29) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.
    View the official War History of USS Statdfeld as submitted by the ship at war's end.
    View a short article on the design and development of the Evarts Class DE submitted by Bob Sables.

    Stadtfeld's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 26 Aug. 1943 - 31 Dec. 1943Lcdr. Sigurd Hansen, USNR (Comm. CO) (San Francisco, Cal.)
    2.) 31 Dec. 1943 - 16 Apr. 1944Lt. / Lcdr. Clifford D. Feak, USNR (Washington, D.C.)
    3.) 16 Apr. 1944 13 Jun. 1945Lt. / Lcdr. Harold V. Richard, USNR
    4.) 13 Jun. 1945 24 Sep. 1945Lcdr. Arthur Elliot Allen, Jr., USNR (Newark, N.J.)
    5.) 24 Sep. 1945 - 14 Nov. 1945Lcdr. Arthur D. Skillman Jr., USNR (Decomm. CO) (Ontario, Cal.)

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