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USS Schofield (DEG 3)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - F - H - K
Tactical Voice Radio Call: "Morgantown"


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row: Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal w/ 4 stars
Third Row: Humanitarian Service Ribbon - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


"Liberte Par Vigilance"
(Freedom By Vigilance)
Specifications:
Class: Brooke
Type: SCB No. 199B / 1962 - 1963
Number in Class: 6
Displacement: 2,620 tons (std), 3,400 tons (full)
Length: 390' 0" (wl), 414' 6" (oa)
Beam: 44' 0" (extreme)
Draft: 24' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Foster Wheeler 1200-psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,000 nm @ 20 knots
Complement: 17 / 219
Missiles: 1 single arm Mk22 Mod 0 launcher for Tartar / Standard-MR SAMs (16)
Guns: 1 - 5"/38 Mk30 Gun (1x1) (350 rounds)
ASW Weapons: 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (1x8) (16 missiles), 6 - 12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 torpedo tubes (2x3) / Mk 46 torpedos (18)
Radars: AN/SPS-10F (surface), AN/SPS-52 (3-D air)
Sonars: AN/SQS-26AX
Fire Control Systems: 1 - Mk56 Mod 43 Gun FCS, 1 - Mk74 Mod 2/6 missile FCS, 1 - AN/SPG-51C missile radar, 1 - Mk114 Mod 10/13 ASW FCS
Helicopter: 1 - SH-2 LAMPS Helicopter
Schofield (DEG 3) Building and Operational Data:
  • 04 January 1962: Building contract awarded to the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co.
  • 15 April 1963: Keel laid at the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co., Seattle, Wash.
  • 07 December 1963: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. F. Perry Schofield
  • 11 May 1968: Commissioned, Cmdr Earl H. Graffan in command, assigned to CruDesPac as a unit of DesRon 23 at Long Beach, Cal.
  • 06 June 1972: Homeport assignment changed to San Diego, Cal.
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FFG 3)
  • 08 September 1988: Decommissioned at San Diego, Cal. after 20.3 years of service
  • 25 January 1992: Struck from the NVR
  • 02 November 1999: Sunk as a target; Location: 036-16'00.7" North, 120-48'00.0" West; Depth: 1954 fathoms; Tonnage: 2500
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    Schofield 50k Frank Herman Schofield, born on 4 January 1869 at Jerusalem, N.Y., graduated from the Naval Academy on 6 June 1890 and was commissioned Ensign in 1892. Within a nine year period as a junior officer, he served in USS Enterprise, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Marblehead, Patterson, Scindia and Vermont. He served during the Spanish American War as the Executive Officer of the USS Hawk, blockading Cuban ports and captured four Spanish vessels. In May 1901, he was assigned to the Bureau of Ordinance as the Inspector of Ordinance. Following this tour, he served on the USS Supply in the Pacific, and then assumed command of the USS Perry, a destroyer in the Pacific Squadron in 1904. In 1907, he took command of the USS Supply until 1909. Following that, he served as Commanding Officer of USS Concord in the Asiatic Fleet. His next tour took him back to the Atlantic as the Executive Officer of the USS New Hampshire until 1911, when he attended the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. He next became the executive officer of the USS Arkansas, and then commanded USS Isla De Luzon until he once again became the executive officer of the USS Delaware, serving in Mexico from July to October 1914. He then commanded USS Chester. In 1915, he reported to the Chief of Naval Operations, appointed as Senior Member of a board in connection to Submarine Warfare. He was then ordered to London England in November 1917, serving as Aide in the Planning Section of the Staff of the Commander, US Naval Forces, attached to the USS Melville, flagship. Here he was awarded the Navy Cross for his participation in developing anti-submarine warfare tactics and assisting the Chief of Naval Operations in the deliberations in Paris, assisting with the development of the Naval Terms of the German Armistice. For his service in the War, he was awarded the Legion of Honor by France, Knight Commander of the Liberian Humane Order of African Redemption by Liberia and the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George by Britain. He assumed duties as Commanding Officer of the USS Texas in 1919, and then served for three years as a member of the General Board in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. In 1924, he was promoted to Rear Admiral, and became Commander Destroyer Squadrons, Battle Fleet. Following this, he again served three years in the War Plans department of the Chief of Naval Operations, and then left for a tour as the Naval Member of the American Representation at the Three-Power Conference for the Limitation of Armament at Geneva, Switzerland. He was then appointed in 1928 by Secretary of the Navy, Curtis Wilbur to head a board to obtain oceanographic data, later known as the 'Schofield Board', which continued it's work for many years, even after his death. In 1929, he became Commander Battleship Division Four, Battle Fleet. In 1930, he was promoted to full Admiral, becoming Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Battle Force. In 1932, he reverted to his permanent rank of Rear Admiral, and served on the General Board until his 64th birthday in 1933, retiring from the Navy after 47 years of service. He died in 1942, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

    USS Schofield (DEG 3) was the first ship to be named in his honor.     (Photo courtesy of the Yates County Genealogical Society thanks to Rich MacAlpine)
    Robert M. Cieri


    Bill Gonyo (photo)
    Schofield 53k undated: standing in to Long Beach Harbor Richard Miller
    BMCS, USNR (ret.)
    Schofield 125k An undated postcard view of Schofield as DEG 3.    (Postcard #39886 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., Spring Valley, Cal.; shown at 150% of original size)

    Caption reads: The third ship of a new class of U.S. Navy combatant ships, the Guided Missile Ocean Escort. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding Company of Seattle, Washington and the first ship to bear the name of Admiral Frank H. Schofield. Commissioned 11 May 1968.
    Mike Smolinski
    Schofield 149k An undated postcard view of Schofield as DEG 3.

    Caption reads: U.S.S. Schofield (FFG-3) The third ship of a new class of U.S. Navy combatant ships, the Guided Missile Fast Frigate. Built by Lockheed Shipbuilding Company of Seattle, Washington and the first ship to bear the name of Admiral Frank H. Schofiled, USN Commissioned 11 May 1968.

    (Postcard #ICS-107340 © Marine Photos and Publishing Co., San Diego, Cal.; shown at 200% of original size)
    Schofield 591k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard beam view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00107 by PH1 Brock Smith from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Schofield 231k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00108 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 304k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port beam view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00109 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 206k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00110 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 238k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00111 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 210k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00112 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 226k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00113 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 233k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00114 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 239k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00115 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 200k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port beam view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-00123 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 201k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01910 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 183k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port beam view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01911 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 242k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01912 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 256k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard bow view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01913 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 152k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard quarter view of the Schofield underway. Standing in front of the hangar are the members of the ship's flight crew (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01914 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 184k 8 June 1983: at sea - A port beam view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01915 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 160k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard beam view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01916 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 120k 8 June 1983: at sea - A starboard quarter view of the Schofield underway. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SC-85-01917 by PH1 Brock Smith from the DVIC)
    Schofield 331k 18 March 1984: Auckland, N.Z. - Schofield moored for a port visit to Auckland. (Photos from the collection of  Chris Howell) Chris Howell
    Southland Ship Stores Ltd
    Port of Bluff, New Zealand

    Schofield Memorabilia
    Ship's Lighter

    Schofield
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Welcome Aboard

    Schofield
    Courtesy of
    Darryl Baker

    View the USS Schofield (DEG 3) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command website.

    Schofield's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)   PCU 1966Cmdr. Ralph Glover Spencer
    2.)   11 May 1968 - 08 Jul. 1969Cmdr. Earl Graffam
    3.)   08 Jul. 1969 - 19 Jul. 1971Cmdr. Frank Stevenson Conlon (Baltimore, Md.)
    4.)   19 Jul. 1971 - 22 Dec. 1972Cmdr. James Alden Barber, Jr.
    5.)   22 Dec. 1972 - 11 Oct. 1974Lcdr. Ronald Charles Trossbach
    6.)   15 Oct. 1974 - 17 Aug. 1976Cmdr. Theodore Adalbert Almstedt, Jr. (ret. as Radm.)
    7.)   17 Aug. 1976 - 17 Nov. 1978Cmdr. Abe Greenberg
    8.)   17 Nov. 1978 - 13 Dec. 1980Cmdr. Raymond Michael Walsh (ret. as Radm.)
    9.)   13 Dec. 1980 - 11 Jan. 1983Cmdr. John McKee Huling, Jr.
    10.) 11 Jan. 1983 - 03 Jul. 1985Cmdr. James Blenn Perkins III (ret. as Vadm.)
    11.) 03 Jul. 1985 - 13 Oct. 1987Cmdr. Michael Roy Svendsen
    12.) 13 Oct. 1987 - 08 Sep. 1988Cmdr. Lee T. Womack, Jr.

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

    Next Reunion:
    October 2013 at Branson MO

    Contact: Mark Fletcher
    Address: 469 Country Club Road / Greenfield MA 01301
    Phone: (413) 773-3211
    E-mail: gunnerfletch at hotmail.com

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    Additional Resources

    USS Schofield Official Website
    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Schofield
    USS Schofield Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Schofield Page on Military.Com
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