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|148k||Charles Stewart was born at Philadelphia, Pa. on 28 July 1778. He went to sea at the age of thirteen as a cabin boy and rose through the grades to become master of a merchantman. During the Quasi-War with France, Stewart was commissioned a lieutenant in the United States Navy on 9 March 1798 and joined the frigate United States for a cruise in the West Indies. He took command of the schooner Experiment on 16 July 1800 and soon captured two armed French vessels and freed several captured American ships. After brief command of Chesapeake in 1801 and service in Constellation in 1802, Stewart sailed to the Mediterranean in command of the brig Siren. There he participated in the destruction of Philadelphia after her capture by Tripoli, helped to maintain the blockade of Tripoli, and distinguished himself in assaults on the enemy in August and September 1804. After the war, he participated in a show of force at Tunis and returned home as captain in 1806. On the outbreak of war in 1812, Stewart commanded, successively, Argus, Hornet, and Constellation. But, as the latter was closely blockaded in Norfolk, he took command of Constitution at Boston in 1813. He made two brilliant cruises in her between 1813 and 1815. The frigate captured HMS Cyane and HMS Levant on 20 February 1815. Stewart's later service included command of a squadron in the Mediterranean from 1816 to 1820 and of one in the Pacific from 1820 to 1824. He served as a Naval Commissioner from 1830 to 1832 and commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard from 1838 to 1841, in 1846, and again from 1854 to 1861. By a bill passed on 2 March 1859, Congress made Stewart "senior flag officer," an office created for him in recognition of his distinguished and meritorious service. He became rear admiral on the retired list on 16 July 1862, and he died at Bordentown, N.J., on 6 November 1869.
USS Stewart (DE 238) (1942-1946) was the third ship named in his honor, she was preceded by DD 13 (1902-1919) and DD 224 (1920-1942). (Photo from the Library of Congress)
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|34k||20 May 1943: USS Stewart (DE 238) as completed. Like many other DE's at this time, she had a triple torpedo tube mount originally removed from on of the old "flushdeck" destroyers. (U.S. Navy Photo, Photo and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships)||Robert Hurst|
|Stewart's Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves, & Russ Moody
|Dates of Command||Commanding Officers|
|1.) 31 May 1943 - 18 Jan. 1944||Lcdr. Blaney C. Turner, USNR|
|2.) 31 Jan. 1944 - 01 Oct. 1945||Cmdr. Alvin Chesley Wilson, Jr., USNR|
|3.) 01 Dec. 1945 - 28 Dec. 1945||Lt. Everett Terry Shahan, USNR|
|4.) 28 Dec. 1945 - 13 Feb. 1946||Lt. Jerry P. Simmons, USNR|
|5.) 13 Feb. 1946 - 27 Mar. 1946||Lt.(jg) Richard H. Dennis, USNR|
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