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USS Stockdale (DE 399)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: American Campaign Medal
Second Row: Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - European-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal w/ 1 star - World War II Victory Medal

Class: Edsall
Type: FMR (geared diesel, Fairbanks-Morse reverse gear drive, 3" guns)
Displacement: 1200 tons (light), 1590 tons (full)
Length: 300' (wl), 306' (oa)
Beam: 36' 10" (extreme)
Draft: 20' 6" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 4 Fairbanks-Morse Mod. 38d81/8 geared diesel engines, 4 diesel-generators, 6000 shp, 2 screws
Speed: 21 kts
Range: 9,100 nm @ 12 knots
Armament: 3 x 3"/50 Mk22 (1x3), 1 twin 40mm Mk1 AA, 8 x 20mm Mk 4 AA, 3 x 21" Mk15 TT (3x1), 1 Hedgehog Projector Mk10 (144 rounds), 8 Mk6 depth charge projectors, 2 Mk9 depth charge tracks
Complement: 8 / 201
Stockdale (DE 399) Building and Operational Data:
  • 31 August 1943: Keel laid by the Brown Shipbuilding Co., Houston, Tex.
  • 30 October 1943: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. L. C. Stockdale
  • 31 December 1943: Commissioned at the Tennessee Coal and Iron Co. dock by Captain DeWitt C. Redgrave, representing Com8thND; Lcdr. R. W. Luther, USNR, in command
  • 11 February 1946: Arrived at the Philadelphia Navy Yard for inactivation yard availability
  • 21 March 1946: Arrived at Green Cove Springs, Fla. to be inactivated
  • 15 June 1946: Decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. after 2 years and 6½ months of service
  • 01 July 1972: Struck from the NVR
  • 24 May 1974: Sunk as target off Florida
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    51k Lewis Stevens Stockdale, the only son of Lewis Cleveland and Lucinda S. (Stephens) Stockdale, was born on 20 September 1914 at Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Montana. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 09 September 1940 as an apprentice seaman. After serving in the cruiser USS Quincy (CA 39), Stockdale was appointed midshipman in the Naval Reserve on 17 March 1941 and was commissioned ensign on 12 June 1941. Ensign Stockdale reported to USS Oklahoma (BB 37) on 19 July 1941 and was killed while serving in that battleship during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 07 December 1941. After having been buried as "unknown" for almost 75 years, it was announced in January of 2016, that the remains of Ens. Stockdale had been identified through modern forensic techniques.

    (Photo from The Official Web Site of the USS Oklahoma BB 37 thanks to Kevin King)
    Bill Gonyo
    Downey, Cal.

    Assoc. Researcher
    66k 1944: New York Harbor
    (in memory of my father, Paul E. Rutherford (died 1981), who served in Stockdale as a sonarman)
    David Rutherford
    123k 29 April 1945: From Stockdale's War Diary this date. 0815: Underway from berth 3, Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N.Y. IAW ComDesLant Spdltr. serial 01414 for Montauk Point and Boston, Mass. Loaded ammunition at Leonardo Piers, Earle, N.J. 1850: Underway from Leonardo Piers. 1855: IAW ComDesLant's serial 291805 of April 1945, destination changed from Montauk Point Training Area to New York. Proceeded back into New York. 2035: Moored starboard side to USS Vance (DE 387), north side of Pier 36, Brooklyn, N.Y.

    (U.S. Navy photo #80-G-321857 from the National Archives)
    Nick Tiberio
    Shelton, Conn.
    908k 29 April 1945: Stockdale underway slowly.

    (U.S. Navy photo from the National Archives, courtesy of  Chris Wright)
    Ed Zajkowski
    Narvon, Pa.
    365k Winter 1972 - Spring 1973: Philadelphia, Pa. - A view of the Ship Basin at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility of the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Looking north from the Intrepid Ave. side, there are rows and rows of mothballed destroyers and destroyers escorts. One of the few identifiable ships is Stockdale, decommissioned at Green Cove Springs, Fla. in 1947 and later transferred and towed to Philadelphia. Two rows aft of her sits Janssen (DE 396), also a refugee from Green Cove Springs. Jim Cunliffe
    Frederica, Del.

    Stockdale History
    View the USS Stockdale (DE 399) DANFS history entry located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Stockdale's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.) 31 Dec. 1943 - 02 Jun. 1945Lt./Lcdr. Roger William Luther, USNR (Comm. CO)
    2.) 02 Jun. 1945 10 Dec. 1945Lcdr. George N. Spring Jr., USNR
    3.) 10 Dec. 1945 02 Apr. 1946Lt./Lcdr. Donald L. Lassell, USN (Fitchburg, Mass.)
    4.) 02 Apr. 1946 - 15 Jun. 1946Lt. Joseph Lee Reid Jr., USNR

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