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USS RODMAN (DD-456 / DMS-21)

Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIZJ

Displacement 2395 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 348' 4"(oa) x 36' 1" x 13' 2" (Max)
Armament 4 x 5"/38AA, 6 x 0.5" MG, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 50,000 SHP; Westinghouse Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Range 6500 NM@ 12 Knots, Crew 208.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Federal Shipbuilding,Kearny NJ. December 16 1940.
Launched September 26 1941 and commissioned January 27 1942.
Converted to High Speed Minesweeper DMS-21 November 15 1944.
Reclassified Destroyer, DD-456 January 16 1955.
Decommissioned July 28 1955.
Stricken November 1 1972.
To Taiwan July 28 1955, renamed Hsuen Yang.
Fate Expended for Film Purposes in 1976, (Movie Title Unknown).

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Rodman 72kHugh Rodman, born at Frankfort, Ky., on 6 January 1859, graduated from the Naval Academy in 1880. Duty in Yantic, Wachusett, Hartford, and Essex and tours at the Hydrographic Office and at the Naval Observatory were followed in 1891 by 4 years of survey duty along the coasts of Alaska and British Columbia. During the Spanish-American War, he served in Raleigh and was commended for his outstanding conduct in the Battle of Manila Bay. In 1899, he participated in scientific explorations in the Pacific under the direction of Alexander Agassiz. Then, in 1900, he returned to Alaska for work investigating its fisheries. From 1901 to 1904 he commanded Iroquois in Hawaiian waters. Next on the Asiatic Station, he served in New Orleans, Cincinnati (C-7), and Wisconsin (BB-9) and, in 1905, commanded Elcano (PG-38) on the Yangtze River Patrol. From 1907 to 1909, he attended the Naval War College and served as Lighthouse Inspector, 6th Naval District. In 1909 he returned to the Far East to serve in turn as captain of the yard, Cavite, Philippine Islands, and as commanding officer of Cleveland (C-19). Captain of the yard, Mare Island, in 1911, he assumed command of Connecticut (BB-18), flagship, Atlantic Fleet, in 1912, and of Delaware (BB-28) in 1913. Duty as Marine Superintendent of the Panama Canal followed in 1914, and in 1915 he commanded New York (BB-34). During 1916 he served on the General Board. In 1917 Admiral Rodman served as Commander, 9th Division, Atlantic Fleet, in his flagship, New York. Ordered to European waters late in the year, his division joined the British Grand Fleet at Scapa Flow and became the 6th Battle Squadron, British Grand Fleet, under Admiral Sir David Beatty. For the remainder of World War I, Admiral Rodman commanded his division in operations in the North Sea. Returning to the United States after the Armistice, he served with the Atlantic Fleet until July 1919 when he became Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Fleet. Detached in 1921, he served as Commandant, 5th Naval District, from 1921 to 1922 , interrupting that duty once for a mission to Peru as Minister Plenipotentiary and Envoy Extraordinary. During 1922-23, he was senior member of a board to formulate administrative policy for all shore stations and on reaching retirement age, 64, was transferred to the retired list. After his retirement, he continued to serve the United States and the Navy on various missions which included, in the summer of 1923, accompanying President Harding on his ill-fated inspection of Alaska. In 1937, he represented the U.S. Navy at coronation ceremonies in London. Admiral Rodman died at Bethesda, Md., 7 June 1940, and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Digital ID: ggbain 15953, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.Bill Gonyo

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure commending the


for service as follows:
"For outstanding heroism in action while attached to Mine Squadron TWENTY, operating under Commander Mine Force, Pacific Fleet, from March 21 to 31; and thereafter under the operational control of Commander Transport Screen, from April 1 to June 11, 1945, during operations for the seizure of enemy Japanese-held Okinawa, Ryukyu Islands. Although lightly armed and highly vulnerable while operating in dangerous mined waters, the U.S.S. RODMAN rendered heroic service in minesweeping, fire support, radar picket, anti-suicide boat, anti-submarine and antiaircraft screen missions. A natural and frequent target for heavy Japanese aerial attack, she was constantly vigilant and ready for battle, fighting her guns valiantly to destroy five hostile planes and share in the destruction of another. Taken under attack by six Kamikazes on April 6, she was crashed by three and, although suffering major damage and many personal casualties during this fierce concentrated aerial attack on our surface ships, proceeded to the anchorage area under her own power. By her own aggressiveness and the courage and skill of her officers and men, the U.S.S. RODMAN achieved a record of gallantry in combat reflecting the highest credit upon herself, her entire company and the United States Naval Service."
All personnel attached to and serving on board the U.S.S. RODMAN from March 24 to June 11, 1945, are authorized to wear the NAVY UNIT COMMENDATION Ribbon.
John L. Sullivan
Secretary of the Navy
Rodman 82kArtist's conception of the Rodman as she appeared in World War II 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
Rodman 111kUndated, location unknown.Joseph Moore
Rodman 23kUndated, location unknown.Christopher Karwowski
Rodman 163kPress photo of the christening of USS Rodman DD 456 by Mrs. Albert K. Stebbins Jr., grand-niece of the ship's namesake.S. Dale Hargrave
Rodman 67kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Hambleton (DD-455) and USS Rodman (DD-456) on September 26 1941. Courtesy of Kerman
Rodman 181kUSS Hambleton (DD-455) and USS Rodman (DD-456) dual-launching, at Kearney, New Jersey, 26 September 1941. Source Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 50095.Mike Green
Rodman 139kNew York, New York, January 27 1942, ANOTHER DESTROYER READY. The $5,000,000 dollar destroyer USS Rodman, sister ship of the torpedoed Kearny, is placed in commission at the Brooklyn Navy Yard today. (AP wire photo)Bill Gonyo
Rodman 163kUSS Rodman (DD-456) on 27 January 1942, at the Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearney, New Jersey, newly commissioned. Note: forward guns do not have splinter shielding (gun-houses not yet fitted). Source: Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 50293.Mike Green
Rodman 68kUSS Rodman (DD-456), underway off Boston, 2 April 1943. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. photo # 19-N-42483.Robert Hurst


Commemerative coin ???Tommy Trampp
On Republic of China Service
Rodman 97kROCS Hsuen Yang (D 16, ex-USS Rodman) in 1970, location unknown. Note tripod foremast. Courtesy of Toshio Tamura.Robert Hurst

USS RODMAN DD-456 / DMS-21 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR William Morgan Montgomery    Jan 27 1942 - Dec 5 1942
CDR Joseph Ferrall Foley    Dec 5 1942 - Oct 14 1944 (Later RADM)
LCDR Robert Hastings White    Oct 27 1945 - Jun 1947
LCDR Donald Alfred Dertien    Jun 1947 - Jul 1948
LCDR John Lynn Rhodemyre    Jul 1948 - Jul 1949
CDR James McCrorey Hill    Jul 1949 - Jan 1950
CDR John Boone Schley     Jan 1950 - Mar 1952
LCDR Chester Maurice Lee    Mar 1952 - Oct 1953

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Normon Simonelli
Address: 4648 Paul Revere Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23455
Phone: (757)464-2845
Next Reunion: Mystic, CT, 26-30 September at Ramada Mystic.

Note About Contacts.

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Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource Minesweeper Pages, USS Rodman (DMS-21)
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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