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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 July 24 1942.
Launched November 11 1942 and commissioned January 11 1943.
Decommissioned May 15 1946.
Stricken July 1 1971.
Fate Sold to Southern Scrap Metal, Portsmouth, VA for $103,888.88 May 25 1973 and broken up for scrap.

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Stockton 220kRobert Field Stockton, born on 20 August 1795 at Princeton, N.J., entered the United States Navy as a midshipman in 1811. During the War of 1812, he served with distinction on board frigate President and later ashore defending Washington and Baltimore. After the war, Stockton served in the Mediterranean Squadron, operating against Barbary pirates in waters off the west coast of Africa, suppressing the slave trade, and in the Caribbean fighting buccaneers. He commanded Erie and Alligator between 1820 and 1822. Stockton left active duty in 1828 to become involved in the Delaware & Raritan Canal Co. Returning to active duty in 1838 with the rank of captain, Stockton assumed command of ship-of-the-line Ohio. He declined President Tyler's offer to appoint him Secretary of the Navy in 1841 and instead worked with John Ericsson on the construction of the Navy's first screw warship, Princeton; and, in 1843, he became her first commander. In 1845, he was chosen by the President to convey the United States government's annexation resolution to the government of Texas. After relieving Commodore John D. Sloat in command of the Pacific Squadron on 23 July 1847, Commodore Stockton directed operations which captured California and added other territory to the nation. He resigned from the Navy on 28 May 1850. In the following year, was sent to the United States Senate by New Jersey. During his term as Senator, Stockton introduced a bill providing for abolition of flogging in the Navy; and he was energetic in urging adequate coastal defenses. From 1853 until his death, Commodore Stockton was president of the Delaware & Raritan Canal Co. He died on 7 October 1866 at Princeton, N.J.
Captain Robert Field Stockton, USN, engraved portrait by H.B. Hall, from a painting on ivory by Newton, London, 1840. Published by Derby & Jackson, 119 Nassau Street, New York. It features a facsimile of Stockton's signature below the image. Naval History & Heritage Command photo NH 63721.
Bill Gonyo
Stockton 87kUndated, location unknown.Robert L. Speer, TM3
Stockton 163kThe USS Ringgold (DD-500), USS Stevenson (DD-645), USS Schroeder (DD-501) and USS Stockton (DD-646) were launched with 28 minutes on November 11 1942 at Federal Shipbuilding & Drydock Co. in Kearny, New Jersey. AP Wirephoto.David Buell
Stockton 78kSouvenir button of the launching of the USS Ringgold (DD-500), USS Schroeder (DD-501), USS Stevenson (DD-645) and USS Stockton (DD-646) on November 11 1942. Courtesy of Kerman
Stockton 115kUSS Stockton (DD-646) off Kearny, New Jersey, while being delivered by her builder, the Federal Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, 9 January 1943. This is a fine-screen halftone reproduction, prepared as a ship identification aid by the Division of Naval Intelligence. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center.Fred Weiss
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Stockton fitting out in Brooklyn Navy Yard, 23 Jan 1943, prior to Atlantic convoy runs. National Archives photos from 19LCM dd646 file.
John Chiquoine & Rick Davis
Stockton 115kStockton moored at Pier C, Brooklyn Navy Yard, 06 September 1943. Stockton was at the yard from 06-16 September. Flush deck destroyer alongside forward is Schenck (DD-159). National Archives photo from A2 19LCM/dd671 file.John Chiquoine and Rick Davis
Stockton 198kA distant view of Stockton digging in her heels towing USS Kalk (DD-611), 13 June 1944. Group was retiring from the Biak area, where Kalk sustained bomb damage 12 June. From the collection of Bill Willeford.John Chiquoine
Stockton 165kUSS Stockton racing down the beach during a Western New Guinea Campaign assault, 1944. Army photo SC264435, now in collection of National Archives.John Chiquoine
Stockton 147kStockton refueling from Saratoga (CV-3) while acting as A/S screen and plane guard with Stevenson (DD-645) during flight operations 100 miles south of Oahu, 13 January 1945.Rick Davis & John Chiquoine
Stockton 139kUSS Stockton alongside USS Taluga (AO-62) during the Summer of 1945 operating in the Service Force Unrep group. Date is probably 14 July 1945, during operations some 300-400 miles east of Japan, operating as part of Task Unit 30.8.1
From the Lloyd Lavack collection of USS Taluga.
Tommy Trampp
Stockton 132kAfter cessation of hostilities USS California (BB-44) and six destroyers under flag of Comdesron19 were released from WestPac to return east via Ceylon and Capetown to US East Coast yards. This is Stockton coming alongside California during that cruise, September 1945.
National Archives photo 80-G-374402.
John Chiquoine
Stockton 80kDestroyer Squadron NINETEEN (DesRon 19) homeward bound from the Pacific, via the Cape of Good Hope, circa October-December 1945. Ships present include USS Stevenson (DD-645), USS Stockton (DD-646), USS Lansdowne (DD-486), USS Thorn (DD-647), USS Nelson (DD-623) and USS Lardner (DD-487). Courtesy of Vice Admiral F.H. Schneider, USN (Retired). U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Fred Weiss
Stockton 115kStockton is the far tin can seen here in the Charleston drydock after the war being decommissioned, 14 Dec 1945. Destroyer in foreground is Lansdowne (DD-486)
National Archives photo from 19LCMdd486 file.
John Chiquoine & Rick Davis

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR Robert Edgar Braddy Jr.    Jan 11 1943 - Jan 5 1944

CDR William Welson Stark Jr.    Jan 5 1944 - Nov 1 1944

LCDR William Redus Glennon    Dec 12 1944 - May 15 1946

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name:: Stan De Stanis
Address: PO Box 1720, Vienna, VA 22813
Phone: 703-759-7134
E-mail: None

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