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Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968) - HOPE CHEST

Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Steel,Staten Island NY January 15 1945.
Launched June 8 1945 and commissioned September 29 1945.
Completed FRAM upgrade May 1961.
Decommissioned and Stricken July 1 1976.
Fate Sunk as target off Puerto Rico July 27 1980.

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Stribling 76kCornelius Kinchiloe Stribling was born at Pendleton, S.C., on 22 September 1796. He was appointed midshipman on 18 June 1812, the day the United States declared war on Great Britain. During the War of 1812, he served in Macedonian from 1 January 1813 to April 1814 and in Mohawk from then until April 1815. While assigned to Mohawk on Lake Ontario, Midshipman Stribling participated in the blockade of Kingston in the summer and fall of 1814. Soon after the end of the war, he returned to Macedonian and, in 1815, participated in the capture of two Algerine ships, a frigate and a brig, by Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron. In October of 1815, Stribling was transferred to Constellation and returned home in that frigate at the end of 1817. On 1 April 1818, he was promoted to lieutenant and served successively in Hornet, Peacock, John Adams, and again in Constellation, during the campaigns against pirates in the West Indies. In 1823, he was given command of two barges along the coast of Cuba and with them captured buccaneer schooner Pilot after a running fight. During the Mexican War, Stribling was attached to ship-of-the-line Ohio and took part in operations against the coastal towns of Lower California and western Mexico. From 1851 to 1853, he served as Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy. On 1 August 1853, he became Captain Stribling. From 1854 to 1855, he commanded San Jacinto and, between 1857 and 1859, he was Commandant at the Pensacola Navy Yard. After two years as Commander of the East India Squadron, Capt. Stribling returned home in 1861 to find the Union rent asunder by the Civil War. He forsook the land of his birth, South Carolina, to support the Union cause. Under the provisions of the Act of Congress, effective 21 December 1861, his long service required that he be placed upon the retired list. That action and a promotion to the rank of Commodore took place on 2 August 1862. However, the exigencies of war soon brought him back to active duty. He commanded the Philadelphia Navy Yard until 23 September 1864, when he was ordered to assume command of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. He held this post for the duration of the war. On 6 August 1866, he was appointed to the Lighthouse Board and remained with that organization until 18 September 1871, having served as president of the board from 15 March 1869. Rear Admiral Stribling died at Martinsburg, W. Va., on 17 January 1880.Bill Gonyo
Stribling 94kArtist's conception of the Stribling as she appeared after FRAM I overhaul 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
Stribling 93kUndated photo by Bill Wozniak of the USS Cone (DD-866) and USS Stribling (DD-867) alongside the USS Yellowstone (DD-27).Rick Rowan
Stribling 102kUndated, location unknown.-
Stribling 54kUndated, location unknown.Captain John C. Ruff USN (Ret) Main Propulsion Assistant/ Damage Control Assistant 1962-1964
Stribling 59kUndated, location unknown. Coming alongside the USS Chikaskia (AO-54) for underway replenishment.Steve Newbauer
Stribling 41kUndated, location unknown. USN photo from a USS Stribling cruise book.Robert Hurst
Stribling 55kUndated, location unknown. USN photo from a USS Stribling cruise book.Robert Hurst
Stribling 61kUndated, location unknown. USN photo from a USS Stribling cruise book.Robert Hurst
Stribling 151kUndated, location unknown.Tommy Trampp
Stribling 87kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stribling 136kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stribling 101kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stribling 170kUndated, location unknown.Richard Miller BMCS USNR RET.
Stribling 191kStaten Island Advance clipping from September 9 1945.Ron Reeves



Commissioning Program, September 29 1945.Ron Reeves
Stribling 42kUSS William R. Rush (DD-714) and USS Stribling (DD-867) at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, November 1945.Burnet "Fred" Waring
Stribling 240kStribling moored at Miami, FL, 25 October 1946. Miami Herald photo.Dave Wright
Stribling 168kMarch 1947 at Brooklyn, NY.Ed Zajkowski
Stribling 195kCirca 1955-1957, see the hedgehog (ASW ahead thrown weapon) arrangement on the front of Mt. 52, which provided trainability. The original hedgehogarrangement was two stationary platforms, one on each side just aft of Mr. 52. The trainable ones were installed as an experiment during the 1955 yard period in Charleston, SC, but the concept never proved to be successful and they were removed, probably in the next yard period.John Van Huyck
Stribling 108kIn the Mediteranean, circa 1959.Marc Pich
Stribling 82kPhoto #: NH 55818. Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations (at right) with Vice Admiral Clarence E. Ekstrom, Commander Sixth Fleet, on board the Sixth Fleet flagship, USS Des Moines (CA-134), in the Mediterranean Sea, May 1959. USS Stribling (DD-867) is steaming alongside in the immediate background, with her crew paraded at quarters. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Bill Gonyo/Douglas Brown
Stribling 157kUSS Stribling (DD-867) highlining personnel between USS Boston (CAG-1) and Stribling in the Mediterranean, August 1962.Roy Williams
Stribling 148kAugust 10 1963, Port Royal Bay, Bermuda. Keppler along with the USS Warrington (DD-843), USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD-823) and USS Stribling (DD-867) Photo by PHC Warren Jackman.Ed Zajkowski
Stribling 82kUSS Fulton (AS-11) and USS Sierra (AD-18) stern to stern at San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 1967 with the USS Davis (DD-937), unknown, USS Harwood (DD-861), USS William C. Lawe (DD-763) and USS Stribling (DD-867) alongside the Sierra.Sheridan Carey
Stribling 101kCirca 1968.Russ Hartley
Stribling 152kCirca 1969 postcard view taken in Mayport, FL. Ships include the USS Turner (DD-834), USS Stribling (DD-867), USS Noa (DD-841) and USS Fiske (DD-842).Rich Wersinger, CDR, USNR (Ret.)
Stribling 94kJune 1971, entering the Pricipality of Monaco.Joseph Rachal
Stribling 86kCirca 1972, location unknown.CDR Tom Sparkman
Stribling 229kNovember 1974, location unknown.Ed Zajkowski
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Decommissioning pamphlet - July 1 1976
Ron Reeves
Stribling 71kShip's plaque circa 1955-1957.John Van Huyck
Stribling 111kShip's plaque circa 1972-1973. "Audentes Fortuna Juvat" which is latin for Fortune Favors the Brave.HMCS (SW) Tom Miller, USN, RET
Stribling 50kShip's patch.Mike Smolinski
Stribling 76kShip's patch.Tom Gamstetter
Stribling 64kShip's patch circa 1963.Wayne (Skip) St.Sauveur
Stribling 38kShip's patch from late 1950s.Mike Smolinski
Stribling 118kTowing status message as Stribling is towed to Sinkex by USS Hoist.Ron Reeves
Stribling 93kShip's anchor at VFW Post 220, Mays Landing, NJ in 2006.Ron Reeves

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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

CDR John Duncan Bulkeley    Sep 29 1945 - Jul 12 1946 (Later VADM)

CDR Philip Wilder Mothersill Jr.    Jul 12 1946 - Sep 27 1947

CDR Clinton McKellar Jr.    Sep 27 1947 - Jul 23 1949 

CDR James Barton Cresap    Jul 23 1949 - Mar 26 1950

CDR Robert Claude Wing    Mar 26 1950 - Aug 6 1950

CDR Hugh Berkley Sanders Jr.    Aug 6 1950 - Feb 1952 

CDR Edward Augustus Lane Jr.    Feb 1952 - Dec 1952

CDR Ernest Huston Dunlap Jr.    Dec 1952 - Dec 9 1954

CDR Kendall Washburn Simmons    Dec 9 1954 - 1956

CDR Howard Hartley Hickman Jr.    1956 - Dec 1957

CDR Arthur Franklin Rawson Jr.    Dec 1957 - Feb 1960

CDR George Willis Kingston    Feb 1960 - Feb 1961

CDR John David Bailey    Feb 1961 - Mar 23 1963

CDR Richard Brent Jacobs    Mar 23 1963 - May 16 1964 

CDR Mervyn Otis Geary    May 16 1964 - Jan 4 1966

CDR James Lennon Anderson     Jan 4 1966 - Feb 3 1968

CDR Stanford William Coston, Jr.    Feb 3 1968 - Feb 11 1970

CDR Bruce Allan Bauer    Feb 11 1970 - Sep 24 1971

CDR Rollin Leroy Bauchspies Jr.    Sep 24 1971 - Jun 1973

CDR William Francis Martin    Oct 1974 - Jun 4 1976

LCDR James Wuerth 'Jake' Stewart    Jun 4 1976 - Jul 1 1976

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: Pete Grare
Address: 107 Felicity Ln., New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-637-0545

Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.

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USS Stribling Website
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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