Commanding Officers of the USS Stoddard, DD-566

Born Boise, Idaho - March 30, 1908 – Deceased October 1977
First CO of USS Stoddard DD-566 (Plank Owner)
Commissioning April 15, 1944 – December 1944
First CO USS Everett F. Larson DD-830 (Plank Owner) April 1945-1946
CO USS Schley APD-14/DD103
Served Aboard USS Broome DD-210
Served Western Sea Frontier –Responsible for defense of US Pacific Coast
Served US Navy June 1926 – January 1957
Awards – Silver Star – Legion of Merit – Bronze Star Medal

CDR Horace “Iron Mike” Myers - Commissioning Apr 15, 1944 -1945


Born September 2, 1911 – Deceased February 26, 1988
Graduate US Naval Academy 1933
Served aboard USS Wichita CA-45
Served aboard USS Massachusetts BB-59
CO USS Paul Jones DD-230
CO USS Stoddard December 1944 – January 1946
CO USS Waldron DD-699 1948 - May 17 1950
Commander of the USNRRPAT -Rhine River Patrol 1954
CO USS Platte AO-24 Sep 1956 - Nov 1957
Awards – Bronze Star – Gold Star in lieu of second Bronze Star
Citation for Solomon Islands Campaign

CDR George Paul Unmacht - 1945 – January 1946


Born E. Liverpool, Ohio October 7, 1915
Now Living in Warminster, PA
CO USS McLanahan DD-615  1945-1946
CO USS Stoddard Feb. 18, 1946– June 10, 1946
CO USS Forrest Royal DD-872  1950-1951

 

CDR Orville (Ollie) Owen Liebschner - Feb.18, 1946 – June 10, 1946


Born Coalinga, CA  July 10, 1918
Graduate US Naval Academy December 1941
XO USS Williamsburg PG-56
USS Stoddard XO -1945-1946
CO USS Stoddard – June10,1946 – July 8, 1946
XO of USS Sequoia Presidential Yacht
Commodore of nine ship squadron – Vietnam
Naval War College –Newport, RI
CO NROTC Unit at Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH
US Navy Career December 1941 – 1972
Now Resides in Hanover, New Hampshire

 

LCDR William James Hurst - June10,1946 – July 8, 1946 (DeCommissioning)  


Born March 20, 1913 – Deceased November 30, 1999
Graduate US Naval Academy 1935
Officer original sub USS Sea Lion SS-195 when sunk by Japanese 12/10/1941
XO sub USS Stingray SS-186 1942 – XO sub USS Lapon SS-260 1943-1944
CO new USS Sea Lion II SS-315 which sank Japanese battleship Kongo 11/21/44
CO USS Compton DD-705 Jan 1945 – Nov. 1945
CO USS Stoddard Re-Commissioning March 9, 1951 – April 14, 1952
Asst.Chief of Bureau Naval Weapons1962-1965-Cmd Surface Missile Project
Commander Antisubmarine Warfare Group Southeast Asia – Vietnam War
Awards – Navy Cross (3) – Navy Distinguished Service Medal (2) –Legion of Merit - Bronze Star –WWII Victory Medal
Navy Service – 1935 – October 1973 – Retired as Vice Admiral
Buried in Arlington National Cemetery

CDR Eli Thomas Reich - Re-Commissioning – March 9, 1951 –April 14, 1952


Born Pensacola, Florida – June 4, 1912 – Deceased August 1986
Graduated from US Naval Academy 1936
Prior to WWII he served aboard USS Lexington CV2 and USS Yorktown CV5
During WWII he served aboard USS Enterprise CV6
During WWII he served aboard USS Bon Homme Richard CV31
Served as Force Comm. Officer Naval Forces Reyukus during Okinawa Campaign
CO USS Stoddard April 14, 1952 - 1954

CDR John Baumeister Jr. - April 14, 1952 - 1954


Born Orange, Texas - May 14, 1918 – Deceased February 4, 1981
Graduated from US Naval Academy 1940
Officer aboard USS Houston CA-30 sunk Battle of Java Straights March 1942
Japanese prisoner of war 1942-1946
His story is told in the book ”The Ghost That Died At Sunda Strait”
The POW’s from the USS Houston were used as slave laborers in SE Asia, some were forced to build the (Death Railway)and the Bridge on the River Kwai
CO USS Porter DD-800  1945-1946
XO of USS Robert L. Wilson DD-847 1951 – 1952
CO USS Stoddard 1954 - 1955
Served US Navy June 1936 – June 1965

CDR John Blount Nelson - 1954 – 1955


Born Montevideo, Minnesota – April 17, 1917 Deceased February 15, 2004
Graduate of US Naval Academy 1940
Graduate Naval Intelligence in DC
Three Naval Attache assignments -Latin America (Argentina- Uruguay-Mexico)
XO of AKA (Attack Cargo Ship)
Service Force – Sixth Fleet –home ported in Naples
CO USS Stoddard September 1955 – January 1957
CO of USS Arcadia AD-23 April 1962-March 1963
Buried Arlington National Cemetery            

 

CDR Jacob Vincent Heimark - Sept. 1955 – Jan. 1957


Born Glendale, South Carolina – April 29, 1918 – Deceased October 30, 2002
CO USS Stoddard January 1957 – 1958
Served US Navy June 1938 – May 1962
 

Only Information Available

CDR Claude Lloyd Reeves -  Jan. 1957 - 1958

Born Butte, Montana – October 20, 1917 – Deceased February 1983
Commissioned Friday 5th Dec 1941
1941-1943 Served USS PC-466
1943-1945 Served SS Dempsey DE-26
1945 Served Submarine USS Charr SS-328
1953-1954 XO USS Murray DD-576
CO USS Stoddard 1958 – 1960
1960-1962 Navy Staff-Pentagon
1963-1968 Staff-COMNAVDISTTHIRTEEN –Seattle
Buried Arlington National Cemetery

CDR Robert T. Hanley - 1958 – 1960

Served aboard USS Kenneth D. Bailey DD/DDR-713 in 1952
CO USS Coontz DL-9/DDG-40
CO USS Stoddard   1960 –June 4, 1962
Now living in Bremerton, Washington
No Information Available

 

CCDR James Richard Collier - 1960 – June 4, 1962


Born Casey County, Kentucky - March 27, 1921 – Deceased March 28, 2009
Graduated US Navy Midshipman School- Columbia University-1942
Served aboard USS PC 481-Escorting convoys off North Africa- 1944
CO of USS PC 1588-participated in the invasion of Iwo Jima
Director of Naval Officer Procurement, Seattle, Washington – 1947
XO USS Diachenko APD 123-June 1948
CO USS LST 1123- Korean War
Served aboard USS Henderson DD-785
XO USS Compton DD-705
CO USS Burdo APD 133-1957
CO USS Stoddard June 4,1962 – February 18, 1964
Served as Assistant Comptroller of the Navy at the Pentagon
Served in US Navy 23 years

CCDR Charles Louis Wall - June 4, 1962 – Feb.18, 1964


Born Rome, Georgia - May 28, 1918 – Deceased October 27, 2003
Served aboard USS New Mexico BB-40
Served Aboard USS Whipple DD-217
Served PTC Squadron 2 (Experimental testing Sonar for ASW surface craft)
Served Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 13
PT31 (Sunk by Japanese but he evaded capture)
Served USS Trabajador PT Tender (Sunk by Japanese shore batteries-1942)
Joined 3rd Battalion Fourth Marines on Corregidor –taken prisoner by Japanese
Released end of war –Line school Newport, RI-commissioned Lieutenant 1950
Served aboard USS Midway CVA-41
Served aboard USS Mellette APA-156
XO USS Kenneth D. Bailey DDR-713
CO –Naval Magazine and Net Depot at Newport, RI
Served aboard USS Hancock CVA-19
Served Headquarters Support Activities –Saigon, Vietnam
CO USS Stoddard – February 18, 1964 – June 1965
XO NAD(Naval Ammunition Depot)Bangor-Kitsap County, Washington
Served US Navy December 1936 – July 1968

CDR Theodore L. Morgan - Feb. 18, 1964 - June 1965

Born December 1, 1924 – Deceased January 6, 2001 

Served USS Harry Hubbard DD-748 - 1951 

CO USS Stoddard June 1965 – October 1966

 

CDR Charles Kenneth Presgrove - June 1965 – Oct. 1966

Born Baltimore, Maryland – November 7, 1926 – Deceased August 12, 1997
Graduate US Naval Academy 1948
Served USS Henry W. Tucker DD-875
Served USS Epperson DD-719
CO USS Egret MSC 46
XO USS Hawkins DD873
CO USS Stoddard October 1966 – October 1968
Staff Commander in Chief, US Naval Forces Eastern Atlantic & Mediterranean
President US Naval War College
Commander, Sixth Fleet
Served US Navy June 1944 – September 1981 – Retired Vice Admiral

CDR Robert Carhart Conolly II -  Oct.1966 – Oct. 1968

Served USS Manchester CL83
Served USS Ammen DD-527
CO USS Dunn County LST 742
XO USS Walker DDE-517
CO USS Stoddard October 1968 – September 26, 1969 De-Commissioning
CO USS Bausell DD-845
Instructor NROTC – Villanova University
Staff Fourteenth Naval District
Served Bureau of Naval Personnel

CDR. James Ernest Lacy - Oct.1968 – Sept. 26, 1969 -  (De-Commissioning)

 

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