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Stoddard History Project - Research and Record

 

The Stoddard History Project

This is a project designed to capture as much history from living shipmates as we can. The first step was completed by shipmate Neal Pearson (ET1 Stoddard 67-68). What you see below is the FIRST pass at the WWII Timeline of events. Neal went through the Stoddard website and browsed other places on the web and organized the events by date. Now we know there are some more pieces of history locked up in the brains of our shipmates and we hope to fill in the blanks of this sheet. This will expand up through the other Service Years and provide a complete collection of audio/video comments about each action.


Statement of Work

Create a computer based audio visual presentation that depicts the full history of the USS Stoddard, DD-566. 

  1. Organize historical events in spreadsheet by “era.”
    1. Need and creation of the Fletcher Class destroyer
    2. WWII
    3. Korean War
    4. Cold War
    5. Vietnam War
    6. Weapons Test
    7. Final Fate
  2. Determine key events to highlight.
  3. Commit to a 640 pixel wide display window and select tools.
  4. Develop the technical process to gather the audio and video information.
    1. Use email and web where possible.
    2. Use direct download of audio clips by volunteers
  5. Determine shipmate speakers to interview for each era.
  6. Determine Naval Historical Center assistance required.
  7. Confirm participation with speakers.
  8. Create a storyboard for presentation.
  9. Organize worksheets for gathering data.
  10. Get volunteers to assist in different cities.
  11. Coordinate and gather audio/video/photos to insert
  12. Combine and create the first pass.
  13. Final product completed by Dec. 15, 2008.

To be a success this project will require shipmates to volunteer with the sound bites and video snippits that need collected. If you can help give me an call or an email at 360-437-0125 or email dwithers@rodaxwireless.com

 If you wish to use the US Post Office, mail to:
     Dan Withers
     1400 E. Ludlow Ridge Road
     Port Ludlow, WA 98365

What happens next?

This list will be emailed to all WWII shipmate email addresses that we have. If the WWII shipmates can look over the timeline and make any corrections or additions that are needed, that would be great. If you recall participating in one or many of these events, please consider making some written notes and decide if you would like to participate as a audio voice recorded, or an audio voice and a short video clip telling your piece of the history to camera. It is our hope to get many clips with video that cover each event. If you want to refer to a line do so with the line number on the left. I will start inserting sub-lines in between as we get them.

If you can help in any way, or want to help but not sure how, just let us know and we will find a project.


 

USS Stoddard (DD-566)  History Timeline (as of 08-23-2011)

Line#

Day

Mo

Yr

 

Event

Location/Notes


A

10

3

1943

 

Keel Layed

Seattle, WA - Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation

             

B

19

11

1943

 

Launched 

Seattle, WA 

             

C

15

4

1944

 

Commissioned

 

             

D

  15

4

1944

 

Command

CDR Horace “Iron Mike” Myers assumes command

             

E

 

6

1944

 

Shakedown Training

San Diego, Ca

             

F

16

7

1944

 

Screened a convoy to Pearl Harbor

Seattle, WA 

             

G

29

7

1944

 

Arrived

Pearl Harbor

             

H

8

8

1944

 

Joined Task Force (TF) 94 (or 92) per Hurst

Adak, Alaska - Trenton (C-11), Concord (C-10), Richmond (CL-9), and destroyers of Destroyer Division (DesDiv) 57

             

I

14

8

1944

 

Battle Mission (Weather Turnback)

Kuril Islands - Harass Japanese outposts in the Kuril Islands

             

J

21

8

1944

 

TF94 renamed TF92

Adak, Alaska

             

K

26

8

1944

 

Battle Mission (Weather Turnback)

Kuril Islands - Harass Japanese outposts in the Kuril Islands

             

L

28

8

1944

 

Laid up

Attu is the westernmost and largest island in the Near Islands group of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska,

             

M

21

11

1944

 

Pounded Japanese installations 

Matsuwa is an island in the central Kuril Islands - damaging the airfields and other installations heavily

             

N

25

11

1944

 

Returned to Attu

Attu/Adak

             

O

1

12

1944

 

Routed to Dutch harbor w/DesDiv 113

Dutch Harbor

             

P

 

12

1944

 

Change of Command

CDR George Paul Unmacht assumes command from CDR Horace “Iron Mike” Myers

             

Q

13

12

1944

 

Enroute to Japan's Kuril defenses

Enroute Kuril

             

R

3

1

1945

 

Swept Kuril defenses

Kuril Islands

             

S

5

1

1945

 

Bombarded Surabachi Wan area of Paramushiro

Kuril Islands - severely damaging canning installations and airfields

             

T

13

1

1945

 

Return

Dutch Harbor

             

U

16

1

1945

 

Headed south for operational training

To Pearl Harbor  - Stoddard and Rowe (DD-564) 

             

V

22

1

1945

 

10 Day Rest Period

Pearl Harbor 

             

W

7

2

1945

 

Back to Attu

To Attu

             

X

13

2

1945

 

Arrived Attu and joined with group 

Massacre Bay (Attu) Gathering for the bombardment of Kuabu Zaki

             

Y

16

2

1945

 

Heading for Action

To Kuril Islands

             

Z

18

2

1945

 

Bombarded the island until midnight

Paramushiro

             

AA

20

2

1945

 

Back at Attu

Attu

             

AB

23

2

1945

 

Shifted to Adak for supplies and repairs

Adak, Alaska

             

AC

8

3

1945

 

Returned to Attu 

Attu

             

AD

15

3

1945

 

hit Matsuwa

Matsuwa

             

AE

1

4

1945

 

Begin task force exercises 

Near Adak

             

AF

17

4

1945

 

End task force exercises 

Attu

             

AG

18

4

1945

 

Departed Aleutians chain - Heading to Pearl

To Pearl Harbor - DesDiv 13

             

AH

24

4

1945

 

Arrived in Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

             

AI

25

4

1945

 

recreation in the islands and….

Hawaii Area - preparation for assignment to Okinawa and the Fast Carrier Task Force

             

AJ

10

5

1945

 

conducted operational training

Hawaii Area

             

AK

11

5

1945

 

sailed from Pearl Harbor

To Ulithi - in the screen of Ticonderoga (CV 14), bound for Ulithi

             

AL

17

5

1945

 

Screening for Ticonderoga

Maloelap Atoll area Ticonderoga's air group got in a little live ammunition practice on 17 May, when they struck the Japanese forces isolated on Taroa and the other islets of Maloelap Atoll. 

             

AM

22

5

1945

 

task group reached the lagoon at Ulithi 

Ulithi Atoll (also know as Urushi, or Mackenzie Island) is a coral atoll in the Federated States of Micronesia, in the western Pacific Ocean

             

AN

29

5

1945

 

Departed to take up station off of Okinawa

To Okinawa

             

AO

2

6

1945

 

Arrived at radar picket station

Off Okinawa   Though the Okinawa campaign was rapidly nearing its conclusion, the proximity of airfields in Japan and on Formosa allowed enemy air power to continue to make life unpleasant for the ships around the island. True, the deluge of kamikazes had abated, but the skies continued to shower significant numbers of suicide planes. 

             

AP

4

6

1945

 

Assisted Cargo Ships

Near Japan - covered the withdrawal of several cargo ships on 4 June during a typhoon-evasion maneuver and then returned to her station

             

AQ

7

6

1945

 

Picket Duty -two planes attacked

Off Okinawa -both were sent hurtling into the sea before they could reach the ships

             

AR

16

6

1945

 

Picket Duty nearing end

Off Okinawa - During her tour of duty on the picket line, Stoddard claimed two Japanese planes for herself, two assists, and one probable kill.

             

AS

17

6

1945

 

Enroute to Philippines 

To San Pedro Bay - in the screen of Mississippi (BB-41).  San Pedro Bay is a bay in the Philippines, at the northwest end of Leyte Gulf, about 15 km east-west and 20 km north-south. The bay is bounded on the north and east by Samar and on the east by Leyte Island. It is connected by San Juanico Strait to Carigara Bay of the Samar Sea. The largest city on the bay is Tacloban City, the capital of Leyte province.

             

AT

20

6

1945

 

passed through Surigao Strait into Leyte Gulf

San Pedro Bay

             

AU

21

6

1945

 

underwent repairs and took on provisions

San Pedro Bay - For the remainder of the month

             

AV

1

7

1945

 

screen of TF 38, the Fast Carrier Task Force

to Japanese Home Islands - For the next 45 days, she guarded the carriers as their planes made repeated strikes on the Japanese home islands.

             

AW

6

7

1945

 

was credited with shooting down two Kamikazes 

Off Okinawa

             

AX

23

7

1945

 

join DesDiv 113 in bombardment of Chi Chi Jima 

Bonins

             

AY

15

8

1945

 

Cessation of Hostilities

 

             

AZ

16

8

1945

 

with TF 38 to cover the occupation forces

waters near Japan 

             

BA

17

8

1945

 

Stoddard in Tokyo Bay

Tokyo Bay

             

BB

2

9

1945

 

Surrender ceremonies 

Tokyo Bay -  representatives from the Empire of Japan signed Japanese Instrument of Surrender in Tokyo Bay aboard the USS Missouri.

             

BC

21

9

1945

 

Cleared Japanese Waters

Enroute  to Eniwetok

             

BD

7

10

1945

 

Availability at Eniwetok

Marshall Islands

             

BE

8

10

1945

 

returned for training exercises until November

 

             

BF

18

11

1945

 

departed Japan for the United States

Enroute to US via San Diego

             

BG

22

11

1945

 

Thanksgiving Day - Underway from Japan to San Diego

 

             

BH

18

12

1945

 

transited the Panama Canal

Panama Canal

             

BI

23

12

1945

 

Arrived Philadelphia

 

             

BJ

24

12

1945

 

Yard Overhaul

Philadelphia

             

BK

  18

2

1946

 

Change of Command

CDR Orville (Ollie) Liebschner assumes command from CDR George Paul Unmacht

             

BL

 

4

1946

 

ferried personnel to Charleston, S.C.

Charleston, SC

             

BM

10

6

1946

 

Change of Command

LCDR William James Hurst assumes command from CDR Orville (Ollie) Liebschner

             

BN

8

7

1946

 

inactivation overhaul 

Charleston, SC - Charleston Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet.

             

BO

9

1

1947

 

Decommissioned (Mothballed) (Hurst 7/1/47)

Charleston, SC

             

From January 9, 1947 until November 1950 USS Stoddard remained inactive berthed with Charleston Group of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet

 

BP

 

11

1950

 

Reactivated

Fitted out of Charleston SC and Newport RI

             

BQ

9

3

1951

 

 Recommissioned

 

             

BR

9

3

1951

 

Command

 CDR Eli Thomas Reich assumes command

             

BS

 

 

1951

 

Shakedown      cruises

Newport, RI and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

             

BT

 

10

1951

 

Overhaul

 Overhaul and modernization in Boston

             

BU

 

1

1952

 

Overhaul continued(Boston)

(#3) 5 inch mount, 20 and 40 mm mounts and forward torpedo rack removed

             

BV

 

2

1952

 

Overhaul continued(Boston)

01 level amidships and aft replaced with aluminum structure –removed guns replaced with radar controlled 3 inch 50’s – Hedge Hogs installed behind (#2) 5 inch mount

             

BW

 

3

1952

 

 

Stoddard returned to home port of Newport, RI

             

BX

17

4

1952

 

Change of Command

CDR John Baumeister Jr. assumes command from

CDR Eli Thomas Reich

             

BY

26

4

1952

 

Hobson Accident

Stoddard, Braine, and Mullany were relieved by Rodman and Hobson plane guarding for the Wasp

Wasp turned into wind and Hobson went straight Hobson was cut  in half-

175 crew members perished and Hobson sunk

             

BZ

 

4

1952

 

Six Month MED Cruise

Stoddard Cruise to Mediterranean Sea with Sixth Fleet – Steamed with Carrier USS Coral Sea

             

CA

 

9

1952

 

Returned from MED Cruise

Returned from MED Cruise

             

CB

 

4

1953

 

Six Month MED Cruise

Annual duty with Task Force-Entered port of Split, Yugoslavia – President Marshall Tito of Yugoslavia was so impressed with the Stoddard and crew, the crew was entertained by hosts in the city.

             

CC

 

9

1953

 

Returned from MED Cruise

 Returned from MED Cruise

             

CD

   

1954

 

Overhaul

 Overhaul in Philadelphia

             

CE

  19

3

1954

 

Change of Command

CDR John Blount Nelson assumes command from CDR John Baumeister Jr.

             

CF

 

12

1954

 

Home Port Change

Destroyer Squadron 21 transfers its home port from Newport, RI to San Diego, CA- Stoddard transits Panama Canal to San Diego

             

CG

 

1

1955

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard participated in the evacuation of Chinese Nationalists from the Tachen Islands 

             

CH

 

9

1955

 

Change of Command

CDR Jacob Vincent Heimark assumes command from CDR John Blount Nelson

             

CI

   

1956

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard steamed to Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Kaohsiung,Taiwan- Subic Bay, Hong Kong, Sasebo and Yokosuka- Cruised to Robert Island (Parcel Islands) which was reported as being invaded by Chinese but proved not to be true.

             

CJ

 

1

1957

 

Change of

Command

CDR Claude Lloyd Reeves assumes command from CDR Jacob Vincent Heimark

             

CK

   

1957

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard steamed to Pearl Harbor and Pago Pago Stoddard then crossed the equator for Australia with stops in Sidney, Perth and Darwin.

Stoddard then steamed to Subic Bay for repairs,

Kaohsiung, Hong Kong and Okinawa then on to sea patrol near Quemoy and Matsu off the coast of China. Yokosuka, Sasebo, Midway and Pearl Harbor then back to San Diego.

             

CL

   

1958

 

Change of Command

CDR Robert T. Hanley assumes command from CDR Claude Lloyd Reeves

             

CM

   

1958

 

Westpac Cruise

Westpac cruise included a stop in Australia.  Stoddard participated in the evacuation of Quemoy and Matsu off the Chinese coast that were claimed by Communist China and Nationalist China.

             

CN

   

1959

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard was part of task force designed as an Anti-Submarine (ASW) Group. Cruise included stops in Okinawa, Yokosuka, Subic Bay, Hong Kong and Kaohsiung.  The US had an agreement with Nationalist China to do sea patrol for defense against invasion from Communist China.

             

CO

   

1960

 

Change of Command

CDR James Richard Collier assumes command from CDR Robert T. Hanley

             

CP

   

1960

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard left Pearl Harbor enroute to Westpac and had to stop to rescue several young men adrift in a small boat.  One of the men rescued was the son of the mayor of Honolulu.  Another event occurred as a freighter loaded with manganese ore was sinking off the northern tip of Luzon, Philippines.  Their crew was taken aboard and then taken to Manila Bay.

             

CQ

 

 

1961

 

Overhaul (Long Beach)

In shipyard at Long Beach, CA for overhaul and modifications

             

CR

   

1961

 

Westpac Cruise

The Laotian crisis brought her to Southeast Asia area. 

             

CS

4

6

1962

 

Change of Command

CDR Charles Louis Wall assumes command from CDR James Richard Collier

             

CT

   

1962

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard headed back to Westpac no longer designed as Anti-Submarine (ASW) group.  The situation in Southeast Asia had changed and Vietnam was becoming a hot spot.  Stoddard operated with carrier the USS Lexington off Vietnam coast to Gulf of Siam.  The purpose was to evacuate US embassy employees and civilians from Laos.

Evacuees were delivered to Manila on board the USS Lexington.

             

CU

   

1962

 

Escort

Stoddard escorts a convoy of Marines from Camp Pendleton to the Panama Canal for the Cuban Missile Crisis.

             

CV

   

1963

1964

 

Westpac Cruise

Performed exercises with Flotilla Nine on way to West Pac.  Made stops in Hawaii, Sasabo, Kaohsiung before patrolling Straits of Taiwan.  On to Hong Kong and Yokosuka before return to San Diego

             

CW

18

2

1964

 

Change of Command

CDR Theodore L. Morgan assumes command from CDR Charles Louis Wall

             

CX

 

6

1965

 

Change of Command

CDR Charles Kenneth Presgrove assumes command from CDR Theodore L. Morgan

             

CY

4

6

1965

 

Westpac Cruise

Stoddard began operating along coast of Vietnam.

Gunfire support for American and South Vietnamese troops.  Upkeep in Japan on to Hong Kong then plane guarding for USS Independence.  On to Sasabo then back to San Diego .

             

CZ

25

7

1965

 

Press Release

Stoddard and USS Craig joined forces for mass fire mission against Viet cong in I Corp area of Vietnam.

Area is the CA DE Song River about eight miles from Danang Harbor.  Stoddard fired for four nights shooting 281 rounds of 5” shells.

             

DA

 

10

1966

 

Change of Command

 CDR Robert Carhart Conolly II assumes command from CDR Charles Kenneth Presgrove

             

DB

5

11

1966

1967

 

Westpac Cruise

Hawaii, Yokosuka then Subic Bay.

Gunfire Support off Vietnam.

Plane guard for USS Kitty Hawk

Participated in Operation ”Sea Dragon”

Stoddard sank 26 small craft and dueled with shore batteries.  Plane guard for USS Hancock. Stops in Sasabo, Yokosuka, midway and pearl Harbor before returning to San Diego.

             

DC

17

3

1967

 

Attempted rescue of downed pilot

 Stoddard assisted in rescue of downed pilot near mouth of Song Giap River.  Under intense fire from shore battery Stoddard was hit and sustain damage to hull above water line on starboard side.

             

DD

 

5

1967

 

Midshipman Cruise

During May and June training for Naval Academy Midshipman

             

DE

22

9

1967

 

Overhaul (Long Beach)

 Stoddard in for overhaul in Long Beach shipyard  Completed 5 December 1967

             

DF

10

6

1968

 

Westpac Cruise

Fuel stops at Midway and Guam.  Arrived in Subic Bay 3 July 1968.  Plane guard for USS America.

Gunfire support in vicinity of Hue, RVN.  Stops in Kaosiung, Hong Kong and Sasabo.  Returning to San Diego 7 December 1968

             

DG

 

10

1968

 

Change of Command

CDR James Ernest Lacy assumes command from CDR Robert Carhart Conolly II in Sasabo, Japan

             

DH

26

9

1969

 

Decommissioned

Placed in Pacific Reserve Fleet – Mare Island CA.

             
             

DI

1

6

1975

 

Struck from Naval Vessel Register

Stoddard was last Fletcher Class to be struck from Naval Vessel Register

             

DJ

30

6

1976

 

Transferred

Ex-Stoddard transferred from Mare Island to Pacific Missile Test Center at Point Mugu, CA

Modified and used as target ship for Tomahawk Project.

             

DK

 

11

1983

 

Test Ship

A block O Phalanx installed for testing.

             

DL

 

11

1984

 

Test Ship

A block baseline O Phalanx installed and tested before returning to Port Hueneme unscated in September 1985.

             

DM

 

10

1985

 

Test Ship

A block baseline O Phalanx installed on fantail and tested for six months returning to Port Hueneme with barely a scratch.

             

DN

   

1989

1990

 

Test Ship

Block I baseline Phalanx with new special software and new kitchen and quarters installed.

During testing no less than forty-three targets from subsonic BQM drones to supersonic vandals attacked Ex-Stoddard to no avail.  The Knowledge and experience gained from these tests would not have been possible without the help of this fine ship.

             

DO

 22

7

1997

 

Final Fate

Ex-Stoddard was towed by USS Salvor to a position near the island of Kauai, Hawaii.  Seal Team One installed charges which sank her. 


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