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Happy Birthday to the US Navy, established on October 13th, 1775:




Thank you Christopher Markley, It's the Sweat's birthday!!! 
Let's get your day started with a fact about your Navy. Today in 1963, USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22) was launched. Can we get a like for this veteran of the Vietnam War? See more photos and learn more from the Naval History & Heritage Command at
 On Jan. 8, 1963, destroyer Benjamin Stoddert (DDG 22) launches. A veteran of the Vietnam War, she is decommissioned in Dec. 1991. Transferred to the Maritime Administration in Sept. 1995, she sinks on Feb. 3, 2001 while under tow from California to Brownsville, Texas, for scrapping.


2019 Reno, Nevada Reunion
Monday, September 9 to Friday, September 13, 2019
Circus Circus Hotel & Casino
Room rate $59.00 + resort fee+ taxes
Suite rate $89.00 + resort fee + taxes
Reservations 800-648-5010
Ask for code BSDDG22 

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Free 2019 Stoddert pocket calendar with every order 

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Thank You, Vets


Thank you, Providence!
You were delightful and fun!


On to Reno, Nevada 2019!







 July 31, 2018;


This letter shall serve as a NOTICE of Election Results for the DDG-22 / AVS-8 Association.
The following were placed into Office as they were all nominated and ran unopposed:


PRESIDENT - Ron Zorn              VICE PRESIDENT - Mike Rigdon

TREASURER - John Dishaw        SECRETARY - Dave Saunders




And the winner!

Really, Lou Turilli 68-69 


1st registration in for Reno reunion!


ISO...Lt. McLean who was in charge of ships store and missed ships movement in Hong Kong because of typhoon. 
email with any info 

2019 Membership Roster
Thank you for supporting your association

Thank you Dennis Larsen, for your support in memory of your brother David Larsen.  We will never forget 
Thank you Joe and Joy, Terry, Steve & Dennis for your renewals 
Thank you David, Tom & Gail and welcome aboard Scott! 
Thanks Jim, James & Dennis for your renewals!  Welcome aboard Charlie! 
Thanks Bill for you long renewal!  We appreciate your support! 
Thanks Jim's xray! 




Gerry Arnett 61-62 (2019)
Dee Arnett family (2019)
Robert Barlow 74-76 (2019)
Barbara Bassolino family (2019)
John Bassolino 65-68 (2019)
Leo Biodrowski 71-75 (2019)
Jim Brown 69-73 (2019)
Carole Bryan family (2019)
Gail Carroll family 67-70 (2019)
Thomas Carroll 67-70 (2019)
Herm Chambers 66-68 (honorary)
Frank Chesla 63-66 (2019)
Scott Cochrane 85-87 (2019)
Johnny Collins 69-73 (2019)
Danilo Concepcion 73-75 (2019)
Harold Davison 68-69 (2021)
Denny Dean 67-68 (2019)
John Dishaw 65-68 (2019)
Bernie Dishaw family 65-68 (2019)
Michael Earnest 85-88 (2019)
Wayne Ellington 65-67 (2019)
David Frye 72-75 (2019)
Tom Grzywacz 68-69 (2019)
Myra Grzywacz family (2019)
Frank Guthals Jupiter (2019)
Art Hansen 72-76 (2019)
Janie Hansen family (2019)
Bernie Hansen 72-73(2019)
Bill Halverson 71-74 (2019)
Chris Harris 83-86 (2019)
Cynthia Hauschild family (2019)
Daniel Hauschild family (2019)
James Heesch 72-74 (2019)
Jim Hinton 67-70 (2019)
Susan Hinton family (2019)
Marc Jacob 74-81 (2019)
Dalma Jacob family (2019)
Jerry Jochman 84-90 (2019)

Bill Key 64-66 (2023)
Hank Koopman 66-69 (2019)
Dennis Larsen family (2019)
Jon Malay 74-77 (2019)
Jim May 71-74 (2019)
Pat McCabe jupiter (2019)
Mac McCandless 65-67 (2019)
Stephen McPhillips 69-71 (2019)
Harold Mueller 56-57 Jupiter (2019)
Al Mullen 79-82 (2019)
Mary Mullen family (2019)
Bob Neveril (2019)
Dave Nicholson 64-65 (2019)
Charles Ohrn 66-69 (2019)
Dennis O'Leary 71-74 (2019)
David Link 67-69 (2019)
Rich Palazzo 71-72 (2019)
Joe Patz 64-67 (2019)
Joy Patz family 64-67 (2019)
Wyatt Ramsey 56-57 Jupiter (2019)
Mike Rigdon 62-64 Jupiter (2019)
Terry Ryan 66-67 (2019)
Steve Sagaser 71-73 (2019)
Dave Saunders 66-72 (2019)
Myrtle Saunders family (2019)
James Saunders 64-66 (2018)
Ron Schall 76-78 (2023)
Charlie Spikes 67-72 (2019)
Ed Stevens Jupiter (2019)
Elsa Stevens family (2019)
Rosalie Szeman family (2019)
Marshall Tator 70-74 (2019)
Michael Tribble 69-70 (2019)
Lou Turilli 68-69 (2019)
Robert Wasalaski 72-74 (2019)
Sue Wasalaski family (2019)
Ted Waypa 66-69 (2019)
Ray Willmott 65-69 (2019)
Ron Zorn 64-67 (2019)


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Gentlemen, I had the honor to be Assistant CIC officer and then First Lieutenant of the World's Finest Destroyer in 1968-69. The commanding officer, CDR E. B. Taylor Jr. asked me to make up a card he'd sign for those individuals who rode the bosun's chair on a highline transfer at sea between our ship and another alongside. This is the card I designed. As I recall a tender printed up a thousand so there should have been enough for the rest of the ship's long and distinguished service.

This is a scan of my card, signed by CDR C. E. Gurney III, for riding the highline to & from USS Gurke in the Sea of Japan. It was a thrilling experience. BM1s Pokorny and Gravatt were leading petty officers of the ship's First Division that manned the highline and I'm proud to recall the men's coordinated strength didn't allow their young division officer get dunked.

I have other photos of the ship and her people I'll gladly send if you're interested. Thanks for your good work for the DDG-22 association and all the sailors who proudly served in the World's Finest Destroyer.

Very Respectfully

James M. ("JimMike") Steussy
LCDR, USN (ret.)
Vienna VA



 The Benjamin Stoddert was a great ship from the beginning to the day that she sank in the Pacific and to this day (unlike so many other old ships) remains "underway with no way on". B.C.

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God Bless all our Servicemen


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NHMC

Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign (circa 1968)

Displacement 4526 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 437' (oa) x 47' x 15' (Max)
Armament 2 x 5"/54 RF (2x1), Tartar SAM (1x1 Mk 13) ASROC ASW (1x8), 6 x 12.75" Mk 32 ASW TT (2x3).
Machinery, 70,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 33 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 333-350.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Puget Sound Bridge & Dredging, Seattle on June 11 1962.
Launched January 8 1963 and commissioned September 12 1964.
Decommissioned December 20 1991.
Stricken November 20 1992.
Fate Sank February 3 2001 in the Pacific Ocean while under tow for breaking up in Brownsville, Texas.