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





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

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



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Gerry Arnett 61-62 Jupiter (2018)
Robert Barlow 74-76 (2018)
Robert Barone 64-66 (2018)
Barbara Bassolino family (2018)
John Bassolino 65-68 (2018)
David Behrend 71-74 (2018)
Leo Biodrowski 71-75 (2018)
James Bradfield 64-66 (2018)
Bob Brown 64-67 (2018)
Jim Brown 69-73 (2018)
Carole Bryan family (2019)
George Caron 64-66 (2018)
Herm Chambers 66-68 (honorary)
Frank Chesla 63-66 (2018)
Mary Chesla family (2018)
Clem Clemons Jupiter (2018)
Johnny Collins 69-73 (2018)
Denny Cox 89-91 (2018)
Harold Davison 68-69 (2021)
Ed Denk 66-69 (2018)
John Dishaw 65-68 (2018)
Bernie Dishaw family 65-68 (2018)
Troy Dooley 70-74 (2018)
Doug Evans (2018)
Wayne Fass 70-74 (2018)
Tom Grzywacz 68-69 (2018)
Frank Guthals Jupiter (2018)
Art Hansen 72-76 (2018)
Cynthia Hauschild family (2018)
Daniel Hauschild family (2018)
Jerry Haynes (2018)
Peter Hekman 75-76 (2018)
James Heesch 72-74 9 (2018)
Jim Hinton 67-70 (2018)
Susan Hinton family (2018)
Larry Icenogle 71-73 (2018)
Marc Jacob 74-81 (2018)
Dalma Jacob family (2018)
Milford Jarvis 65-69 (2018)
Clifton Jensen 71-74 (2018)

Hank Koopman 66-69 (2018)
Jan Lekwa family (2018)
John Lekwa 71-74 (2018)
David Link 67-69 (2018)
John Maize 73-75 (2018)
Jim May 71-74 (2018)
Jerry McNamee 66-71 (2018)
Stephen McPhillips 69-71 (2018)
Maureen Moore 64-68 (Bill) (2018)
Harold Mueller 56-57 Jupiter (2018)
Al Mullen 79-82 (2018)
Mary Mullen family (2018)
Monty Newberry 64-65 (2018)
Dave Nicholson 64-65 (2018)
Kenneth O'Brien 67-70 (2018)
Charles Ohrn 66-69 (2019)
Dennis O'Leary 71-74 (2018)
Rich Palazzo 71-72 (2018)
Joe Patz 64-67 (2018)
Joy Patz family 64-67 (2018)
Wyatt Ramsey 56-57 Jupiter (2018)
Mike Rigdon 62-64 Jupiter (2018)
Harvey Rowe 64-67 (2018)
Terry Ryan 66-67 (2018)
Steve Sagaser 71-73 (2018)
Dave Saunders 66-72 (2018)
Myrtle Saunders family (2018)
James Saunders 64-66 (2018)
John Souza 72-76 (2018)
Rosalie Szeman family (2018)
Pete TaFoya 64-66 (2018)
Phil Tansley (2018)
Marshall Tator 70-74 (2018)
Clifford "Kip" Tennyson 71-74 (2018)
Michael Tribble 69-70 (2018)
Lou Turilli 68-69 (2019)
Robert Wasalaski 72-74 (2019)
Ted Waypa 66-69 (2018)
Bruce Young 70-75 (2018)
Ron Zorn 64-67 (2018)


updated 7-25-18  9:38 am cst     80 sailors strong


 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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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.