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The U.S.S. STEWART QDD224j, commissioned in
by the japanese in February 1942, recovered by the U. S. Navy in Octgber
1945. Pictured below in Hiro W H - .
COMPTON fDD70 SJ.
the NHVY in 1920, captured
an' Onshuv Japan. alongside the U.S.S.
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After the japanese captured the STEWART she was stricken from the Navy on
25 March 1942. The name STEWART was later given to the DE 238, a ship
whose war record has earned herself an enviable reputation with the name
STEWART. In order to avoid confusion the Chief of Naval Operations has
directed that the ex-STEWART shall be known as the "DD224".
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With their gift for phonetic abreviations, Americans have chosen "RAMPS
fRecovered Allied Military Personnelj as an affectionate term for those
heroes and heroines who have been rescued from the japanese. Unique in
the annals of the war and perhaps alone in U.S. Naval Historyf the YSCOV'
ery of the U.S.S. STEWART from the Japanese adds a famous name and story
of a gallant ship to the records. As a RAMP with an enviable war record
the DD224 rates a salute and tribute from the men and women of the United
States Navy. This booklet is dedicated to the American Naval officers and
men who have manned her and who justly deserve the 'reput8ti0n that is
woven in her log.
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issioned in April 1920, the STEWART 'B' one uf th' f"""'
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j iltck type of destroyers known as "four-plpers - In 1921 she
s assigned to the Asiatic Fleet and made the trip to the far
t through the Suez Canal. Having never returned from duty
jrisfar eastern waters, the last leg Uf her first .H'ound'the'
1d,, trip will soon be completed as the DD224 returns to the
States to receive the plaudits of a grateful nation.
on 27 November 1941, by orders of the Commander Asiatic Fleet,
C Hart the STEWART, commanded by Lieut. Comdr. H. P. Smith,
Admlra her with other units of the Asiatic
U.S.N., departed from Manila toget
ers to take refuge. The STEWART was a unit of Destroyer
Fleet wi th ord ,
Division 58, commanded by Comdr. Binford, U.S.N. For some time she op-
o, and was in that area when warbroke out.
erated in the vi cini ty Of Borne
Together with American, Dutch, and Australian naval vessels, she operated
out of Balikpapen on reconnaisance sorties, andon anti'SUl-Tmafine Patfols-
Later she moved to Surabayo, java, and from there mlide flight Patfol-5 with
the HOUSTON, MARBLEHEAD, and other destr0Yef5 Of Division 59- when the
MARBLE!-IEAD was severely damaged itwas the STEWART that CSC0l'tCd he! back
to '1'ji1atj ap cffhilachapj, java, where Dr. Wassell was staging his wounded.
On 20 February 1942, the STEWART and other available combat
ships made an attack on a large japanese convoy headed for Bali to make
a landing there. Of the groups that attacked this convoy, the STEWART
was in the second, and where the first group got off fairly lightly be-
cause of the surprise element of their attack, this second group found
itself in ahornets' nest of japanese fi re. The STEWART sustained four 8
inch hits: one clearingher decks ofher boats, another hittingher torpedo
racks, a third in the galley, and a crippling shot that hit her aft, bel'OW
the water line, opening her seams and flooding the steering engine room-
However, by carefully nursing her fuel, and with 'the steering engine two
feet under water, she made her way back to Surabayo. In this action only
one man was lost and three injured.
' A At Surabayov 22 February, she was put in a floating dl'Yd9ck
for repairs, but this drydock was not equipped for this type vessel and
the keel blocks Slipped, laying the STEWART over on her ,-.ide in twelve
.feet of water and further damaging her hull. She was then abandoned and
demolition charges set off aboard her. Ajapanese bomb lgnded gmidships,
further damaging her' While She WHS lying on her side in the drydock-
Pl'iOl' to the departure of allied forces from Surabayo, this drydock 'ls
sunk' but apparently refloated by the Japanese who then salvaged the
STEWART and put her back into commission Patrol Vessel 102' 9
crew of the STEWART were assigned to other ships f the U S NIV! it 93'
a ayo after staying there a few days under intense japanese aerial herb
Ing and strafing ome were transferred t the ill fated LANCIHEY th.
was lost Shortly thereafter north of Darwin Aust,-511,
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When American Naval forces entered the Kure Naval Base, the
largest in Japan: they found the STEWART at anchor. She was brought the
20 miles through the Inland Sea by a japanese crew under supervision of
United States Navy officers to HIRO WAN, and there taken into American
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Hiro Wan, Honshu, japan
29 Oct 1945
tVice Admiral j. B. Oldendorf, USN, Commander Battleship
Squadron One and Commander Southwestern 121990 Force, leaves the
deck of the USS COMPTON to board the DD 224, for the recommiss1on1n g.
"In acco rdance wi
Senior Officer Present, reads
letter placing the DD 224 in
commission. To the Admira1's
left Lt.Comdr. Harold H.E11ison,
USN, the new C.O. and Lt. Cjgj
Burns, USN, the new executive
th the authority
conferred in Art. 637, U S Nav
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Regulations, this vessel ishereby
placed in commission in the Uni ted
States Navy. . . "
Lf. Robert T. Wilson. Owvplain.
U S 5, MONWFLIER, leads allhands
in the opening PFBYCI' of the
UGOOD LUCK .... H
UThese orders represent a
signal honor...it shall be your
privilege and responsibility to
fulfill them in the spirit and
tradition of your Navy and mine.
to restore this ship to U18 place
she rightfully deserves and to
write the closing chapters to a
log full of rich and honorable
stories of participation in her
country's naval l1istory.n
HHAND SALUTE .... "
The moment that embodies all
deeply-rooted and proud Naval
traditions brings athrill to all
who witness the ascending beauty
of their country's flagas itonce
again waves over the DD 224.
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UP WITH THE COLCRS..
Minus onecmfher original stacks,
the "224" is once again in the
service of l1er country and the
colors speak her allegiance.
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For days the crews ofnear-
by units of Destroyer Squad-
ron 63 have vied for the
honor andprivilege of serv-
ing on the "224". The men
selected were those who had
served on " four pipers", on
ships in the same division
and excellent records in this war. There
as the old
was plenty of hard work .h'.d
w could handle any job... t
STEWART and those who had hllh Point '
pg-rhgpas U16 first of his NBVBI
Academy class 419421 to assume
command of a WHfSl1lPo Lt' Cmndf-
Harold H. Ellison, USN, reads
his orders. Fully cognizant of
the honor, Lt. Comdr. Ellison
hopes to bringhis first command
buck to the United States as
C1059 gg possible to his home
in Santa Ana, California.
he 224 was "manned and ready l"
Vice Admiral Oldendorf congrat-
ulates the new Skipper of the
U224u and wishes him a happy and
successful voyage home.
Probably no one received greater
pleasure from Uwerecommissioning
ceremony than does her Executive
Officer, Lt.fjgj G.T. Burns, USN,
QPicture Below, who wasarnachin-
ist's mate first class attached
to the STEWART when she was lost
at Surabayo. At home he has the
battle flag that was last flown
on the STEWART prior Maher capt-
ure by the japanese.
USET THE WATCH...H
Start the ship's time..Commence
the Log .... Man all stations for
port routine...Set the Watch....
as the boatswain pipes the calls
shipboard routine begins and the
DD224 is on duty in the service
of the United States Navy. Soon,
the trip home will begin, across
the Pacific umthe States...there
to be welcomed home by the Navy
and by the men who have made the
Navy what it is today. HWe1come
aboard, men of the 224 ...... good
luck and happy sailing!H
Lt. Robert T. Wilson,
Chaplain, U.S.S. MONTPELIER
Prayers for Recommissioning of U.S.ggmQ3EHARIwlDD 2247
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
Who hath made heaven and earth.
The Lord be with you. A
Let us pray.
O God, by whose word all things are sanctified,
pour forth Thy blessing upon this ship, the
U.S.S. Stewart and grant thatvwhosoever shall
use it, shall use it with thanksgiving that
she was delivered from the hands of the enemy.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
O Eternal Lord God, Who alone spreadest' out the
heavens, and rulest the raging of the sea:
vouchsafe to take into Thy almighty and most
gracious protection this ship and all who serve
herein. Preserve her from the dangers of the
sea, and from further violence of any enemy:
that she may be a safeguard -unto the United
States and America,.and a security for such
as pass on the seas upon their lawful occasion:
to the glory of 'Thy Nameg through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, send down
upon this ship Thy richest benefits, that we who
serve herein may be harmed by no adversity either
physical or spiritualg endow its officers wi th
wisdom, zeal, and patience: inspireits men with
the spi ritof truth, courage, and loyal ty enable
all to maintain the honor of the Navy unsullied,
and to acquit ourselves as men in all our duties.
Strengthen and increase our admiration for
honest dealing and clean thinking, so that we
may hate that which is evil and love that which
is good. Guard us against irreverence in the
sacred things of life. Fill our hearts wi th the
spirit of comradeship, so that we may know sym-
pathy for those who suffered and died herein.
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