doing some Stoddard related research on the internet, I
came across the website for the US National Archives.
One of the branches led me to information on Gunfire
Support missions during the 1967 & 1968 Vietnam War
Period. Gunfire information for the 1965 cruise was not
available. You can find the
this data I created spreadsheets that provide visibility
to the gunfire missions of the USS Stoddard during these
data also shows that the USS Stoddard actually had 4
additional firing missions after the hit. Thanks to the
good work of the crew in making the Stoddard
I had also read the
provided by John Rauh regarding the need to cool the 5
barrels down in the Nov 7, 1968 firing mission so I have
highlighted that event in the 1968 Document.
the data found for the day of February 8 and March 17,
1967 and the new capability of Google Earth I created a
map that shows the actual location of the target and my
guess as to where the ship was located when we took the
hit from the shore battery. I also included points for
the area of the close call we had on the first day of
the Tet Truce on February 8, 1967. It appears to be in
the same general area where we took the hit.