“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ida Grove in Ida County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

USS Stark Anchor

United State Navy

USS Stark Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 24, 2017
1. USS Stark Anchor Marker

The USS Stark (FFG-3)
was an Oliver Hazard Perry Class
guided-missile frigate named for
Admiral Harold Rainsford Stark
Launched : May 30, 1980
Commissioned: Oct. 23, 1982
Middle East Deployed 1984, 1987, 1991 &

Decommissioned: May 7, 1999
Displacement: 3,638 tons *Length: 445 ft
Speed: 29 knots (36mph) - Crew: 206
Arms: Machine guns, missiles & torpedoes

(Property of the United States Navy)

Location. 42° 21.103′ N, 95° 28.409′ W. Marker is in Ida Grove, Iowa, in Ida County. Marker is on U.S. 59 0.1 miles west of Ida Grove Dr. Touch for map. Marker is located in Cobb Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Ida Grove IA 51445, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. CGM-13B Mace Missile (a few steps from this marker); AH-1 Cobra Helicopter (a few steps from this marker); Ida County Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker).
Also see . . .  USS Stark incident (Wikipedia). "The USS Stark incident occurred during the Iran–Iraq War on 17 May, 1987, when an Iraqi jet aircraft fired missiles at the American frigate
USS Stark Anchor Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, September 24, 2017
2. USS Stark Anchor Marker
USS Stark. Thirty-seven United States Navy personnel were killed and twenty-one were injured...Stark arrived at Bahrain the following day, 18 May 1987, under her own power. There she was temporarily repaired by the destroyer tender USS Acadia before setting a course for Mayport Naval Station, Florida, the ship's home port. A court of inquiry under Rear Admiral Grant Sharp was formed to investigate the incident and later Captain Brindel was recommended for court-martial. It was found that Stark was 2 miles (3.2 km) outside the exclusion zone and had not violated neutrality as the Iraqis claimed. Iraq apologized, and Saddam Hussein said that the pilot mistook Stark for an Iranian tanker. American officials claimed that the Iraqi jet's pilot was not acting under orders from his government and that he was later executed. This has been disputed, as an Iraqi Air Force officer later stated that the pilot was not punished and that he was still alive....Washington used the incident to pressure Iran, which it later blamed for the whole situation. President Reagan said "We’ve never considered them [Iraq's military] hostile at all", and "the villain in the piece is Iran"....Ironically, the Pentagon said that an Iranian helicopter had joined a Saudi Arabian vessel in rescue operations. Furthermore, the Joint Chiefs of Staff investigation into the incident recommended that Iraq be held accountable, a finding the government of Iraq eventually complied with....Captain Brindel was relieved of duty and retired for not defending his ship and Tactical Action Officer Lieutenant Basil E. Moncrief resigned." (Submitted on January 27, 2018.) 
Categories. War, 1st Iraq & Desert StormWaterways & Vessels
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 27, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 27, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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