Rear Admiral Herald Franklin Stout
Rear Admiral Stout was born 15 June 1903 in Dover, Ohio to Franklin Lee and Jemima Mae Tong Stout. After graduating as valedictorian of Roosevelt High School in Dover, he entered the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland on appointment from the Sixteenth District of Ohio in 1922. Rear Admiral Stout graduated and was commissioned an Ensign on 3 June 1926. On the same day, he married his hometown sweetheart, Louise Frederica Finley. Rear Admiral and Mrs. Stout were the proud parents of three sons: Lieutenant Colonel Herald Franklin Stout, Jr., U.S. Army Retired, Colonel Bruce Finley Stout, U.S. Army Retired, and Captain Peter Christian Stout, U.S. Naval Reserve Retired. Following graduation, Ensign Stout joined USS CINCINNATI (CL6) as Main Engine Division Officer, Communications Officer, Radio Officer, Ship's Secretary and then finally as Gun DivisionOfficer. Upon detachment from USS CINCINNATI in June 1931, Lieutenant Stout had a years duty as Torpedo and Communications Officer in the destroyer USS BRECKINRIDGE (DD 148). In June 1932, he was transferred to the destroyer USS HATFIELD (DD 231) to serve as Torpedo Officer and First Lieutenant until April 1933.
In September 1942, Commander Stout became Commissioning Commanding Officer of the destroyer USS CLAXTON (DD 571), which operated with Destroyer Squadron TWENTY-THREE ("Little Beaver" Squadron) in the Solomons. For outstanding service in command of USS CLAXTON he was awarded two Navy Crosses.
In January 1952, he became Commander, Mine Squadron THREE, Commander, Western Pacific Minesweeping Force and Commander, Task Group 95.6, operating in the Korean area of hostilities. In addition to the Navy Cross with gold star, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star Medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Rear Admiral Stout was awarded the Second Nicaraguan Campaign Medal, the Yangtze Service Medal, the American Defense Service Medal with star, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star and two bronze stars (seven engagements), the World War II Victory Medal, the Navy Occupation Service Medal with Asia Clasp, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal with one bronze star, the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
After Naval retirement, Rear Admiral Stout was a senior Reliability Design Engineer with Convair Corporation, who produced the Atlas missile, and later a Reliability Engineer with Astronautics, both Divisions of General Dynamics Corporation. Ten years following the death of Louise Frederica Stout, he married Zoe E. Anderson on 25 July 1976 in the church where they met and worked together. Rear Admiral Stout was a Brother of the Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons. He was a charter and continuing member of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa, California when he died on 23 March 1987.