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USS GRIDLEY (DLG/CG 21)

Image courtesy of Al Grazevich


       
Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign: November - Hotel - Bravo - Juliet


Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski
CLASS - LEAHY
Displacement 5,600 Tons, Dimensions, 533' (oa) x 53' 6" x 25' 3" (Max)
Armament 2 Terrier 2x2, (80 Missiles) 4 x 3"/50, ASROC (8 Missiles) 6 x12.75" TT.
Machinery, 85,000 SHP; Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 34 Knots, Crew 377.
Operational and Building Data
Keel laid on 15 JUL 1960 by Puget Sound Bridge & Drydock Company, Seattle, WA
Launched 31 JUL 1961
Commissioned 25 MAY 1963
Decommissioned 10 SEP 1968
Commissioned 17 JAN 1970
Reclassified CG 21 on 30 JUN 1975
Decommissioned 21 JAN 1994
Stricken 21 JAN 1994
Fate Sold for scrap to International Shipbreaking LTD, Brownsville, TX. 04 October 2003.
Reacquired from MARAD 23 January 2004.
Scrapping completed on 31 March 2005.

Patch image contributed by Mike Smolinski

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (5) - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Southwest Asia Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Humanatarian Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (7) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Civil Action 1st Class Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


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By And/Or Copyright
Gridley
04012115
402k Launching ceremony, 31 July 1961, Puget Sound Bridge & Drydock Company, Seattle, WA. Dale Hargrave
Gridley
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690k Mrs. Stuart D. Rose, Sponsor, christening the ship named for her great-grandfather. Dale Hargrave
Gridley
04012110
157k Starboard bow view while underway during Sea Trials by the Puget Sound Bridge & Drydock Company, 19 March 1963. Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
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148k Starboard quarter view while underway during Sea Trials by the Puget Sound Bridge & Drydock Company, 19 March 1963. Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
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124k Bow view while underway during Sea Trials by the Puget Sound Bridge & Drydock Company, 19 March 1963. Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
04012108
65k Postal Cover - Commissioning Day, 25 May 1963 Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
04012117
247k Postal Cover - Commissioning Day, 25 May 1963, signed by Mrs. Stuart D. Rose, the ship's Sponsor. Dale Hargrave
Gridley 110k Port view. USN
Gridley 85k San Francisco Bay, Calif. Robert Eckman
Gridley 69k

Underway, Starboard view.

Official USN Image.

Les Urban
Gridley
04012114
146k Undated photo of Gridley firing an ASROC. Robert Hall
Gridley 69k Starboard side view, underway during Sea trials. March 1963. Photo taken by Puget Sound Bridge & Dry Dock Company. Lou Chirillo
Gridley
04012107
81k Port bow view off Oahu, HI, April 1964. Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
04012109
137k Starboard side view while in the channel entrance to Pearl Harbor, HI, April 1964. Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
04012114
862k USS Gridley (DLG 21) and USS Dewey (DLG 14) moored side by side in Subic Bay, Philippines in 1968, almost 70 years after their namesakes fought the battle of Manila Bay and destroyed the Spanish fleet. From the collection of Richard Crowe. Richard Crowe
Gridley
04012106
78k Starboard bow view while underway, off Bath, ME, 23 January 1970. Robert M. Cieri
Gridley
04012118
124k

USS Gridley (CG 21) tied to mooring buoy in Hong Kong harbor, circa 1976.

Photo taken by Karsten Petersen.

Robert Hurst
Gridley
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123k

USS Gridley (CG 21) tied to mooring buoy in Hong Kong harbor, circa 1976.

Photo taken by Karsten Petersen.

Robert Hurst
Gridley
04012105
33k Welcome Aboard booklet, circa 1983. Robert M. Cieri
Leahy 174k USS Gridley (CG 21) (left) and USS England (CG 22) (right) undergoing dismantlement at International Shipbreaking Limited on 27 April 2004. Scott Kowerduck

Commanding Officers
Name/Rank Final Rank Dates
Lilly Jr., Percy Anthony, CAPT   05/25/1963 - 07/1964
Loomis, William Ray, CAPT   07/1964 - 07/1965
Sackett, Albert Monroe, CAPT RADM 07/1965 - 08/19/1966
Slifer, Allen Wayne, CAPT   08/19/1966 - 03/05/1968
Harper Jr., Wyatt Eugene, CAPT   03/05/1968 - 09/10/1968
Decommissioned   09/10/1968 - 01/17/1970
Thorson, Robert Leroy, CAPT   01/17/1971 - 05/10/1971
Reiher, Eugene Joseph, CAPT   05/10/1971 - 04/07/1973
Frudden, Mark Perrin, CAPT RADM 04/07/1973 - 03/23/1975
Streightiff, Charles William, CAPT   03/23/1975 - 08/25/1977
Stouffer II, John Willoughby, CAPT   08/25/1977 - 12/04/1979
McGrath, James Joseph, CAPT   12/04/1979 - 01/20/1982
Reimann, Robert T., CAPT RADM 01/20/1982 - 12/31/1984
Metzler Jr., Charles Paul, CAPT   12/31/1984 - 01/14/1987
Hess, Donald Robert, CAPT   01/14/1987 - 04/29/1989
Scott, Norman S., CAPT   04/29/1989 - 04/27/1991
Wacaser III, Anderson W., CAPT   04/27/1991 - 02/12/1993
Gelenter, David Alan, CDR   02/11/1993 - 01/21/1994

(Courtesy of Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves - Photos courtesy of Bill Gonyo)


USS GRIDLEY (DLG/CG 21) History
View This Vessels DANFS History Entry on the U.S. Navy Historical Center website.

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: J. Moreles
Address:
Phone:
E-mail: jmoralesussgridley@hotmail.com
Date: July 15-17, 2006
Location: Seattle, WA


Note About Contacts.

The contact listed, Was the contact at the time for this ship when located. If another person now is the contact, E-mail me and I will update this entry. These contacts are compiled from various sources over a long period of time and may or may not be correct. Every effort has been made to list the newest contact if more than one contact was found.


Additional Resources
Hazegray & Underway Cruiser Pages By Andrew Toppan.

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