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USS BALLARD (DD-267 / AVD-10)


Flag Hoist/Radio Call Sign - NIGN

CLASS - CLEMSON As Built.
Displacement 1,215 Tons, Dimensions, 314' 5" (oa) x 31' 8" x 9' 10" (Max)
Armament 4 x 4"/50, 1 x 3"/23AA, 12 x 21" tt..
Machinery, 26,500 SHP; Curtis Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 35 Knots, Crew 114
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Bethlehem Shipbuilding, Squantum Ma. on June 3 1918.
Launched December 7 1918 and commissioned June 5 1919.
Decommissioned July 17 1922, Recommissioned June 25 1940.
Converted to Sea Plane Tender AVD-10 August 2 1940.
Decommissioned December 5 1945.
Stricken January 3 1946.
Fate Sold May 23 1946 and broken up for scrap.

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-Warranted a midshipman on 24 February 1809 and still holding that rank, Edward J. Ballard served as fourth lieutenant in Chesapeake on 1 June 1813 when that American frigate challenged the British man of war HMS Shannon outside Boston harbor. Most of Chesapeake's crew had been recently recruited, and most of her officers were newly assigned to the ship. As a result of this inexperience and of the crew's lack of training as a team, the Americans were quickly bested in the ensuing battle. During the engagement, a cannon shot took off Ballard's right leg close to his body, and he died shortly afterwards. On 2 June 1813, the day following the action, the Navy Department, which had not yet heard of the action promoted Ballard to lieutenant.Robert M. Cieri
Ballard 127kVictory Destroyer Plant, Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation, Squantum, Massachusetts. View of the open dock, with destroyers fitting out, including USS Shubrick (DD-268, builder's # 348), Ballard (DD-267, builder's # 347) and (probably) Greene (DD-266, builder's # 346). Note destroyer mast, with crow's nest, lying on the pier at left. Photographed between 27 April and 3 May 1919 by Monks & Johnson, Boston, Mass. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph. Photo #: NH 43152.Fred Weiss/Robert Hurst
Ballard 123kU.S. Navy destroyers at San Diego, California, photographed circa 1919 or 1920 by the Bunnell Photo Shop and printed on "AZO" postal card stock. Ships present are (seen from astern, left to right): USS Laub (Destroyer # 263); unidentified; USS Edwards (Destroyer # 265); USS Ballard (Destroyer # 267); USS Shubrick (Destroyer # 268) and USS McLanahan (Destroyer # 264). The original card, which has neither stamp nor postmark, is inscribed : This is the way they anchor Destroyers, in the harbor. They have what they call a 'Mother ship' or supply ship and 6 or 8 destroyers all tied up close together". Courtesy of Jack Howland, 1982. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 93975. Tony Cowart
Ballard 93kUSS Ballard (DD-267) photographed in about 1920, probably while serving in European waters. Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1973. U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.Joe Radigan

USS BALLARD DD-267 / AVD-10 History
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Commanding Officers
Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves

LCDR Francis Marion Collier    Jun 5 1919 - ?
Decommissioned Jul 17 1922 - Jun 25 1940
LCDR James Rogers Dudley    Jun 25 1940 - 1941
CDR Ward Carr Gilbert    1941 - Jul 1942
LCDR Douglas B. Brokenshire    Jul 1942 - Sep 4 1943
LCDR Gust Constantine Nichandros    Sep 4 1943 - Mar 12 1945
LCDR James Blaine Sweeny Jr.    Mar 12 1945 - Nov 21 1945
LTJG Harry Edwin Arnold Jr.    Nov 21 1945 - Dec 5 1945

Crew Contact And Reunion Information

Contact Name: C. M. Wilkinson
Address: 203 Baiston Lane, Hot Springs, AR 71913
Phone: (501)525-3308
E-mail: None


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 and Web Sites of Interest
NavSource AVD Seaplane Tender (Destroyer) Index
Tin Can Sailors Website
Destroyer History Foundation
Destroyers Online Website
Official U.S.Navy Destroyer Website

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