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USS Valdez (DE 1096)


Flag Hoist / Radio Call Sign:
N - I - D - C

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row: Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row: National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 star - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - CG Special Operations Service Ribbon


"Courageous Combatant"
Specifications:
Class: Knox
Type: SCB No. 64 / 199C
Displacement: 3020 tons (std), 4065 tons (full)
Length: 415' (wl), 438' (oa)
Beam: 46' 9" (extreme)
Draft: 15' 0" (draft limit)
Propulsion: 2 Combustion Engineering 1200psi boilers; 1 Westinghouse geared turbine; 35,000 shp; 1 shaft
Speed: 27 kts
Range: 4,500 nm @ 20 knots
Armament: 1 x 5"/54 Mk 42 (600 rds), 1 Mk16 ASROC launcher (16 missiles), 4-12.75" (324mm) Mk 32 (4x1 fixed) tubes / Mk 46 torpedos (6)
Complement: 13 / 211
Radars: AN/SPS-10 (surface), AN/SPS-40 (air), AN/SPS-58 threat warning in some ships
Sonars: AN/SQS-26CX, AN/SQS-35 IVDS in FF-1052, 1056, 1063-1071, 1073-1076, 1078-1097
Fire Control Systems: Mk68 Gun FCS, Mk114 Underwater Battery FCS
Valdez (DE 1096) Building and Operational Data:
  • 25 August 1966: Building contract awarded to Avondale Shipyard Corp.
  • 30 June 1972: Keel laid at the Avondale Shipyards, Westwego, La.
  • 24 March 1973: Launched and christened, sponsored by Mrs. Manuelita Valdez, the mother of Hospitalman Third Class Valdez
  • 27 July 1974: Commissioned at Charleston SC, Cdr. Joe D. Peden in command, assigned to Destroyer Squadron 6 at Charleston
  • 30 June 1975: Reclassified Frigate (FF 1096)
  • 14 August 1982: Assigned to the Naval Reserve Force, Atlantic, as a unit of Surface Group 4 at Newport, R.I.
  • 15 December 1991: Decommissioned after 17.4 years of service
  • 11 January 1995: Struck from the NVR
  • 29 April 1998: Leased to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Ki Yang (FF-939), arrived in Taiwan 4 October 1999, commissioned 18 October 1999, still in service
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    Valdez 36k Phil Isadore Valdez (13 April 1946 - 29 January 1967) was born in Dixon, N.M., the son of Carlos and Manuelita Valdez. He graduated high school in Espanola, N.M. and joined the Navy, training as a Hospitalman Apprentice at San Diego. Advancing to Hospitalman in May 1966, he served at the Naval Hospital, Key West, Fla. On 19 December 1966 he was transferred to the First Battalion, First Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force, Pacific, serving in Vietnam.

    Serving as a corpsman with the Third Platoon, he participated in a heli-lift with his platoon in support of Company "H", Second Battalion. Upon landing the platoon came under heavy enemy fire and sustained several wounded while maneuvering forward. HN Valdez ran over open terrain, under constant enemy fire, to aid a wounded Marine. He moved the man to a safer area and rendered assistance. Again exposing himself to enemy fire, Valdez moved across open ground to another Marine. While treating the second Marine, he positioned himself between the man and the hostile fire. It was at this time that Hospitalman Valdez was mortally wounded.

    In addition to the Navy Cross and Purple Heart, Phil Isadore Valdez was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Military Merit Medal and Gallantry Cross with Palm, and advanced to Hospital Corpsman Third Class.

    USS Valdez (DE 1096) (1974 - 1991) was the first ship to be named in his honor.           (Photo from the The Virtual Wall Vietnam Veteran's Memorial)
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    Valdez 94k date / location unknown Dave Oliveria
    Valdez 89k date / location unknown Kyle Grace
    Valdez 191k date / location unknown (size and coloring variation of 0602109603, the above photo) John Klar
    Valdez 63k date / location unknown Robert Hurst
    Valdez 149k date / location unknown John Klar
    Valdez 121k
    Valdez 367k date / location unknown Charles Lamm
    Valdez 367k date / location unknown Navsource
    Valdez 15k 11 January 1976: on a port visit to Mahe Island, Seychelles Douglas H. Cable STG2
    Valdez 63k 1 April 1977: At Barcelona, Spain, as she appeared early in her career , with no weapons on her fantail (she was never fitted with Sea Sparrow BPDMS and had not yet received Phalanx CIWS) and the original bow; on the other hand, she had been modified to operate the LAMPS-I manned helicopter. The class' distinctive "mack" supported the main air- and surface-search radar antennas, as well as radome-enclosed ESM receivers. Fabio Peņa
    Valdez 239k 16 May 1980: USS Valdez off the Virginia coast. (Photo courtesy of © Atlantic Fleet Sales) Bill Gonyo
    Valdez 157k 24 June 1982: In the Mediterranean - A port bow view of Valdez underway. The Valdez, part of Task Group 6, is taking part in the transfer of Americans and third nation personnel from Juniyah, Lebanon, to Larnaca, Cyprus. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-82-08216 from the Defense Visual Information Center) Navsource
    Valdez 198k 25 April 1987: Norfolk VA - Two yard patrol craft and A port view of the frigate USS Valdez (FF 1096) moored at a pier. The amphibious assault ship USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) is behind Valdez. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-ST-87-06373 by Don S. Montgomery (USN, ret.) from the DVIC)
    Valdez 154k 19 August 1991: Newport RI - Two yard patrol craft and Valdez ride out the high winds and heavy seas as Hurricane Bob passes through the area. The yard patrol craft YP-697 is at right. (U.S. Navy photo DVID #DN-SN-92-04160 from the DVIC)
    ***Patterson / Valdez*** 192k October 1993: Philadelphia NSY - Valdez and Patterson (FF 1061) at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility. Photo taken from the deck of Salem (CA 139). (Photo by Ed Zajkowski) Ed Zajkowski
    Valdez 209k 15 July 1999: off Yorktown, Va. - Port bow view of the Taiwanese frigate Ki Yang (F 939) underway departing the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station. Ki Yang was recently transferred to Nationalist China and is the former Knox class frigate Valdez (FF 1096). (U.S. Navy photo VIRIN #990715-N-0000C-002 by William H. Clarke from DefenseImagery.mil) Navsource
    Valdez Memorabilia
    Ship's
    Plaque
    Valdez
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski
    Welcome Aboard
    Pamphlet - early 1980's
    Valdez
    Courtesy of
    William F. Fessenden
    Crewmember Welcome
    Aboard Pamphlet - early '80's
    Valdez
    Courtesy of
    Mike Smolinski

    View the USS Valdez (DE 1096) DANFS history entry
    located on the Naval History and Heritage Command web site.

    Valdez's Commanding Officers
    Thanks to Wolfgang Hechler & Ron Reeves
    Dates of Command Commanding Officers
    1.)  27 Jul. 1974 - 05 Jun. 1976Cmdr. Joe Dean Peden
    2.)  05 Jun. 1976 - 27 Jul. 1978Cmdr. Kenneth C., Jacobsen
    3.)  27 Jul. 1978 - 22 Aug. 1980Cmdr. Harry James Franklin Korrell, Jr.
    4.)  22 Aug. 1980 - 02 Oct. 1982Cmdr. Michael Francis Landers
    5.)  02 Oct. 1982 - 14 Jul. 1984Cmdr. John Thomas Zohlen
    6.)  14 Jul. 1984 - 06 Sep. 1986Cmdr. Lawrence T. Wagenseil
    7.)  06 Sep. 1986 - 14 Dec. 1988Cmdr. Richard Arthur Erwin
    8.)  14 Dec. 1988 - 08 Dec. 1990Cmdr. William Augustine Nurthen
    9.)  08 Dec. 1990 - 27 Nov. 1991Cmdr. David K. Meier
    10.) 27 Nov. 1991 - 16 Dec. 1991Cmdr. Mark Morgan Borchers

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information

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    Additional Resources

    Destroyer Escort Sailors Association
    The Destroyer History Foundation
    Tin Can Sailors Shipmate Registry - USS Valdez
    USS Valdez Page on Destroyers Online
    USS Valdez Page on Military.Com
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