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USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
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USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) (1918 - 1920)

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November - Alpha - Juliet - Delta
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - World War I Victory Medal
Second Row - Yangtze Service Medal - China Service Medal - American Defense Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)- World War II Victory Medal


Black Hawk Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Santa Catalina at William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Co., Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched in 1913
  • Purchased by the Navy, 3 December 1917
  • Renamed Black Hawk 26 January 1917
  • Commissioned, USS Black Hawk (ID-2140), 15 May 1918, CDR. Roscoe C. Bulmer USN in command
  • Designated (AD-9) in November 1920
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Maritime Commission, 15 August 1946, at Suisun Bay, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 17 March 1948, to Kaiser Co. Inc.
  • Resold, 17 March 1948, to Dulien Steel Products Co, for physical scrapping
  • USS Black Hawk (AD-9) received one battle star for her service in World War II
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,690 t.(lt), 8,900 t.(fl), 9,710 t.(lim)
    Length 420' 2"
    Beam 53' 10"
    Draft 21' 4" (lim)
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 737
    Armament
    (original)
    four single 4"/51 gun mounts
    (upgrade)
    four single 3"/50 gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    sixteen single AA 20mm gun mounts
    Largest boom capacity 14 t.
    Ship's Service Generators two 250Kw 120V D.C.
    Fuel Capacity NFSO 10,200 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Cramp vertical quadruple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    three Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers 225psi Sat.
    single propeller, 3,285shp
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    Black Hawk 110k SS Santa Catalina In port on a snowy day, possibly when she was inspected by the Third Naval District, 14 December 1917. This ship was taken over by the Navy in December 1917 and renamed Black Hawk on the 26th of that month. Converted to a repair ship, she was placed in commission on 15 May 1918 as USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140). In 1920 she was reclassified as a destroyer tender, with hull number AD-9, and served actively until 1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 99386
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Black Hawk (ID-2140)
    Black Hawk 79k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) at New York Navy Yard, 22 May 1918, showing her newly-applied pattern camouflage. The barge Victory is alongside.
    US Navy photo # NH 56397
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 62k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo for "All Hands" magazine, October 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Black Hawk 70k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) moored at Inverness, Scotland, in September 1918, while serving as Mine Force repair ship and flagship. Note her pattern camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 56398 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Gustave Maurer, 1921.
    Tony Cowart
    Black Hawk 82k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) moored in Scottish waters, with a trawler and minesweepers alongside, circa 1919.
    US Navy photo # NH 56673 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Gustave Maurer, 1921.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 79k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) moored at Kirkwall, Orkney Islands, in 1919, while supporting the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation. She has at least two submarine chasers alongside. Halftone reproduction of a photograph taken by Segar, of SC-181, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 62.
    US Navy photo # NH 99691, donated by SKC Charles A. Free.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 91k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) crewmen display a giant halibut caught near the Orkney Islands in 1919, while Black Hawk was supporting the sweeping of the North Sea mine barrage. This one fish was sufficient for a meal for the entire crew. Note that a smaller, darker colored, halibut is also attached to the line.
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    US Navy photo # NH 56669.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 96k Rear Admiral Joseph Strauss (front row, center), Commander of the North Sea mine barrage clearance operation, on board USS Black Hawk (ID# 2150) with other officers, 1919. Note that a few of these officers are wearing the newly-introduced open collar double-breasted uniform jacket.
    US Navy photo # NH 56670.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 62k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) CPOs in 1918. At the time bow ties and high hats were prominent.
    US Navy photo for "All Hands" magazine, October 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Black Hawk 120k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) crew on deck during a noon hour, circa 1918-1919, with band playing and crewmen relaxing. Note life ring, marked "U.S.S. CK H".
    US Navy photo # NH 56668
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 120k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) band concert for the ship's crew, 1919, during the sweeping of the North Sea mine barrage. Note the minesweepers moored in the background. USS Heron (Minesweeper # 10) is at left, with the identification letter "U" painted on her bow.
    US Navy photo # NH 101173 from the collection of Charles F. Speraw, courtesy of him and of William V. Kennedy, 1986.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 42k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) at Ponta Delgada, Azores, while returning to the U.S. from British waters, circa November 1919. Halftone reproduction of a panoramic photograph, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 98.
    US Navy photo # NH 99692, donated by SKC Charles A. Free.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 95k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) "Crew members smiling now that they have returned to home waters after two and a half years as part of the U.S. minesweeping fleet, 23 November 1919." (quoted from the original 1919-vintage caption)
    Black Hawk initially deployed to the British Isles in June 1918 and returned to the U.S. in November 1919, a period of nearly one and a half years.
    US Navy photo # NH 53062
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 62k USS Black Hawk (ID# 2140) crew on deck, off New York City on 24 November 1919. Halftone reproduction of a panoramic photograph, published in the cruise book "Sweeping the North Sea Mine Barrage, 1919", page 98.
    US Navy photo # NH 99693, donated SKC Charles A. Free.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
    Black Hawk 68k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) anchored in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1920-1921.
    US Navy photo # NH 61909 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Gustave Maurer, 1921.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 92k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) transiting the Panama Canal circa 1920 Panama Canal Co.
    Black Hawk 69k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor, circa 1923, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 99695, from the collection of LCDR Waldo B. McLeod, USN (Ret)
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 53k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor off Chefoo, China, in the summer of 1923. Note the laden junks in the foreground and U.S. Navy destroyers in the distance.
    US Navy photo # NH 90293, Courtesy of Capt A.L. Prosser, USN (Ret)
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 120k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor with USS Stewart (DD-224) and USS John D. Edwards (DD-216) alongside, at Chefoo, China, 21 July 1924. Photographed from an airplane of Torpedo Squadron 20, based on USS Jason (AC-12).
    US Navy photo # NH 56399, from the album of Harold Gerwien, courtesy of Photographer's Mate Harold Gerwien, USN, 1986.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 52k Panoramic photograph of Chefoo harbor during the 1930s. USS Black Hawk (AD-9) is moored in the center, with destroyers of Destroyer Division 14 alongside. Two U.S. Navy minesweepers are by the breakwater and a gunboat is anchored off shore, at the extreme right.
    US Navy photo # NH 90041, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center. Courtesy of Walter R. Woodward, 1979.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 398k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) moored in Chefoo harbor, circa 1930s, with destroyers (inboard to outboard);
    USS Edsall (DD-219),
    USS Bulmer (DD-222),
    USS Parrott (DD-218) and
    USS Steward (DD-224), alongside. The US Navy small seaplane tender USS Heron (AM-10) is moored at the breakwater on the right. Note Heron still carries her old minesweeper number (10), but has the circled star painted on her bow denoting aviation service. Photo from the collection of LCDR Rayborn M. Hall USN USS Bulmer.
    Nancy Hall Anderson
    Black Hawk 42k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor off Chefoo, China. US Navy destroyers are moored in the distance, and tied up on Black Hawk's port side, circa 1932.
    US Navy photo # NH 80110, Courtesy of Capt. G.K. Bishop, USAF, 1974.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 84k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at Singapore, circa 1934, with six destroyers of the 39th Division alongside. The destroyers are (from left to right):
    USS McCormick (DD-223);
    USS Bulmer (DD-222);
    USS Edsall (DD-219);
    USS Simpson (DD-221);
    USS MacLeish (DD-220); and
    USS Parrott (DD-218).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-1025120, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 76k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at Manila, Philippine Islands, 15 November 1935, with four destroyers and USS Heron (AM-10) nested alongside.
    The four destroyers are (from left to right):
    USS Whipple (DD-217);
    USS John D. Edwards (DD-216);
    USS Smith Thompson (DD-212)
    ; and
    USS Barker (DD-213)
    All ships are "full dressed" with flags in honor of the inauguration of Philippine President Manuel Quezon.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-1025121 from the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 83k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) moored in a Far Eastern harbor during the 1930s. Destroyers alongside are (from left to right):
    USS Smith Thompson (DD-212);
    USS Barker (DD-213);
    USS John D. Edwards (DD-216); and
    USS Whipple (DD-217).
    US Navy photo # NH99688 , from the collection of MMC Charles H. Randall, USN (Ret)
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 68k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) moored in a Far Eastern harbor during the 1930s, with a minesweeper and two destroyers alongside. The destroyer in the middle is USS Barker (DD-213). The other may be USS Paul Jones (DD-230).
    US Navy photo # NH 99689 , from the collection of Norman W. Shaw, who served in Barker
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 132k Color-tinted photograph by the Ah-Fung O.K. Photo Service, of ships inside and outside the breakwater at Chefoo, China, during the 1930s. USS Black Hawk (AD-9) is left center, with a nest of four destroyers alongside. USS Whipple (DD-217) is the outboard unit of these four. USS Heron (AM-10) is alongside the breakwater, at right. Left most of the four destroyers outside the breakwater is USS Stewart (DD-224).
    US Navy photo # NH 90544-KN, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of James E. Thompson, 1979.
    Robert Hurst
    Black Hawk 99k Color-tinted photograph by the Ah-Fung O.K. Photo Service, of USS Black Hawk (AD-9) moored at Chefoo, China, during the 1930s. The six destroyers alongside include (from left to right):
    USS Pillsbury (DD-227);
    USS Pope (DD-225);
    USS John D. Ford (DD-228);
    USS Paul Jones (DD-230);
    USS Peary (DD-226); and
    USS Parrott (DD-218).
    US Navy photo # NH 90545-KN, courtesy of James E. Thompson, 1979.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 97k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) anchored in Philippine waters, 19 December 1935. She serviced Destroyer Squadron Five.
    US Navy photo # NH 78021 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Rear Admiral J.P. Walker, USN (Retired), 1973.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 79k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) moored at Chefoo, China, circa 1936 with six destroyers alongside including (from left to right):
    USS Paul Jones (DD-230);
    USS Smith Thompson (DD-212);
    USSJohn D. Edwards (DD-216);
    USS Barker (DD-213); and
    USS Whipple (DD-217).
    US Navy photo # NH 72264 , from the collection of RADM Paulus P. Powell, USN
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 31k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) moored at Chefoo, China, with destroyers and a minesweeper nested alongside, circa the late 1930s. Ships alongside are (from left to right):
    USS Paul Jones (DD-230);
    USS John D. Ford (DD-228);
    USS Peary (DD-226); and
    USS Heron (AVP-2), wearing her old minesweeper number AM-10. A Grumman JF amphibian, one of the airplanes tended by Heron is moored at right.
    US Navy photo # NH 95960 , Courtesy of PH1 Harold Gerwien, USN, 1986.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 37k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at Chefoo, China, circa late 1930s with six destroyers from Destroyer Division 14 alongside. The destroyers are:
    USS Bulmer (DD-222)
    USSPillsbury (DD-227)
    USS Pope (DD-225)
    USS Ford (DD-228)
    USS Edsall (DD-219) and
    USS Peary (DD-226).
    US Navy photo # NH 90040, Courtesy of Walter R. Woodward, 1979.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 68k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) tied up at Pier 1, Manila, Philippine Islands, circa 1937.
    US Navy photo # NH 101134, from the album of Harold Gerwien, courtesy of Photographer's Mate Harold Gerwien, USN, 1986.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 37k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) underway off San Francisco, CA., 28 February 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-42257, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 59k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) broadside view while underway off San Francisco, CA., 28 February 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 1446-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Black Hawk 72k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) underway off San Francisco, CA., 28 February 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-42258, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 76k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) underway in San Francisco Bay, 28 February 1943. The Bay Bridge is in the background.
    US Navy photo # NH 99665.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 69k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) seen from astern while underway in San Francisco Bay, 28 February 1943.
    US Navy photo # NH 99666.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 113k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Black Hawk (AD-9) berthed at San Francisco, CA., 3 March 1943. The transport to the left of Black Hawk is unknown.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1541-3-43, 3/3/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Black Hawk 113k Amidships looking forward plan view of USS Black Hawk (AD-9) berthed at San Francisco, CA., 3 March 1943. The transport to the left of Black Hawk is unknown.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1542-3-43, 3/3/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Black Hawk 76k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) in Alaskan waters, circa 1944. The ship is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 18D.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-131562, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 85k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor at Naval Operating Base Adak, AL., circa summer 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-6432 cropped, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Black Hawk 94k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor at Naval Operating Base Adak, AL., circa summer 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-6433 cropped, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Black Hawk 108k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) at anchor at Naval Operating Base Adak, AL., circa summer 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-6439 cropped, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Black Hawk 33k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) with six destroyers alongside, probably at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 1945. The destroyers are (from left to right):
    USS Hawkins (DD-873)
    USS Ordronaux (DD-617)
    USS Boyle (DD-600)
    USS Champlin (DD-601)
    USS Swanson (DD-443) and
    USS Franks (DD-554)
    Note the personnel boat in the foreground, heading for a landing stage alongside Black Hawk's bow.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-354884, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Tony Cowart
    Black Hawk 100k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) with six destroyers alongside, probably at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, in July 1945. The destroyers are (from left to right):
    USS Hawkins (DD-873)
    USS Ordronaux (DD-617)
    USS Boyle (DD-600)
    USS Champlin (DD-601)
    USS Swanson (DD-443) and
    USS Franks (DD-554).
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-354885, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Black Hawk 113k USS Black Hawk (AD-9) ship's bell. Bill Gonyo

    USS Black Hawk (AD-9)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Roscoe Carlyle Bulmer15 May 1918 - 28 November 1919
    02CAPT. Byron Andrew Long28 November 1919 - ?
    03CDR. Timmons, John Wesley22 December 1921 - 13 November 1922
    04CAPT. Hutchins Jr., Charles Thomas13 November 1922 - 1 May 1924
    05CAPT. Staton, Adolphus :RADM1 May 1924 - 15 July 1926
    06CDR. Baker, Guy, Evans15 July 1926 - 23 October 1926
    07CDR. Jacobs, Randall :RADM23 October 1926 - November 1927
    08CAPT. Shoup, Aubrey Kirk21 September 1929 - 6 December 1929
    09CAPT. Lassing, Walter Hamilton6 December 1929 - 21 November 1930
    10CDR. William Peace Gaddis21 November 1930 - 16 April 1932
    11CDR. Rufus Wellington Mathewson16 April 1932 - ?
    12CDR. Bode, Howard Douglas (Ping)13 August 1935 - ?
    13CDR. Esler, Jay Knight14 February 1936 - 6 February 1937
    14CDR. Cheadle, Willard Everett6 February 1937 - ?
    15CDR. Arnold, Marshall Britt24 July 1938 - ?
    16CDR. Harris, George Latham5 May 1940 - 13 January 1943
    17CDR. McMenemy, Edward Hollister13 January 1943 - 13 May 1944
    18CDR. Marshall, Charles Joseph13 May 1944 - 17 August 1945
    19CDR. Beard, Francis Willis17 August 1945 - 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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