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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Prairie (AD-15)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Delta - Whiskey
NEDW
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - National Defense Service Medal (3) - Korea Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Persian Gulf)
Fifth Row - Vietnam Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon
Sixth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) - Republic of Korean War Service Medal (retroactive)

Dixie Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 7 December 1938, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 9 December 1939
  • Commissioned USS Prairie (AD-15), 5 August 1940, CAPT. John B. W. Waller in command
  • During World War II Prairie was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 26 March 1993
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 April 1993
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 April 1993 (some sources indicate 6 April 1993) to "Nishant Import & Export" of the United Arab Emirates for $960,000. Towed to India in April 1993 and scrapped
    Specifications:
    Displacement 18,000 t. (lim)
    Length 530' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 24' 5"
    Speed 19.6 kts (trial)
    Complement
    officer 123
    enlisted 1,576
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    two 3pdr gun mounts
    Aft two 5"/38 mounts and all 40mm gun mounts later removed, and helicopter platform added
    Largest boom capacity 20 t.
    Ship's Service Generators four 750Kw 450V A.C.
    Fuel Capacity
    NFSO 24,555 Bbls.
    Diesel 2,705 Bbls.
    Propulsion
    two New York Shipbuilding Parsons-design steam turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox "A" (three drum expansion type) boilers 485psi 720°.
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gear
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Prairie 68k Broadside view of Prairie (AD-15) after launching at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J., 9 December 1939. The ship beyond Prairie is probably USS Dixie (AD-14) fitting out at the yard.
    New York Shipbuilding Corp photo.
    David Buell
    Prairie 121k USS Prairie (AD-15) bow view, port side, Philadelphia Navy Yard, 27 January 1940
    US Navy photo
    Capt. Jerry Mason USN
    Prairie 167k Oil on canvas ďA Time and a Place, Argentina Bay, Newfoundland, 1941, by artist Tom Lea. USS Prairie (AD-15) with three destroyers moored alongside. Published in LIFE in May 1942, captioned "Like a fierce mother with three children sits the big supply ship, blinking a message to the newcomers with her high starboard light ..." Life Collection of Art WWII, U.S. Army Center of Military History, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Christopher L. Eger
    Prairie 101k USS Prairie (AD-15) at the Boston Navy Yard. 17 October 1943, preparing to transfer to the Pacific. The ship was commissioned in 1940 with open mounts in number 2 and 3 positions, and splinter protection was soon fitted around all four 5"/38 mounts. Enclosed mounts were substituted and then protective tubs removed after the ship was damaged by a pier fire at Argentia, Newfoundland in May 1942.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 94747 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com
    Robert Hurst
    Prairie 48k USS Prairie (AD-15) at anchor, circa 1943, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1960.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Prairie 36k USS Prairie (AD-15), underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Prairie 51k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Prairie 49k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown. Louis Drinovsky
    Prairie
    AD 15 750-46, Navy Photo, 2/15/46
    226k USS Prairie (AD-15) at Mare Island on 15 February 1946. The photo was taken from the USS General G. M. Randalll (AP-115) Note YD-33 forward of Prairie. Darryl Baker
    Prairie
    AD 15 747-46, Navy Photo, 2/15/46
    221k USS Prairie (AD-15) and the USS Haven (AH-12) at Mare Island on 19 February 1946. The photo was taken from the USS General G. M. Randalll (AP-115). Darryl Baker
    Prairie 89k USS Prairie (AD-15) at anchor tending five destroyers alongside. From inboard to outboard:
    USS O'Hare (DD-899)
    USS John R. Craig (DD-885)
    USS Perkins (DD-877)
    USS Floyd B. Parks (DD-884) and
    USS Ross (DD-563)
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1954
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Fletcher 117k USS Prairie (AD-15) with destroyers alongside on both her starboard and port sides, while moored in the harbor at Yokosuka, Japan, circa July-August 1959. USS Fletcher (DD-445) is the outboard ship on Prairie's port side. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Prairie 101k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored at Naval Base Yokosuka, Japan, fall 1959 with:
    USS Southerland (DDR-743),
    USS Samuel L. Moore (DD-747),
    USS Rowan (DD-782), and
    USS Gurke (DD-783) alongside.
    Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Morton 60k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored to a buoy at San Diego, CA., with USS Wiltsie (DD-716) and USS Morton (DD-948) alongside, November 1960. Robert Schultz ETC(SW) USN Ret.
    Prairie 88k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, 25 April 1962, location unknown, Note the private automobiles on the helicopter flight deck.
    US Navy photo
    Robert M. Cieri
    Shields 270k USS Prairie (AD-15) with USS Shields (DD-596), USS Agerholm (DD-826), USS Richard B. Anderson (DD-786) and an unidentified destroyer alongside, 20 August 1962, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 94750.
    Ed Zajkowski
    Prairie 67k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1967
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Prairie 47k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Prairie 53k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway off Point Loma as she exits San Diego Bay, date unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Prairie 70k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, 1967. Photo by Ramon Jackson
    Prairie 197k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown. Photo caption reads: "Destroyer tender USS Prairie (AD 15) is still going strong after nearly a half-century of distinguished service to the fleet. Commissioned in 1940, Prairie celebrates its 48th birthday in August. It is the oldest Navy ship on continuous active duty."
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1988
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Prairie 46k USS Prairie (AD-15) departing Pearl Harbor during her 1979 deployment.©Marine Photos, San Diego CA. Mike Smolinski
    Prairie 73k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored pierside at NAS Alameda in April 1980. Photo by Robert M. Cieri
    Prairie 68k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored pierside at NAS Alameda in April 1980. Photo by Robert M. Cieri
    Prairie 130k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored pierside at NavSta San Diego, CA. with USS Hull (DD-945) on the opposite side of the pier, probably in February 1982. Larry Lee
    Prairie 81k
    Prairie 53k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1984
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Prairie 66k USS Prairie (AD-15) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1989
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Prairie 60k USS Prairie (AD-15) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Mill BMCS USN Ret.
    Prairie 57k USS Prairie (AD-15) moored at Naval Station Long Beach, 26 March 1993, decked out in red white and blue bunting ready for decommissioning after 50 years of service. The "Don`t Tread on Me" flag flying from the vessel`s starboard yardarm signifies that USS Prairie was the oldest ship in naval service at that time. Mike Smolinski


    For more photos and information about USS Prairie, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Memorabilia
  • Welcome Aboard pamphlet - 1983

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Waller, John Beresford Wynn :RADM5 August 1940 - 5 October 1941
    02CAPT. Flemming, Robert Walton5 October 1941 - 27 November 1942
    03CAPT. Old, Francis Paxton :VADM27 November 1942 - 5 July 1944
    04CAPT. Kneeland, O. A.5 July 1944 - 19 June 1945
    05CAPT. Gibson, Francis Stephenson19 June 1945 - 7 October 1945
    06CAPT. Fenn, Herbert Keeney7 October 1945 - 21 February 1946
    07CAPT. McDowell, Lewis Richard :RADM21 February 1946 - 15 November 1947
    08CAPT. Close, Forrest15 November 1947 - 27 November 1948
    09CAPT. Kelly, T. E.27 November 1948 - 29 October 1949
    10CAPT. Renn, Joseph Bryan :RADM29 October 1949 - 3 November 1950
    11CAPT. Price, Kenton Edson3 November 1950 - 14 March 1952
    12CAPT. McKnight Jr., John Rowland :RADM14 March 1952 - 28 February 1953
    13CAPT. Newsome, James Hillman28 February 1953 - 15 August 1953
    14CAPT. Kelsye, P.15 August 1953 - 24 September 1953
    15CAPT. Warburton, Audley Lyne :RADM24 September 1953 - 12 March 1955
    16CAPT. Fahle, Robert S.12 March 1955 - 30 November 1956
    17CAPT. Sugarman, Charles Maurice30 November 1956 - 25 October 1957
    18CAPT. Ovrom, Robert J.25 October 1957 - 27 September 1958
    19CAPT. Gallaher, Anton Renkl27 September 1958 - 24 October 1959
    20CAPT. Moody, Dwight Lyman24 October 1959 - 28 September 1960
    21CAPT. Finn, William Stephen28 September 1960 - 3 May 1962
    22CAPT. Brown, Kenneth Barth3 May 1962 - 14 June 1963
    23CAPT. Steen, Kenneth14 June 1963 - 11 July 1964
    24CAPT. Davis Jr., John Blount :RADM11 July 1964 - 5 March 1965
    25CAPT. Petitt, Robert Buel5 March 1965 - 30 June 1966
    26CAPT. Risch Jr., Harry30 June 1966 - 1 April 1967
    27CAPT. Dittler Jr., Harry Cline1 April 1967 - 18 July 1968
    28CDR. Nellis, Donald Patrick18 July 1968 - 7 October 1968
    29LCDR. Bates, Glenn D.07 October 1968 - 22 October 1968
    30CAPT. Vollertsen, Russell Armin22 October 1968 - 10 December 1968
    31CAPT. Sante, Robert Donald10 December 1968 - 8 January 1970
    32CDR. Cooper, Robert George8 January 1970 - 27 January 1970
    33CAPT. Soper, Martin E.27 January 1970 - 31 July 1971
    34CAPT. Lyon, James Owen31 July 1971 - 25 January 1973
    35CAPT. Vollertsen, Russell Armin25 January 1973 - 13 September 1974
    36CAPT. Muck, Floyd Robert13 September 1974 - 17 December 1976
    37CAPT. Miller, William A.17 December 1976 - 9 December 1978
    38CAPT. Helms Jr., Raymond Earl9 December 1978 - 22 November 1980
    39CAPT. Archambault, Guy Andre22 November 1980 - 24 November 1982
    40CAPT. Duich, Steven James24 November 1982 - 28 June 1985
    41CAPT. Althouse, Thomas Stephenson28 June 1985 - 24 June 1987
    42CAPT. Landers, Michael Francis24 June 1987 - 7 July 1989
    43CAPT. Hattan, Robert Leland 7 July 1989 - 26 July 1991
    44CAPT. Stewart, Wilton Robert26 July 1991 - 26 March 1993
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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