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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 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 ther protective tubs removed after the ship was damaged by a pier fire at Argentia, Newfoundland in May 1942.
    USNaval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 94747 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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 Treat 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
  • Memorabilia
  • Welcome Aboard pamphlet - 1983
  • Commanding Officers

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

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