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USS Piedmont (AD-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Kilo - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (4) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Fifth Row - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USS Piedmont (AD-17) was transferred to Turkey, renamed TCG Derya (A-576)
Dixie Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 1 December 1941, at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Piedmont (AD-17), 5 January 1944, CDR. Malcolm D. MacGregor in command
  • During the Korean War USS Piedmont participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    25 September to 15 October 1950
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    23 September to 3 October 1952
    19 to 23 November 1952
    Second Korean Winter
    8 to 10 January 1952
    6 to 7 February 1952
    Third Korean Winter
    28 to 30 December 1952
    24 to 25 January 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Piedmont participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire, 29 June to 8 July 1972

  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1982
  • Transferred (leased) to Turkey, 18 October 1982, renamed TCG Derya (A-576)
  • Purchased outright by Turkey and struck from the Naval Register, 6 August1987
  • Final Disposition, deleted from the Turkish Navy in 1994 and broken up for scrap in 1995
  • USS Piedmont received four battle stars for Korean War service and one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 18,000 t. (lim)
    Length 530' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 19.6 kts. (trial)
    Officer 76
    Enlisted 1,105
    four 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Largest boom capacity 20 t.
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 24,555 Bbls.
    Diesel 2,705 Bbls.
    two Allis Chalmers steam turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox "A" (three drum expansion type) boilers 403psi 720°.
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gear
    four 750Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    USS Piedmont (AD-17)
    Piedmont 70k USS Piedmont (AD-17) at anchor, location unknown, circa 1943. Note Piedmont is painted Camouflage Measure 32, Design 3Ax. Ray Zandier USS Piedmont
    via Ken Zandier
    Piedmont 145k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway, location and date unknown Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    Piedmont 90k USS Piedmont (AD-17) mooring/departing, in February 1956, location unknown. Ron Reeves
    Piedmont 79k USS Piedmont (AD-17), with destroyers alongside possibly at Sasebo, Japan. Ships nested to starboard are from outboard to inboard;
    USS Wiltsie (DD-716),
    USS Chevalier (DD-805),
    USS Hamner (DD-718)
    USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717).
    Destroyers nested to port, from inboard to out board;
    unidentified destroyer,
    USS Maddox (DD-731),
    USS Brush (DD-745)
    USS Wiseman (DE-667).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1956
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Piedmont 46k USS Piedmont (AD-17) at anchor, San Diego, CA., January 1959 Photo by Billy Caldwell USS Piedmont
    Piedmont 145k USS Piedmont (AD-17) at San Diego in September 1960 with
    USS Frank Knox (DD-742),
    USS Ozbourn (DD-846) and
    USS Arnold J. Isbell (DD-869) alongside.
    Photo by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret.
    Piedmont 140k USS Piedmont (AD-17), with destroyers alongside at Yokosuka, Japan. Ships moored at the pier include;
    USS Walker (DD-517),
    USS Taylor (DD-468),
    USS O'Bannon (DD-450),
    USS James B. Kyes (DD-787),
    USS McMorris (DE-1036),
    USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836)
    USS Rupertus (DD-851).
    Nested to Piedmont's port side are, (from inboard to outboard;
    USS Preston (DD-795),
    USS Maddox (DD-731),
    USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747)
    USS Brush (DD-745).
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1963
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Piedmont 139k USS Piedmont (AD-17) outbound to sea in 1964, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Piedmont 37k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway in 1966, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Piedmont 122k USS Piedmont (AD-17) at Naval Station Subic Bay in 1966. Destroyers and Destroyer Escorts alongside from outboard to inboard include;
    USS Evans (DE-1023)
    USS Hooper (DE-1026)
    USS Jenkins (DD-447) and
    USS Samuel N. Moore (DD-747)
    Photo taken from USS Bausell (DD-845) by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret.
    Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    Piedmont 66k USS Piedmont(AD-17) anchored at Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 28 February 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Piedmont 86k USS Piedmont (AD-17) pierside at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I. with USS McKean (DD-784) and USS Henderson (DD-785) alongside.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, June 1966
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Piedmont 975k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway in the Pacific Ocean in April 1970.
    Navy Photographic Center photo # 1143805.
    DCC(SS/SW) David Johnston, USN
    Piedmont 91k USS Piedmont (AD-17) renders repair and maintenance service to USS Agerholm (DD-826) while deployed with the Seventh Fleet, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1971.
    Stanley C. Svec
    Piedmont 68k USS Piedmont (AD-17) with USS Graham County (AGP-1176) and USS Mahan (DDG-42) alongside, Naples, June 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Piedmont 30k USS Piedmont (AD-17), at Naples during the summer of 1975. Photo was taken from USS Stribling (DD-867). Photo by Russ Hartley
    Piedmont 54k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway, place and location unknown Walt Reasons
    Piedmont 57k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway departing San Diego, date unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Piedmont 62k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Piedmont 18k USS Piedmont (AD-17) decommissioning crew, September 1982 Walt Reasons
    TCG Derya (A-576)
    Piedmont 40k Ex-USS Piedmont (AD-17) in Turkish Naval service as TCG Derya (A-576) underway, date and location unknown Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret) Turkish Navy
    Piedmont 48k TCG Derya (A-576) underway with her fueling rig ready to receive a ship alongside, date and location unknown Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret) Turkish Navy
    Piedmont 43k TCG Derya (A-576) underway while refueling two escorts, date and location unknown Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret) Turkish Navy
    Piedmont 302k TCG Derya (A-576) moored at Port Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983 Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret) Turkish Navy
    Piedmont 61k TCG Derya (A-576), probably undergoing a yard overhaul, date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret) Turkish Navy
    Piedmont 66k TCG Derya (A-576) underway date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar CPO (Ret) Turkish Navy
    Piedmont 100k TCG Derya (A-576) moored at Mogadishu, Somalia in 1983 as UN peacekeepers from Turkey disembark. Cüneyt Demir
    Piedmont 79k TCG Derya (A-576) drydocked, at the Gölcük shipyard in 1988. Cüneyt Demir
    Piedmont 124k TCG Derya (A-576) at anchor, date and location unknown Cüneyt Demir
    Piedmont 88k TCG Derya (A-576) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, date unknown Cüneyt Demir
    Piedmont 254k TCG Derya (A-576) officers and chief petty officers, 1984 Cüneyt Demir
    Piedmont 72k TCG Derya (A-576) drawing by Cüneyt Demir Cüneyt Demir

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    For more photos and information about USS Piedmont, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers

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

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