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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 (2)
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 Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign, 1 to 11 July 1964 Vietnam Ceasefire, 29 June to 8 July 1972
    Vietnam Counteroffensive, 6 to 7 February 1966  

  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1982
  • USS Piedmont earned four battle stars for Korean War service and two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred (leased) to Turkey, 18 October 1982, renamed TCG Derya (A-576)
  • Purchased outright by Turkey and struck from the Naval Register, 6 August 1987
  • Final Disposition, deleted from the Turkish Navy in 1994 and broken up for scrap in 1995
    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 218k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway, off the east coast off the United States, 6 March 1944. Note Piedmont's Camouflage Scheme is now Measure 32, Design 4Ax. Photo was taken by an airship from Blimp Squadron ZP-14, from NAS Weeksville, N.C.
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage, courtesy C. Lee Johnson.
    Yu Chu
    Piedmont 145k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way, 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.
    79k USS Piedmont (AD-17) with destroyers alongside in 1957, location unknown, from right to left;
    USS James E. Kyes (DD-787),
    USS Eversole (DD-789),
    USS Shelton (DD-790) and
    USS Higbee (DD-806).
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Piedmont (AD-17) 1957 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    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.
    166k USS Piedmont (AD-17) underway, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    693k USS Piedmont (AD-17) inbound from seas passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, CA., date unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    Piedmont 96k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way during her 1961 WestPac deployment. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Piedmont 471k 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 E. 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
    Robert Hurst
    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) under way 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 67k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way, circa 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    209k USS Piedmont (AD-17) docked at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippines in 1969 with USS Vega (AF-59) and USS Zelima (AF-49) alongside.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Piedmont (AD-17) 1969 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    184k USS Piedmont (AD-17) servicing the Iranian Bayandor-class corvettes
    Milanian (F-27) (Ex-US PF-103 Class Patrol Frigate PF-105) and
    Kahnamoie (F-28) (Ex-US PF-103 Class Patrol Frigate PF-106), circa 1969.
    U.S. Navy "All Hands" magazine January 1970, p. 53
    Robert Hurst
    Piedmont 975k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way 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 46k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way during her WestPac deployment in 1971. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Piedmont 253k USS Piedmont (AD-17) with USS Roark (DE-1053) and USS Francis Hammond (DE-1067) alongside, Subic Bay, PI, 23 May 1972. Glenn Sirkis
    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) under way, date and location unknown Walt Reasons
    Piedmont 57k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way departing San Diego, date unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Piedmont 62k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Piedmont 305k USS Piedmont (AD-17) under way off Oahu, Hawaii, date unknown. 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) under way 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) under way 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) under way 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) under way 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 (DANFS)
  • Memorabilia

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. MacGregor, Malcolm Douglass, USN5 January 1944 - 17 February 1945
    02CAPT. Robbins, Francis Leon, USN (USNA 1923)17 February 1945 - 16 March 1946
    03CAPT. Sturges, Russell Gruesbeck, USN (USNA 1922)16 March 1946 - 14 August 1947
    04CAPT. Vaughan, Michaux, Woodson, USN (USNA 1922)14 August 1947 - 5 August 1948
    05CAPT. Kobey, Theodore Hertzel, USN (USNA 1926)5 August 1948 - 22 July 1949
    06CAPT. Garvin, Joseph Hawley, USN (USNA 1924)22 July 1949 - 13 May 1950
    07CAPT. Topper, James Russell, USN (USNA 1924)13 May 1950 - 24 January 1951
    08CAPT. Hooper, Charles Frederick, USN 1922)24 January 1951 - 6 August 1952
    09CAPT. Davison, Thurlow Weed, USN (USNA 1929) :RADM6 August 1952 - 17 August 1953
    10CAPT. Newton, Roy Arthur, USN (USNA 1930)17 August 1953 - 13 October 1954
    11CAPT. Mustin, Lloyd Montague, USN (USNA 1932) :VADM13 October 1954 - 17 December 1955
    12CAPT. Phillips, Charles Edwin, USN (USNA 1932)17 December 1955 - 11 December 1956
    13CAPT. Franklin, James Gilbert, USN (USNA 1933)11 December 1956 - 21 May 1958
    14CAPT. McElrath Jr., Robert Wallace, USN (USNA 1938)21 May 1958 - 9 October 1959
    15CAPT. Payne, James Robert, USN (USNA 1938)9 October 1959 - 1 November 1960
    16CAPT. Ratliff, William Kenneth, USN (USNA 1938)1 November 1960 - 25 November 1961
    17CAPT. Jarman, Edward Boyce, USN (USNA 1938)25 November 1961 - 27 October 1962
    18CAPT. Drain, Dan Thomas, USN27 October 1962 - 15 December 1962
    19CDR. Schwartze, George McNemer, USN15 December 1962 - 1 January 1962
    20CAPT. Drain, Dan Thomas, USN1 January 1963 - 2 November 1963
    21CAPT. Rayburn, Joseph Henry, USN2 November 1963 - 6 September 1964
    22CDR. Hays, Lyle Ray, USN6 September 1964 - 24 October 1964
    23CAPT. O'Connell, Daniel James, USN 24 October 1964 - 24 January 1966
    24CAPT. Feaster, Joseph Eugene, USN24 January 1966 - 27 December 1966
    25CAPT. Davies Jr., Henry Eugene, USN 27 December 1966 - 25 September 1968
    26CAPT. Quarton, Thomas Joseph, USN 25 September 1968 - 28 November 1969
    27CAPT. Geary, Mervyn Otis, USN28 November 1969 - 8 October 1971
    28CAPT. Trott, Robert John, USN (USNA 1945)8 October 1971 - 11 October 1973
    29CAPT. Parker Jr., John Theodore (Ted), USN (USNA 1955) :VADM11 October 1973 - 13 June 1975
    30CAPT. Armell II, Lyle Oliver, USN (USNA 1953)13 June 1975 - 13 January 1978
    31CAPT. Bredbeck, William John, USN (USNA 1958)13 January 1978 - 14 August 1979
    32CAPT. Tsantes Jr., George, USN (USNA 1955)14 August 1979 - 13 July 1981
    33CAPT. McNicholas Jr., Thomas Michael, USN (USNA 1961)13 July 1981 - 30 September 1982
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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