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USS Sierra (AD-18)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Oscar - Delta
NAOD
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation (2)
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy "Battle E" Ribbon (2) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba)
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 (3)
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Hurricane Frederick) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon - Philippine Liberation Medal


Dixie Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 31 December 1941, at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, 23 February 1943
  • Commissioned USS Sierra (AD-18), 20 March 1944, CAPT. Paul B. Koonce in command
  • USS Sierra was assigned to Occupation service and China service in the Far East and Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:


    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia - 7 September to 9 October 194510 October 1945 - 7 February 1946
    Europe - 16 January to 16 June 195016 March 1946 to 11 February 1947
    Europe - 25 June to 25 October 19519 September 1948 - 9 March 1949

  • Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 15 October 1993
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 25 August 1995, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Simsmetal America, Richmond, VA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 18,000 t. (lim)
    Length 530' 6"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 24' 6"
    Speed 19.6 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    officer 63
    enlisted 987
    Armament
    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.
    Propulsion
    two Allis Chalmers steam turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox "A" (three drum expansion type) boilers 403psi 720°.
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    four 750Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Sierra 65k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway, date location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Sierra 17k USS Sierra (AD-18) at Shanghai, China, 12 October 1945. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Sierra
    AD 18 1610-46, Navy Photo, 4/24/46
    267k USS Sierra (AD-18) at Mare Island, 24 April 1946. Darryl Baker
    Sierra
    AD 18 1611-46, Navy Photo, 4/24/46
    264k
    Sierra 87k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1961
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Sierra 78k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway near Hampton Roads in a photo received by the Naval History and Heritage Command in September 1963 but taken earlier. The ship lost its after two 5"/38 gun mounts, still visible here, circa 1962-63.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # KN-8015. From the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Sierra 110k USS Sierra (AD-18) at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 26 February 1967 with six destroyers alongside;
    USS Basilone (DD-824),
    USS Fiske (DD-842),
    USS Davis (DD-937),
    USS Richard E Kraus (DD-849),
    USS Harwood (DD-861),
    USS Gyatt (DD-712)
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Sierra 29k USS Sierra (AD-18) at Barcelona, Spain, 2 July 1977, thirty-two years later than the photo at Shanghai, above, and from a very similar angle, this view shows Sierra's profile had been very little altered (the white masts belong to a ship moored beyond Sierra). The most noticeable change is the absence of 5"/38 guns, the last of which was removed in the mid-70s. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Sierra 92k A closer view of USS Sierra (AD-18) at Barcelona, Spain, 2 July 1977. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Sierra 57k USS Sierra (AD-18) underwy on the Cooper River at Charleston, S.C., for a dependents cruise in 1979. Gene Snyder
    Sierra 81k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Leonhardt
    Sierra 57k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Sierra 246k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway, at Genoa, Italy, 1 March 1979. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Sierra 162k USS Sierra (AD-18) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1979.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Sierra 865k USS Sierra (AD-18) moored pierside at Marseille France, circa 1987-88. Photo by Philippe Gonzales
    Sierra 1136k USS Sierra (AD-18) arriving at Genoa, Italy, 9 January 1988. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Sierra 61k Stern view of USS Sierra (AD-18) moored pierside at Palma de Mallorca in December 1991. Pedro Vidal Terrasa


    For more photos and information about USS Sierra, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers

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

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