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Patch at left contributed by David Huffer (Arcadia 1965-66) at right by Mike Smolinski

USS Arcadia (AD-23)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Xray - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)

Klondike Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 6 March 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull, at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., San Pedro, CA
  • Launched, 19 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Arcadia (AD-23), 13 September 1945, CAPT. James M. Connally in command.
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in October 1975 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to Levin Metals of San Jose, CA.
    Displacement 8,165 t.(lt) 16,635 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 46
    Enlisted 778
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 17,480 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 300Kw 450V A.C.
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    115k USS Arcadia (AD-23) at anchor off San Pedro, CA. in September 1945. David Wright
    Arcadia 70k USS Arcadia (AD-23), with USS William M. Wood (DD-715) alongside, date and location unknown. Photo from "Our Navy" magazine, Mid-September 1953. Stanley Svec
    Arcadia 70k USS Arcadia (AD-23), with destroyers USS Hawkins (DD-873) and USS McNair (DD-679) alongside in addition to four minesweepers, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1956 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Arcadia 79k USS Arcadia (AD-23), under way date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1956 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Arcadia 240k USS Arcadia (AD-23), under way date and location unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Arcadia 58k USS Arcadia (AD-23) at Souda Bay, Crete, circa 1956. Photo by Larry Bohn
    Arcadia 503k USS Arcadia (AD-23) under way, circa 1958, location unknown.
    US Navy photo for USS Arcadia 1957-58 cruise book.
    Robert Hurst
    Arcadia 29k USS Arcadia (AD-23) under way in the 1960s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 96652
    Robert Hurst
    Arcadia 83k USS Arcadia (AD-23) under way, circa 1965, location unknown. David Huffer USS Arcadia
    Arcadia 96k USS Arcadia (AD-23) under way, circa 1965, location unknown. David Huffer USS Arcadia
    127k Destroyer Pier No.1, U.S. Naval Station Newport, R.I., 1966. Visible are the destroyer tenders USS Yosemite (AD-19) and USS Arcadia (AD-23) the Fletcher-class destroyer U.S.S. Charles J. Badger (DD-657) and one unidentified Fletcher-class destroyer.
    U.S. Navy photo from the USS Newport News (CA-148) 1965-1966 cruise book
    Robert Hurst
    Arcadia 266k USS Arcadia (AD-23) under way with an "Orion" P-3A patrol plane flying overhead, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Arcadia 95k USS Arcadia (AD-23) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Arcadia 47k USS Arcadia (AD-23) with destroyers alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst

    USS Arcadia (AD-23)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Connally, James Monroe13 September 1945 - 15 March 1946
    02LCDR. Jacobs, Wilmot B., USNR15 March 1946 - 10 July 1946
    03LCDR. Hunter, Wilbur Ruble, USN10 July 1946 - August 1946
    04LCDR. Jacobs, Wilmot B., USNRAugust 1946 - ?
    05CAPT. Ambruster, Stephen Henry, USN (USNA 1928)1 August 1951 - 10 July 1953
    06CAPT. Patrick, Goldsborough Serpell :RADM10 July 1953 - 30 June 1954
    07CAPT. Nisewaner, Terrell Andrew, USN (USNA 1932)30 June 1954 - 15 August 1955
    08CAPT. Andrews, Charles Herbert, USN (USNA 1930) :RADM15 August 1955 - 1956
    09CAPT. Ford Jr., Joel Clarence, USN (USNA 1932)1956 - 1957
    10CAPT. Long, Elmer Cecil, USN (USNA 1933)1957 - 1958
    11CAPT. Barry, Walter Joseph, USN (USNA 1937)1958 - November 1960
    12CAPT. Henry Jr., Eugene BakerNovember 1960 - April 1962
    13CAPT. Heimark, Jacob VincentApril 1962 - 29 July 1963
    14CAPT. Leahy, Harold Graham, USN (USNA 1941)29 July 1963 - 2 July 1964
    15CAPT. Lewellen, Robert Simpson, USN (USNA 1944)2 July 1964 - 21 June 1965
    16CAPT. Faddis, James Morris, USN (USNA 1945)21 June 1965 - 9 May 1966
    18CDR. Neyland, James Patrick, USN (O-in-Ch)28 August 1967 - 6 September 1967
    19CAPT. Johnson, Ivar Alex, USN6 September 1967 - 21 February 1968
    20CAPT. Ansel, David Dyer, USN (USNA 1947)21 February 1968 - 26 April 1968
    21CDR. Neyland, James Patrick, USN26 April 1968 - 28 june 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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