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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

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USS Frontier (AD-25)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Zulu - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Klondike Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 16 August 1944, at Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 25 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Frontier (AD-25), 2 March 1946, CAPT. J. S. Crenshaw, in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 September 1947
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 11 November 1951, CAPT. E. B. Patterson, in command
  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1968, at Naval Station, San Diego, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 26 September 1968, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1972
  • Withdrawn for stripping, 19 June 1973
  • Returned to the Reserve Fleet, 19 July 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for non-transportation use, 18 April 1975, to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR. for $350,616.99, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 22 April 1975
    Displacement 8,165 t.(lt) 16,635 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27' 3"
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 778
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 17,465Bbls
    Diesel 4,645Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcox and Wilcox D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 350Kw 450V A.C.
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one propeller, 8,500shp

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    Frontier 138k Stern view of USS Frontier (AD-25) moored pierside, circa 1946, probably at San Pedro, CA.. Jim Geldert
    Frontier 62k USS Frontier (AD-25) moored to a buoy in San Diego Bay, 26 January 1952.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 438366
    Robert Hurst
    Frontier 108k USS Frontier (AD-25) moored to a buoy at Yokosuka, Japan, circa July to December 1955, with;
    USS Chevalier (DD-805),
    USS Hamner (DD-718),
    USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) and
    USS Wiltsie (DD-716) alongside.
    US Navy photo
    Phil Updike
    Frontier 79k USS Frontier (AD-25) moored in the outer harbor at Yokosuka in the fall of 1952. DesDiv 132 was nested in the outer harbor at the time. Photo was taken from
    USS O'Brien (DD-725), others in the nest were
    USS Brown (DD-546) (in foreground),
    USS Walke (DD-723) and
    USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD-748).
    Photo by Roy C. Thomas SO1 USN USS O'Brien
    Frontier 81k USS Frontier (AD-25) anchored at San Diego.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1954 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frontier 69k USS Frontier (AD-25) anchored at San Diego with destroyers to port.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1956 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frontier 180k USS Frontier (AD-25) at pier Bravo, Buckner Bay, Okinawa, January 1960. Secured to her starboard side are two unidentified submarines, and the destroyers,
    USS Cushing (DD-797),
    USS Ammen (DD-527),
    USS Jarvis (DD-799) and
    USS Trathen (DD-530).
    USS Wilkinson (DL-5) and the four destroyers of DESDIV 252,
    USS Walker (DDE-517),
    USS O'Bannon (DDE-450),
    USS Taylor (DDE-468), and, although obscured,
    USS Jenkins (DDE-447), are secured to the opposite side of the pier.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Frontier 90k USS Frontier (AD-25) with destroyers of DESRON 19 alongside, at Long Beach, CA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1960 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frontier 94k USS Frontier (AD-25) under way off Long Beach, CA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Frontier 116k USS Frontier (AD-25) at anchor in 1962, location unknown.
    Photo by Hiroyuki Otani 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Frontier 140k USS Frontier (AD-25) under way off Long Beach, CA., date unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Frontier 90k USS Frontier (AD-25) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1964 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frontier 111k USS Frontier (AD-25) arriving at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1969 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frontier 133k USS Frontier (AD-25) in dry dock, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1965 issue
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Frontier 231k USS Frontier (AD-25) under way, at Pearl Harbor, circa 1965.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Frontier 106k USS Frontier (AD-25) at Pearl Harbor, HI, 12 February 1966 with USS Cochrane (DDG-21), USS Savage (DER-386) and USS Haverfield (DER-393) alongside. © Richard Leonhardt
    Frontier 217k USS Frontier (AD-25) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, with, from to inboard; USS Forster (DER-334), unidentified DER, USS Fletcher (DD-445), USS Walker (DD-517 and USS Taylor (DD-468), circa prior to May 1970. Mike Smolinski
    Frontier 699k USS Frontier (AD-25) under way date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    For more photos and information about USS Frontier, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Miscellaneous and Memorabilia

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Crenshaw, John S.2 March 1946 - 21 September 1946
    02CAPT. McGirr, William P.21 September 1946 - 24 May 1947
    03CDR. Brown, James Stanley24 May 1947 - 29 September 1947
     Decommissioned29 September 1947 - 11 December 1951
    04CAPT. Patterson, Earl Barr11 December 1951 - 12 September 1952
    05CAPT. Novak, Frank12 September 1952 - 5 August 1953
    06CDR. Foushee Sr., Clarence Lucius5 August 1953 - 25 September 1953
    07CAPT. Garland, Guy Puett25 September 1953 - 27 November 1954
    08CAPT. Gilliam, Charles R. 27 November 1954 - 30 January 1956
    09CAPT. Williamson, Francis Thomas :RADM30 January 1956 - 21 December 1956
    10CAPT. Stuart, John McCreery21 December 1956 - 28 May 1958
    11CAPT. Badger, Rodney Jenkins, USN (USNA 1935)28 May 1958 - 15 May 1959
    12CAPT. Sherman Jr., Philip Kingsland15 May 1959 - 11 June 1960
    13CAPT. Pfeifer, Carl Ferdinand11 June 1960 - 9 May 1961
    14CAPT. Dimpfel, Emerson H.9 May 1961 - 25 July 1962
    15CAPT. Glenn, Everett Marsalis25 July 1962 - 25 September 1963
    16CAPT. Morrow, William Berryman25 September 1963 - 15 July 1964
    17CAPT. Sonntag, Frank Henry15 July 1964 - 16 July 1965
    18CAPT. Cassani Jr., Vincent Louis16 July 1965 - 23 September 1966
    19CAPT. Howell, Jay Stanley, USN (USNA 1944)23 September 1966 - 18 March 1968
    20CDR. Nellis, Donald Patrick18 March 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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