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USS Shenandoah (AD-26)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon) - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Shenandoah Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 16 September 1944, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 26) at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 29 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Shenandoah (AD-26), 13 August 1945, CAPT. Albert C. Burrows in command
  • Decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., and struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1980
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 February 1982, to Andy Machinery Co. Brownsville, TX., for $262,999.00
    Displacement 11,755 t.(lt) 16,900 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 28'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 63
    Enlisted 987
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty-two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 16,105Bbls
    Diesel 4,415Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine engines
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers 435psi 740°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500SHP
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    Shenandoah 112k Shenandoah (AD-26) running builders trials at 18 knots, 31 July 1945, probably in Puget Sound in Washington state.
    Photo by Todd Shipbuilding, Tacoma, WA., US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-86690 now in the collections of the US National Archives RG 19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst
    Shenandoah 893k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored to a buoy at Cannes France in July 1952 with three destroyers alongside (from inboard to outboard):
    USS Vesole (DDR-878)
    USS Cone (DD-866)
    USS Newman K. Perry (DDR-883)
    US Navy photo printed as a postcard.
    Steven W. Orvis
    Shenandoah 151k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Shenandoah 61k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 257k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored pierside at NOB Norfolk, Va., circa 1960s. William C. Beckenbach
    Shenandoah 111k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) makes port at Barcelona, Spain, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine February 1961
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 141k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway in 1963, location unknown
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Shenandoah 87k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway in 1964, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Shenandoah 115k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored pierside at Naval Station San Juan, Puerto Rico, date unknown with destroyers (from inboard to outboard)
    USS Holder (DD-819)
    USS O'Hare (DD-889)
    USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711)
    USS Putnam (DD-757)
    USS Conway (DD-507)
    USS Edward McDonnell (DE-1043)
    USS Bristol (DD-857)
    of DESRON 32 alongside taking some time off from maneuvers for some liberty in San Juan.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine July 1966
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 89k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway off NOB Norfolk, VA., August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Shenandoah 16k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Shenandoah 22k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Shenandoah 43k USS Shenandoah (AD-26), at Barcelona, Spain, 16 September, 1979, the 35th anniversary of her keel laying and less than seven months before decommissioning. Her once familiar, bow mounted 5" gun had been removed several years earlier. Barely visible in the background (top right corner of the photo) were USS Pensacola (LSD 38), right, and the ill-fated USS La Moure County (LST 1194), left. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Shenandoah 112k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) and USS Albany (CG-10) at Gaeta, Italy, 1979.
    US Navy photo
    Orlando Gallardo, Jr.

    For more photos and information about USS Shenandoah, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers

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

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