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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, at right by Robert M. Cieri

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Grand Canyon (AR-28)
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USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) (1946 - 1971)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Charlie - Foxtrot
NWCF
Voice Call Sign - "Fireworks India"
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" ribbon - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp)
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon


Shenandoah Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 16 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 206) at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 27 April 1945
  • Delivered to the Navy, 8 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), 6 April 1946, Captain W. D. Hoover in command
  • Reclassified Repair Ship (AR-28), 11 March 1971
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register 1 September 1978
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in June 1980 to Union Minerals and Alloy Corp., New York, N.Y.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,755 t.(lt) 16,900 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 28'
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 918
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twelve 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Fuel Oil Capacities
    Navy Standard Fuel Oil 16,105 bbls.
    Diesel 4,415 bbls.
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Foster Wheeler D-type boilers 425psi 740°
    one Westinghouse double main reduction gear
    six turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, four 750kW 450V A.C., two 300kW 120V/240V D.C
    single shaft, 8,500shp

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    USS Grand Canyon (AD-28)
    Yellowstone 93k Grand Canyon (AD-28) underway in Puget Sound, 3 April 1946, three days prior to commissioning.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-93917, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Yellowstone 85k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) moored in the Mediterranean with USS Yellowstone (AD-27) outboard, circa late 1940s Rick Rowan
    Photo by Bill Wozniak USS Yellowstone
    Grand Canyon 82k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) moored at Naples, Italy, December 1947. Penny Peak in honor of her father Adrian Edward Peak, Cox. USS Grand Canyon
    Grand Canyon 47k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), at La Spetzia, Italy, October 1954, with USS Harwood (DD-861), USS Dashiell (DD-659), USS Rooks (DD-804) and USS Corry (DD-817) alongside. Photo by Larry Bohn
    Grand Canyon 197k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) 1954 Mediterranean Cruise Book cover. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Grand Canyon 73k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), moored to a buoy, date and place unknown. Photo from "Our Navy" Magazine, 15 August 1956. Stanley Svec
    Grand Canyon 98k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), at Newport R.I. in 1966 with five destroyers alongside. Destroyers moored alongside include USS Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. (DD-850), USS William R. Rush (DD-714), USS Harlan R. Dickson (DD-708), and two unidentified ships. © Richard Leonhardt
    Grand Canyon 77k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) underway in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1964.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri in honor of his father HTC Anthony J. Cieri, Jr. USN USS Grand Canyon, R Div., 21 July 1965 to 1 February 1967
    Grand Canyon 95k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) underway in Narragansett Bay, R.I., circa prior to 1964.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri in honor of his father HTC Anthony J. Cieri, Jr. USN USS Grand Canyon, R Div., 21 July 1965 to 1 February 1967
    Grand Canyon 108k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) "Med-moored" at Naples, Italy, April 1967.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri in honor of his father HTC Anthony J. Cieri, Jr. USN USS Grand Canyon, R Div., 21 July 1965 to 1 February 1967
    Grand Canyon 292k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) under way in 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Grand Canyon 279k
    Grand Canyon 292k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) at anchor in Grand Harbour, Valletta, Malta, with USS Massey (DD-778) and USS Kenneth D. Bailey (DDR-713) alongside in December 1968. Photos by Dave Truby SF2 USS Grand Canyon
    Grand Canyon 279k
    Grand Canyon 241k
    Grand Canyon 595k
    Grand Canyon 51k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28), at Naples, Italy. Photo was taken from USS Yellowstone (AD-27) in 1969. Yellowstone was arriving to relieve Grand Canyon. Photo by Mike Winiarczyk
    Grand Canyon 35k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) at Naples, Italy. Photo was taken from USS Yellowstone (AD-27) in 1969. Yellowstone was arriving to relieve Grand Canyon. Photo by Mike Winiarczyk
    Grand Canyon 401k USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) plaque cast in the ships foundry. Howard Weatherly
    USS Grand Canyon (AR-28)
    Grand Canyon 133k USS Grand Canyon (AR-28) plaque cast in the ships foundry from a 5" brass shell casing in 1975 and presented to Larry Thomson. Scott Thomson
    Grand Canyon 76k USS Grand Canyon (AR-28) homeward bound after completing a Mediterranean deployment, 1973.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri in honor of his father HTC Anthony J. Cieri, Jr. USN USS Grand Canyon, R Div., 21 July 1965 to 1 February 1967
    Yellowstone 129k USS Grand Canyon (AR-28) moored at Pier 25, Norfolk Naval Operating Base, 14 August 1978. Grand Canyon was preparing for decommissioning and transferring equipment to USS Shenandoah (AD-26) across the pier. USS Virginia (CGN-38) is moored astern of Grand Canyon.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 91180 by Christopher C. Wright.
    Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Grand Canyon, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Welcome Aboard and Decommissioning Pamphlets and Pamphlet Covers

  • Commanding Officers
    01 CAPT. Hoover, William D.5 April 1946 - ?
    02 CAPT. Sperry, Edward Robert1947
    03 CAPT. Cofer Jr., Robert Emmett1948
    04 CAPT. Connelley, Harold Haskell1949
    05 CDR. McGlathery, Richard Davis, USN (30)4 June 1951 - 10 July 1951
    06 CAPT. Fee, George Edward USN (25) :RADM10 July 1951 - 28 August 1951
    07 CAPT. Sweeney, John Driscoll USN (26)28 August 1951 - 19 May 1952
    08 CAPT. Anderson, Samuel Clay,21 June 1954
    09 CAPT. McGregor Jr., Louis Darby21 June 1955
    10 CAPT. Hoffman,1956
    11 CAPT. Fletcher Jr., Francis O'Connor (Sandy)1957
    12 CAPT. Wadliegh, John Remey1958
    13 CAPT. Bennett, Fred Groch :VADMJune 1959 - June 1960
    14 CAPT. Laughlin Jr., William Matthew1961 - 1962
    15 CAPT. Southard, Pemberton Paul,1963
    16 CAPT. Vail Jr., Powell Prestridge1962 - January 1964
    17 CAPT. Roberts, Jr., Clyde CameronJanuary 1964
    18 CAPT. Saylor, Philip George6 October 1964
    19 CAPT. Simcox, William ArthurJune 1966 - 30 June 1967
    20 CAPT. Penny, Harman Charles30 June 1967 - ?
    21 CAPT. Pavis, George Paul1968
    22 CAPT. Hayes Jr., James Wilton7 April 1970 - ?
    23 CAPT. Crane Jr., John Willoughby1972
    24 CAPT. Springer Jr., Roy Marinor1973
    25 CAPT. Carr, John HowardJanuary1976 - 14 July 1978
    26 CDR. Steele, Richard Hubbard14 July 1978 - 1 September 1978
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    USS Grand Canyon (AD-28) Contact
    Bruce A. Campbell, Acting President
    USS Bryce Canyon AD-36 Association
    3162 Isadora Drive, San Jose, CA 95132-1920
    408-729-6088
    Email: bluejacket411@gmail.com
    Email: AD36BC@gmail.com


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