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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 Darrell5 April 1946 - 1947
    02 CAPT. Sperry, Edward Robert1947 - 1948
    03 CAPT. Cofer Jr., Robert Emmett1948 - 1949
    04 CAPT. Connelley, Harold Haskell1949 - 1950
    05 CAPT. Fee, George Edward USN (USNA 1925) :RADM1950 - 4 June 1951
    06 CDR. McGlathery, Richard Davis, USN (USNA 1930)4 June 1951 - 10 July 1951
    07 CAPT. Fee, George Edward USN (USNA 1925) :RADM10 July 1951 - 29 August 1951
    08 CAPT. Sweeney, John Driscoll USN (USNA 1926)29 August 1951 - 1 May 1952
    09 CAPT. Munholland, John1 May 1952 - 1 May 1953
    10 CAPT. Anderson, Samuel Clay, USN (USNA 1929)1 May 1953 - 21 June 1954
    11 CAPT. McGregor Jr., Louis Darby, USN (USNA 1930 :RADM8 July 1955 - 30 June 1956
    12 CAPT. Hoffman, George Dewey30 March 1956 - 10 June 1957
    13 CAPT. Fletcher Jr., Francis O'Connor (Sandy)10 June 1957 - 27 July 1958
    14 CAPT. Wadliegh, John Remey :RADM27 July 1958 - 27 June 1959
    15 CAPT. Bennett, Fred Groch, USN (USNA 1936) :VADM27 June 1959 - June 1960
    16 CAPT. McEntire Jr., Fred EarleJune 1960 - 12 May 1961
    17 CAPT. Laughlin Jr., William Matthew, USN12 May 1961 - 23 January 1962
    18 CAPT. Vail Jr., Powell Prestridge, USN (USNA 1941)23 January 1962 - 7 June 1963
    19 CAPT. Southard, Pemberton Paul, USN (USNA 1941)7 June 1963 - 10 July 1964
    20 CAPT. Roberts, Jr., Charles Clay10 July 1964 - 6 October 1964
    21 CAPT. Saylor, Philip George6 October 1964 - June 1966
    22 CAPT. Simcox, William ArthurJune 1966 - 30 June 1967
    23 CAPT. Penny, Harman Charles, USN (USNA 1946)30 June 1967 - 29 October 1968
    24 CAPT. Pavis, George Paul, USN (USNA 1946)29 October 1968 - 7 April 1970
    25 CAPT. Hayes Jr., James Wilton, USN7 April 1970 - 1972
    26 CAPT. Crane Jr., John Willoughby, USN (USNA 1947)1972 - 29 October 1973
    27 CAPT. Springer Jr., Roy Marinor, USN (USNA 1950)29 October 1973 - 24 January 1976
    28 CAPT. Carr, John Howard, USN (USNA 1953)24 January 1976 - 14 July 1978
    29 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

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