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USS Isle Royale (AD-29)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal (1)

Shanandoah Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 16 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission (C3) hull), under a Maritime Commission contract at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 19 September 1945
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Long Beach as headquarters for the Long Beach Group of the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Commissioned USS Isle Royale (AD-29), 9 June 1962, CAPT. Vicent M. Dickerson, in command
  • During the Vietnam War Isle Royale (AD-29) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    9 January to 1 February 1967
  • Decommissioned, 11 March 1971
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 September 1971, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1976
  • Permanent Title transferred to MARAD, 21 December 1977
  • Withdrawn from Reserve and transferred to US Navy for stripping, 29 April 1977
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 21 December 1977, for non-transportation use to Waterman Supply Co. for $100,000.00, Physically delivered at Pearl Harbor, 18 January 1978, resold by Waterman Supply to International steel Co. for scrapping
  • USS Isle Royale earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 8,165 t.(lt) 16,900 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.5 kts (trial).
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 918
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 16,105Bbls
    Diesel 4,415Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Foster & Wheeler D-type boilers, 435psi 740°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Isle Royale 98k Isle Royale (AD-29), underway in Puget Sound near Todd Pacific Shipyards Inc., 21 March 1946. She appears to be backing down during machinery trials. The ship was completed in 1946 but was not commissioned until 1962.US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-93750, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, taken by Todd Pacific Shipyards, now in the collections of the US National Archives. Robert Hurst and Wolfgang Hechler
    Isle Royale 224k
    Isle Royale 125k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) in the Pearl Harbor channel passing the Arizona memorial in June 1963. Helicopter and additional repair facilities have been added on the stern in place of one 5"/38 gun.US Navy photo # KN 55116, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command. Robert Hurst
    Isle Royale 102k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) underway in 1963, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Isle Royale 90k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) at Pearl Harbor, HI. in April 1969. © Richard Leonhardt
    Isle Royale 97k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) at Pearl Harbor, HI. in May 1968. © Richard Leonhardt
    Isle Royale 28k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) with USS Eversole (DD-789) alongside at San Diego, CA., circa 1960s.
    US Navy photo
    Isle Royale 70k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) moored, probably at Naval Station San Diego, CA., in 1968 with three destroyers alongside and USS O'Brien (DD-725) at the next pier.
    Photo by Curt Helmer
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Isle Royale 261k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) under way outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown. Wolfgang Hechler
    Isle Royale 241k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) under way date and location unknown. Wolfgang Hechler
    Isle Royale 127k USS Isle Royale (AD-29) under way date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Dickerson, Vincent Mansford9 June 1962 - 24 June 1963
    02CAPT. Heran Jr., Guy Edward USN (40)24 June 1963 - 25 July 1964
    03CAPT. Watson, Samuel Elijah USN (43)25 July 1964 - 17 July 1965
    04CAPT. Kubel, Howard Leo USN17 July 1965 - 25 August 1966
    05CAPT. Baker, Royal Wilbur USNR25 August - 11 July 1968
    06CAPT. Nuschke, Paul Louis USN11 July 1968 - 18 December 1969
    07CAPT. Bush, Philip Roderick USN18 December 1969 - 5 October 1970
    08CDR. Morin, Richard James USN5 Oct 1970 - 11 March 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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

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