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USS Klondike (AR-22)
USS Klondike (AD-22) (1945 - 1960)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Victor - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1)

Klondike Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down,date unknown, at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 12 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Klondike (AD-22), 30 July 1945, at San Pedro, CA., CDR. M. B. Hatch in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 November 1946
  • Recommissioned, 15 July 1959
  • Reclassified Repair Ship, (AR-22), 20 February 1960
  • During the Vietnam War USS Klondike (AR-22) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War
    Campaign and Dates
    Tet\69 Counteroffensive
    31 March to 24 April 1969
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 8 May 1975, fate unknown
  • USS Klondike earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 8,165 t.(lt) 16,635 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27'
    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 7,485Bbls
    Diesel 4,645Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 350Kw 450V A.C.
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Klondike (AD-22)
    Klondike 75k Klondike (AD-22) underway near her builders yard at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., San Pedro, CA., 28 July 1945, two days prior to her commissioning.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-88221 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Klondike (AR-22)
    Klondike 162k USS Klondike (AR-22) underway in 1962, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Klondike 54k USS Klondike (AR-22) departing San Diego, circa 1963. John Strohmaier
    Klondike 99k USS Klondike (AR-22), with USS O'Bannon (DD-450) alongside, Subic Bay, PI, 25 June 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Klondike 75k
    Klondike 62k USS Klondike (AR-22), at Subic Bay, PI, with USS Stickell (DD-888), USS Haverfield (DER-393), and US Evans (DE-1023) alongside, 6 July 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Klondike 97k USS Klondike (AR-22) passing Point Loma as she departs San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. and Walt Reasons
    Klondike 182k USS Klondike (AR-22) in Subic Bay, Philippines, 1 November 1963. The destroyers alongside, all "FRAM II" types of Destroyer Squadron 15, are: (from inboard to outboard): USS Taussig (DD-746); USS John A. Bole (DD-755); USS Lofberg (DD-759); and USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)
    US Navy photo # NH 82515 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Fred Weiss
    Klondike 89k USS Klondike (AR-22) under way circa 1969, location unknown.
    US Navy photo by PH2 S.C. Wyckoff.
    Robert Hurst
    Klondike 116k USS Klondike (AR-22) underway, circa 1960s, location unknown.
    Photo from US Naval History and Heritage Command collections
    Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Klondike, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Klondike (AD/AR-22)

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hatch, Maurice Edward 30 July 1945 - 30 November 1946AD-22
      In Commission in Reserve30 November 1946 - 15 July 1959AD-22
    02CDR. Mullins Jr., Fred Ferguson (Moon)15 July 1959 - 18 March 1960AD-22
    05CAPT. Bikle, Burton Lagerquist10 March 1960 - 10 March 1961AD-22/AR-22
    06CAPT. Elliott Jr., James Brona (NG)10 March 1961 - 22 September 1962AR-22
    07CAPT. Campbell, James22 September 1962 - November 1963AR-22
    08CAPT. Scapa, Jacob (Jack)November 1963 - 1964AR-22
    09CAPT. Coulter, Frank John1965 - 1967AR-22
    10CAPT. Connelley Jr., Ernest ClydeAugust 1967 - December 1968AR-22
    11CAPT. Maupin, Elwin CourtneyDecember 1968 - 29 August 1970AR-22
    12CDR. Kratz, Marshall (53)29 August 1970 - 15 December 1970AR-22
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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