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USS Pigeon (ASR-21)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Tango - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Secretary of the Navy Letter of Commendation
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (6) - National Defense Service Medal (2)

Pigeon Class Submarine Rescue Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 July 1968, at Alabama Drydock and Shipbuilding Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Launched, 13 August 1969
  • Commissioned USS Pigeon (ASR-21), 28 April 1973
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 31 August 1992
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 18 December 1998
  • Reacquired, 23 March 2002, for use as a non-operational training platform at Naval Station San Diego
  • Returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in early 2012 to International Shipbreaking Ltd., for $383,000
    Displacement 3,706 t.(lt) 4,545 t.(fl)
    Length 251
    Beam 93'
    Draft 26' (max)
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 139
    Armament two 3"/50 guns
    Aircraft helicopter pad only
    Propulsion four diesel engines, two propeller shafts

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    Pigeon 103k US Navy drawing of a Pigeon Class Salvage and Rescue Ship. Robert Hurst
    Pigeon 389k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    Scott Koen
    Pigeon 389k
    Pigeon 177k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) under way, circa 1977-78, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1978.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pigeon 248k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Mud, Muscles and Miracles", by CAPT. Charles A. Bartholomew, USN and CDR. William I. Milwee, Jr., USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Pigeon 174k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) in drydock #3 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 6 August 1979. Pigeon was in overhaul at Mare Island from 30 July 1979 to 23 June 1980.
    File name: ASR 21 DD3 080679, Navy Photo, 8/6/79.
    Darryl Baker
    Pigeon 341k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) under way at Vancouver, B.C., 5 June 1991
    Photo by Rick Garcia
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Pigeon 428k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 97310 from the collection of Christopher P Cavas, 2000
    US Naval Historical Center
    Pigeon 253k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) under way after October 1978, location unknown. This photo has been dated based on the fact that Pigeon was award the Battle "E" and Engineering "E" in October 1978.
    US Navy photo
    Darryl Baker
    Pigeon 332k USS Pigeon (ASR-21) entering dry dock #3 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 6 August 1979.
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum file # ASR 21 195000-8-79, US Navy Photo, 8/6/1979
    Darryl Baker
    Pigeon 362k Ex-USS Pigeon (ASR-21) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
    US Maritime Administration photo
    Ron Reeves
    Pigeon 260k
    Pigeon 872k Ex-USS Pigeon (ASR-21) at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 22 January 2012. Ex-Pigeon was there for cleaning before being towed to the International Shipbreaking Ltd. yard for dismantling. Beyond Pigeon is Ex-USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) in Dry Dock #3, also at the yard for cleaning before being towed to ESCO Marine in Brownsville, TX. for dismantling. Photos by Darryl Baker
    Pigeon 1071k

    Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Darryl Baker
    Contributed by Darryl Baker

    For more photos and information about USS Pigeon see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • National Register Eligibility Assessment
  • National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
  • Ship History/Command Operations Reports, 1974 through 1979
  • Welcome Aboard pamphlet, 1978-79

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. McDermott, James Joseph28 April 1973 - 28 February 1974
    02CDR. Doyle, William James28 February 1974 - 11 June 1976
    03CDR. Smith, Anthony J.11 June 1976 - 4 August 1978
    04CDR. Duchock Jr., Charles Jack4 August 1978 - 15 August 1980
    05CDR. Leeke Jr., Howard Warfield (Warrie)15 August 1980 - 12 August 1982
    06CDR. Shotts, Willard Edward12 August 1982 - 17 August 1984
    07CDR. Cleal, Stephen Roger17 August 1984 - 17 June 1986
    08CDR. Appleby, Robert Thomas17 June 1986 - 13 June 1989
    09CDR. Glidden, Eric Stanley13 June 1989 - 21 November 1991
    10CDR. Mills, Gary Bond21 November 1991 - 31 August 1992
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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