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USS Ballard (AVD-10)
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USS Ballard (DD-267) (1920 - 1940)
USS Ballard (Destroyer #267) (1919 - 1920)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal

Clemson Class Destroyer:
  • Laid down, 3 June 1918, as Ballard (Destroyer # 267) at Bethlehem Steel Corp., Squantum, MA.
  • Launched, 7 December 1918
  • Commissioned USS Ballard (Destroyer # 267), 5 June 1919, LCDR. H. M. Collier in command
  • Reclassified DD-267 in the Navy's fleet-wide assignment of alphanumeric hull numbers, 17 July 1920
  • Decommissioned, 17 June 1922, at San Diego, CA., laid up in reserve
  • Withdrawn from reserve, commissioned in ordinary, 25 June 1940
  • Towed to Union Yard of Bethlehem Steel Corp., San Francisco, CA. for conversion to a Sea Plane Tender, Destroyer
  • Redesignated AVD-10, 2 August 1940
  • Placed in full commission as USS Ballard (AVD-10), 2 January 1941
  • During World War II USS Ballard was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 15 June to 3 July 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944

  • Decommissioned, 5 December 1945, at Navy Yard Philadelphia, PA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 May 1946.
  • USS Ballard earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,095t.(lt) 1,730t.(fl)
    Length 314' 5"
    Beam 31' 8"
    Draft 14' 1"
    Speed 30.9 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 11
    Enlisted 127
    Boats;
    4 LCP(L) landing craft
    Armament
    two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    five single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 1,675 Bbls
    Diesel 711 Bbls
    Propulsion;
    two Westinghouse geared turbines
    two White Forester boilers, 265psi Sat°
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    2 turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ships Service Generators
    two propellers, 26,000shp

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    Ballard 119k USS Ballard (AVD-1) underway, 21 March 1941, location unknown. .
    Ballard 97k Aft plan view of USS Ballard (AVD-10) at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 5 January 1942. Note motor launch stowed above the main deck between the smokestack and the after deck house, with life rafts nearby; 3"/50 dual-purpose gun atop the after deck house; large propeller guards at her stern. Two submarines under construction in the background are probably USS Wahoo (SS-238) and USS Whale (SS-239).
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-26638 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the Bureau of Ships collection at the US National Achieves.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ballard 133k Forward plan view of USS Ballard (AVD-10) at the Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 5 January 1942. Note details of her conversion from a destroyer to a seaplane tender, including: enlarged forward deck house; 3"/50 dual-purpose gun on the forecastle; four .50 caliber machine guns atop the midships deck house; 26-foot motor whaleboat stowed alongside the two remaining smokestacks. Steam is being vented over the side from a hose just aft of the midships deck house.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-26639 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the Bureau of Ships collection at the US National Achieves.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ballard 65k Japanese prisoners of war on board USS Ballard (AVD-10) after being rescued from a lifeboat two weeks after the Battle of Midway. They were members of the aircraft carrier IJNS Hiryu's engineering force, left behind when she was abandoned, 5 June 1942, and had escaped in one of her boats just as she sank
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-79974-1, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Navy Historical Center
    Ballard 93k Cutter from the sunken Japanese aircraft carrier IJNS Hiryu, suspended from the starboard boat davits of USS Ballard (AVD-10), at Midway circa late June 1942. This boat had been picked up on 19 June, along with its occupants, who became prisoners of war. USS PT-25 and USS PT-30 are among the 77-foot ELCO-type PT boats visible in the right and left background. Note Ballard's motor whaleboat, cane fender, dark-colored awnings and smokestack details.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-79981-21, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ballard 66k Japanese prisoners of war, survivors of the aircraft carrier IJNS Hiryu, are brought ashore at Midway following their rescue from an open lifeboat by USS Ballard (AVD-10), 19 June 1942. After being held for a few days on Midway, they were sent on to Pearl Harbor on 23 June. Note Marine guards at left and in the center background, armed with M1903 "Springfield" rifles.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-79984-28, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ballard 177k From bottom to top; USS Ballard (AVD-10), USS Hammondsport (APV-2), USS Vestal (AR-4) and a garbage lighter (YG) surrounded by anti-submarine nets at Pearl Harbor, 12 July 1942.
    US Navy photo # NH 84001, courtesy of the Naval Historical Foundation, Forrestal Collection
    US Naval Historical Center
    Ballard 179k Aft plan view of USS Ballard (AVD-10) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 18, December 1943 following a refit. Changes made during the refit include;
    (1) radome mounted SF surface-search radar, below her SC air-search radar,
    (2) YG homing beacon on short mast aft of foremast,
    (3) loud speaker mounted just above search light above bridge, and
    (4) 20mm guns added at both the extreme stern and next to the YG homing beacon mast behind the new open bridge structure. Note the unusual stack caps and the pair of airplane-servicing boats moved by the boom attached to the stub mainmast.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Ballard 205k Forward plan view of USS Ballard (AVD-10) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 18 December 1943 following a refit. USS Louisville (CA-28) is to the left and USS Chincoteague (AVP-24) is forward of Ballard
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Ballard 89k Stern view of USS Ballard (AVD-10) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 December 1943. Ballard was in the yard from 7 November to 30 December 1943.
    Darryl Baker
    Ballard 89k Broadside view of USS Ballard (AVD-10) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 30 December 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8446-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ballard 97k USS Ballard (AVD-10) at anchor off Naval Station Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay, 30 December 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8448-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ballard 613k USS Ballard (AVD-10) at anchor off Naval Station Treasure Island, 30 December 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island file # DD 267-2 AVD-10 8445-43,
    Darryl Baker
    Ballard 78k USS Ballard (AVD-10) at anchor off Naval Station Treasure Island, 30 December 1943.
    US Navy photo from the San Francisco NARA, Mare Island Navy Yard Ship Files.
    Tracy White

    USS Ballard (DD-267 / AVD-10)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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