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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

Waterford (ARD-5)
USS ARD-5 (1943 - 1976)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Echo - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Nave Battle "E" ribbon (7) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)

Waterford (ARD-5) was transferred to Chile, renamed Talcahuano

ARD-2 Class Auxiliary Repair Dock:
  • Laid down, 22 September 1941, at Pacific Bridge Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Launched, 12 March 1942
  • Commissioned USS ARD-5, 3 July 1943, CDR. Clarence S. Williams, in command
  • Placed out of commission and in service, 30 August 1946
  • Named Waterford (ARD-5) in 1976
  • Placed out of service, 9 September 1997
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1997
  • Final Disposition, disposed of via Security Assistance Program cash sale to Chile, 10 March 1999
  • Renamed Talcahuano, 30 August 1999
    Displacement 4,200 t.(lt)
    Length 482' 7"
    Beam 71'
    Draft 5'
    Armament 2 single 20mm gun mounts
    Complement 6 Officers, 125 Enlisted

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    Waterford (ARD-5)
    Waterford 60k Artist rendition of Waterford (ARD-5) by W. H. Ravell CWO4 Stanley J. Brice USN
    Waterford/West Milton 45k Waterford (ARD-5) right, West Milton (ARD-7) left, at New London, CT, circa 1960s-70s. CWO4 Stanley J. Brice USN (09670502)
    Tommy Trampp (09670507)
    Waterford/West Milton 68k
    Waterford 307k Waterford (ARD-5) moored at New London, CT, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Waterford 69k Waterford (ARD-5) at Groton, CT., 28 July 1996, shortly before her inactivation. Photo by Ken Hart
    Waterford 111k Waterford (ARD-5) at Groton, CT., bow view, 28 July 1996, shortly before her inactivation. Photo by Ken Hart
    Waterford 67k Waterford (ARD-5) inactivation ceremony at Naval Submarine Base New London, 9 September 1997 Tom Kilkenny
    Waterford 15k Ex-Waterford (ARD-5) now in service as the Chilean drydock Talcahuano underway with assistance of a tug alongside.
    Photo from
    Tommy Trampp

    Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS ARD-5 / Waterford (ARD-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Williams, Clarence S.3 July 1942 - January 1943
    02LCDR. Beard, Francis WillisJanuary 1943 - April 1943
    03CDR. Sheridan, Thomas W.April 1943 - 13 August 1943
    04CDR. Parker, Ross, C.13 August 1943 - May 1944
    05CDR. Fredericks, HarmonMay 1944 - June 1944
    06LCDR. Spangler, James B.June 1944 - September 1944
    07LCDR. Crossman, Mortiner BlakeSeptember 1944 - 30 August 1946
    Officers In Charge
    08LT. Efird, Terril Alexander30 August 1946 - ?
    09LT. Lusk, Thomas dates
    10CWO. Claudy, Henry Thomasno dates
    11LT. Furnholm, William Georgeno dates
    12LT. Jacobson, James B.April 1965 - October 1967
    13LT. Simonelli, Norman WalterOctober 1967 - January 1970
    14LT. Brann, R. W.January 1970 - August 1974
    15LT. Ellis, R. W.August 1974 - November 1975
    16LCDR. Goode, Eugene F.November 1975 - December 1977
    20LCDR. Peitzmeyer, Kenneth Dal, USN20 October 1985 - November 1986
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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