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USS Whitney (AD-4)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Romeo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941)
Second Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Sea clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Dobbin Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 23 April 1921, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 12 October 1923
  • Commissioned USS Whitney (AD-4), 2 September 1924
  • USS Whitney was at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
  • Decommissioned, 22 October 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 November 1946
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1947
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 18 March 1948, to Dulien Ship Products Co.
  • USS Whitney received one battle star for her World War II service
    Displacement 8,325 t., 16,900 t.(lim)
    Length 483' 10"
    Beam 61'
    Draft 25' 2" (lim)
    Speed 16 kts (trial).
    officer 35
    enlisted 674
    Largest boom capacity 17 t.
    four single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Ship's Service Generators three 250Kw 120V D.C.
    Fuel Capacity NFSO 6,845 Bbls.
    one Navy Yard Boston, Parsons-design geared turbine
    four Thorny boilers 215psi Sat.
    single Navy Yard Philadelphia Main Reduction Gear
    single propeller, 7,000shp
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    Whitney 22k USS Whitney (AD-4) moored to a buoy at San Diego, 7 October 1932. Her boats are alongside, and the masts of four "flushdeck" destroyers can be seen beyond her.
    US Navy photo # NH 65007.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Whitney 242k USS Whitney (AD-4) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Whitney 109k USS Whitney (AD-4) passing through the Panama Canal in 1936. Cliff Coffey
    Whitney 75k USS Whitney (AD-4) moored, date and location unknown Jerry C. Lester for his father
    James C. Lester BT2/c USS Whitney 1932-38
    Whitney 36k USS Whitney (AD-4) moored to a buoy at Pearl Harbor, T.H., 17 April 1942.
    US Navy photo.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Whitney 22k USS Whitney (AD-4) tending destroyers at San Diego, CA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
    Whitney 91k USS Whitney (AD-4) underway, date and location unknown Jon Burdett
    Whitney 42k Overhead view of USS Whitney (AD-4) underway with tugs alongside, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS Whitney (AD-4)
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    CAPT. White, Richard Drace2 September 1924 - ?
    CAPT. Ancrum, William? - 1929
    CAPT. Godwin, Donald Clark,? - 1939
    CDR. Corn, William Anderson, ? - 1940
    CDR. Pigman, N. M.? - 1941
    CDR. Wood, Robert WinthropOctober 1945 - 22 October 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Pearl Harbor Action Report
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    Last Updated 21 January 2011