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USS Carronade (LFR-1)
USS Carronade (IFS-1) (1955 - 1968)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Golf - Xray
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (23 April 66, 18 March 68, 9 June 68) - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (10)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (13) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Carronade Class Inshore Fire Support Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Puget Sound Bridge and Dredging Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 26 May 1953
  • Commissioned USS Carronade (IFS-1), 25 May 1955, LCDR. D. O. Doran in command
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1960, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned in 1965
  • During the Vietnam War USS Carronade (IFS-1/ LFR-1) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    18 April to 12 May 1966
    16 to 28 May 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 10 July 1968
    20 September to 4 October 1968
    18 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    26 July to 14 August 1966
    26 August to 15 September 1966
    22 September to 4 October 1966
    31 March to 29 April 1967
    13 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 3 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 to 5 June 1967
    11 to 23 August 1967
    16 September to 27 October 1967
    5 November to 9 December 1967
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    24 March to 7 May 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    3 to 12 February 1968
    21 February to 26 March 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    13 June to 19 July 1969
    27 to 28 July 1969
    26 September to 30 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    15 to 27 May 1968
    6 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    12 to 27 November 1969
    27 December 1969 to 11 January 1970

  • Redesignated (LFR-1), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1970, at Bremerton, WA. and laid up in the Inactive Ship Facility, Bremerton WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1973
  • USS Carronade earned ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 September 1994, by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) to West Waterway Lumber Co., Seattle, WA.
    Displacement 1,500 t.
    Length 245'
    Beam 39'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 162
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    eight Rocket Launchers
    two 40mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion diesel
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    Carronade 159k USS Carronade (IFS-1) designed to replace the LSMR (medium landing ship, rocket), which was employed during World War II to give close-in fire support to the troops ashore. This photograph shows crew members standing by on deck on commissioning day as ship steams in Puget Sound, 25 May 1955.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 67513.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Carronade 412k USS Carronade (IFS-1) crew members standing by on deck as the ship glides across the waters of Puget Sound during sea trials, 27 May 1955.
    US Navy photo # USN 668544.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Carronade 76k USS Carronade (IFS-1) under way, date and location unknown. Joseph Biron to the USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Carronade 391k USS Carronade (IFS-1) fires a salvo of rockets during an amphibious training operation off the coast of Kauai, HI. circa April 1956.
    US Navy photo # USN 709597.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Carronade 141k USS Carronade (IFS-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1957.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Carronade 104k USS Carronade (IFS-1) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1960.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Carronade 78k USS Carronade (IFS-1) under way, circa 1967, location unknown.  
    Carronade 66k USS Carronade (IFS-1) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Carronade 91k USS Carronade (IFS-1) exiting San Diego harbor, August 1959. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Clarion River 45k Inshore Fire Support Division 93 consisting of USS Carronade (IFS-1), USS White River (LSMR-536), USS St. Francis River (LSMR-525) and USS Clarion River (LSMR-409), off Danang, South Vietnam, 1967 Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Carronade 91k USS Carronade (IFS-1) operating off shore, south of Da Nang, Vietnam, ready to provide fire support for US Marines, 11 November 1967.
    US National Archives, Photo # USN 1127944 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green

    USS Carronade Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Wolfgang Hechler
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Carronade (IFS/LFR-1)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Doran, Daniel O'Connell25 May 1955 - 1956IFS-1
    02LCDR. Thompson, Arthur James USN (44)1956 - 1958IFS-1
    03LCDR. Ursettie, Howard Jackson1958 - July 1959IFS-1
    04LCDR. Hulihan, John William, USNJuly 1959 - 31 May 1960 
     Decommissioned31 May 1960 - 2 September 1965IFS-1
    05LCDR. McCoy, Roy Edgar2 October 1965 - July 1967IFS-1
    06LCDR. Pritchard, ReeseJuly 1967 - July 1969IFS-1 /LFR-1
    07LCDR. Black, Rudolph RichardJuly 1969 - July 1970LFR-1
    08LT. Larison, Donald EddieJuly 1970 - 24 July 1970LFR-1
    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
    USS Carronade IFS-1
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Decommissioning Program
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