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USS Cascade (AD-16)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Bravo - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia/Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Sea Service Deployment Ribbon

Cascade Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission hull type (C3-S-A2) under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 172) at Western Pipe & Steel Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched, 6 June 1942
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 9 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Cascade (AD-16), 12 March 1943, CAPT. Samuel B. Ogden in command
  • During World War II USS Cascade was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 30 June 1945

  • USS Cascade was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 27 March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 12 February 1947
  • Placed in service in reserve at Philadelphia, PA
  • Recommissioned, 5 April 1951, CAPT. George B. H. Stallings, in command
  • USS Cascade was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 21 February to 10 June 1953
  • Decommissioned, 22 November 1974
  • Struck from the Naval Register 23 November 1974
  • USS Cascade earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Permanent custody transfer to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 9 February 1975
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization Marketing Service, 9 February 1975, to Luria Bros.
    Displacement 9,260 t.(lt) 16,900 t.(lim)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 9"
    Draft 27' 6"
    Speed 18.4 kts.
    officers 62'
    enlisted 795
    Largest boom capacity30 t.
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    three twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two quad 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 17,360 Bbls
    one General Electric turbine
    two Foster & Wheeler D-type boilers 460psi, 765°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    three 100Kw 450V. A. C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Cascade 110k USS Cascade (AD-16) during inclining experiments in a dry dock at Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, 14 March 1943. The transport to the left off Cascade is unidentified.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1793-43, 3/14/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Cascade 177k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Cascade (AD-16) while docked in San Francisco. 14 March 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 1803-43, 3/14/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Cascade 101k Stern view USS Cascade (AD-16) near Navy Yard Mare Island, 26 March 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2074-43, 3/26/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Cascade 96k Broadside view USS Cascade (AD-16) near Navy Yard Mare Island, 26 March 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2076-43, 3/26/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Cascade 106k Bow on view USS Cascade (AD-16) near Navy Yard Mare Island, 26 March 1943. Unidentified tug alongside.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2078-43, 3/26/43.
    Darryl Baker
    87k USS Cascade (AD-16) off Navy Yard Mare Island, 27 March 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-45521 and 19-N-45519, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Cascade 121k Forward plan view of USS Cascade (AD-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 April 1943. Cascade was in overhaul at Mare Island from 26 March until 27 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3046-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Cascade 131k Aft plan view of USS Cascade (AD-16) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 25 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3047-43.
    Darryl Baker
    81k USS Cascade (AD-16) off Navy Yard Mare Island, 28 April 1943, after reduction of topside weight. Two 5"/38 guns have been removed and the heavy cranes have been replaced with booms.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-45526 and 19-N-45524, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst and CAPT. Jerry Mason USN Ret.
    Cascade 159k USS Cascade (AD-16), sometime after her 1943 yard period when her cranes were replaced with booms.
    US Navy photo.
    David Wright
    167k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor at Wakayama, Japan, 17 September 1945. Photo taken from USS Putnam (DD-757) as she was approaching Cascade.
    From the George Hansen USS Putnam photos set.
    Eric Hansen and John Chiquoine
    Cascade 106k 1943 Ship's service ticket stubs from USS Cascade (AD-16), saved for sixty years by USS Harrison (DD-573) Radioman Fred Schneider. From a long-forgotten parts mission to the tender. John Chiquoine
    Cascade 71k USS Cascade (AD-16) underway, date and location unknown. Steve Essex
    Cascade 123k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor with, from left to right: USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835), USS Daly (DD-519), and USS Cotten (DD-669) alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1955
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cascade 70k USS Cascade (AD-16) tending destroyers and miscellaneous other types, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1956
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cascade 1861k USS Cascade (AD-16) with USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697), USS Moale (DD-693) and USS Pompon (SSR-267) along side. Ships in the background in include left to right: USS Randolph (CVA-15), USS Waccamaw (AO-109), USS Mississinewa (AO-144) and two unidentified auxiliaries, an AO and possibly an AKA. At anchor in the Mediterranean, 12 September 1956.
    US Navy photo # 699217 now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Cascade 120k USS Cascade (AD-16) tending the Sixth Fleets USS Pompon (SSR-267), USS Moale (DD-693) and USS Charles S. Sperry (DD-697), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1957
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cascade 102k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor, 13 May 1957, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 1017141
    Robert Hurst
    Cascade 54k USS Cascade (AD-16) at Boston Naval Shipyard, May 1960 @copy Richard Leonhardt
    Cascade 89k USS Cascade (AD-16) under way in Boston Harbor, in March 1962, near the end of a three month overhaul at the Boston Naval Shipyard.
    Boston Naval Shipyard photo 2566, Boston National Historical Park Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-10637
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard. Boston, MA.
    Cascade 98k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor, circa 1963. Note her boats alongside.
    Photo courtesy Captain Aldo Fraccaroli.
    Robert Hurst
    Cascade 107k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor while tending minesweepers, possibly at Palomares Spain, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, September 1966.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cascade 154k USS Cascade (AD-16) under way, 15 March 1968, off Quonset Point, R.I.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # K-45705, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Cascade 81k USS Cascade (AD-16) under way off Newport, R.I., date unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Cascade 88k USS Cascade (AD-16) moored in her berth at Naval Station Newport, R.I. in 1968. with USS Brumby (DE-1044) alongside. Photo taken from the fantail of USS Lloyd Thomas (DD-764) by John A Pisanelli John A Pisanelli USS Lloyd Thomas
    Cascade 1753k USS Cascade (AD-16) moored at Naval Station Newport R.I. with, from inboard to outboard; USS Dealey (DE-1006), USS Joseph K. Taussig (DE-1030), and USS McCloy (DE-1038) alongside, 25 July 1970 Photo ©Richard Leonhardt
    Cascade 146k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor, 15 March 1968, 17 August 1971, in the Mediterranean Sea.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # K-91016, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Denebola 94k USS Cascade (AD-16), USS Denebola (AF-56) and the Destroyer Escorts USS Lester (DE-1022), USS Hammerberg (DE-1015) and USS Courtney (DE-1021) moored at Naples, Italy, 13 March 1971
    Photo by PHC B.M. Anderson.
    US Navy photo # K 88830 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Cascade 268k From left to right USS Sylvania (AFS-2), USS Cascade (AD-16), USS Denebola (AF-56) moored at Naples, Italy, March 1971 Photo by Dave Truby
    Cascade 29k USS Cascade (AD-16) moored to a breakwater just forward of USS Midway (CVA-41), location unknown, 7 May 1973 Photo by Larry Bohn
    429k USS Cascade (AD-16) moored at Athens (Elefsis) late May early June 1973, with USS Josephus Daniels (DLG-27) and USS Mitscher (DDG-35) alongside. Josephus Daniels left in July 1973 and Mitscher outchopped the Med, 21 June 1973. Carl Kracht USS Vreeland (DE-1068)
    Cascade 133k USS Cascade (AD-16) under way off Newport, Rhode Island, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Smolinski
    Cascade 33k USS Cascade (AD-16) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Cascade 239k Cover of USS Cascade (AD-16) Change of Command Ceremony, 27 August 1974 at Norfolk, VA. - LCDR. J. Hudson Beaton USN relieved Capt. M.I. McCreight, III USN. Stephen J. Essex

    For more photos and information about USS Cascade, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Cascade (AD-16) War Diary
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • Postal Covers related to the ship

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Ogden, Samuel Burr, USN12 March 1943 - 10 May 1944
    02CAPT. Gates, Herbert Kenneth10 May 1944 - 24 December 1945
    03CAPT. Young, Louis Thomason, USN24 December 1945 - 12 February 1947
      Decommissioned12 February 1947 - 5 April 1951
    04CAPT. Stallings, George Bennett Haywood :RADM5 April 1951 - 19 May 1952
    05CAPT. McGregor, Robert Roy, USN (USNA 1929)19 May 1952 - July 1953
    06CAPT. Canty, Joseph Patrick :RADMJuly 1953 - August 1954
    07CAPT. Olsen, Robert Irving, USN (USNA 1933)August 1954 - January 1956
    08CAPT. Robertson, Edward Livingston, USN (USNA 1931)January 1956 - January 1957
    09CAPT. Molumphy, George Garvie, USN (USNA 1931)January 1957 - December 1957
    10CAPT. Conwell, Lester Cameron, USN (USNA 1933)December 1957 - November 1959
    11CAPT. White Jr., Frederic Hall, USNNovember 1959 - 4 November 1960
    12CAPT. Morrison Jr., Charles Henry, USN (USNA 1938)4 November 1960 - 2 October 1961
    13CAPT. Curran Jr., James Henry, USN2 October 1961 - November 1962
    14CAPT. Eddy, Thomas RoderickNovember 1962 - December 1962
    15CDR. Schwartze, George McNemer, USN (Acting)December 1962 - February 1963
    16CAPT. Guy, Robert Stephen, USNFebruary 1963 - June 1964
    17CAPT. Moriarty, Thomas John, USNJune 1964 - July 1965
    18CAPT. Worthing, Lewis KendallJuly 1965 - March 1966
    19CAPT. Birdt, GeorgeMarch 1966 - September 1967
    20CAPT. Linville, James Calder, USNSeptember 1967 - January 1969
    21CAPT. Tisdale, Robert StreetJanuary 1969 - September 1970
    22CAPT. Schniedwind, Robert FrancisSeptember 1970 - 15 July 1972
    23CAPT. McCreight III, Major Israel15 July 1972 - 27 August 1974
    24LCDR. Beaton, J. Hudson27 August 1974 - 22 November 1974
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves, Photos Courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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