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USS Shenandoah (AD-26)

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

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

Shenandoah Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down, 16 September 1944, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 26) at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 29 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Shenandoah (AD-26), 13 August 1945, CAPT. Albert C. Burrows in command
  • Decommissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, VA., and struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1980
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 February 1982, to Andy Machinery Co. Brownsville, TX., for $262,999.00
    Displacement 11,755 t.(lt) 16,900 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 28'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 63
    Enlisted 987
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty-two single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 16,105Bbls
    Diesel 4,415Bbls
    one Westinghouse geared turbine engines
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers 435psi 740°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500SHP
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    Shenandoah 112k Shenandoah (AD-26) running builders trials at 18 knots, 31 July 1945, probably in Puget Sound in Washington state.
    Photo by Todd Shipbuilding, Tacoma, WA., US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-86690 now in the collections of the US National Archives RG 19-LCM.
    Robert Hurst
    Shenandoah 893k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored to a buoy at Cannes France in July 1952 with three destroyers alongside (from inboard to outboard):
    USS Vesole (DDR-878)
    USS Cone (DD-866)
    USS Newman K. Perry (DDR-883)
    US Navy photo printed as a postcard.
    Steven W. Orvis
    Shenandoah 151k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Shenandoah 61k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 257k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored pierside at NOB Norfolk, Va., circa 1960s. William C. Beckenbach
    Shenandoah 111k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) makes port at Barcelona, Spain, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine February 1961
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 141k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) under way in 1963, location unknown
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Shenandoah 139k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) under way, date and location unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Shenandoah 121k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored to buoys, date and location unknown. Mike Smolinski
    Shenandoah 87k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) under way in 1964, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Shenandoah 115k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) moored pierside at Naval Station San Juan, Puerto Rico, date unknown with destroyers (from inboard to outboard)
    USS Holder (DD-819)
    USS O'Hare (DD-889)
    USS Eugene A. Greene (DD-711)
    USS Putnam (DD-757)
    USS Conway (DD-507)
    USS Edward McDonnell (DE-1043)
    USS Bristol (DD-857)
    of DESRON 32 alongside taking some time off from maneuvers for some liberty in San Juan.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine July 1966
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shenandoah 89k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway off NOB Norfolk, VA., August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Shenandoah 16k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Shenandoah 22k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) underway, date and location unknown.  
    Shenandoah 43k USS Shenandoah (AD-26), at Barcelona, Spain, 16 September, 1979, the 35th anniversary of her keel laying and less than seven months before decommissioning. Her once familiar, bow mounted 5" gun had been removed several years earlier. Barely visible in the background (top right corner of the photo) were USS Pensacola (LSD 38), right, and the ill-fated USS La Moure County (LST 1194), left. Photo by Fabio Peņa
    Shenandoah 112k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) and USS Albany (CG-10) at Gaeta, Italy, 1979.
    US Navy photo
    Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    198k USS Shenandoah (AD-26) at anchor, date and location unknown. Nicholas Tiberio
    USS Shenandoah
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Burrows, Albert Collins, USN (USNA 1928) :RADM13 August 1945 - 5 May 1946
    02CDR. Ericson, Hampton Maturin5 May 1946 - 29 July 1946
    03CDR. Parker, Leonard Alden29 July 1946 - 6 August 1946
    04CAPT. Pottle, Velentine Linn 6 August 1946 - 19 January 1947
    05CAPT. Robinson, James Marshall :RADM19 January 1947 - 10 January 1948
    06CAPT. O'Keefe, George Fellows10 January 1948 - 9 February 1949
    07CAPT. Ball, Frank Haywood9 February 1949 - 8 June 1950
    08CAPT. Newton, Frank H.USN (USNA 1923)8 June 1950 - 27 September 1951
    09CAPT. Zondorak, Charles Joseph27 September 1951 - 29 July 1952
    10CAPT. Lucas Jr., Frederic Colby, USN (USNA 1930)29 July 1952 - 30 June 1953
    11CAPT. Doyle Jr., William Thomas :RADM30 June 1953 - 21 September 1954
    12CAPT. Rakow, William Magnus :RADM21 September 1954 - 23 August 1955
    13CAPT. Cassady, Hiram, USN (USNA 1931)23 August 1955 - 14 October 1955
    14CDR. Weiler, John Sanborn (acting)14 October 1955 - 20 October 1955
    15CAPT. Sheffield Jr., Fletcher Lamar20 October 1955 - 26 September 1956
    16CAPT. Roach, John Paul, USN (USNA 1932) 26 September 1956 - 1 August 1957
    17CAPT. Koenig, Joseph William, USN (USNA 1933)1 August 1957 - 12 July 1958
    18CAPT. Semmes Jr., Benedict Joseph, USN (USNA 1934) :VADM12 July 1958 - 3 September 1958
    19CAPT. Kelly, Robert Bolling, USN (USNA 1935)3 September 1958 - 11 September 1959
    20CAPT. Carmichael, John Harllee11 September 1959 - 15 July 1960
    21CAPT. Burch, Charles Augustine, USN (USNA 1937)15 July 1960 - 27 April 1961
    22CAPT. Almgren, Neal, USN (USNA 1939)27 April 1961 - 24 March 1962
    23CAPT. Dreyer, Oscar Frank (Big Red), USN (USNA 1941)24 March 1962 - 10 July 1963
    24CAPT. Bellis, Charles Arthur10 July 1963 - 25 July 1964
    25CAPT. Bennett, Walter Francis Vincent, USN25 July 1964 - 16 July 1965
    26CAPT. Youman, Harold Raymond (Red)16 July 1965 - 14 June 1966
    27CAPT. Ditto, Carl Brooks 14 June 1966 - 29 December 1967
    28CAPT. McDonald, William Maddox29 December 1967 - 20 September 1969
    29CAPT. Coulter, Fred Winfred20 September 1969 - 12 March 1971
    30CAPT. Brumbaugh, Dale Calvin, USN (USNA-46)12 March 1971 - 22 August 1973
    31CAPT. Bekkedahl, Clifford Lewis, USN22 August 1973 - 31 January 1975
    32CAPT. Lytle, James Hunter31 January 1975 - 7 May 1976
    33CAPT. Jones, John Lindley7 May 1976 - 30 December 1977
    34CAPT. Plumly, Charles Moulton30 December 1977 - 1 April 1980
    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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