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USS Klondike (AR-22)
USS Klondike (AD-22) (1945 - 1960)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (1)

Klondike Class Destroyer Tender:
  • Laid down,date unknown, at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 12 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Klondike (AD-22), 30 July 1945, at San Pedro, CA., CDR. Maurice E. Hatch, USN in command
  • Decommission and placed in service, 30 November 1946 as depot ship for SUBGROUP Two, San Diego Group, Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Decommissioned and placed out of service, 11 May 1955
  • Recommissioned, 15 July 1959
  • Reclassified Repair Ship, (AR-22), 20 February 1960
  • During the Vietnam War USS Klondike (AR-22) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War
    Campaign and Dates
    Tet\69 Counteroffensive
    31 March to 24 April 1969
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 September 1974
  • USS Klondike earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 May 1975, by MARAD at San Diego to American Ship Dismantlers Inc. (PD-X-996 dated 25 March 1975) for $486,177.78
    Displacement 8,165 t.(lt) 16,635 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 27'
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 48
    Enlisted 778
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 7,485Bbls
    Diesel 4,645Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 350Kw 450V A.C.
    three turbo-drive 350Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    USS Klondike (AD-22)
    Klondike 75k Klondike (AD-22) underway near her builders yard at Todd-Pacific Shipyards Inc., San Pedro, CA., 28 July 1945, two days prior to her commissioning.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-88221 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    242k Klondike (AD-22) (in service) and the decommissioned destroyer escort Henry R. Kenyon (DE-683) moored in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA., in the early 1950s. The gasoline tanker USS Rio Grande (AOG-3) is partly visible in the foreground.
    U.S. Navy Bureau of Ships photo 19-NN-AOG-3 Rio Grande-152929. From the holdings of the National Archives and Records Administration, cataloged under the National Archives Identifier (NAID) 7574665.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Klondike (AR-22)
    Klondike 162k USS Klondike (AR-22) under way in 1962, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst
    Klondike 54k USS Klondike (AR-22) departing San Diego, circa 1963. John Strohmaier
    Klondike 99k USS Klondike (AR-22), with USS O'Bannon (DD-450) alongside, Subic Bay, PI, 25 June 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Klondike 75k
    Klondike 62k USS Klondike (AR-22), at Subic Bay, PI, with USS Stickell (DD-888), USS Haverfield (DER-393), and US Evans (DE-1023) alongside, 6 July 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Klondike 97k USS Klondike (AR-22) passing Point Loma as she departs San Diego, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret. and Walt Reasons
    Klondike 182k USS Klondike (AR-22) in Subic Bay, Philippines, 1 November 1963. The destroyers alongside, all "FRAM II" types of Destroyer Squadron 15, are: (from inboard to outboard): USS Taussig (DD-746); USS John A. Bole (DD-755); USS Lofberg (DD-759); and USS John W. Thomason (DD-760)
    US Navy photo # NH 82515 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Fred Weiss
    Klondike 89k USS Klondike (AR-22) under way circa 1969, location unknown.
    US Navy photo by PH2 S.C. Wyckoff.
    Robert Hurst
    Klondike 116k USS Klondike (AR-22) under way, circa 1960s, location unknown.
    Photo from US Naval History and Heritage Command collections
    Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Klondike, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hatch, Maurice Edward, USN (USNA 1920)30 July 1945 - 15 January 1947AD-22
    02LCDR. Foley, Charles Timothy, USN15 January 1947 - February 1947AD-22
    03CAPT. Gallaher, John Francis, USN (USNA 1926):RADMFebruary 1947 - 30 September 1948AD-22
      Decommissioned30 November 1946 - 15 July 1959 
    04CDR. Mullins Jr., Fred Ferguson (Moon), USN15 July 1959 - 10 March 1960AD-22 /AR-22
    05CAPT. Bikle, Burton Lagerquist, USN10 March 1960 - 10 March 1961AD-22/AR-22
    06CAPT. Elliott Jr., James Brona, USN10 March 1961 - 22 September 1962AR-22
    07CAPT. Campbell, James Meehan, USN (USNA 1943)22 September 1962 - November 1963AR-22
    08CAPT. Scapa, Jacob (Jack), USNNovember 1963 - October 1964AR-22
    09CAPT. Coulter, Frank John, USN (USNA 1939)1965 - 25 August 1967AR-22
    10CAPT. Connelley Jr., Ernest Clyde, USN26 August 1967 - 18 December 1968AR-22
    11CAPT. Maupin, Elwin Courtney, USN18 December 1968 - 29 August 1970AR-22
    12CDR. Kratz, Marshall Lee, USN (USNA 1953)29 August 1970 - 15 December 1970AR-22
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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