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USS PRAIRIE

(AD-15)

DONT TREAD ON ME

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USS Prairie (AD-15) keel was laid 7 December 1938 by New York Shipbuilding, Camden, New Jersey. A Dixie-class destroyer tender, she was commissioned 5 August 1940. In Argentia, Newfoundland on December 7, 1941, she remained there, servicing convoy escorts and fleet vessels, until May 1942 when she sailed for the Boston Navy Yard for repairs after a fire. In Boston from May to October 1942, USS Paririe returned to Argentia until September 1943.

With the U.S. offensive against Japan gaining momentum, USS Prairie was needed in the Pacific. Sailing from Argentia in September 1943, Prairie again touched at Boston, through the Panama Canal and took up station in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in November 1943. As the front of the war in the Pacific adavnced westward, USS Priarie moved closer to Japan to support the destroyers and other vessels in the war effort. She was stationed at Majuro Atoll, Eniwetok, Ulithi as the war progressed and wound up in Tokyo Bay after the end of hostilities. Prairie arrived in the United States in November 1945.

Prairie remained in commision between World War II and the Korean War. She was stationed in San Diego with a deployment to Tsingtao China in 1947. USS Prairie deployed three times to the Far East during the Korean war to support the Allied war effort.

As the 1950s progressed Prairies duties consisted of material and technical support of the 7th Fleet. In 1957 she circumnavigated the world as the finish to a West Pac deployment.

USS Prairies remaining career, until decommisioning on 26 March 1993, consisted of West Pac deployents supporting the fleet. In June 1982 she became the oldest ship in commision, flying the Dont Tread On Me Navy jack.

AD-15 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC 1938 Keel Date: 7 DEC 1938
at New York Shipbuilding
DEC 1939 Launch Date: 9 DEC 1939
AUG 1940 Commissioned: 5 AUG 1940
DEC 1941 - MAY 1942 Argentia - Newfoundland Station
MAY 1942 - OCT 1942 Repair at Boston Navy Yard after fire
OCT 1942 - SEP 1943 Argentia - Newfoundland Station
APR 1943 - APR 1947 Great Lakes
JUL 1947 - JUN 1948 Tsingtao China for Repair Duty
MAR 1955 - SEP 1955 West Pac
JUL 1956 - APR 1957 Wes pac; Bahrein; Capetown; Rio de Janeiro; Panama Canal
APR 1957 Shellback Initiation - 18 APR 1957 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1958 - JUL 1958 West Pac
JAN 1961 - SEP 1961 West Pac
SEP 1962 - MAR 1963 WESTPAC Cruise
JAN 1964 - JUN 1964 Wes Pack Cruiise
JAN 1965 - MAY 1965 Dry Dock
MAR 1965 - SEP 1965 WESPAC
JUL 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 23 JUL 1966 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1966 - DEC 1966 Middle Pacific
JUL 1967 - DEC 1967 Middle Pacific
OCT 1968 - APR 1970 West Pac
OCT 1968 - MAR 1969 West Pac
JAN 1971 - AUG 1971 West Pac
MAY 1971 - DEC 1971 West Pac
SEP 1971 - Shellback Initiation - 12 SEP 1971 - Pacific Ocean
MAR 1973 - SEP 1973 West Pac
MAY 1973 - Shellback Initiation - 6 MAY 1973 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1975 - SEP 1975 West Pac
JAN 1975 - OCT 1975 West Pac
MAY 1975 - Shellback Initiation - 6 MAY 1975 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1975 - DEC 1975 West Pac-Viet Nam
NOV 1977 - MAY 1978 West Pac
JAN 1978 - JUL 1978 West Pac
JAN 1981 - JUN 1981 West Pac
JUN 1981 - DEC 1981 West Pac
OCT 1983 - JUN 1984 West Pac
OCT 1983 - JUN 1984 West Pac
NOV 1983 - APR 1984 Mediterranean-Indian Ocean
NOV 1986 - MAY 1987 West Pac
AUG 1988 - FEB 1989 West Pac-Indian Ocean
JUN 1990 - DEC 1990 West Pac
OCT 1990 - Shellback Initiation - 19 OCT 1990 - Pacific Ocean
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 Desert Shield
JAN 1991 - JUL 1991 West Pac
MAR 1993 - Decommissioned: 26 MAR 1993

AD-15 General Specifications

Class: Dixie-class destroyer tender

Complement: 698 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 16500 tons

Length: 530.5 feet

Beam: 73.3 feet

Draft: 24 feet 3 in

Final Disposition: Scrapped



USS PRAIRIE (AD-15)



The second Prairie, a destroyer tender, was laid down 7 December 1938 by New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.; launched 9 December 1939; sponsored by Mrs. Samuel M. Robinson; and commissioned 5 August 1940, Capt. J. B. W. Waller in command.

Prior to U.S. entry into World War II, Prairie cruised between Atlantic ports from Colon, C.Z. to Argentia, Newfoundland. She was docked at Argentia, tending Allied ships, on 7 December 1941 as the first direct blows of World War II struck the United States.

A floating workshop for American and other Allied destroyers, Prairie was mother ship to a squadron of destroyers at Argentia, the Atlantic terminus of the transatlantic convoy route. A fire from Spry (PG-64), secured astern of Prairie, spread to the tender 29 May 1942 and caused extensive damage. After repairing at Boston, Prairie returned to Argentia. On 22 February 1943, U.S. Coast Guard cutter Campbell (WPG-32) was rammed during an engagement with a German submarine; complete overhaul was provided by Prairie, and Campbell sailed to the United States 27 May.

Departing Argentia 2:3 September, Prairie steamed to Boston, and on to Pearl Harbor in November, to remain until February 1944. She departed Pearl Harbor 7 February to move with advancing forces in operations against the Marshall Islands. Lying in sheltered waters, Prairie tended destroyers throughout the remainder of the war. Majuro Atoll had been secured 7 February, and Prairie arrived there the 13th, to remain at this advantageous point for mobile supply during the costly campaign for Tarawa. Departing Majuro 3 June, she steamed to Eniwetok, where she was while fighting progressed in the Marianas and Carolines. Reporting to Ulithi 8 October, Prairie was there at war's end and remained until 1 October 1945, when she steamed to Tokyo Bay. On 30 November she steamed home to San Francisco.

Prairie steamed to San Diego, destroyer force headquarters, 16 February 1946 and remained there until 11 August 1947. The Korean conflict demanded more hurried operations from Prairie, and she sailed to provide tending services for U.N. forces from 2 February to 3 August 1951 and again from 6 April to 10 September 1952, and from late August 1953 to 11 April 1954.

After this period of increased activity, Prairie continued to provide repair, supply, and medical services to ships of the 7th Fleet. In March 1956, the tender returned to San Diego after completing an around-the-world cruise, a rarity for a destroyer tender. In 1958, Prairie steamed to Yokohama 8 May for the ceremonies at which Yokohama and San Diego became sister cities. In October 1959, she steamed to Taiwan for the 10-10 Day festival, a day similar to U.S. Independence Day for the Nationalist Chinese.

In Spring 1961, the tender participated in the Pony Express exercises held by SEATO forces. She returned to Pearl Harbor 15 July 1966 for her first visit in over 20 years; she repaired over 100 vessels there before departing the area 6 December. During a 6 month tour at Pearl Harbor beginning in July 67, Prairie rescued survivors from the yacht Anobell in turbulent waters 600 miles off Hawaii 11 December and transported them to San Diego.

In 1968, Prairie added a People-to-People program to her schedule of duties while at Taiwan. As part of that program, her crew painted a new orphanage and provided dental care to remote areas of the island. Prairie continues to service ships of the 7th Fleet into 1970.

[Note: The above USS PRAIRIE (AD-15) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PRAIRIE (AD-15), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]