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Charles F. Adams class USS SAMPSON (DDG-10) In service 1961 to 1992

 

USS SAMPSON (DDG-10) Charles F. Adams class in service 1961 to 1991. She was an Atlantic Fleet Cold Warrior and her final cruise was Desert Shield in 1990-1991 before heading to the scrapyard

 

On August 7, 1990 the Sampson deployed with the USS Saratoga battle group in support of Desert Shield/Storm. Once there the Sampson performed the final Adams class guided missile destroyer deployment as a unit of the Maritime Interception Force, conducting the first boarding and search of a merchant on 28 AUG 1990, during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and the first diversion of a ship with prohibited cargo. After conducting the first-ever exercise ASROC shot in the Red Sea, USS SAMPSON operated with ships of various NATO navies conducting surveillance and protection of shipping in the approaches to the Suez Canal. Sampson was decommissioned on 24 June 1991 exactly 30 years after commissioning,

 

Mediterranean Cruise 90-91 / Red Sea Operation Desert Shield

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USS WADDELL (DDG-24) Charles F. Adams class in service 1964 to 1992. Waddell received 11 engagement stars for her service in waters off Vietnam and two Navy Unit Commendations (Extracts below)

 

Vietnam War - NGFS Naval Gunfire Support on the Gun LIne

 

At 1410 on 3 February 1966, Waddell was notified that a pilot was possibly downed in their vicinity. While proceeding to investigate, the ship noted "surface action" to port and commenced shore bombardment at 1501. Communist guns replied 14 minutes later. Waddell then trained her guns on the communist batteries. At 1545, while still shelling the communist gun positions, Waddell was straddled by the enemy guns which had found the range. Radical maneuvers enabled the destroyer to retire without damage, and she emerged from the action unscathed......

Early in 1967, Waddell was again engaged off the Vietnamese coastline. From 2 March to 21 May 1967, the ship displayed "exceptional readiness and effectiveness in all tasks assigned," including gunfire support off South Vietnam; interdiction of North Vietnamese supply traffic along the coast; and gunfire against selected targets in North Vietnam. Coming under hostile fire from shore on one occasion, Waddell returned the fire and inflicted maximum damage on enemy shore batteries while emerging without harm. During her second WestPac deployment in Vietnamese waters, the destroyer fired some 2,000 rounds of ammunition while winning the reputation of being "the busiest ship in the Tonkin Gulf" before heading home......

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USS WADDELL (DDG-24) Charles F. Adams class in service 1964 to 1992. Waddell received 11 engagement stars for her service in waters off Vietnam and two Navy Unit Commendations (Extracts below)

 

Transfer to the 'Foreign Legion: in Yokosuka, Japan

 

She returned to WestPac that summer (1968) with logistics stops at Pearl Harbor and Midway en route—and arrived at her new home port of Yokosuka, Japan, on 1 August 1968. She conducted three tours on the "gun line" off North and South Vietnam into the fall, as well as one tour as plane guard for the attack carrier strike group based around the carriers Coral Sea and Ranger......

After completing an overhaul at Yokosuka toward the end of December 1968, Waddell got underway on 7 January 1969, bound for the "gun line." Between 17 and 30 January, she fired two gunfire support missions in the I Corps area for the Army's 101st Airborne Division and one for the 7th and 9th Divisions of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) units. After a quick trip via Buckner Bay to Yokosuka, Waddell sped back to the "gun line" in late February and resumed her gunfire support duties on 1 March. There, in the II Corps area, she fired 12 support missions with Task Force "South." She subsequently conducted 79 more gunfire support missions including 12 for Australian units, 11 for ARVN units, and 15 in support of Operation "Sheridan"—in which the United States Army 101st Airborne and an ARVN regiment participated......

Returning to the "gun line," Waddell then lobbed shells at Viet Cong (VC) camps and infiltration points from waters off Phu Quoc Island in the Gulf of Siam in support of Operation "Javelin," before she was assigned to the Mekong Delta region. There, supporting two ARVN divisions, she conducted 19 bombardments against VC structures, bunkers, rest sites, and supply routes......
Subsequently returning to "Yankee Station," she screened the carrier Enterprise in June, as the big carrier conducted strike operations, and returned to waters near the DMZ in mid-July for gunnery support duties.

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USS WADDELL (DDG-24) Charles F. Adams class in service 1964 to 1992. Waddell received 11 engagement stars for her service in waters off Vietnam and two Navy Unit Commendations

 

Decommissioning patch circa 1992 upon her transfer to Greece

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