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United States Navy Ships American Defense Service Medal

 

  1. The American Defense Service Medal will be awarded to all persons in the naval service who served on active duty at any time between 8 September 1939 and 7 December 1941, both dates inclusive.

  2. Naval Reserve personnel on training duty under orders must have served at least 10 days in such duty. Persons ordered to active duty for physical examination and subsequently disqualified are not entitled to this award. Reserve officers ordered to ships of the fleet for training duty (cruise) and officers serving on board ships for temporary additional duty from shore stations are not considered "regularly attached" and are not entitled to the fleet clasp.

  3. A service clasp, "Fleet" or "Base," is authorized to be worn on the ribbon of the medal by each person who performed duties as set forth below. No person is entitled to more than one such clasp.

    1. Fleet or sea - For service on the high seas while regularly attached to any vessel or aircraft squadron of the Atlantic Pacific, or Asiatic Fleet; to include vessels of the Naval Transportation Service and vessels operating directly under the Chief of Naval Operations.

    2. Base - For service on shore at bases and naval stations outside the continental limits of the United States. (Duty in Alaska is considered outside the continental limits of the United States.)

  4. A bronze star, three-sixteenths of an inch in diameter, will be worn on the service ribbon in lieu of any clasp authorized.

  5. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard personnel, who served on the following vessels operating in actual or potential belligerent contact with the Axis forces in the Atlantic Ocean between the dates set below the ship in the table below are authorized to wear upon the American Defense Medal service ribbon, a bronze letter "A" in lieu of the bronze star. Such letter shall be one-fourth inch in height and shall be worn centered on the ribbon. When the "A" is worn, no star shall be worn upon the ribbon (Executive Order No. 8808 of 28 June 1941; N. D. G. O. No. 172 of 20 April 1942).


 
The following contains a ship list for the American Defense Medal
(information obtained from Navy and Marine Corps Award Manual 1953)
 

Albemarle:
23 Jun 41 - 22 Jul 41
15 Aug 41 - 1 Nov 41
 
Alchiba:
13 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Alcyone:
8 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
 
Algonquin (CG):
22 Jun 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Algorab:
6 Oct 41 - 22 Nov 41
29 Nov 41 - 4 Dec 41
 
Alhena:
8 Sep 41 - 3 Oct 41
 
Almaack:
1 Aug 41 - 16 Aug 41
8 Oct 41 - 26 Nov 41
 
Anderson:
8 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Aquila:
15 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Arcturus:
28 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
12 Aug 41 - 17 Sep 41
 
Arkansas:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
7 Aug 41 - 15 Oct 41
22 Nov 41 - 3 Dec 41
 
Augusta:
7 Aug 41 - 13 Aug 41
 
Babbitt:
16 Sep 41 - 31 Oct 41
13 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Badger:
6 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Badger, O. E.:
24 Jun 41 - 24 Jul 41
5 Aug 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Bainbridge:
1 Aug 41 - 18 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 17 Nov 41
 
Bear:
4 Jul 41 - 10 Oct 41
 
Belknap:
20 Jul 41 - 19 Aug 41
12 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Benson:
30 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
31 Jul 41 - 13 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 10 Oct 41
20 Oct 41 - 23 Nov 41
7 Dec 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Bernadou:
6 Aug 41 - 13 Sep 41
23 Sep 41 - 3 Nov 41
18 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Biddle, W. P.:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
8 Sep 41 - 3 Oct 41
 
Bowdoin:
22 Jun 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Brant:
24 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Brooklyn:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
21 Sep 41 - 15 Oct 41
 
Broome:
29 Jul 41 - 13 Sep 41
28 Sep 41 - 28 Oct 41
 
Buck:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
14 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Campbell (CG):
17 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Capella:
24 Jul 41 - 30 Jul 41
27 Oct 41 - 5 Nov 41
17 Nov 41 - 26 Nov 41
 
Chateau Thierry:
16 Sep 41 - 15 Nov 41
 
Cherokee:
27 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
30 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Chimango:
1 Aug 41 - 8 Oct 41
 
Cimarron:
8 Sep 41 - 3 Oct 41
25 Oct 41 - 1 Nov 41
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Cole:
29 Jul 41 - 12 Sep 41
29 Sep 41 - 14 Oct 41
1 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Comanche (CG):
22 Jun 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Colinga:
1 Sep 41 - 8 Oct 41
 
Dallas:
10 Jul 41 - 31 Jul 41
18 Aug 41 - 17 Oct 41
28 Oct 41 - 28 Nov 41
 
Davis:
23 Oct 41 - 5 Nov 41
 
Decatur:
13 Sep 41 - 22 Oct 41
4 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Delta:
7 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
10 Nov 41 - 18 Nov 41
 
Dickman, J. T.:
29 Now 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Dupont:
9 Jul 41 - 1 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 23 Sep 41
2 Oct 41 - 3 Nov 41
16 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
Eberle:
11 Sep 41 - 14 Oct 41
26 Oct 41 - 29 Nov 41
 
Edison:
1 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
1 Dec 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Ellis:
16 Aug 41 - 17 Oct 41
26 Oct 41 - 26 Nov 41
 
Ericsson:
11 Sep 41 - 14 Oct 41
26 Oct 41 - 28 Nov 41
 
Fuller:
26 Jul 41 - 18 Jul 41
 
Gannet:
19 Sep 41 - 6 Nov 41
 
Gleams:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
18 Aug 41 - 7 Nov 41
26 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Goldfinch:
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
2 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Goldsborough:
22 Jun 41 - 22 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 10 Oct 41
18 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Grackle:
2 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Grayson:
12 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Greer:
10 Jul 41 - 30 Jul 41
29 Aug 41 - 13 Sep 41
21 Sep 41 - 27 Oct 41
4 Nov 41 - 2 Dec 41
 
Griffin:
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Gull:
1 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Gwin:
23 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Hammann:
9 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Hamul:
22 Jun 41 - 13 Jul 41
9 Sep 41 - 4 Oct 41
18 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Heywood:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
8 Sep 41 - 3 Oct 41
 
Hughes:
26 Jun 41 - 4 Jul 41
25 Jul 41 - 11 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
13 Nov 41 - 28 Nov 41
 
Hughes, C. F.:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
18 Aug 41 - 7 Nov 41
22 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Idaho:
10 Jul 41 - 18 Jul 41
8 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Inqham (CG):
4 Dec 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Jacamar:
1 Aug 41 - 8 Oct 41
 
Jones, H. P.:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
4 Aug 41 - 17 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 9 Oct 41
20 Oct 41 - 21 Nov 41
1 Dec 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Jouett:
21 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
 
Kaweah:
15 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Kearny:
13 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Kilauea:
3 Oct 41 - 8 Oct 41
18 Nov 41 - 28 Nov 41
 
Kite:
1 Sep 41 - 28 Nov 41
 
Lansdale:
27 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
18 Aug 41 - 2 Oct 41
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Lapwing:
27 Jun 41 - 31 Aug 41
 
Laramie:
17 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Lea:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
12 Aug 41 - 13 Sep 41
26 Sep 41 - 5 Nov 41
16 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Leary:
16 Sep 41 - 31 Oct 41
13 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Lee, Harry:
8 Sep 41 - 3 Oct 41
 
Livermore:
13 Sep 41 - 21 Oct 41
3 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Lotus (CG):
14 Aug 41 - 19 Sep 41
 
Ludlow:
21 Oct 41 - 2 Dec 41
 
McCormick:
22 Jun 41 - 13 Jul 41
29 Jul 41 - 9 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 2 Dec 41
 
McDougal:
11 Jul 41 - 26 Jul 41
6 Aug 41 - 13 Aug 41
26 Aug 41 - 12 Oct 41
30 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Mackerel:
24 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
MacLeish:
23 Jun 41 - 3 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 17 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 31 Oct 41
16 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Madison:
16 Jun 41 - 29 Jun 41
6 Aug 41 - 12 Aug 41
18 Aug 41 - 10 Nov 41
27 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Markab:
13 Oct 41 - 19 Nov 41
 
Mattole:
12 Sep 41 - 15 Sep 41
6 Oct 41 - 16 Nov 41
 
Mayo:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
6 Aug 41 - 2 Sep 41
27 Sep 41 - 28 Oct 41
11 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Mayrant:
17 Jul 41 - 25 Jul 41
6 Aug 41 - 12 Sep 41
20 Sep 41 - 10 Oct 41
30 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Memphis:
23 Oct 41 - 5 Nov 41
 
Meredith:
22 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Mississippi:
3 Jul 41 - 11 Jul 4
1 Aug 41 - 16 Aug 41
27 Aug 41 - 11 Sep 41
20 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Mizar:
1 Aug 41 - 18 Aug 41
30 Aug 41 - 4 Sep 4119
Sep 41 - 24 Sep 41
13 Oct 41 - 19 Oct 41

 
Modoc (CG):
22 Jun 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Moffett:
6 Aug 41 - 13 Aug 41
27 Aug 41 - 17 Oct 41
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Monssen:
22 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Morris:
11 Jul 41 - 18 Jul 41
8 Sep 41 - 21 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 26 Nov 41
 
Mt. Vernon:
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Munargo:
22 Jun 41 - 4 Aug 41
26 Aug 41 - 30 Aug 41
19 Sep 41 - 22 Sep 41
2 Oct 41 - 28 Oct 41
 
Muslin:
8 Sep 41 - 21 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
Nashville:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
 
New Mexico:
26 Jun 41 - 4 Jul 41
25 Jul 41 - 10 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
New York:
26 Jun 41 - 19 Jul 41
9 Sep 41 - 26 Nov 41
 
Niblack:
27 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
4 Aug 41 - 16 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 7 Oct 41
23 Oct 41 - 22 Nov 41
1 Dec 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Nicholson:
11 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Northland (CG):
22 Jun 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
North Star (CG):
22 Jun 41- 7 Dec 41
 
O'Brien:
3 Jul 41 - 11 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 20 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
Omaha:
5 Nov 41 - 6 Nov 41
 
Orizaba:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Overton:
1 Aug 41 - 18 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 15 Nov 41
 
Pequot (CG):
9 Aug 41 - 20 Sep 41
 
Philadelphia:
31 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
Pleiades:
15 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Plunkett:
26 Jun 41 - 18 Jul 41
7 Aug 41 - 2 Sep 41
22 Sep 41 - 21 Oct 41
4 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Pocomoke:
12 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Pollux:
19 Oct 41 - 28 Oct 41
27 Nov 41 - 4 Dec 41
 
Prairie:
17 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Quincy:
1 Aug 41 - 11 Oct 41
30 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Ranger:
24 Sep 41 - 26 Oct 41
 
Ranger Air Group VF-42:
24 Sep 41 - 20 Oct 41
 
Ranger Air Group VS-41:
24 Sep 41 - 20 Oct 41
 
Ranger Air Group VS-42:
24 Sep 41 - 20 Oct 41
 
Rapidan:
25 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Raritan (CG):
22 Jun 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Redwing:
23 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Relief:
9 Oct 41 - 19 Oct 41
25 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Republic:
8 Sep 41 - 3 Oct 41
 
Reuben James:
22 Jun 41 - 13 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 17 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 31 Oct 41
 
Rhind:
17 Jul 41 - 25 Jul 41
6 Aug 41 - 11 Sep 41
20 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
 
Roe:
10 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Rowan:
21 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
30 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
27 Aug 41 - 10 Sep 41
 
Russell:
26 Jun 41 - 4 Jul 41
24 Jul 41 - 15 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
S-22:
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
S-30:
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
S-33:
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
S-43:
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
S-47:
25 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
St. Augustine:
1 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Salamonie:
26 Jun 41 - 16 Aug 41
24 Sep 41 - 27 Sep 41
29 Nov 41 - 2 Dec 41
 
Salinas:
27 Jul 41 - 22 Nov 41
 
Sampson:
6 Aug 41 - 13 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 31 Oct 41
 
Sangamon:
8 Aug 41 - 13 Sep 41
9 Oct 41 - 14 Oct 41
 
Sapelo:
22 Jun 41 - 15 Aug 41
30 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Savannah:
23 Sep 41 - 10 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
Schenck:
16 Sep 41 - 31 Oct 41
16 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Simpson:
22 Jun 41 - 13 Jul 41
29 Jul 41 - 7 Nov 41
 
Sims:
11 Jul 41 - 18 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 2 Oct 41
 
Somers:
5 Nov 41 - 6 Nov 41
 
Stack:
27 Aug 41 - 6 Sep 41
24 Sep 41 - 26 Sep 41
18 Oct 41 - 17 Oct 41
 
Sterett:
27 Aug 41 - 6 Sep 41
24 Sep 41 - 25 Sep 41
 
Stratford:
1 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Sturtevant:
22 Jun 41 - 13 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 16 Aug 41
10 Oct 41 - 17 Nov 41
28 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Suwannee:
16 Nov 41 - 22 Nov 41
 
Swanson:
30 Oct 41 - 2 Dec 41
 
Tarazed:
8 Sep 41 - 22 Nov 41
 
Tarbell:
9 Jul 41 - 1 Aug 41
7 Sep 41 - 10 Oct 41
21 Oct 41 - 21 Nov 41
5 Dec 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Texas:
17 Jul 41 - 25 Jul 41
13 Oct 41 - 26 Nov 41
 
Trippe:
17 Jul 41 - 25 Jul 41
27 Aug 41 - 11 Oct 41
 
Truxtun:
21 Jul 41 - 4 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 13 Nov 41
 
Tuscaloosa:
6 Aug 41 - 13 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Upshur:
20 Aug 41 - 3 Sep 41
10 Sep 41 - 14 Oct 41
26 Oct 41 - 29 Nov 41
 
Vincennes:
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 25 Oct 41
30 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Vixen:
25 Nov 41 - 1 Dec 41
 
VP-71:
22 Jun 41- 7 Dec 41
 
VP-72:
22 Jun 41- 7 Dec 41
 
VP-73:
22 Jun 41-20 Jul 41
21 Jul 41- 9 Sept 41
 
VP-74:
24 Jun 41-26 Jul 41
 
Vulcan:
30 Aug 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Wainwriqht:
9 Sep 41 - 10 Sept 41
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Wakefield:
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Walke:
3 Jul 41 - 11 Jul 41
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 20 Oct 41
30 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
14 Nov 41 - 23 Nov 41
 
Wasp:
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
23 Sep 41 - 17 Oct 41
 
Wasp Air Group VF-72:
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
23 Sep 41 - 17 Oct 41
 
Wasp Air Group VS-71:
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
23 Sep 41 - 17 Oct 41
 
Wasp Air Group VS-72:
1 Aug 41 - 9 Aug 41
23 Sep 41 - 17 Oct 41
 
West Point:
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Wichita:
1 Aug 41 - 16 Aug 41
28 Aug 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Wilkes:
1 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Winslow:
6 Aug 41 - 13 Aug 41
8 Sep 41 - 8 Oct 41
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Wood, Leonard:
29 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Woolsey:
1 Nov 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Yorktown:
21 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
31 Oct 41 - 4 Nov 41
 
Yorktown Air Group VB-5:
21 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
 
Yorktown Air Group VS-41:
21 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
 
Yorktown Air Group VT-5:
21 Sep 41 - 11 Oct 41
 
Yukon:
28 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
Zircon:
11 Oct 41 - 7 Dec 41
 
 
 
 
 
 
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