USS Gridley DLG-21
Commissioned on May 25, 1963
Bremerton, Washington

Length:  533 feet
Beam:      53 feet
Draft:       26 feet


Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21
Admiral John H. Sides arrives

Commander in chief of the US Pacific Fleet from
1960 to 1963.

Known as the father of the Navy's guided-missile
program

Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21


Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21


Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21



Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21
Admiral Sides speaking
Read about him on Wikipedia.org
Capt P.A. Lilly ship commander
seated to right

Bremerton, Washington
May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21


Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21


Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21

John Clark RD-1
both pictures

Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21


Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21



Bremerton, Washington

May 25, 1963

Commissioning of USS Gridley DLG-21
   


These are  photos I took while I was
aboard the USS Gridley DLG-21
   


Convair RIM-2 Terrier missile
Two-stage medium-range surface-to-air

27 foot in length
fragmentation or nuclear warhead
solid fuel rocket
up to 80,000 light ceiling
 
 
 


cleaning up
after the Terrier missile tests
 
     


Helocopter Landing
USS Gridley DLG-21


Helocopter Landing
USS Gridley DLG-21
     


USS Gridley DLG-21

USS Constellation aircraft firing at sled
 
UUSS Gridley DLG-21   
refueling next to USS Constellation
while aircraft are landing
   


USS Gridley DLG-21   
refueling next to USS Constellation while aircraft are
landing
Phantom F-4 jet landing

Made by McDonnell Douglas

USS Gridley DLG-21   
refueling next to USS Constellation while aircraft are
landing
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963
   


Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963


Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963
Left picture
Joe Klingensmith ET-3 and
Mike Russian RD-3
 standing on the bow

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963


Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963
USS Wright on left

Moth ball fleet

Bremerton, Washington

Joe Klingensmith ET-3 in both photos

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963
 
Mike Russian RD-3 loading
Joe Klingensmith ET-3
  into the 16 inch gun

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Bremerton, Washington

USS Missouri In 1963

USS Gridley DLG-21

Clement E. Proud RD2
C.L. White RD1

On signal bridge- September 1963
 

USS Gridley DLG-21

Capt Lilly
holding Personnel
inspection on fantail in Long Beach
September 1963
 

USS Gridley DLG-21
Left picture
Capt Lilly holding berthing inspection
in Long Beach -September 1963
John Sporleder's bunk is back on left

right picture
Mess decks ready for inspection
September 1963
USS Gridley DLG-21
December 1963
From left:
Merle Hobbs, Ed Wood, Ralph Barrow,
Bill Blalock, Ernie Martin, W. Hoppke,
George Reitler, Jim Becker, C. White,
Verne Montel
 


USS Gridley DLG-21

Left picture
John W. Cropper RDSN
December 1963


                            Right picture
                                Jim Becker RD-3
USS Gridley DLG-21

Pre-Commissioning School

San Diego
March 1963
 
These photo's were taken by
John K. Sporleder, RD3,
currently living on Beaver Lake,     
Rogers, Arkansas
I was the volunteer ships photographer

This is the first time these pictures
have become available for viewing
since 1963.
   
The commissioning photo's were taken by John K. Sporleder, RD3,
 currently living on Beaver Lake, Rogers, Arkansas
I was the volunteer ships photographer

This is the first time these pictures have become available for viewing
Since 1963.