USS MEYERKORD was the seventh KNOX - class frigate and the first ship in the Navy named after Lt. Harold Dale Meyerkord. Decommissioned on December 14, 1991, and stricken from the Navy list on January 11, 1995, the MEYERKORD transferred to the Maritime Administration for scrapping on 3 August 1996. Scrapping was finished on December 15, 2001.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: July 22, 1964|
|Keel laid: September 1, 1966|
|Launched: July 15, 1967|
|Commissioned: November 28, 1969|
|Decommissioned: December 14, 1991|
|Builder: Todd Pacific Shipyards, San Pedro, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: 2 - 1200 psi boilers; 1 geared turbine, 1 shaft; 35,000 shaft horsepower|
|Length: 438 feet (133.5 meters)|
|Beam: 47 feet (14.4 meters)|
|Draft: 25 feet (7.6 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 4,200 tons full load|
|Speed: 27 knots|
|Armament: one Mk-16 missile launcher for ASROC and Harpoon missiles, one Mk-42 5-inch/54 caliber gun, Mk-46 torpedoes from single tube launchers, one Mk-25 BPDMS launcher for Sea Sparrow missiles|
|Aircraft: one SH-2F (LAMPS I) helicopter|
|Crew: 18 officers, 267 enlisted|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MEYERKORD. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS MEYERKORD's Commanding Officers:
|November 1969 - July 1971||Commander J. A. Baldwin, Jr, USN|
|July 1971 - July 1972||Commander W. L. Chadwick, USN|
|July 1972 - September 1973||Commander R. J. Kerrigan, USN|
|September 1973 - July 1975||Commander A. T. Isacson, USN|
|July 1975 - July 1977||Commander M. D. Bruce, USN|
|July 1977 - October 1979||Commander E. M. Minugh, USN|
|October 1979 - August 1980||Commander F. J. Vollmer, USN|
|August 1980 - August 1982||Commander E. S. Finn, USN|
|August 1982 - July 1984||Commander W. D. Center, USN|
|July 1984 - August 1986||Commander L. L. King, USN|
|August 1986 - December 1988||Commander P. J. Gaskin II, USN|
|December 1988 - July 1991||Commander D. L. Whitmire, USN|
|July 1991 - December 1991||Commander W. J. Sweet, USN|
About the Ship's Name:
Lt. Harold Dale Meyerkord, born 9 October 1937 at St. Louis, Mo., graduated from Navy Officer Candidate School, Newport, R.I., 14 June 1960 and was assigned to heavy cruiser LOS ANGELES (CA 135). He reported to the U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, 13 July 1964.
He was Senior Naval Adviser to the South Vietnamese 23rd River Assault Group, responsible for suppressing Vietcong terror in South Vietnam’s “rice bowl”; the group probed the Delta waterways, engaging Vietcong guerrillas in operations in which Lieutenant Meyerkord distinguished himself for coolness, resourcefulness, and concern for his men.
While leading his assault group into Vietcong-held territory 16 March 1965, Lieutenant Meyerkord’s patrol was ambushed. Though wounded, he steadfastly returned the enemy’s fire until hit again, this time mortally. Lieutenant Meyerkord’s heroism was recognized by posthumous award of the Navy Cross. He was also awarded the Air Medal for completing 20 low-level aerial reconnaissance missions under enemy fire.