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Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon is a national park in Utah.


(AD-36: dp. 8091: l. 492'; b. 70'; dr. 28"; s. 18 k.; cpl. 859; a. 2 5"; cl. Shenandoah)


Bryce Canyon (AD-36) was launched 7 March 1946 by Charleston Navy Yard and sponsored by Mrs. William J. Carter, wife of Rear Admiral Carter. Little additional work was done on her until after the outbreak of hostilities in Korea. Charleston Naval Shipyard then completed the tender and she was commissioned 15 September 1950, Captain M. H. Gerin in command.


Bryce Canyon transited the Panama Canal 5 December and reported to the Pacific Fleet. On 26 March 1951 she got underway from San Diego for the Far East. Arriving at Yokosuka, Japan, 12 April 1951, she spent the next seven months in Japanese waters repairing and servicing warships based at Yokosuka and Sasebo. Bryce Canyon left Japan 4 November 1951 and arrived at San Diego 18 November 1951.


She got underway, via Pearl Harbor, for her second Western Pacific cruise 27 June 1952. This cruise was completed 16 February 1953 when she arrived at Long Beach, Calif. On 26 September 1953 she again sailed for Sasebo where she arrived 16 October. Bryce Canyon provided tender service in Sasebo, Yokosuka, Nagoya, and Kobe during this tour. She returned to the United States 17 June 1954.


Her fourth Western Pacific tour commenced 25 February 1955. She serviced vessels at Subic Bay, Luzon, between 16 March and 28 April and then proceeded to Yokosuka, arriving 11 May 1955. Bryce Canyon returned to Long Beach 11 August 1955. On 9 December 1955 she departed California on her fifth Western Pacific tour which ended at Long Beach 26 October 1956. Between Far Eastern cruises Bryce Canyon has operated along the west coast.


The destroyer tender operated with the Pacific Fleet until decommissioned at Pearl Harbor on 30 June 1981. The ex-tender was sold for scrap to National Metal & Steel, Terminal Island, Ca., on 6 April 1982.


Bryce Canyon received one battle star for her services to the forces afloat in the Korean combat area.



25 November 2005