USS Waddell DDG-24 has been singled out to represent the Adam Class Destroyers in magazines. It might be because she earned 11 Battle Stars and 2 Navy Unit Commendations for her service and support provided during the Vietnam War.
It could be she was chosen as she fired more 5" shells than any other ship during the entire war. Waddell also holds a record for firing 2,139 rounds of 5"/54 ammunition during the first ten days of March, 1966. On 5 March 1966, she steamed 5 miles up the Saigon River to shell enemy positions, destroying 4 structures and damaging another 5.
This Warship also earned the Gold "E" which started with the Commissioning Crew and she also was awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Award for being the Best of the Best of the US Navy for continued maintaining of Battle Efficiency and Readiness. No small feat!
Waddell earned Commendation in 1965 during her first WESTPAC tour and on 4 February 1966, along with USS Brinkley Bass DD-887, was the first US Navy Ship to fire onshore since the Korean War.
On a WESTPAC tour in 1970, Waddell landed an Army helicopter to become the first DDG to use a flight deck.