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Patch at left contributed by Darrel Inskeep via Bill Freeman, at right Don McGrogan, BMCS USN Ret.

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Vesuvius (AE-15)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Delta - Echo
NKDE
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Barcardi (X)ray - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (6-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (13)
Fifth Row - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1381), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 26 May 1944
  • Commissioned USS Vesuvius (AE-15), 16 January 1945, CDR. Flavius J. George in command
  • During World War II USS Vesuvius was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of the Okinawa Gunto operation, 11 April to 11 June 1945
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 July to 3 August 1945

  • Following World War II USS Vesuvius was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 23 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 August 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 15 November 1951
  • During the Korean War USS Vesuvius participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    20 to 21 May 1952
    5 to 17 June 1952
    27 June to 1 July 1952
    12 to 24 July 1952
    5 to 20 August 1952
    27 to 29 August 1952
    14 to 26 September 1952
    16 to 25 October 1952
    6 to 21 November 1952
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    18 to 31 May 1953
    10 to 19 June 1953
    27 June to 7 July 1953
    17 to 27 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Vesuvius participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    25 August to 3 September 1965
    14 to 23 September 1965
    4 to 13 October 1965
    24 October to 4 November 1965
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 4 March 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    14 to 28 June 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    22 to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 4 July 1966
    17 July to 3 August 1966
    14 to 31 August 1966
    7 to 25 September 1966
    6 to 25 October 1966
    10 to 21 November 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 4 November 1969
    14 to 28 November 1969
    1 to 5 January 1970
    21 January to 9 February 1970
    23 February to 12 March 1970
    22 March to 7 April 1970
    12 to 20 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    12 August to 2 September 1967
    19 September to 8 October 1967
    22 October to 4 November 1967
    17 November to 8 December 1967
    15 to 16 December 1967
    23 December 1967 to 11 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII 3 to 19 February 1971
    5 to 22 March 1971
    17 April to 5 May 1971
    14 to 25 May 1971
    3 to 11 June 1971
    25 June 1971
    27 to 30 June 1971
    Tet Counteroffensive
    7 to 19 February 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 to 11 July 1971
    23 to 27 July 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    26 August to 7 September 1968
    10 to 20 October 1968
    29 October to 1 November 1968
    Consolidation II
    14 to 31 March 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 9 November 1968
    11 to 27 December 1968
    5 to 12 January 1969
    20 January to 1 February 1969
    10 to 22 February 1969
     

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 14 August 1973 at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • USS Vesuvius earned two battle stars for Korean War service and thirteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred to Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility (NISMF) Mare Island for further disposition
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 August 1973
  • Title transfer, 5 April 1974, to the Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping, 5 April 1974, along with Mount Katmai (AE-16) to Nicolai Joffe Corp. Beverly Hills, CA. (PD-X-974) for $243,310. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, May 1974 to NASSCO to Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,910 t. 15,295 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' 3"
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 244
    Largest Boom Capacity 36 t.
    Cargo Capacity 400,000 Cu ft, 7,275DWT
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA Gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,925 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Vesuvius 78k USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway in San Francisco Bay, October 1957.
    Photo ©Allied Photographers, San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Vesuvius 52k USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Bill Freeman
    USS Rainier (AE-5) web site
    Vesuvius 59k USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Stanley C. Svec
    Vesuvius 78k USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1960
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Vesuvius 127k USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii, 8 July 1963.
    US Navy history and Heritage Command photo # KN-7517.
    Robert Hurst
    Vesuvius 96k USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1964
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Vesuvius 142k Stern view of USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway in harbor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Vesuvius 273k Aerial view of USS Vesuvius (AE-15) underway in the Philippines, February 1973
    File name; AE 15 XAY-0075-2-73 TH, Fleet Air Photo Lab Cubi Point, February 1973, a US Navy photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Vesuvius 477k View of the bridge area of USS Vesuvius (AE-15) moored pierside, probably in February 1973 at Naval Station Subic Bay, Philippines. Note the banner proclaiming a year long deployment.
    File name: AE 15 Circa 1973 TH, a US Navy photo from the files of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker


    For more photos and information about USS Vesuvius, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Vesuvius World War II History
  • USS Vesuvius AE-15
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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