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Contributed by USS Paricutin web site (Jim Poelstra)

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Paricutin (AE-18)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - India - Echo
NUIE

JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Beehive (E)cho - 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 - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (7) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2) - Vietnam Service Medal (10)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1708) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 30 January 1945
  • Acquired by the Navy and Commissioned, USS Paricutin (AE-18), 3 March 1945
  • During World War II USS Paricutin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1948, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Francisco Group
  • Recommissioned, 24 June 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Paricutin participated in the following campaigns

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Aggression
    22 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    28 to 30 November 1951
    15 to 21 December 1951
    4 to 12 January 1952
    22 January to 6 February 1952
    22 February to 1 March 1952
    9 to 14 March 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    6 February to 9 April 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    5 to 16 September 1952
    9 to 18 October 1952
    8 to 24 November 1952
    30 November 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    25 to 29 April 1951
    4 to 14 May 1951
    25 May to 7 June 1951
    15 to 25 June 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    1 December and 2 to 30 December 1952
    12 to 19 January 1953
    22 January to 6 February 1953
    14 to 22 February 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    14 to 26 July 1951
    10 to 25 August 1951
    23 September to 2 October 1951
    10 to 19 October 1951
    11 to 12 November 1951
    26 to 27 November 1951
     

  • During the Vietnam War USS Paricutin participated in the following campaigns

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    11 September to 21 September 1964
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 7 and 21 to 29 July 1968
    Vietnam Defense
    4 to 12 and 22 to 27 July 1965
    7 to 18 August 1965
    27 August to 7 September 1965
    17 to 27 September 1965
    8 to 17 October 1965
    23 October to 1 November 1965
    8 to 16 November 1965
    5 to 14 December 1965
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    1 to 3 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    28 December to 7 January 1966
    20 to 31 January 1966
    10 to 14 February 1966
    Vietnam Summer-Fall
    23 July to 21 August 1969
    28 August to 14 September 1969
    20 September to 2 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    12 September to 2 October 1966
    12 October to 8 November 1966
    21 November to 5 December 1966
    21 to 29 December 1966
    6 to 22 January 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    15 to 27 May 1970
    5 to 17 June 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    2 to 17 March 1968
    25 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    23 July to 28 August 1970
    6 to 20 September 1970
    6 to 16 October 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 8 April 1968
    20 April to 3 May 1968
    10 to 14 and 24 to 30 June 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Transferred to MARAD for disposal, 29 July 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • USS Paricutin earned seven battle stars for the Korean War service and ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scraping, 16 October 1975, to Levin Metals Corp. for $1,500.000 in a seven ship sale
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,910 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' 3"
    Speed 16.4 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 53
    Enlisted 244
    Largest Boom Capacity 36 t.
    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
    eight twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 400,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 10,925 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine engine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive Ship's Service Generators, 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Paricutin 160k USS Paricutin (AE 18) at right, resupplying USS Manchester (CL 83) with ammunition, in Wonsan Harbor, North Korea. Photograph dated 12 March 1951.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-427259, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Paricutin 255k USS Paricutin (AE 18) under way, 8 April 1952 location unknown.
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum file AE 18 126X1-4-52, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Paricutin 81k USS Paricutin (AE 18) during an underway replenishment, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine July 1955
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Paricutin 24k USS Paricutin (AE 18) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Hanson for his father
    Capt. Ralph M. Hanson USN Ret.USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 54k Bow view of USS Paricutin (AE 18) departing Mare Island, 23 April 1956. Paricutin was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 11 February. to 23 April 1956.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 29044-4-56, 4/23/56.
    Darryl Baker
    Paricutin 55k Stern view of USS Paricutin (AE 18) departing Mare Island, 23 April 1956.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 29048-4-56, 4/23/56.
    Darryl Baker
    Paricutin 93k USS Paricutin (AE-18) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Chris Kenney USS Paricutin (AE-18)
    Paricutin 105k USS Paricutin (AE 18) outbound to sea from San Diego, CA. passing Point Loma, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Paricutin 114k USS Paricutin (AE 18) and USS George K. MacKenzie (DD-836) during underway replenishment, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Ken Dupree, YNCS, USN Ret USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 90k USS Paricutin (AE-18) replenishing USS Ranger (CVA-61) and USS Agerholm (DD-826) in the South China Sea, 16 December 1964.
    US Navy photo
    David Hanson for his father CAPT. Ralph M. Hanson USN (Ret) CO USS Paricutin, 1964-65
    Paricutin 80k USS Paricutin (AE-18) rearming USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the South China Sea, 26 February 1965.
    US Navy photo
    David Hanson for his father CAPT. Ralph M. Hanson USN (Ret) CO USS Paricutin, 1964-65
    Paricutin 57k USS Paricutin (AE-18) rearming USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the South China Sea, 26 February 1965.
    US Navy photo
    David Hanson for his father CAPT. Ralph M. Hanson USN (Ret) CO USS Paricutin, 1964-65
    Paricutin 56k USS Paricutin (AE-18) rearming USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the South China Sea, 26 February 1965.
    US Navy photo
    David Hanson for his father CAPT. Ralph M. Hanson USN (Ret) CO USS Paricutin, 1964-65
    Paricutin 94k USS Paricutin (AE-18) rearming USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the South China Sea, 26 February 1965.
    US Navy photo
    David Hanson for his father CAPT. Ralph M. Hanson USN (Ret) CO USS Paricutin, 1964-65
    Paricutin 70k USS Paricutin (AE-18) rearming USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the South China Sea, 26 February 1965.
    US Navy photo
    David Hanson for his father CAPT. Ralph M. Hanson USN (Ret) CO USS Paricutin, 1964-65
    Paricutin 366k USS Paricutin (AE-18) rearming USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in the South China Sea, in September 1966. Photos by Michael O'Brien
    Paricutin 345k
    Paricutin 278k USS Paricutin (AE 18) under way in June 1967.
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum file AE 18 781X1-6-67, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historic Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Paricutin 55k USS Paricutin (AE 18) is left behind as an unidentified aircraft carrier pulls away after completing an underway replenishment of ammunition, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1967
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Paricutin 251k USS Paricutin (AE 18) pulls away from USS Hector (AR-7) after a receiving a sick/injured Hector crewman to be picked up by a helicopter from USS Ranger (CVA-61) for surgery. David Sills USS Hector
    Paricutin 86k USS Paricutin (AE 18) and USS Ranger (CVA-61) during underway replenishment, circa 1967-69.
    US Navy photo.
    Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 55k USS Paricutin (AE 18) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard, Hunters Point, date unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 67k USS Paricutin (AE 18) at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I., date unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 104k USS Paricutin (AE 18) during ORI training off San Diego, CA. (Note the gun smoke), date unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 158k USS Paricutin (AE 18) underway for I Corp, Vietnam with full deck load of ammunition, looking aft., date unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 141k USS Paricutin (AE 18) underway, for I Corp, Vietnam with full deck load of ammunition, looking forward., date unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 88k USS Paricutin (AE 18) underway, taking aboard empty shell casings from a destroyer alongside, date and location unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 139k USS Paricutin (AE 18) during highline transfer of personnel between ships while underway. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 69k USS Paricutin (AE 18) at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., date unknown. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 75k USS Paricutin (AE 18) at anchor at Subic Bay, P.I.. Photo was taken from the ships launch, circa 1967-68. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 87k USS Paricutin (AE 18) underway online off Vietnam. Breaking out ammunition for an UNREP.1967. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 97k USS Paricutin (AE 18) during underway replenishment with an unidentified aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam, 1967. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 77k USS Paricutin (AE 18) between UNREPs off the coast of Vietnam, 1967. George Tarnow is standing on a stack of bombs. Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin courtesy, George Tarnow, USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 111 USS Paricutin (AE 18) breaking ammo out of the holds, off the coast of Vietnam, 1967. Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin courtesy, George Tarnow, USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 96k USS Paricutin (AE 18) breaking out 2000 lbs. bombs. for unrep off the coast of Vietnam, 1967. Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin courtesy, George Tarnow, USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 105k USS Paricutin (AE 18) during unrep alongside an aircraft carrier off the coast of Vietnam, 1967 Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin courtesy, George Tarnow, USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 95k USS Paricutin (AE 18) underway and conducting VERTREP operations, during TET offensive 1968. Photo by Jack Dudenhoefer SM3 USN USS Paricutin
    Paricutin 105k USS Paricutin (AE 18) moored pierside in a shipyard, date and location unknown. Courtesy Lyle Hildebrand USS Vega web site
    Paricutin 112k USS Paricutin (AE 18) under way in 1968, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Paricutin 92k USS Paricutin (AE 18) moored pierside at Naval Station Subic Bay, P.I., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine April 1970
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Paricutin 781k USS Paricutin (AE 18) arriving at Naval Weapon Station Concord, CA., 23 November 1970, with the assistance of Yuma (YTM-748), forward tug, and Owatonna (YTM756).
    Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum file AE 18 1011X1-11-70, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval & Historic Museum.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Paricutin Additional Ships Patches
    Paricutin
    Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS(SW) Ret,
    Paricutin
    Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS(SW) Ret,

    For more photos and information about USS Paricutin, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association

  • Commanding Officers
     LT. Guyon, Elmer Edward, USNR (Ferry Command Crew # 1)3 March 1945 - 6 March 1945
     Decommissioned6 March 1945 - 25 July 1945
    01LCDR. Kendall, James Edward, USNR25 July 1945 - 12 December 1945
    02LCDR. Garland, George Thomas, USN 12 December 1945 - 12 March 1946
    03CAPT. Hall, Frederick Sherman, USN (USNA 1922)12 March 1946 - 15 May 1947
    04LCDR. Parsons, Charles Andres, USN15 May 1947 - 30 April 1948
      Decommissioned30 April 1948 - 24 June 1950
    05CAPT. Graybill, Myron Willard, USN (USNA 1927)28 July 1950 - 8 October 1951
    06CDR. Rogers, George Pearsall, USN (32) (Biography)8 October 1951 - 19 October 1952
    07CDR. Berthisel Jr., Lawerence Hale, USNR19 October 1952 - 1953
    08CAPT. King, George Edward, USN (USNA 1928)1953 - ?
    09CAPT. Grissom, Raymond C., USNJanuary 1956 - February 1957
    10CDR. Hopkins, Robert Hugh, USN (USNA 1934)February 1957 - ?
    11CAPT. Simonsen, Carl David, USNSeptember 1959 - 21 September 1960
    12CAPT. Pridmore, James Arthur, USN (USNA 1937)21 September 1960 - 19 September 1961
    13CAPT. West, Joseph Manget19 September 1961 - 1962
    15CAPT. Stear, David Smiley, USNno dates
    15CAPT. Eason Jr., Van Vernon, USNOctober 1963
    16CAPT. Eason Jr., Van VernonOctober 1963 - August 1964
    17CAPT. Hanson, Ralph Morgan (Swede), USNAugust 1964 - July 1965
    18CAPT. Shelton, Doniphan Brown (Don), USN (USNA 1945) :RADM1967 - 1968
    19CAPT. Clark, William John, USN 1968 - July 1968
    20CAPT. Jones Jr., Allen, USN July 1968 - October 1969
    21CAPT. Brooks, Richard Shelley, USN October 1969 - 29 July 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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