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USS Suribachi (AE-21)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Xray - Uniform
NZXU
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Big Leaf (V)ictor - 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 Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy "E" Ribbon (2)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (5-Lebanon) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Grenada, Libya)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Suribachi Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 31 January 1955, at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Inc, Sparrows Point, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 2 November 1955
  • Commissioned, USS Suribachi (AE-21), 17 November 1956, CAPT. Brooks J. Harral USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Suribachi participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    12 to 15 June 1972
    14 July 1972
    24 July to 4 August 1972
    10 to 22 and 28 to 31 August 1972
    24 to 30 September 1972
    13 to 25 October 1972
    31 October to 10 November 1972
    7 to 21 December 1972
    2 to 12 and 16 to 20 January 1973
    26 January to 8 February 1973

  • Decommissioned, 2 December 1994
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1996
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 31 March 2000 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 June 2009, to International Shipbreaking Ltd. of Brownsville, TX., for $20,001.00, removed, 17 June 2009.
  • USS Suribachi earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,758 t.(lt) 15,688 t.(fl)
    Length 512'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement 20 officers, 324 enlisted
    Armament four twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsions two boilers, steam turbines, single shaft, 16,000shp

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    Suribachi 127k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, circa 1957, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 97245, from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Suribachi 76k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway off Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 18 February 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Suribachi 137k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, 9 July 1962. Photo by PH2 Tate USN
    US Navy photo # NH 97246 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Suribachi 53k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photos.
    Robert Hurst
    Suribachi 103k
    Paiute 200k Post card image of USS Paiute (ATF-159), USS Suribachi (AE-21) and USS English (DD-696) moored at Naval Station Mayport, Fl., circa 1956 to 1970. Mike Brock
    Suribachi 223k USS Suribachi (AE-21) at anchor Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 18 February 1971. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Suribachi 91k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, circa, mid-1980s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 97247 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Suribachi 103k USS Suribachi (AE-21) during mid-Atlantic, underway replenishment of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), 30 November 1989
    US Navy photo # NH 97248 from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Suribachi 103k USS Suribachi (AE-21) transiting the Suez Canal, August 1990. Photo by PH3 Frank A Marquart
    US Navy photo # NH 97249-KN from the collections of the Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Suribachi 131 USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, circa July 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 55k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Suribachi 63k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 65k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Suribachi 101k USS Suribachi (AE-21) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Suribachi 138k USS Suribachi (AE-21) flight deck accident, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan
    Suribachi 136k Bows on overhead view of USS Suribachi (AE-21) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 106k USS Suribachi (AE-21) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 82k USS Suribachi (AE-21) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 101k Overhead starboard bow view of USS Suribachi (AE-21) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 114k USS Suribachi (AE-21) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Suribachi 83k In reserve from left to right; Ex-USS Suribachi (AE-21), ex-USNS Mississinewa (T-AO-144) and ex-USNS Vanguard (T-AG-194) moored at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.


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

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Harral, Brooks Jared :RADM17 November 1956 - 21 October 1957
    02CAPT. Pierce, George Ellis 21 October 1957 - 31 August 1958
    03CAPT. Gray Jr., James Seton31 August 1958 - 28 August 1959
    04CAPT. Ware, Robert Macky 28 August 1959 - 17 August 1960
    05CAPT. Elsom, James Harvey17 August 1960 - 19 August 1961
    06CAPT. Moore Jr., Francis T. 19 August 1961 - 17 September 1962
    07CAPT. Green, Robert Robinson17 September 1961 - 9 September 1963
    08CAPT. Cagle, Malcolm Winfield :VADM9 September 1963 - 1 June 1964
    09LCDR. Hargrave, Seth Elbert1 June 1964 - 21 July 1965
    10LCDR. Saubers, Walter Frank21 July 1965 - 26 August 1965
    11CAPT. Harris, David Delmas26 August 1965 - 24 March 1967
    12CAPT. Spell, Billie Calvin 24 March 1967 - 25 April 1968
    13CAPT. Muncie, Maurice Oscar25 April 1968 - 19 September 1969
    14CAPT. Morris, Max K. :RADM19 September 1969 - 14 January 1971
    15CAPT. Goldman, Roy Edwin14 January 1971 - 11 September 1972
    16CDR. Grove, Ronald Ray11 September 1972 - 13 May 1974
    17CDR. Brewton, Edward Allen13 May 1974 - 10 September 1976
    18CDR. Lynch Jr., Edward T.10 September 1976 - 30 October 1978
    19CDR. Lynch, Thomas Joseph30 October 1978 - 7 October 1980
    20CAPT. Murphy, Jerome Thomas7 October 1980 - 29 November 1982
    21CDR. Duermeyer, Stephen Paul29 November 1982 - 7 June 1985
    22CDR. Hanratty, William J.7 June 1985 - 22 May 1987
    23CDR. Barrow, Ronnie Lee, USN (69)22 May 1987 - 19 July 1989
    24CDR. Peters, Jon Christopher19 July 1989 - 12 July 1991
    25CDR. Desaro, Louis P.12 July 1991 - 12 March 1993
    26CDR. Kasky, Philip C.12 March 1993 - 2 December 1994
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyho

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

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