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Patch at left contributed by Jack Treutle, at right Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Mount Hood (AE-29)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Zulu - Romeo
NWZR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (1-Iran/Indian Ocean, 1-Persian Gulf) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Op Frequent Wind, Op Restore Hope Somalia, Bosnia) - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Southwest Asia Service Medal
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Frequent Wind, 1-Grounding of RPS Datu Kalantiaw) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Kilauea Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 May 1967, at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Inc, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 17 July 1968
  • Commissioned, USS Mount Hood (AE-29), 1 May 1971, CAPT. Leslie A. Taylor Jr. USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Mount Hood participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
    25 May 1972 to 13 March 1973

  • Decommissioned, struck from the Naval Register, and title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 10 August 1999
  • Laid up in reserve at Bremerton, WA.
  • Moved to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group, Benecia, CA., October 1999, for lay up
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 29 November 2001
  • Sold for scrapping, 21 August 2013
  • Withdrawn for the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet Group, 21 August 2013 for cleaning at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Taken under tow by MV Elsbeth III, 5 September 2013, outbound from the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard to Brownsville, TX, for dismantling.
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Brownsville, TX.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,340 t.(lt) 19,940 t.(fl)
    Length 564'
    Beam 81'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    MSC 125 -133 Civilian Mariners
    Naval Detachment 30
    Cargo Capacity 60,000 cu ft 6,000DWT
    Armament
    USS - four twin 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    USNS - none
    Aircraft two MH60S Seahawk helicopters
    Propulsion
    one General Electric turbine
    three Foster-Wheeler 600psi boilers
    single six blade fixed propeller, 22,000shp

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    Mount Hood 1308k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) at anchor in the Port of Melbourne, Australia, date unknown. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Mount Hood 217k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tom Armstrong
    Mount Hood 75k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Hood 98k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "NAVSEA Journal."
    Bob Bush
    Mount Hood 51k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Hood 110k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mount Hood 78k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, circa 1971, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Hood 311k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) rearming USS Richard S. Edwards (DD-950) by vertrep in the South China Sea during the summer of 1972. Photo by CAPT. Rex Settlemoir USN (Ret.)
    Mount Hood 78k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) at anchor in Hong Kong Harbor, 1975.
    Photo by Karsten Petersen
    Robert Hurst
    Mount Hood 41k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) entering San Francisco Bay after passing under the Golden Gate Bridge, 3 August 1979. The "Good Hood" was homeward bound after completing a successful WestPac deployment.
    ©Marine Photos, San Diego, CA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Mount Hood 73k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, aerial port beam view, September 1981, while en route to Cayalan Island, Philippines, the location of the capsized Philippine destroyer escort ship RPS Datu Kalantiaw,(PS-76) which had been overtaken by Typhoon Clara.
    Photo from the Department of Defense Visual Imaging web site
    Fred Weiss
    Mount Hood 83k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) anchored off Cayalan Island, Philippines, 22 September 1981. Mount Hood participated in search and rescue (SAR) operations for the beached and overturned frigate RPS Datu Kalantiaw (PS-76).
    Photo from the Department of Defense Visual Imaging web site
    Fred Weiss
    152k

    An aerial view of the Kitty Hawk battle group under way in the Pacific Ocean, 2 March 1987. The ships are, left to right, front row: frigate USS Stein (FF-1065), guided missile cruiser USS Halsey (CG-23), frigate USS Barbey (FF-1088); second row, guided missile destroyer USS Callaghan (DDG-994), ammunition ship USS Mount Hood (AE-29), aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), combat stores ship USS Mars (AFS-1), and guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG-48). Fleet oiler USS Willamette (AO-180) follows.

    US Navy photos by PH2 Hensley, available from the Defense Imagery Management Operations Center, id.: DN-SC-87-10327.

    Museum of Military History, Kissimmee, FL
    179k
    104k
    Mount Hood 49k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, port beam view, 13 July 1987. A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter is taking off from her helicopter pad.
    Photo from the Department of Defense Visual Imaging web site
    Fred Weiss
    Mount Hood 132k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mount Hood 79k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) heads out of San Diego Bay, 30 September 1997, for an at sea period in the Eastern Pacific.
    US Navy photo # 970930-N-0000U-022.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Hood 98k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) and USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) underway off Johnson Atoll, 14 August 1998, while John C. Stennis was off loading ammunitions onto Mount Hood. The aircraft carrier was returning to her new homeport in San Diego, CA., finalizing her 1998 around-the-world cruise.
    US Navy photo # 980814-N-6932B-001 by PH3 Jason Brunson.
    Bill Gonyo
    Mount Hood 71k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Mount Hood 77k USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Frederick J. Moisson, Collection Manager & Volunteer Coordinator, Museum of Military History
    Mount Hood 291k Ex-USS Mount Hood (AE-29) being eased into Drydock No. 2 at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 21 August 2013, for cleaning prior to being towed to Brownsville, TX. for dismantling. Photo by Mike McCullough
    Mount Hood 156k Ex-USS Mount Hood (AE-29) under tow by MV Elsbeth III, 5 September 2013, outbound from the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, passing under the Golden Gate Bridge for the last time as she heads to Brownsville, TX. for dismantling. Photo by Mike McCullough

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Taylor Jr., Leslie A.1 May 1971 - 16 December 1972
    02CAPT. Rasmussen, Robert Leonard (Ras) 16 December 1972 - 14 June 1974
    03CDR. Thurber, John Davis14 June 1974 - 23 October 1976
    04CAPT. Strickland Jr., Virgil Earl23 October 1976 - 1 December 1978
    05CAPT. Fisher, Gordon Everett1 December 1978 - 7 November 1980
    06CDR. Burke, Michael E.7 November 1980 - 7 January 1983
    07CAPT. Nelson, Barron Craig7 January 1983 - 17 May 1985
    08CAPT. Bruckner, James Winston17 May 1985 - 6 November 1987
    09CDR. Coward, Thomas W.6 November 1987 - 5 December 1989
    10CDR. Wessman, Mark David5 December 1989 - 17 January 1992
    11CDR. Marshall, David Warren.17 January 1992 - 20 October 1993
    12CDR. Rengstorff, Carol A.20 October 1993 - 31 August 1995
    13CDR. Menid Jr., Peter A.31 August 1995 - 31 March1997
    14CDR. Beyer, William Scott31 March 1997 - 25 September 1998
    15CDR. Malloy, Todd Webster25 September 1998 - 10 August 1999
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Mount Hood, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • US Navy Fact File - Ammunition Ships T-AE
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association

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

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