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USS Pictor (AF-54)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Sierra - Zulu
NHSZ
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Geezer (G)olf - 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 - National Defense Service Medal
Second Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (six- 1-Taiwan Straits, 1-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (8)
Third Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Alstede Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 March 1942, as SS Great Republic, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 187), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 4 June 1942
  • Delivered to United Fruit Co., 29 June 1943, at Oakland, CA.
  • Acquired from the Maritime Commission by Pacific Far East Lines, Inc., 24 September 1946, at Oakland, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 6 May 1950, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 13 September 1950 at Suisun Bay and converted to a Provisions Store Ship
  • Commissioned USS Pictor (AF-54), 13 September 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Pictor (AF-54) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953 Campaign
    4 to 8 May 1953
    14 to 18 May 1953
    15 to 20 June 1953
    9 July 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Pictor (AF-54) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    31 August to 9 September 1965
    18 to 30 September 1965
    9 to 17 October 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    16 to 27 April 1966
    6 to 11 May 1966
    27 May to 1 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 12 July 1968
    23 July to 3 August 1968
    15 to 24 August 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    18 to 23 December 1966
    4 to 11 January 1967
    23 to 30 January 1967
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    30 January to 19 February 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    15 to 26 July 1967
    5 to 17 August 1967
    15 to 25 September 1967
    1 to 8 October 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    21 to 28 August 1969
    8 to 11 September 1969
    20 to 23 September 1969
    29 September 1969
    1 October 1969

  • Decommissioned in December 1969
  • Returned to MARAD, 11 August 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 September 1986, to Shiong Yek Steel Corp., Republic of China
  • USS Pictor received one battle star for Korean War service and eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,500 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 292
    Propulsion cross-compound turbines, single propeller

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    Pictor 388k USS Pictor (AF-54) Commissioning Ceremony, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 13 September 1950.
    US Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum File name: AF 54 7212-10-50 TH
    Darryl Baker
    Pictor 146k CDR. John V. Cameron Prospective Command Officer of USS Pictor (AF-54) reads his orders during the Commissioning Ceremony held at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 13 September 1950.
    US Navy photo courtesy of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum File name: AF 54 7213-10-50 TH
    Darryl Baker
    Pictor 117k USS Pictor (AF-54) standing into the inner harbor of Cam Ranh Bay, RVN, 1967. Jim Azevedo
    Pictor 136k USS Pictor (AF-54) underway in 1968, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pictor 86k USS Pictor (AF-54) during an underway replenishment with USS Watts (DD-567) and HMCS Fraser (DDH-233), WESTPAC, 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pictor 98k USS Pictor (AF-54) at Naval Support Activity, Danang, South Vietnam, probably in 1969. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pictor 339k USS Pictor (AF-54) unloading at Naval Support Activity, Danang, South Vietnam in 1969. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pictor 249k USS Pictor (AF-54) underway during a WESPAC deployment in 1969, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pictor 64k USS Pictor (AF-54) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    CVAN-65, CVA-19, CVA-43 362k Aerial view of the piers at NAS Alameda, circa early July 1969. Ships present include from front to back:
    USSEnterprise (CVAN-65),
    USS Hancock (CVA-19),
    USS Markab (AR-23) with
    Pictor (AF-54) outboard, and
    USS Procyon (AF-61) forward of them, and
    USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
    Robert M. Cieri

    USS Pictor (AF-54) Miscellaneous
    Contributed by
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Pictor
    1969 WESPAC
    deployment customer list
    Pictor
    Decommissioned Program
    cover page


    For more photos and information about USS Pictor, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Pictor (AF-54)
  • Commanding Officers
  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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