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Cohoes (ANL-78)
USS Cohoes (AN-78) (1945 - 1969)

USS Cohoes (AN-78) International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Echo - Romeo

Cohoes (ANL-78) International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Bravo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (3 August 1968)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Cohoes Class Net Laying Ship:
  • Projected as Yard Net Tender Cohoes (YN-97)
  • Redesignated Net Laying Ship (AN-78), 20 January 1944
  • Laid down, 15 June 1944, at Commercial Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 29 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Cohoes (AN-78), 23 March 1945, LT. David B. Little, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 September 1947 at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Withdrawn from reserve and placed in service in 1968
  • Redesignated (ANL-78), 1 January 1969
  • During the Vietnam War USS Cohoes (AN-78 / ANL-78) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    3 July to 1 September 1968
    26 September to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    4 February to 16 May 1971
    10 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 November to 23 December 1968
    24 January to 22 February 1969
    Consolidation I
    1 July to 15 August 1971
    4 September to 4 November 1971
    Tet69/Counteroffensive - Phase V
    23 February to 2 May 1969
    Consolidation I
    1 December 1971 to 18 January 1972
    11 February to 29 March 1972
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 1 August 1969
    20 August to 10 October 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    30 March to 3 April 1972
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    5 November to 19 December 1969
    28 January to 21 March 1970
    21 September to 24 November 1970

  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 30 June 1972
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 February 1973 by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • USS Cohoes earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 785 t.
    Length 168' 6"
    Beam 33' 10"
    Draft 10' 10"
    Speed 12.3 kts.
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 42
    Largest Boom Capacity 12 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal gun mount
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 905 Bbls
    two Busch-Sulzer BS-539 Diesel-electric engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gear
    bow thruster
    two 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two A.C. Ship's Service Generators (added for Vietnam service)
    single propeller, 1,200shp

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    USS Cohoes (AN-78)
    Cohoes 109k USS Cohoes (AN-78) underway near her builders yard at Portland, OR., 21 March 1945.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-82025, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Cohoes 18k USS Cohoes (AN-78) underway, location unknown, circa early 1945. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Cohoes 86k USS Cohoes (AN-78) underway in San Francisco Bay, 19 April 1946. Note her 20mm armament appears to have been reconfigured.
    US Navy photo # NH 77391 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Cohoes 102k USS Cohoes (AN-78) starboard view underway near buoy #1 San Diego, CA., early 1968. US Navy photo. Tom Allen
    Cohoes 58k USS Cohoes (AN-78) overhead view underway near buoy #1 San Diego, CA., early 1968. For salvage work in Vietnam a bow-thruster was added for better maneuvering.
    US Navy photo.
    Tom Allen
    Cohoes 136k USS Cohoes (AN-78) underway off Oahu, Hawaii, 6 May 1968, before deploying to Vietnam.
    US Navy photo # USN 1132272, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Cohoes 26k USS Cohoes (AN-78) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    USS Cohoes (ANL-78)
    Cohoes 78k USS Cohoes (ANL-78) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1970.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Cohoes 76k USS Cohoes (ANL-78) lifting a sunken LCVP, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1970.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Cohoes (AN-78 / Cohoes (ANL-78)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Little, David Bruce, USNR23 March 1945 - 3 November 1945
    02LT. Toevs, Samuel Frederick, USNR3 November 1945 - 25 March 1946
    03LT. Taylor, Sidney Ernest, USNR25 March 1946 - 28 February 1947
    04ENS. Cunningham, Wilson George, USNR28 February 1947 - 3 September 1947
     Decommissioned3 September 1947 - 1968
    05LTjg. Weis, Vincent Lynn, USN (OIC PCU)1968
    06LT. Phillips, George Baldwin, USN23 July 1968 - 1 January 1969
    07LT. Payne, William Martin, USN1 January 1969 - February 1969
    08LT. Harkness, Melvin Dean, USN February 1969 - October 1969
    09LT. Payne ReturnsOctober 1969 - 3 October 1970
    10LT. Gebeaux, Robert Joseph, USN3 October 1970 - 30 June 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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