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USS Rapidan (AO-18)
International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Patoka Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 2 February 1919, under USSB contract, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 29 October 1919
Transferred to the Navy, 29 October 1921
Commissioned USS Rapidan (AO-18), 1 January 1922, CDR. Malcolm P. Nash, USNRF, in command
Decommissioned, 22 June 1922
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Recommissioned, 22 January 1940, LCDR. John B. Mallard in command
Decommissioned, 17 September 1946, at Portsmouth, VA.
Laid up, 18 September 1946, in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 October 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 4 September 1947, to Northern Metals Co. for $73,373.73 (PD-X-377 dated 14 July 1947), withdrawn 10 September 1947
Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 16,800 t.(fl), 17,820 t.(lim)
Length 447' 10"
Beam 60' 3"
Draft 27' 8"(lim)
Speed 11.2 kts.
Largest boom capacity 7.5 t.
Cargo Capacity 11,100 DWT
NSFO 70,600 bbls
Gasoline 267,000 gals
two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity 4,780 bbls.
one Newport News vertical quadruple expansion engine
two Yarrow boilers, 265psi Sat°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,800 shp
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||Line drawing of USS Rapidan (AO-18) by Navy Ship Historian, Vern Bouwman.
||USS Rapidan (AO-18) under way, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
||USS Rapidan (AO-18) with an unidentified vessel alongside. The photo is dated 3 July 1942 and credited to FAB (Forward Air Base) Iceland.
US Navy photo
||USS Rapidan (AO-18) near the Boston Navy Yard, 5 September 1942. She is carrying the initial wartime armament of the class
of two 5"/51 and two 3"/50. Her 3" guns are at the after end of the bridge island.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-33182
a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Rapidan (AO-18)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Nash, Malcolm P. USNRF||1 January 1922 - 22 June 1922|
| ||Decommissioned||22 June 1922 - 22 January 1940|
|02||CDR. Mallard, John Boyd :RADM||22 January 1940 - 1941|
|03||CDR. Bunting, Sydney Serrill||1941 - 18 December 1941|
|04||LCDR. McIntosh, Howard Douglas||18 December 1941 - 26 February 1943|
|05||LCDR. Mullen Sr., Merritt David||26 February 1943 - 3 December 1943|
|06||LCDR. Hassell, Hubert Louis||3 December 1943 - 25 September 1945|
|07||LT. Kurtenacker, Karl Siegfried||25 September 1945 - 1946|
|08||CDR. Moriarty, Thomas Harris||1946 - 17 September 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 13 November 2015
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