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USS Platte (AO-24)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Juliet - Quebec
NEJQ
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Caribou (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 - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Defense Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (11) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (6)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Vietnam, Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit citation (9)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 8) at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, MD., for Standard Oil of N.J.
  • Launched, 8 July 1939
  • Commissioned USS Platte (AO-24), 10 December 1939 at Norfolk, VA., CDR. P. L. Meadows USN in command
  • During World War II USS Platte was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Pacific Raids, 1 February 1942 Tinian capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944
    Gilbert Islands operation, 21 to 24 November 1943 Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Assault on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 29 January to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll, 17 February to 2 March 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 to 26 February 1945
    Asiatic-Pacific Raids - 1944
    Truk attack, 16 to 17 February 1944
    Marianas attack, 21 to 22 February 1944
    Truk, Satawan, Ponape raid, 29 April to 1 May 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 March to 11 June 1945
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 24 April 1944 3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 18 July and 26 July to 15 August 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
    3d Bonins raid, 3 to 4 July 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
     

  • USS Platte was assigned to Occupation and China service from 1945 to 1956 in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 29 September 19459 to 12 February 1946
    14 February to 10 March 19467 August to 26 October 1946
    21 March to 16 June 194610 to 20 January 1947
    13 December to 8 January 194710 December 1947 to 8 February 1948
    2 to 4 March 194723 February to 11 March 1948
    28 October to 9 December 19474 to 28 March 1949
    8 to 22 February 194818 to 21 June 1949
    20 April to 2 May 194929 July to 2 August 1949
    29 May to 17 June 194919 to 20 August 1949
    4 to 13 August 194917 May to 28 June 1951
     13 to 28 April 1952
     11 July to 14 August 1853
     9 to 17 May 1954
     11 to 19 July 1954
     6 to 10 September 1954
     9 to 30 June 1955
     21 May to 21 June 1956

  • During the Korean War USS Platte participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    4 to 11, 15, and 19 to 21 April 1951
    Second Korean Winter
    23 January to 3 February 1952
    10 to 22 February 1952
    3 to 10 March 1952
    19 March to 6 April 1952
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    22 to 26 April 1951
    4 to 11 May 1951
    22 to 26 April 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    8 to 21 June 1952
    1 to 19 July 1952
    26 July to 5 August 1952
    14 to 29 August 1952
    5 to 8 September 1952
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    11 July to 3 August 1951
    10 August to 5 Sep 1951
    Korean, Summer-Fall 1953
    11 to 21 May 1953
    9 to 17, and 22 to 27 June 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Platte (AO-24) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    2 February to 31 March 1965
    8 April to 5 May 1965
    12 May to 27 December 1965
    5 to 16 June 1965
    Vietnam Defense Campaign - Phase V
    17 to 23 September 1968
    2 to 9, and 16 to 23 October 1968
    29 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    12 to 22 July 1965
    28 July to 4 August 1965
    Vietnam Defense Campaign - Phase VI
    2 to 4 November 1968
    11 to 16 November 1968
    27 November to 2 December 1968
    6 to 14, and 20 to 29 December 1968
    6 to 18 February1969
    Vietnam Defense Counteroffensive
    13 to 14, and 22 to 29 March 1966
    7 to 15, and 26 to 30 April 1966
    9 to 18 May1966
    4 to 8, and 12 to 18 June 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    27 November to 6 December 1969
    1 to 4, and 6 to 13 January 1970
    4 to 13, and 18 to 22-February 1970
    12 to 18 March 1970
    Vietnam Defense Campaign - Phase II
    3 to 11, and 15 to 20 July 1966
    30 July to 6 August 1966
    Consolidation II
    15 February 1972
    Vietnam Defense Campaign - Phase III
    31 July to 08 August 1967
    14 to 23 August 1967
    28 August to 8 September 1967
    13 to 22 September 1967
    29 September to 9 October 1967
    16 to 25 October1967
    29 October to 1 November 1967
    24 November to 5 December 1967
    12 to 21 December 1967
    6 to 15 January 1968

  • Decommissioned, early 1970s
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 24 March 1971
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1971
  • USS Platte earned eleven battle stars for World War II service, six battle stars for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with eight campaign stars for Vietnam War Service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,470 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32' 3"
    Speed 18.3 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 252
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 16,500DWT
    Oil 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. geared steam turbines
    four Foster and Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers. 13,500shp

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    Platte 53k USS Platte (AO-24) moored pierside at Puget Sound Navy Yard, 29 August 1941. Note she does not yet have her guns installed.
    A Navy Yard Puget Sound photo #1162-41 now in the collections of the NARA Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Platte 102k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, after preliminary conversion at Philadelphia Navy Yard, March 1940.
    Philadelphia Navy Yard photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Platte 50k USS Platte (AO-24) moored to a buoy, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Platte 54k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Platte 114k USS Platte (AO-24) coming alongside USS Wasp (CV-7), 24 August 1942, to refuel the carrier during the Solomons campaign. Platte was fitted in 1941 with the same permanent gun implacements and temporary armament that USS Salamonie (AO-26) received, but by August 1942 she had a large gun forward that appears to be a 5"/38. The Bureau of Ordnance Armament Summary contains no record of this armament.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, photo # 80-G-12235, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Platte 81k USS Platte (AO-24) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 26 October 1942, just after receiving her final armament. Unlike USS Cimarron (AO-22), which received the same armament in early 1941, Platte has enclosed mounts both forward and aft. The vertical splinter protection has also been omitted from all four 5" gun positions.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-36490, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Platte 26k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, 31 October 1944, place unknown. .
    Platte 70k USS Platte (AO-24) at anchor in Tokyo Bay, January 1946. Al Huntley CSCM USN Ret. USS Platte
    Platte 25k USS Platte (AO-24) at anchor, 13 October 1946, location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    Platte 159k USS Platte (AO-24) under way at Melbourne, Australia, 9 September 1947.
    Photos by the late Allan Greene
    Chris Howell, SOUTHLAND SHIP STORES LIMITED, Port of BLUFF, NEW ZEALAND
    Platte 141k
    Platte 160k
    Platte 72k USS Platte (AO-24) refueling USS Richard E. Kraus (DD-849), date and location unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Platte 99k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, date and location unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Platte 52k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    Platte 80k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    Platte 99k USS Platte (AO-24) comes alongside the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CV-45), while they were enroute from Pearl Harbor to San Diego during Operation "Miki" in November 1949. Photographed by Ted Huggins. Courtesy of Ted Huggins, 1970.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 70272, courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    Platte
    NH 70273
    80k USS Platte (AO-24) refuels the aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CV-45) and the destroyer USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD-729), while they were enroute from Pearl Harbor to San Diego during Operation "Miki" in November 1949. Photographed by Ted Huggins from Valley Forge's flight deck as she dropped back after taking on oil. Note retractable radio antennas mounted alongside the flight deck. Photo courtesy of Ted Huggins, 1970.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 70273.
    Robert Hurst - NH 70273
    Gerd Matthes NH 70274
    Platte
    NH 70274
    109k
    Platte 88k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, probably off the Marin headlands of the Golden Gate at San Francisco Bay, early 1950s. David Buell
    Platte 85k USS Platte (AO-24) under way, date and location unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Platte 53k USS Platte (AO-24) refueling an unidentified destroyer, date and location unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Platte 147k USS Platte (AO 24) refueling USS Watts (DD-567) and USS Philippine Sea (CV-47), while operating with the Seventh Fleet, 19 July 1955.
    US Navy photo # K-18468, now in the collections of the National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Platte 65k USS Platte (AO-24) getting under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 464k USS Platte (AO-24) under way in WestPac, circa 1962. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 860k USS Platte (AO-24) pulls away after refueling USS Yorktown (CVS-10), 26 August 1964, during a dependents cruise. Note the aft refueling stations on both sides have been strengthened and transformed into a large goalpost mast.
    US Navy Photo # USN-1108573, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Platte 89k USS Platte (AO-24) under way in the Western Pacific while refueling USS Buck (DD-787) and USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in 1965. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 104k USS Platte (AO-24) under way in 1966, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 102k USS Platte (AO-24) underway in the Western Pacific while refueling HMS Agincourt (D-86) and USS Bennington (CVA-20) in the 1960s during SEATO operations. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 75k USS Platte (AO-24) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Platte
    USS Bennington (CVS-20) - 1965
    81k USS Platte (AO-24) refueling various ships in the South China Sea, circa 1965-1966 Rick Sherley
    Platte 128k
    Platte 100k USS Platte (AO-24) under way in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of Vietnam while refueling USS Buck (DD-761) (at left) and USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) (at right) in 1968. Note the second destroyer trailing the formation in plane guard position. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 118k USS Platte (AO-24) under way in the Tonkin Gulf off the coast of Vietnam while refueling USS James E. Kyes (DD-787) (at left) and USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA-31) (at right) in 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 87k USS Platte (AO-24) showing damage around her stack after collision with USS Constellation (CVA-64), date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 57k USS Platte (AO-24) starboard side unrep station, February 1969, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 83k USS Platte (AO-24) refueling a battleship off the coast of Vietnam in 1969. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte 431k USS Platte (AO-24) homecoming, pier 9 Naval Station Long Beach, CA. in 1969. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    Platte (AO-24) Memorabilia
    Platte
    1965 Welcome Aboard Pamphlet Cover
    Contributed by
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte
    1968-69 Cruise Statistics
    Contributed by
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Platte
    1940 Postal Cover
    Contributed by
    Jack Treutle


    For more photos and information about USS Platte, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Medows, Pal Lamar10 December 1939 - December 1940
    02CAPT Henkle, Ralph HaroldDecember 1940 - 17 December 1942
    03CDR. Keeler Jr., Harry17 December 1942 - 30 August 1943
    04CDR. Sigel, Clinton Howard30 August 1943 - 9 March 1944
    05CAPT. Gibson, Francis Stephenson9 March 1944 - 18 June 1945
    06CAPT. Fabian, Louis Martin18 June 1945 - December 1945
    07CAPT. McGinnis, Robert DeVore :RADMDecember 1945 - April 1947
    08CAPT. Holtwick Jr., Jack SebastianApril 1947 - January 1948
    09CAPT. Kunz Jr., Chester ArthurJanuary 1948 - 5 November 1948
    10CAPT. Teall Jr., Edward Nelson5 November 1948 - May 1950
    11CAPT. Stevens Jr., Clyde Benjamin :RADMMay 1950 - November 1951
    12CAPT. Bruning, Frederick WilliamNovember 1951 - August 1953
    13CAPT. Dodson, Bennett MerrittAugust 1953 - August 1954
    14CDR. Farrell, Richard MarvinAugust 1954 - September 1955
    15CAPT. Peterson, Theodore MelvinSeptember 1955 - September 1956
    16CAPT. Unmacht, George PaulSeptember 1956 - November 1957
    17CAPT. Nielsen, Homer HowardNovember 1957 - October 1958
    18CAPT. Butler, Raymond FrankOctober 1958 - October1959
    19CDR. Mansfield, Jack EmersonOctober 1959 - September 1960
    20CAPT. Berns Jr., Max ArnoldSeptember 1960 - October 1961
    21CAPT. Fargo, William BrinkOctober 1961 - 1 January 1963
    22CAPT. Butts Jr., John Lewis :RADM1 January 1963 - February 1964
    23CAPT. Moore, Howard Shackleford (Shack) USN (43) :RADMFebruary 1964 - January 1965
    24CAPT. Adams, William Lee, USNApril 1966 - June 1967
    25CAPT. Snowden, Harold FrankJune 1967 - 28 June 1968
    26CAPT. McKenzie Jr., William Warren28 June 1968 - November 1969
    27CAPT. Williams Jr., Charles Stanley :RADMNovember 1969 - 19 September 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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