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USS Mattaponi (AO-41)
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USS Mattaponi (T-AO-41) (1950 - 1954)
USS Mattaponi (AO-41) (1942 - 1950)


Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Bravo - Zulu
NTBZ
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Admiral (J)uliet - 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 - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (7-Vietnam, 3-Korea) - United Nations Service Medal
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal (retroactive)


Mattaponi Class Fleet Oiler
  • Laid down for Keystone Tankship Corp. as SS Kalkay, a Maritime Commission type (T2-A-MC-K) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 149) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 17 January 1942
  • Commissioned USS Mattaponi (AO-41), 11 May 1942, CDR. Martin J. Gillan, Jr., in command
  • During World War II USS Mattaponi was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater
  • Following World War II USS Mattaponi was assigned to Occupation service and China service during the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia 19 September to 11 December 1945 
    Asia 1 to 14 January 1946 
    Asia 13 March to 9 June 194613 March to 9 June 1946
    Asia 20 July to 24 August 194620 July to 24 August 1946
    Europe 29 January to 3 February 194828 to 30 June 1948
    Asia 6 to 19 March 19485 to 7 March 1949
    Asia 3 to 20 May 194830 March to 1 April 1949
    Asia 4 to 8 July 19482 to 4 May 1949
    Asia 11 to 25 March 1949 
    Asia 8 to 11 May 1949 
    Asia 15 to 30 July 1949 

  • Decommissioned, 17 April 1950, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 28 December 1950, designated (T-AO-41), CDR. Ernest B. Ellsworth Jr. in command
  • Decommissioned, 12 October 1954, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 12 December 1956
  • Decommissioned, 11 November 1957, at New Orleans
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1959
  • Reinstated on the Naval Register, 1 September 1961
  • Recommissioned, 30 November 1962, at Mobile, AL.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Mattaponi participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    30 September to 7 October 1966
    12 to 24 October 1966
    30 October to 8 November 1966
    25 November to 6 December 1966
    13 to 22 January 1967
    27 January to 2 February 1967
    11 to 23 February 1967
    5 to 12 March 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    22 February to 3 March 1970
    12 to 20 March 1970
    4 to 11 and 29 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 10 and 18 to 24 November 1968
    30 November to 9 December 1968
    13 to 21 December 1968
    29 December 1968 to 7 January 1969
    24 January to 2 February 1969
    5 to 7 and 13 to 21 February 1969
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 8 May 1970
    8 to 15 and 21 to 27 June 1970
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    2 to 12 and 19 to 25 March 1969
    31 March to 3 April 1969
     

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register in October 1970
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 22 January 1971, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 15 December 1973, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corporation, New York City, for $50,184.50 and subsequently scrapped
  • USS Mattaponi earned five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,809 t.(lt) 21,450 t.(fl)
    Length 520'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 9"
    Speed 17.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 221
    Largest Boom Capacity 8 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 7,500 DWT
    Oil 117,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 595,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 9,800 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 430psi 742°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 12,000shp

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    Mattaponi 65k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) departing Norfolk Navy Yard, 23 November 1942.
    US National Archives photo from "Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy 1912-1992", by Thomas Wildenburg
    Robert Hurst
    Mattaponi 100k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) off Norfolk Navy Yard, 5 May 1943. She was headed for Europe with deck cargo that included two PT boats.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # unknown
    Mike Green
    Mattaponi 44k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) underway, circa 1942-1944, location unknown.
    Marcia Alexander
    Mattaponi 45k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) moored to a buoy, circa 1942-1944, location unknown.
    Marcia Alexander
    Mattaponi 57k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) at anchor, circa 1942-1944, location unknown.
    Marcia Alexander
    Mattaponi 90k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) C & R Division, date and location unknown.
    Marcia Alexander
    Mattaponi 90k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) and USS Kennebec (AO-36) moored pierside while being prepared for recommissioning at San Diego in 1956.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Mattaponi 143k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) refueling USS Bon Homme Richard (CV-31) and escorting destroyers, location unknown. circa December 1961 to November 1962. Tommy Trampp
    Mattaponi 72k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) refueling USS Rowen (DD-782) to starboard, USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) to port, circa 1964-65.
    US Navy photo
     
    Mattaponi 82k USS Mattaponi (AO-41) at anchor, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Mattaponi (AO-41)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Gillan Jr., Martin Joseph11 May 1942 - 1 March 1943
    02CDR. Barrett, Morgan Coit1 March 1943 - 15 May 1944
    03LCDR. Banks, Vincent James15 May 1944 - 7 July 1945
    03LCDR. Castro, Joseph Mendoza7 July 1945 - 15 January 1946
    05CAPT. Jarrell, Henry Thompson15 January 1946 - January 1948
    06CAPT. Wood, Robert Winthrop :RADMJanuary 1948 - 17 April 1950
     Decommissioned17 April 1950 - 28 December 1950
    07CDR. Ellsworth Jr., Ernest Bradford :RADM28 December 1950 - 16 January 1952
     Decommissioned12 October 1954 - 12 December 1956
    08CDR. Coker, Charles Walter12 December 1956 - 30 September 1957
     Decommissioned11 November 1957 - 30 November 1952
    09CAPT. Norton Jr., Marvin Dowdy30 November 1962 - 1963>/td>
    11CAPT. McCuddin, Leo Bob :RADM25 February 1964 - November 1964
    12CAPT. McInnis, Norman KennethNovember 1964 - 11 February 1965
    13CAPT. Merrill, Ralph Frederick11 February 1965 - August 1967
    14CAPT. Foster, William LesterAugust 1967 - December 1968
    15CAPT. Hathaway, Charles Edward (48)December 1968 - 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Mattaponi AO-41
    Mattoponi Documents - Orders of the Day
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