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USNS Marias (T-AO-57)
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USS Marias (AO-57) (1944 - 1975)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu- November - Lima
NZNL
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 1-Cuba) - Vietnam Service Medal (1)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down in 1943 as a Maritime Commission type (T2-S2-A3) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 723) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 21 December 1943
  • Commissioned USS Marias (AO-57), 12 February 1944, CDR. Jens G. Olsen in command
  • During World War II USS Marias was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August1944
    Luzon operations
    Luzon attacks, 5 to 7 January 1945,
    Formosa attacks, 3 to 4, 9, 15 and 21 January 1945
    China Coast attacks, 12 and 16 January 1945
    Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944 Iwo Jima operations
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 to 23 February 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Raids on Volcano-Bonin Islands and Yap Island, 31 August to 8 September 1944
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 8 to 24 September 1944 Assaults on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operations
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto, 15 March to 11 June 1945
    Leyte operations
    3d Fleet supporting operations Okinawa Attack, 10 October 1944
    Northern Luzon and Formosa attacks, 11 to 12 October 1944
    Luzon attacks, 20 to 25 November 1944
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 18 July and 26 July to 14 August 1945

  • USS Marias was assigned to Occupation and China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia - 2 September to 7 October 194521 March to 9 May 1946
    Asia - 19 February to 20 March 194611 to 21 July 1946
    Asia - 18 June to 10 July 19462 August to 3 October 1946
    Asia - 22 July to 1 August 19461 January to 5 March 1947
    Asia - 27 to 31 December 1946 
    Asia - 8 to 17 April 1947 
    Asia - 26 May to 1 June 1947 
    Europe - 25 December 1951 to 12 June 1952 
    Europe - 1 February to 21 September 1953 
    Europe - 8 May to 23 November 1954 
    Europe - 19 May to 31 July 1955 
    Europe - 1 August to 25 October 1955 

  • During the Korean War USS Marias (AO-57) served in the War zone from 10 to 14 August 1950
  • During the Vietnam War USS Marias (AO-57) participated in the following campaign
    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign
    19 to 29 January 1973
    5 to 13 February 1973
    20 February to 2 March 1973
    12 to 20 March 1973
  • Decommissioned and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Marias (T-AO-57), 2 October 1973
  • Placed out of service and transferred, 22 November 1982 to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1992
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 September 1995, by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service
  • USS Marias earned eight battle stars for World War II service and one campaign star for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 291
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 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 16,500 DWT
    Oil 123,700 bbls
    Gasoline, 788,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Bethlehem Shipbuilding geared turbines
    four Foster & Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    twin propellers, 13,500shp

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    Marias 122k USS Marias (AO-57) at anchor, circa 1957-1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collection of the US Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2008.122.024
    Robert Hurst
    CVS-15 Randolph 143k USS Marias (AO-57) replenishing USS Randolph (CVS-15) and USS Cony (DDE-508) along the Atlantic seaboard while conducting ASW (anti-submarine) operations in September 1960 Robert M. Cieri
    CVS-39 Lake Champlain 154k USS Marias (AO-57), center, refueling USS Blandy (DD-943), left, and USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), date and location unknown. Ron Reeves
    Marias 62k USS Marias (AO-57) at anchor in the harbor at Naples, Italy, late-May 1962. Photo by Jack C. Sofield
    Marias 432k USS Marias (AO-57) refueling USS America (CVA-66), to port, and an unidentified Destroyer to starboard, circa late 1965 - early 1966 in the Mediterranean Sea. Thomas Becher
    Marias 562k USS Marias (AO-57) refueling USS America (CVA-66) as an unidentified destroyer breaks away after completing her refueling evaluation alongside USS Marias, circa late 1965 - early 1966 in the Mediterranean Sea. Thomas Becher
    Marias 114k USS Marias (AO-57) photographed from the flight deck of USS America (CVA-66), 13 February 1966 during underway refueling ops in the Mediterranean Sea. Richard Rosenbach LCDR, USN Ret
    Marias 146k USS Marias (AO-57) alongside USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42) during an underway replenishment in 1966. Note that many of the aircraft of Attack Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1) are spotted on deck. Note also other ships of the battle group astern of the FDR.
    US Navy photo by PH Denny.
    Robert Hurst
    Marias 64k USS Marias (AO-57), date and location unknown. Steve Singlar
    Marias 98k USS Marias (AO-57) at Frederiksted, St Croix, VI, 29 January 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Marias 56k USS Marias (AO-57) at Frederiksted, St Croix, VI, 29 January 1971 © Richard Leonhardt
    Marias 80k USS Marias (AO-57) moored off Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Marias 90k
    USNS Marias (T-AO-57)
    Marias 62k USNS Marias (T-AO-57) at Genoa, Italy, date unknown. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Marias 1254k USNS Marias (T-AO-57) underway alongside USS Independence (CV-62) during an underway replenishment in the 1970s. Aft of the island is a North American RA-5C Vigilante which was last deployed in Independence in 1977. The two planes between the RA-5C and the island could either be Grumman C-1 Trader COD aircraft or Grumman S-2 Tracker ASW aircraft. As there are two planes, which would be unusual for COD aircraft, the picture was most probably taken in between 1973 and 1975, when Independence had an S-2 Tracker ASW squadron as part of her air group.
    US Defenseimagery.mil photo VIRIN: DN-ST-88-03722, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Marias 99k USNS Marias (T-AO-57) refueling USS Inchon (LPD-2) in October 1975, location unknown. Larry B Lynn
    Marias 121k USNS Marias (T-AO-57) at sea, North Atlantic Ocean, October 1976 © Richard Leonhardt
    Marias 65k USNS Marias (T-AO-57) moored pierside, Bremerhaven, Germany, October 1976. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Marias 112k USNS Marias (T-AO-57) underway date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)

    USS Marias Plaque and Patch
    Mercy
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    Mercy
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski


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