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Patch at left contributed by Mike Smolinski, at right by Paul Gryniewicz


Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Noxubee (AOG-56)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Bravo - Charlie
NCBC
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (20 Oct. and 9 Sept. 1969)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Battle "E" Ribbon - American Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (6) - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation (5) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker
  • Laid down, 17 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Cargill, Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 3 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Noxubee (AOG-56), 19 October 1945, at New Orleans, LA., Lt. John Lande, USNR, in command
  • USS Noxubee was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    25 July 1951 to 19 April 1952
    1 April to 5 October 1953

  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1959, at Green Cove Springs FL
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Florida Group, Green Cove Springs
  • Struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 1 July 1960
  • Reinstated on the Naval Register in 1965
  • Recommissioned, 10 September 1966, at Norfolk, VA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Noxubee participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase II
    5 April to 23 May 1967
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 11 August 1968
    18 September to 25 November 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase III
    29 June to 1 August 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    23 June to 25 September 1969
    17 to 31 October 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    9 May to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 to 13 November 1969
    13 December 1969 to 9 January 1970

  • Decommissioned in 1975
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1975
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, 24 March 1976
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping, 24 March 1976, to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., (PD-X-1005 dated 13 February 1976) for $79,917.00
  • USS Noxubee earned six campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 8
    Enlisted - 116
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four 3"/50 dual purpose guns
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,210 DWT
    Oils - 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline - 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel - 2,240 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four 980 hp 12-278A General Motors Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one (GM 6-71) Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 3,300shp

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    Noxubee 85k USS Noxubee (AOG-56) at anchor circa 1955, location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Noxubee 36k USS Noxubee (AOG-56) refueling USS Wandank (ATA-204), date and location unknown Photo by Eli Blanco USS Wandank 1967-68
    Noxubee 76k USS Noxubee (AOG-56) underway, circa 1973, location unknown Paul Gryniewicz
    Noxubee 70k USS Noxubee (AOG-56) in port, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Noxubee 154k USS Noxubee (AOG-56) underway, circa 1956, location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Nespelen 55k USS Noxubee (AOG-56) and USS Nespelen (AOG-55) moored at Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. for decommissioning, 1 July 1975. SFC Peter Messineo USS Nespelen 1974-75

    USS Noxubee (AOG-56)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Lande, John, USNR19 October 1945 - January 1946
    02LT. Rigg, Charles Stanley, USNRJanuary1946 - March 1946
    03LCDR. Ginn, Walter Scott, USN (1923)March 1946 - July 1946
    04LT. Esperanza, Walter, USNJuly 1946 - April 1948
    05LT. Wilkey, Eulice, USNApril 1948- October 1950
    06LT. Wells, Bruce Brown, USNOctober 1950 - April 1951
    07LT. Wilkes, Johnnie Jackson, USNApril 1951 - November 1952
    08LT. Dunham, Alonzo A., USNNovember 1952 - August 1954
    09LT. Seeber, James W., USNAugust 1954 - January 1955
    10LTjg. Spivey, W. L., USNJanuary 1955 - February 1955
    11LT. Dermody, Richard John, USNFebruary 1955 - February 1958
    12LT. Kellor, Harry S., USNFebruary 1958 - 6 March 1959
     Decommissioned6 March 1959 - 10 September 1966
    13LT. Pabst, Howard Lloyd, USN (1958)10 September 1966 - August 1967
    14LT. McCall, John Richard, USNAugust 1967 - April 1969
    15LT. Cass, Dudley Eugene, USNApril 1969 - October 1971
    16LT. Stevenson, John Wayne, USNOctober 1971 - 25 January 1973
    17LCDR. Mullen, Michael Glenn, USN (1968) :ADM25 January 1973 - 1 July 1975
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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