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Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Hector (AR-7)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - Juliet
NWDJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (3)
Fourth Row - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-New Life/New Arrival, 1-Disaster Relief Diego Sucrez, 1-Boat People) - Philippine Liberation Medal - United Nations Service Medal
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Hector (AR-7) was transferred to Pakistan and renamed PNS Moawin
Vulcan Class Repair Ship: Laid down, at Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., San Pedro, CA.
  • Launched, 11 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Hector (AR-7), 7 February 1944, CDR. Joseph W. Long in command
  • During World War II USS Hector was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • USS Hector was assigned to China service from 25 May to 24 October 1947
  • During the Korean War USS Hector (AR-7) participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War
    Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression Campaign
    23 September to 4 October 1950

  • During the Vietnam War USS Hector (AR-7) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    24 July 1970 to 18 August 1970
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    12 to 16 July 1972
    Consolidation II
    21 February 1972 to 16 March 1972
    14 April to 30 April 1972
     

  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1987, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Leased to Pakistan, 20 April 1989 and renamed Moawin
  • Returned to US custody at Singapore in 1994
  • Struck from the Naval Register 1 July 1994
  • USS Hector earned one battle star for Korean War service and three campaign stars for the Vietnam War
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 7 July 1994
  • Sold, 9 September 1994, for scrapping to Ruby Enterprises of India c/o Burbank Enterprises (Shipbrokers Inc.) for $1,601,000.00 under Maritime Administration contract MA-12934
  • Final Disposition, cut up for scrap at a scrap metal yard on the coast of India
    Specifications:
    Displacement 9,430 t.(lt), 16,200 t.(fl)
    Length 529' 5"
    Beam 73' 4"
    Draft 26' (max)
    Speed 19.2 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 65
    Enlisted 1,043
    Largest Boom Capacity 20 t.
    Armament
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 25,420 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Allis Chalmers steam turbines
    four Babcock & Wilcox 3-drum boilers, 400psi 730°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    six turbo-drive 750Kw 450V A.C Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 11,000shp

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    Hector 87k USS Hector (AR-7) with USS Houston (CL-81) alongside at Ulithi Atoll, 1 November 1944. Houston was under repair after being hit by two Japanese aerial torpedoes on 14 and 16 October, during operations off Formosa. Hector is painted in her wartime Measure 32/ 4Ax camouflage scheme. Note the LCM passing by in the foreground.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-373678 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Juneau 163k United Nations ships assigned to support military operations in Korea pictured at anchor in Sasebo, Japan, during a break in the action. Pictured from front to back: the aircraft transport HMS Unicorn (I72), the light cruiser USS Juneau (CLAA-119), the aircraft carriers USS Valley Forge (CV-45) and USS Leyte (CV-32), and the repair ships USS Hector (AR-7) and USS Jason (ARH-1). The photo was taken in late 1950 or early 1951, as this was the only time that Leyte operated off Korea.
    US Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 1999.272.030
    Robert Hurst
    Hector 154k South Korean President Sigmund Rhee visits USS Hector (AR-7) in 1951.
    Photo by Sy Blau PH3 USS Hector
    Jim Geldert USNI
    Hector 417k USS Hector (AR-7) at anchor in Japanese waters in 1952.
    Photo by Sy Blau PH3 USS Hector
    Jim Geldert USNI
    Hector 220k USS Hector (AR-7) hosting Japanese orphans aboard ship, Thanksgiving 1952.
    Photo by Sy Blau PH3 USS Hector
    Jim Geldert USNI
    Hector 77k USS Hector (AR-7) under way in San Francisco Bay in 1957.
    Photo ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Hector 122k USS Hector (AR-7) at anchor in the harbor at San Diego, CA. Anchored ahead of Hector is USS Hooper Island (ARG-17) with LSTs alongside. Photo taken from USS Ajax at pier 1 Naval Station San Diego in 1958. Russell Cole ET2 USS Ajax & USS Luzon 1957-1961
    Hector 110k USS Hector (AR-7) with three destroyers alongside at pier 1 Naval Station San Diego, CA. in 1958. On the opposite side of pier 1 is USS Calvert (APA-32). Russell Cole ET2 USS Ajax & USS Luzon 1957-1961
    Hector 48k USS Hector (AR-7) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Hector 863k USS Hector (AR-7) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Charles Lamm
    Hector 92k USS Hector (AR-7) at anchor while tending four destroyers off her port side. From inside to outsideUSS Taylor (DD-468), USS Walker (DD-517), USS O'Bannon (DD-450) and USS Jenkins (DD-447), date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hector 125k USS Hector (AR-7) with various ship types alongside in 1975, location unknown.
    Photo from the collection of Sy Blau.
    Jim Geldert USNI
    Hector 740k Various photos of USS Hector (AR-7) crew members at work. Photo probably from a 1975 Cruise book.
    Photo from the collection of Sy Blau.
    Jim Geldert USNI
    Hector 349k USS Hector (AR-7) moored pierside at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 2 August 1975, after returning from a WestPac deployment.
    US Navy photo courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum File name: AR 7 131X02-8-75.
    Darryl Baker
    Hector 125k USS Hector (AR-7) in the Mare Island Channel as she returns to Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 6 October 1977, after completing a WestPac deployment.
    US Navy photo courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum File name: AR 7 144X01-10-77
    Darryl Baker
    Hector 338k USS Hector (AR-7) mooring pierside at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 6 October 1977, after returning from a WestPac deployment.
    US Navy photo courtesy Vallejo Naval & Historical Museum File name: AR 7 144X05-10-77
    Darryl Baker
    Hector 74k USS Hector (AR-7) under way at San Diego in 1980. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hector 338k USS Hector (AR-7) under way prior to her 1981 overhaul at Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco, CA.
    US Defense imagery.mil photo VIRIN: DN-SC-86-00182 a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Hector 91k USS Hector (AR-7) moored at NAS Alameda, 22 February 1981. Photo by Robert M. Cieri
    Hector 142k USS Hector (AR-7) moored pierside, Auckland, N.Z., 17 June 1982. Photo by Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Hector 195k USS Hector (AR-7) outbound to sea from the Port of Auckland, N.Z., 18 June 1982. Photo by Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Hector 86k USS Hector (AR-7) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "NAVSEA Journal."
    Bob Bush
    Hector 44k USS Hector (AR-7) at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Hector 60k USS Hector (AR-7) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Hector 48k USS Hector (AR-7) under way off Pearl Harbor HI., date unknown. George J Ladd
    Hector 37k USS Hector (AR-7) moored pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor HI., date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hector 144k USS Hector (AR-7) Welcome Aboard brochure cover. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hector 60k USS Hector (AR-7) under way in San Diego harbor, date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Hector 33k USS Hector (AR-7) moored pierside with USS McKean (DD 784) and USS Highbee (DD 806) alongside, date and location unknown. Dave Hood, GMT2
    Hector 90k USS Hector (AR-7) on board dollars and cents for use in the ships' store. Tommy Trampp


    For more photos and information about USS Hector, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • USS Hector AR-7 Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Long, Joseph Wayland, USN7 February 1944 - 17 July 1945
    02CDR. Noisat, Ralph Paul, USN19 July 1945 - 28 August 1946
    03CAPT. Pogue, William Grady, USN (USNA 1923)28 August 1946 - 26 February 1948
    04CAPT. Cullins Jr., Thomas Oliver, USN (USNA 1921A)26 February 1948 - 31 March 1949
    05CAPT. Chandler, Herbert Gray, USN (USNA 1922)31 March 1949 - 28 November 1949
    06CAPT. Creehan, Edward Patrick, USN (USNA 1924)28 November 1949 - 9 August 1950
    07CAPT. Odem, Solomon Frederick, USN (USNA 1924)9 August 1950 - 9 August 1952
    08CAPT. Barbot, Leon Joseph, USN (USNA 1927)9 August 1952 - 19 March 1954
    09CAPT. Hudson, George Keith, USN (USNA 1933)19 March 1954 - 20 July 1955
    10CAPT. Luongo Jr., Frank Paul, USN (USNA 1933) 20 July 1955 - 5 July 1956
    11CAPT. Bourke, Robert Emmet, USN (USNA 1934)5 July 1956 - 14 September 1957
    12CAPT. Lee, George Russell, USN (USNA 1935)14 September 1957 - 4 November 1958
    13CAPT. Larson, Francis Willard, USN4 November 1958 - 19 January 1959
    14CAPT. Shook, Kenneth Sydney, USN (USNA 1933)19 January 1959 - 29 October 1959
    15CAPT. Jack, Ralph Gordon, USN (USNA 1935)29 October 1959 - 19 November 1960
    16CAPT. Managhan, Robert Raymond, USN (USNA 1938)19 November 1960 - 30 June 1962
    17CAPT. Grabowsky, Leon, USN (USNA 1941) 30 June 1962 - 28 August 1963
    18CAPT. Foltz, Gayle Cecil, USN 28 August 1963 - 1 September 1964
    19CAPT. Stastny, Charles Eugene, USN (USNA 1943)1 September 1964 - 1 August 1966
    20CAPT. Rawls, Julian Ezra, USN (USNA 1943)1 August 1966 - 22 September 1967
    21CAPT. Bennett, Jack Willard, USN22 September 1967 - 5 May 1969
    22CAPT. Racette Jr., Henry Joseph, USN5 May 1969 - 19 June 1970
    23CAPT. Magee, Jack Edmunds, USN (USNA 1949)19 June 1970 - 15 September 1972
    24CAPT. Davey, Richard Byrd, USN 15 September 1972 - 29 August 1974
    25CAPT. Anderson, Robert Jay, USN29 August 1974 - 18 February 1977
    26CAPT. Lacy, James Ernest, USN18 February 1977 - 7 September 1979
    27CAPT. Jardine Jr., Edward Fell, USN (USNA 1955)7 September 1979 - 11 September 1981
    28CAPT. Venezia, Howard, USN 11 September 1981 - 23 September 1983
    29CAPT. Chappell, George Charles, USN23 September 1983 - 11 October 1985
    30CAPT. Leeke, Howard Warfield, Jr. (Warrie), USN11 October 1985 - 31 March 1987
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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