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USS Pocomoke (AV-9)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - November - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Pocomoke Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 14 August 1939, as SS Exchequer, a Maritime Commission type (C3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 64) at Ingalls Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 8 June 1940
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 October 1940
  • Commissioned USS Pocomoke (AV-9), 18 July 1941, CDR. John D. Price, in command
  • During World War II USS Pocomoke was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Supporting air actions, 27 October 1943 to 1 May 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 17 June to 10 August 1944

  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1946, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Philadelphia Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1961
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 December 1961, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp
  • USS Pocomoke earned two battle stars for World War II Service
    Displacement 8,950 t.(lt) 14,129 t.(fl)
    Length 492'
    Beam 69' 6"
    Draft 21' 2"
    Speed 18.4 kts. (trial)
    Complement (Total Accommodations)
    Officers - 120
    Enlisted - 955
    Largest Boom Capacity 22 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 8,865 Bbls
    Diesel - 1,650 Bbls
    Gasoline - 291,920 Gals
    one General Electric turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 8,500shp

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    Merchant Service USA American Export Lines
    Pocomoke 60k American Export Line's SS Exchequer underway, circa 1960, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    USS Pocomoke (AV-9)
    Pocomoke 71k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) underway apparently during acceptance trials circa late 1940-early 1941. Note the absence of guns and the incomplete aft crane assembly.
    US Navy photo
    Ron Titus
    Pocomoke 65k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Haze & Underway web site
    Pocomoke 38k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) lifting a P5 Mariner onto her maintenance deck
    US Navy photo
    Pocomoke 32k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Pocomoke 58k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) underway, 3 February 1943, location unknown. Note that her maintenance deck is crowded with single engine fighters.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pocomoke 57k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) (stern view) at anchor off San Francisco, 6 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3305-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Pocomoke 76k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) (broadside view) at anchor off San Francisco, 6 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3309-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Pocomoke 63k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) (bows on view) at anchor off San Francisco, 6 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3593-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Pocomoke 95k USS Pocomoke (AV-9) at anchor off San Francisco, 6 May 1943.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Pocomoke 124k Amidship looking aft plan view of USS Pocomoke (AV-9) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 17 January 1945. The yard dredge Endicott (YM-12) is aft of Pocomoke while a self-propelled covered lighter (possibly one of the 220 footers which were numbered YF-1054 to YF-1078) is at the opposite side of the next pier. The barracks ship YHB-2 (ex Port of Stockton) is in the far background.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 443-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Pocomoke 164k Amidship looking forward plan view of USS Pocomoke (AV-9) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 17 January 1945. Pocomoke was in overhaul at Mare Island from 16 December 1944 to 22 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 446-45.
    Darryl Baker
    BB-44 California 138k Reserve Fleet Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania. Photographed on 19 May 1955 with numerous cruisers, escort carriers, and auxiliaries in reserve. The nearest ship is the never-completed
    Hawaii (CB-3), which lacks her previously-installed three 12" gun turrets.
    The cruisers outboard of Hawaii are (in unknown order)
    Honolulu (CL-48),
    Columbia (CL-56),
    Denver (CL-58),
    Galveston (CL-93), and
    Portsmouth (CL-102).
    To their left are
    Tranquility (AH-14),
    Sanctuary (AH-17), and
    Pocono (AGC-16).
    Behind Hawaii (from left to right) are
    Montpelier (CL-57),
    Houston (CL-81),
    Huntington (CL-107),
    Savannah (CL-42),
    Cleveland (CL-55), and
    Wilkes-Barre (CL-103).
    Beyond them (from left to right) are
    Wichita (CA-45),
    Oregon City (CA-122),
    Chester (CA-27), and
    New Orleans (CA-32).
    The cruisers on the left side of the basin (from front to rear) are
    Minneapolis (CA-36),
    Tuscaloosa (CA-37),
    San Francisco (CA-38),
    Augusta (CA-31),
    Louisville (CA-28), and
    Portland (CA-33).
    Among the other ships in reserve in the basin are
    Fomalhaut (AE-20),
    Webster (ARV-2),
    Albemarle (AV-5),
    Tangier (AV-8),
    Pocomoke (AV-9),
    Chandeleur (AV-10),
    Abatan (AW-4),
    Mission San Carlos (AO-120),
    Prince William (CVE-31),
    Anzio (CVE-57),
    Block Island (CVE-106),
    Palau (CVE-122), and
    San Carlos (AVP-51).
    Moored in the shipyard at the extreme left are
    Tennessee (BB-43),
    California (BB-44), and
    Cabot (CVL-28).
    US Navy Photo # 80-G-668655, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Pocomoke (AV-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Price, John Dale :VADM28 April 1941 - 8 July 1941
    02CAPT. Sprague, Thomas Lamison, USN (1918) :VADM8 July 1941 - 9 February 1942
    03CDR. Hundt, Lester Thomas9 February 1942 - 26 April 1942
    04CAPT. Kindell, Nolan Martin :RADM26 April 1942 - 12 May 1943
    05CAPT. Smiley, Curtis Stanton :RADM12 May 1943 - 3 January 1944
    06CAPT. Weimer, Edward Loomis Bradley :RADM3 January 1944 - 7 May 1945
    07CAPT. Hammitt, F. M.7 May 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Pocomoke (AV-9)
    Photos from the Collection of Anthony Martiliano MoMM2/c USS Pocomoke
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