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USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (3) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Currituck Class Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 10 April 1943, at Todd Shipyard Corp., San Pedro, CA., as Puget Sound
  • Launched, 18 January 1944
  • Renamed Salisbury Sound, 5 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13), 26 November 1945, CAPT. Doyle G. Donaho in command
  • During World War II USS Salisbury Sound was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Salisbury Sound was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East and China service for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    16 April to 30 August 194716 April to 30 August 1947
    6 to 7 April 19481 December 1949 to 6 February 1950
    17 April to 2 July 194818 March to 5 April 1950
    29 July to 5 August 194812 April to 11 May 1950
    27 October to 27 November 195022 August to 17 October 1950
     12 to 26 August 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Salisbury Sound participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    31 May to 4 June 1959
    2 to 18 December 1963
    12 to 19 February 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    4 to 26 March 1966
    15 May to 3 June 1966
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    11 May to 5 June 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    10 July to 9 August 1966
    7 to 28 October 1966
  • Decommissioned, 31 March 1967
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Salisbury Sound earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with three campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 3 July 1968, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia WA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 February 1972, to Ziddell Explorations Inc., Portland, OR. (PD-X-928 dated 6 January 1972), for $106,173.67, withdrawn from the reserve fleet, 3 March 1972
    Displacement 9,090 t.(lt) 15,092 t.(fl)
    Length 540' 5"
    Beam 69' 3"
    Draft 22' 3" (lim)
    Speed 19.2 kts. (trial)
    Officers -162
    Enlisted - 1,085
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    four single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    three quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 15,330 Bbls
    Diesel - 285 Bbls
    Gasoline - 278,030 Gals
    two Allis Chalmers steam turbines
    four Babcock and Wilcox Express boilers, 400psi 690°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    four 500Kw 450V A.C. Ships Service Generators
    two propellers, 12,000shp

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    Salisbury Sound
    Salisbury Sound - is a sound between the north shore of Kruzof Island and the southwestern end of Chichagof Island in the Alexander Archipelago in Southeast Alaska. It is about 40 km (25 mi) northwest of the city of Sitka, and within the limits of Sitka City and Borough.
    Tommy Trampp
    Salisbury Sound
    62k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) commissioning day dinner in the crews mess, 26 November 1945, at San Diego, CA.
    Photo from the Donald Dee Johnson collection
    Tommy Trampp
    Salisbury Sound 265k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at anchor circa 1946-47, location unknown. The main mast antenna in the photo is most likely linked to an SK-2 to SK-3 air-search radar. Salisbury Sound is painted in what appears to be a weathered Measure 21 all blue camouflage scheme. Jerry Elarton
    Salisbury Sound 94k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) conducting seaplane operational test training off Alameda, California, 8 July 1953. The aircraft is a P5M Marlin flying boat.
    US National Archives photo # USN 626592, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Salisbury Sound 63k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at anchor in Buckner Bay, Okinawa, in March 1955. Photo by Robert Otten AT2 V3 div. USS Salisbury Sound
    Salisbury Sound 705k A P5M-1 belonging to Patrol Squadron (VP-48) is suspended from USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13)'s stern crane while the ship is at anchor in San Diego Bay, circa 1957.
    Photo courtesy US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum, Photo No. 2011.023.095
    Robert Hurst
    Salisbury Sound
    USN 626603
    311k A P5M is hoisted from the deck of USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) by the ship's deck crane, 8 July 1953. Salisbury Sound was serving with the Seventh Fleet during this time.
    US Navy photo #'s USN 626603 and USN 626600
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Salisbury Sound
    USN 626600
    Salisbury Sound 283k A P5M crew prepares to cast off the deck crane’s hook and cables from USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13), 8 July . Salisbury Sound was serving with the Seventh Fleet during this time.
    US Navy photo # USN 626583
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Salisbury Sound 291k While a boat from USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) disengages the remaining guide lines, the crew of the P5M prepares to take off, 8 July 1953. Salisbury Sound was serving with the Seventh Fleet during this time and the P5M planes patrolled thousands of square miles per day.
    US Navy photo # USN 626591
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Salisbury Sound
    329k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) moored pierside with three destroyers and two submarines alongside, from outboard to inboard;
    Two unidentified submarines
    USS Gurke (DD-783)
    USS Henderson (DD-785) and
    USS Rowan (DD-782).
    U.S. Navy "All Hands" magazine November 1959, p. 22.
    Robert Hurst
    Salisbury Sound 42k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at anchor, location unknown, circa 1960s.
    US Navy photo
    Hazegray & Underway Web Site
    Salisbury Sound 271k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) crew welcoming USS Currituck (AV-7) and her crew to Okinawa, January 1961. USS Salisbury Sound handed over duties as tender for forward deployed VP squadrons to USS Currituck.
    US Navy photos from the collection of CDR. R.F. Dresel USN, USS Currituck
    Suzanne D. Simpson
    Salisbury Sound 165k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13), right being relieved by USS Currituck (AV-7) at Okinawa, January 1961.
    US Navy photos from the collection of CDR. R.F. Dresel USN, USS Currituck
    Suzanne D. Simpson
    Salisbury Sound 56k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at anchor in San Diego Bay, date unknown. Note the "trailer hitch" at the stern of the ship which was use to attach a float support system for the beaching gear for the canceled R3Y "Trade Wind." The float system was tethered together into an "L" shape to form a floating dock for crews to move easily from plane to ship and back thus, saving transient time to and from the seaplane anchorage.
    US Navy photo
    Salisbury Sound 31k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Salisbury Sound 22k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Salisbury Sound 324k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1964-1965 edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Salisbury Sound 64k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) at anchor in Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, with a Martin P-5 Marlin patrol plane on deck, circa 1965-65. Note 5"/38 gun mounts atop aircraft hangar.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Salisbury Sound 117k A P5M “Marlin” is off-loaded from the fantail of USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) in Cam Rhan Bay, Vietnam, Circa 1965-66.
    US Navy photo # 428-GX-K31222 by R. D. Moeser
    Michael Mohl
    Salisbury Sound
    159k USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13) and a Martin SP-5B Marlins belonging to Patrol Squadron VP-40 at Naval Air Facility Cam Ranh Bay, South Vietnam, March 1966.
    U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo No. 2011.039.007.
    Robert Hurst

    For more photos and information about USS Salisbury Sound, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Salisbury Sound AV 13 Reunion Association
  • US Navy Patrol Squadrons - USS Salisbury Sound (AV-13)
  • Christmas Dinner Menu 1952

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Donaho, Doyle G.26 November 1945 - 26 December 1946
    02CAPT. Deam, William Anderson26 December 1946 - 24 November 1947
    03CAPT. Buckley, Argyll Edwin, USN (USNA 1927)24 November 1947 - 3 January 1949
    04CAPT. Young, Edwin James. Stevens :RADM3 January 1949 - 15 April 1950
    05CAPT. Jones, Francis Reynolds15 April 1950 - 9 April 1951
    06CAPT. Strong, Stanley C.9 April 1951 - 25 April 1952
    07CAPT. Quilter, Joseph Francis :RADM25 April 1952 - 15 June 1953
    08CAPT. Jones, Robert Francis.15 June 1953 - 8 April 1954
    09CAPT. Eldridge, Robert L.8 April 1954 - 4 May 1954
    10CAPT. Hawkins, Carson4 May 1954 -6 August 1955
    11CAPT. Foley, Francis Drake. :RADM6 August 1955 - 15 September 1956
    12CAPT. Moorer, Thomas H. :ADM15 September 1956 - 20 September 1957
    13CAPT. Guest, William Selman.20 September 1957 - 18 August 1958
    14CAPT. Fowler, Richard L.18 August 1958 - 10 September 1959
    15CAPT. Farrington, Robert Faulkner10 September 1959 - 27 July 1960
    16CAPT. Ramage, James D. :RADM27 July 1960 - 9 August 1961
    17CAPT. Roemer, Charles Eugene9 August 1961 - 23 July 1962
    18CAPT. Holloway, James Lemuel III :ADM23 July 1962 - 1 March 1963
    19CAPT. Durham, Hugh Murrey1 March 1963 - 10 March 1964
    20CAPT. Hershey, Merle Murray.10 March 1964 - 25 February 1965
    21CAPT. Horrell, Earnest Rapheal25 February 1965 - 7 March 1966
    22CAPT. Mackey, Clarence E.7 March 1966 - 13 January 1967
    23CDR. Young, Austin Virgil13 January 1967 - 31 March 1967
    Courtesy USS Salisbury Sound Reunion Association. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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