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USCGC Matagorda (WHEC-373)
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USCGC Matagorda (WAVP-373) (1949 - 1966)
USS Matagorda (AVP-22) (1945 - 1949)
USS Matagorda (AG-122) (1945)
USS Matagorda (AVP-22) (1941 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Victor
NIFV


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 6 September 1940, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 18 March 1941
  • Commissioned USS Matagorda (AVP-22), 16 December 1941, CDR. Stanley J. Michael in command
  • Redesignated Miscellaneous Auxiliary (press ship), (AG-122), 30 July 1945
  • Conversion canceled, 25 August 1945
  • Reverted to (AVP-22), 10 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 February 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Transferred on loan to the US Coast Guard, 7 March 1949
  • Commissioned USCGC Matagorda (WAVP-373), date unknown
  • Redesignated High Endurance Cutter(WHEC-373), 1 May 1966
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard and returned to US Naval custody in 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1968
  • Final Disposition, sunk as a target in 1969
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 311' 6"
    Beam 41' 1"
    Draft 12' 5"
    Speed 18.2 kts (trial)
    Complement
    USN
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    USN Aviation Squadrons
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    USCG
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 136
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    USCG Electronics
    Radar: SPS-23, SPS-29D
    Sonar: SQS-1
    Armament
    USN
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    USCG
    one single 5"/38 cal. Mk 12, Mod 1 dual purpose gun mount
    one Mk 52 Mod 3 director
    one Mk 26 fire control radar
    one Mk 11 A/S projector
    two Mk 32 Mod 5 torpedo tubes
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,055 Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals
    Propulsion
    Fairbanks-Morse, 38D8 1/2 Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,400shp

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    USS Matagorda (AVP-22)
    Matagorda 208k Matagorda (AVP-22) launching at Boston Navy Yard, 18 March 1941. Her sister, Humboldt (AVP-21) was launched from the adjoining slipway a day earlier.
    US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-30410, 19-N-30410 and 19-N-30421, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Matagorda 159k
    Matagorda 127k
    Matagorda 48k USS Matagorda (AVP-22), painted measure 12(modified) camouflage scheme, underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Haze Gray & Underway
    Matagorda 86k USS Matagorda (AVP-22), 3 April 1942, at Boston, MA, in her original configuration with 2 5"/38 guns. She is wearing Measure 12(modified) camouflage.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-28802, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Naval Historical Center
    Matagorda 85k USS Matagorda (AVP-22), 27 September 1943 at Norfolk, VA, with a main armament of 4 5"/38 guns.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-51366, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Naval Historical Center
    Matagorda 104k USS Matagorda (AVP-22), 27 September 1943 at Norfolk, VA. Her two unshielded 5"/38 mounts aft are clearly visible.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-51368, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Naval Historical Center
    Matagorda 122k USS Matagorda (AVP-22) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Buell
    USCGC Matagorda (WAVP-373) (WHEC-373)
    Matagorda 91k Ex-USS Matagorda (AVP-22) in US Coast Guard service as USCGC Matagorda (WAVP-373) underway in 1965, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Matagorda 123k USCGC Matagorda (WAVP-373) underway in 1965, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo
    Robert Hurst

    USS Matagorda (AVP-22)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Michael, Stanley J.16 December 1941 - October 1942
    02CDR. Rice, Lester Kimme :RADMOctober 1942 - April 1943
    03CDR. Rucker, W. C.April 1943 - July 1944
    04CDR. Koch, George Price :RADMJuly 1944 - September 1945
    05CDR. Bartels, William USNSeptember 1945 - 20 February 1946
    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
    USS Barnegat AVP-10 Class Seaplane Tenders
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USCGC Matagorda WAVP/WHEC-373
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