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USCGC Coos Bay (WHEC-376)
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USCGC Coos Bay (WAVP-376) (1949 - circa 1960s)
USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) (1943 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Papa - Golf
NBPG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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



USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) was transferred to the US Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Coos Bay (WAVP-376)
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 15 August 1941, at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 15 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS Coos Bay (AVP-25), 16 May 1943, CDR. William Miller Jr. in command
  • During World War II USS Coos Bay was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Treasury-Bougainville operation
    Supporting air actions, 27 October 1943 to 1 May 1944
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of northern Solomon Islands, December 1943 to August 1944

  • Following World War II USS Coos Bay was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 13 September to 2 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 5 January 1949
  • Commissioned USCGC Coos Bay (WAVP-376), 4 May 1949
  • USCGC Coos Bay wa assigned to Portland ME. Coast Guard Base for her entire Coast Guard career
  • Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-376), date unknown.
  • Decommissioned, 1 September 1966, at Boston Coast Guard Base, MA.
  • Returned to the US Navy, 2 December 1967
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 January 1968
  • Final Disposition, towed to sea from Curtis Bay and sunk as a bombing target, 9 January 1968
  • USS Coos Bay received two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,750 t.(fl)
    Length 311' 8"
    Beam 41' 1"
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 18.6 kts.
    Complement
    US Coast Guard 10 officers, 3 warrants, 138 men
    Armament
    US Navy
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two dual 40mm AA gun mounts
    four dual 20mm AA gun mounts
    US Coast Guard
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    Propulsion Fairbanks-Morse, direct reversing, two shafts, 6,000hp

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    USS Coos Bay (AVP-25)
    Coos Bay 105k USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) off Houghton, WA. 15 May 1943, the day of her first commissioning. She was completed with a main battery of four 5"/38 guns.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-47253, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Coos Bay 105k USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) off Houghton, WA., 15 May 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-47254, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Coos Bay 105k USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) off Houghton, WA., 15 May 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-47257, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Tangier 96k USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) (left), and Tangier (AV-8) seen from USS Chandeleur (AV-10) as Tangier steams out of Ominato, Japan, 16 October 1945.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-266022, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USCGC Coos Bay (WAVP-376) (WHEC-376)
    Coos Bay 58k Ex-USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) in US Coast Guard service as USCGC Coos Bay (WAVP-376) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Coos Bay 82k Ex-USS Coos Bay (AVP-25) being sunk as a target, 9 January 1968, 200 km (120 mi) off the coast of Virginia by the guided missile destroyer USS Claude V. Ricketts (DDG-5), using a RIM-2 Tartar missile. Later she was attacked by 35 aircraft, and finally sunk by a AGM-12 Bullpup missile, fired by a Vought A-7A Corsair II. Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS / USCGC Coos Bay, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Barnegat AVP-10 Class Seaplane Tenders
  • Profile and Sky Views - Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tenders -Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
  • U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Coos Bay, 1949

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Miller Jr., William :RADM16 May 1943 - 1 December 1943
    02CDR. Conley, Delbert Lawrence1 December 1943 - 2 September 1944
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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