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USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6)


Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Sierra - Victor
NBSV

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (3-retroactive, 27 April 44, 21 November 44, 26 November 44) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)



USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) was transferred to Italy and renamed Pietro Cavezzale (A5301)
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender
  • Laid down, 17 April 1942, as Oyster Bay (AVP-28) at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 23 May 1942
  • Reclassified Motor Torpedo Boat Tender AGP-6, 1 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6), 17 November 1943, LCDR. Walter W. Holroyd, USNR, in command
  • During World War II Oyster Bay was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Designated Duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operations
    21 February to 9 March 1944 and 18 April to 2 May 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Designated Duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operations, 26 April to 13 October 1944
    Morotai Landings, 16 September to 3 October 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Islands landings, 9 to 13 March 1944
    Designated Duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operations, 14 March to 17 April 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 28 October to 29 November 1944
    Battle of Surigao Strait, 24 to 26 October 1944

  • Decommissioned, 26 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Transferred, 12 August 1946, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Stockton Group
  • Reacquired by the Navy and reinstated in the Naval Register, 3 January 1949 as (AVP-28)
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Stockton, CA.
  • Withdrawn from reserve and transferred to Italy, 23 October 1957
  • Commissioned into the Italian Navy as Pietro Cavezzale (A5301)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
  • Decommissioned by the Italian Navy in October 1993
  • Final Disposition struck by the Italian Navy, 31 March 1994, and sold for scrapping in February 1996
  • USS Oyster Bay earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 1"
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 18.2 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 36
    Enlisted 304
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 82,650 Gals
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 Diesel engines
    double Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,400shp

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    USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6)
    Oyster Bay 79k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 28 November 1943, shortly after commissioning.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-54733, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Oyster Bay 213k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 28 November 1943, shortly after commissioning.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-54734, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst and Carl Musselman, courtesy Margaret Sunderman in honor of her husband, David Sunderman USS Oyster Bay
    Oyster Bay 93k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) off Puget Sound Navy Yard, 28 November 1943, shortly after commissioning.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-54735, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Oyster Bay 82k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) tending PT boats in Seeadler Harbor, Admiralty Islands, 25 March 1944
    US Army photo # SC 271592 from the Army Signal Corps Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Oyster Bay 91k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) tending PT boats in Leyte Gulf October or November 1944. The boat approaching at the right is PT-357
    US Navy photo # NH 44315 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Oyster Bay 342k A Japanese Kamikaze plane, shot down by USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) crashes in the water close aboard an LST. The tenders USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) and USS Hilo (AGP-2) are at left, USS Orestes (AGP-10) center. This was the third plane shot down by Oyster Bay on the morning of 24 November 1944.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 80-G-325823 from "At Close Quarters: PT Boats on the United States Navy" by Captain Robert J. Bulkley, Jr. USNR (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    Oyster Bay 78k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) anchored in Leyte Gulf December 1944 with PT boats alongside.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-472496, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Oyster Bay 178k USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) anchored in Leyte Gulf December 1944 with PT boats alongside.
    US Navy photo
    Carl Musselman, courtesy Margaret Sunderman in honor of her husband, David Sunderman USS Oyster Bay
    Oyster Bay
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    160k Various images of USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6)
    09432813 - Forward Dual Twin 40mm Bofors
    09432814 - Forward-Port Twin 40mm Bofors and 5" Gun Turret
    09432815 - Aft-Port Twin 40mm Bofors looking Aft along the Port Side
    09432816 - Aft Stbd Twin 40mm Bofors looking Aft along the Stbd Side
    09432817 - Main Mast and Crane looking aft along the Port Side.
    09432818 - Amidships looking to Stbd between the forward superstructure and the stack. A compass/binnacle is visible in the right side of the frame.
    09432819 - Amidships looking to Port, and Aft, between the forward superstructure and the stack. Outboard is a small boat boom A-Frame support, a canvas-covered cable reel, and the Aft-Port 40mm Bofors Sponson.
    Carl Musselman, via William Robertson, MoMM 2/c USS Oyster Bay, from the collection of CDR. Walter W. Holroyd USS Oyster Bay, WWII CO, courtesy Mrs Walter Holroyd.
    Oyster Bay
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    160k
    Oyster Bay
    09432815
    216k
    Oyster Bay
    09432816
    208k
    Oyster Bay
    09432817
    176k
    Oyster Bay
    09432818
    154k
    Oyster Bay
    09432819
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    Oyster Bay 113k USS Oyster Bay (AVP-28) photographed by the San Francisco Naval Shipyard, 3 September 1957, after being reactivated for transfer to Italy as the tender Pietro Cavezzale (A5301). Modifications for Italy included a full-size crane and an armament reduced to one 3"/50 gun.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 80-G-1024168, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6) Diorama (1/350 Scale Model)
    by Carl Musselman
    USS Oyster Bay (AVP-28) and Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 33 at Leyte Gulf in November 1944

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    Pietro Cavezzale (A5301)
    Oyster Bay 42k Ex-USS Oyster Bay (AVP-28) in Italian service as Pietro Cavezzale (A5301) underway, date and location unknown. Hazegray & Underway
    Oyster Bay 115k Pietro Cavezzale (A5301) underway, circa 1958, location unknown.
    Official Italian Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1958-59".
    Robert Hurst
    Oyster Bay 70k Pietro Cavezzale (A5301) at anchor, circa 1960s, location unknown.
    Official Italian Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships, 1967-1968".
    Mike Green
    Oyster Bay 37k Pietro Cavezzale (A5301) underway, circa 1968, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Oyster Bay 232k Pietro Cavezzale (A5301) entering the port of Genoa, Italy, 2 February 1973. Photo by Carlo Martinelli, Genoa, Italy
    Oyster Bay 39k Pietro Cavezzale (A5301) underway, near the end of her service life. Hazegray & Underway


    For more information about USS Oyster Bay see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Barnegat Class Seaplane Tenders
  • Profile and Sky Views - Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tenders -Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Holroyd, Walter William, USNR17 November 1943 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler, Ron Reeves and R. A. Moody

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

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