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USS San Pablo (AGS-30)
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USS San Pablo (AVP-30) (1943 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Uniform - Kilo
NBUK
San Pablo (AVP-30) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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


San Pablo (AGS-30) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (6-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 2 July 1941, at Associated Ship Building Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 31 March 1942
  • Commissioned, USS San Pablo (AVP-30), 15 March 1943, CDR. Roy R. Darron in command
  • During World War II USS San Pablo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Finschhafen operation, 21 January to 17 February 1944
    Western New Guinea operations
    Toem-Wakde-Sarmi area operation, 13 to 28 May 1944
    Morotai Landings, 15 October 1944
    Support and consolidating operations designated by Com 7th Flt, 12 October to 7 November 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Island landings, 24 March to 17 April 1944
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 21 to 29 November 1944
  • Decommissioned, 13 January 1947
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, USS San Pablo (AGS-30), 17 September 1948, San Francisco, CA., CDR. Thomas E. Chambers in command
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1969
  • USS San Pablo (AVP-30) earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Loaned to Ocean Science Center of the Atlantic Commission, Savannah GA., 14 September 1971
  • Final Disposition, sold to Margo Zahardis, Vancouver, WA., fate unknown
    AVP Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,750 t.(fl), 2,800 t.(lim)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.2 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 73
    Enlisted 294
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament - As Built
    four single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    one quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340Gals
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse Diesel 32D81/8
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp

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    Namesake
    San Pablo - San Pablo Bay is a tidal estuary that forms the northern extension of San Francisco Bay in the East Bay and North Bay regions of the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California. Most of the Bay is shallow; however, there is a deep water channel approximately in the middle of the bay, which allows access to major ports in Sacramento, Stockton, Benicia, and Martinez; and other smaller ports on the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta.
    San Pablo Bay was named after Rancho San Pablo, a Spanish land grant given to colonial Alta California settlers in 1815, on the bay at the site of the present-day city of San Pablo. The bay is approximately 10 mi across and has an area of approximately 90 sq mi.
    The bay receives the waters of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, via Suisun Bay and the Carquinez Strait on its northeast end, and it connects to the Pacific Ocean via the San Francisco Bay on its southern end. The bay is heavily silted from the contributions of the two rivers, which themselves drain most of the Central Valley of California. San Pablo Bay also receives the waters of Sonoma Creek through the Napa Sonoma Marsh, San Rafael Creek, and the Petaluma River directly, and the Napa River which flows into the Carquinez Strait via the Mare Island Strait near its entrance into the bay. All tributaries except for Sonoma Creek are commercially navigable and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
    Photo - Suisun Bay (bottom), Carquinez Strait (with bridges crossing it), and San Pablo Bay (upper center), with Point Reyes in the background; evening aerial shot looking west into the sun, 27 July 2017. Dicklyon
    Map - San Pablo Bay (Mapsoft.net)
    Tommy Trampp
    San Pablo 98k San Pablo (AVP-30) near Seattle, Washington, 9 March 1943, a few days before her commissioning, builder's photo
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-42493, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    San Pablo 103k San Pablo (AVP-30) near Seattle, Washington, 9 March 1943, a few days before her commissioning, builder's photo
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-42494, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    San Pablo
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    187k Post card image of San Pablo (AVP-30) underway, post World War II, date and location unknown. Carl Musselman
    San Pablo 102k USS San Pablo (AVP-30) and USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) moored at Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores, 22 February 1949. Both had been reactivated as surveying ships in 1948 although they retained their AVP classifications until August 1949.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-413565, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command


    USS San Pablo (AVP-30) during the recovery and towing attempts of of Pan Am B-314 Honolulu Clipper that made an emergency landing 600 NE of Hawaii, 3 November 1945. The aircraft was eventually sunk with 20mm gun fire from San Pablo, 14 Nov 1945, after being deemed a hazard to navigation by the U.S. Navy after all towing attempts in slightly heavy seas failed. The photo of the ship pointed at the plane was taken 7 November 1945 just before the plane took a bad wave and slammed into the ship. The second photo is believed to have been taken between 5 an 14 November 1945. Included with the photos is Mr. Musselman's 1/350 diorama of this incident.
    Carl Musselman
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    San Pablo 47k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) underway, date and location unknown. Haze Gray & Underway Web Site
    San Pablo 90k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) moored outboard of USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) at Monoco, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1959
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Pablo 41k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    San Pablo 108k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) at sea off Bermuda, 16 January 1962.
    US Navy photo # NH 97534 by PH2 Warren, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command .
    Robert Hurst
    San Pablo
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    41k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) returning to Cramp Shipbuilding at Philadelphia. PA. from sea trials in 1963 Chin Yu Chu
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    San Pablo 137k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) underway, circa 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo # NH 97535-KN from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command .
    Robert Hurst
    San Pablo 79k USS San Pablo (AGS-30) Ship's plaque Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS San Pablo see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Barnegat Class Seaplane Tenders

  • Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Darron, Roy Raymond15 March 1943 - 15 May 1943AVP-30
    02LCDR. Dunlap, Stanton Baldwin15 May 1943 - 21 June 1944AVP-30
    03CDR. Willard, Chauncey Shearer21 June 1944 - 14 March 1945AVP-30
    04CDR. Hughes, George Ervin14 March 1945 - 10 October 1945AVP-30
    05CDR. Eisenbach, Charles Robert10 October 1945 - 17 July 1946AVP-30
    06LCDR. Young, Jack Curtis, USN17 July 1946 - August 1946 AVP-30
    07LCDR. Gadberry, William FranklinAugust 1946 - 13 January 1947AVP-30
     Decommissioned13 January 1947 - 17 September 1948 
    08CDR. Chambers, Thomas Edward17 September 1948 - October 1949AGS-30
    09CAPT. Petersen, Adolph JohnOctober 1949 - October 1951AGS-30
    10CDR. Day, Walter DeforestOctober 1951 - January 1954AGS-30
    11CDR. Gregg, Tomas AlbertJanuary 1954 - 1 February 1955AGS-50
    12CDR. Tippey, James Morton1 February 1955 - February 1956AGS-30
    13CDR. Bidwell, Robert GordonFebruary 1956 - June 1957AGS-30
    14CDR. Clark, Harry ArcherJune 1957 - 1958AGS-30
    15CDR. Van Norstrom, Dale Olson1958 - 1959AGS-30
    16CDR. Hunt1959 - 1960AGS-30
    17CDR. Vandale, John James1960 - 1961AGS-30
    18CDR. Sattler Jr., Robert Lewis1961 - 1962AGS-30
    19CDR. Bachtold, James Richard1962 - 1963AGS-30
    20CDR. Grafton, Warren Carroll1963 - 10 January 1964AGS-30
    21CAPT. Zettel, Ralph Anton10 January 1964 - October 1965AGS-30
    22CDR. Ruehrmund, James Carl, USN (USNA 1948-A)October 1965 - January 1966AGS-30
    23LCDR. Cooley, Arthur WilliamJanuary 1966 - 1968AGS-30
    24CDR. Ragland, Roy Junior1968 - 1969AGS-30
    25CDR. Batten, Charles, Gunther1969 - 29 May 1969AGS-30
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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