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USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
USCGC Unimak (WTR-379) (1969 - 1977)
USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379) (1966 - 1969)
USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379) (1948 - 1966)
USS Unimak (AVP-31) (1943 - 1948)

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

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

USS Unimak (AVP-31 was transferred to the US Coast Guard after World War II
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 15 February 1941, at Associated Ship Builders Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 27 May 1942
  • Commissioned, USS Unimak (AVP-31), 31 December 1943, CDR. Hilfort C. Owen in command
  • Decommissioned, 25 January 1946
  • Loaned to the US Coast Guard, 14 September 1948
  • Commissioned USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
  • Redesignated (WHEC-379), 1 May 1966
  • Redesignated (WTR-379), 28 November 1969
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1975
  • Recommissioned as (WHEC-379) in 1977
  • Decommissioned, 29 April 1988, and returned to the US Navy for disposal
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final disposition, date unknown scuttled as part of an artificial reef
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9½"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 12' 5"
    Speed 18.2 kts (trial)
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    USN Aviation Squadrons
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 136
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    USCG Electronics
    Radar: SPS-23, SPS-29D
    Sonar: SQS-1
    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
    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 88,000 Gals
    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 Unimak (AVP-31)
    Unimak 87k USS Unimak (AVP-31) being christened at Associated Ship Builders Inc. Seattle, WA., 29 May 1942. The sponsor was Mrs. H. B. Berry.
    US Navy National Archives photo # 19-N-58542 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Bill Gonyo
    Unimak 93k USS Unimak (AVP-31) at Seattle, WA., 31 January 1944. Unimak is painted camouflage scheme/measure 32/5D in this photo.
    US Navy National Archives photo # 19-N-61152 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379 / WHEC-379 / WTR-379)
    Unimak 29k USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379) underway, date and location unknown.
    USCG photo
    Ken Laesser, CG History Page
    Unimak 106k USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379) underway, date and location unknown.
    USCG photo
    Ken Laesser, CG History Page
    Unimak 82k USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Hazegray & Underway Web Site
    Unimak 40k USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379) underway, 8 June 1987.
    US Coast Guard photo from the Office of the Coast Guard Historian.
    Mike Green

    USS Unimak (AVP-31)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Owen, Hilfort Craft USN 31 December 1943 - September 1944USS Unimak (AVP-31)
    02CDR. Thorn, William Alvah USNSeptember 1944 - 29 July 1946USS Unimak (AVP-31)
    01CDR. Diehl, Herman T. USCG3 January 1949 - 1950USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    02CDR. McCabe, Frank M. USCG1950 - 1951USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    03LCDR. Luse, James D. USCG1951 - 1952USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    04LCDR. Cheney, Leroy A. USCG1952 - 1954USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    05CDR. Young, Maynard F. USCG1954 - 1955USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    06CDR. McGarity, M. F. USCG1955 - 1956USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    07CDR. Frost, Albert USCGOctober 1956 - 1958USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    08CDR. Henry, Bernhard Russell USCG1958 - 1960USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    09CAPT. Kendall, Louis B. USCG1960 - 1962USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    10CAPT. Riley, Francis Xavier USCG1962 - 1964USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    11CDR. Caswell, Donald A. USCG1964 - June 1966USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    12CDR. Hartlove, Herbert Maurice USCGJune 1966 - 1968USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    13CDR. Cretella, Henry A. USCG1968 - 6 October 1970USCGC Unimak (WAVP-379)
    14CDR. Gannaway, Ted L. USCG6 October 1970 - 1972USCGC Unimak (WTR-379)
    15CDR. Benigno, Pasquale M. USCG1972 - 1973USCGC Unimak (WTR-379)
    16CDR. Allen, William Perry USCG1973 - 29 July 1974USCGC Unimak (WTR-379)
    17CDR. Wubbold III, Joseph Henry USCG29 July 1974 - 31 May 1975USCGC Unimak (WTR-379)
     Decommissioned31 May 1975 - 22 August 1977 
    18CDR. Eddy, Robert C. USCG22 August 1977 - 1979USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
    19CDR. Shirvinski, Adam J. USCG1979 - 1981USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
    20CDR. Newlin, Charles Bennett USCG1981 - August 1983USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
    21CDR. Williams, John E. USCGAugust 1983 - 1985USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
    22CDR. Blake, Ronald L. USCG1985 - 1987USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
    23CDR. Houle, Robert C. USCG1987 - 29 April 1988USCGC Unimak (WHEC-379)
    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
    Barnegat Class Seaplane Tenders
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Unimak
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