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USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Sierra - Uniform
NYSU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (1-Cuba) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 17 January 1944, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 2 October 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), 31 December 1944, CDR. Frank N. House in command
  • During World War II USS Duxbury Bay was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 30 June 1945
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 25 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS Duxbury Bay performed occupation duty in the Far East including China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 1 October 19462 September 1945 to 1 October 1946
    18 March to 18 August 194714 February to 13 July 1948
    13 to 19 June 1949 

  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1966
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in July 1967
  • USS Duxbury earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 18.2 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    Aviation Unit Accommodations
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955 Bbls.
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals.
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    two diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp

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    Duxbury Bay 136k Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) being launched at the Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 2 October 1944.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-77270, a US Navy photos from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Duxbury Bay
    19-N-82815
    71k Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) photographed off Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 28 December 1944. Her camouflage is Measure 33 Design 1F.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-82815, 19-N-82816 and 19-N-82817, US Navy photos from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay
    19-N-82816
    85k
    Duxbury Bay
    19-N-82817
    71k
    Duxbury Bay 654k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) servicing PBM E-1 of VPB-27, on a barge, on the port side of the ship, at Kerama Retto, circa 24 to 31 May 1945. Note "E-1" on the aircraft, just aft of the aft port door.
    Photos by PHoM 2/c Paul D. Guttman.
    Robert Guttman for his father Paul D. Guttman PHoM2/c
    Duxbury Bay 635k
    Duxbury Bay 382k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) at moored in the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, April 1946. Outboard of Duxbury Bay may be USS Floyds Bay (AVP-40). Carl Musselman
    Valcour 322k USS Valcour (AVP-55) moored outboard of USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), circa 1951-52, location unknown. Note Duxbury Bay still in her gray paint scheme and still with her 5" gun turret while Valcour fresh out of the shipyard, sports her new white paint and has lost her 5" gun turret. Photo from 1952 Valcour cruise book. Carl Musselman
    Valcour 206k A view from USS Valcour (AVP-55) of USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), circa 1951, location unknown. Valcour was arriving in the Middle East to relieve Duxbury Bay of the duties as flagship for Commander Middle East Forces.
    Photo from 1952 Valcour cruise book.
    Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 85k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), photographed during the decade following World War II. She lost her 5"/38 gun in around 1952.
    US National Archives photo # NH 97626, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay 115k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), photographed during the decade following World War II. She lost her 5"/38 gun in around 1952.
    US Navy photo # NH 97627 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay 58k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) moored at Naval Station Anacostia, Washington, D.C. circa 1952-53 Carl Musselman via SteelNavy web site
    Duxbury Bay 57k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) starboard side looking aft while moored at Naval Station Anacostia, Washington, D.C. circa 1952-53 Carl Musselman via SteelNavy web site
    Duxbury Bay 289k Various views of USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)'s foremast and mainmast while in port Norfolk, VA, in 1952. Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 329k
    Duxbury Bay 259k
    Duxbury Bay 362k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) refueling an HU-16 Albatross seaplane in the Red Sea after passing through the Suez Canal in 1952. Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 314k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) refueling an HU-16 Albatross seaplane in the Red Sea after passing through the Suez Canal in 1952. Carl Musselman
    Valcour 292k Banner flown from USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) welcoming USS Valcour to the Red Sea/Persian Gulf area to assume flagship duties for Commander Middle East Forces in the spring of 1953. Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 415k USS Duxbury (AVP-38) being relieved of the dutys as flagship for Commander Middle East Forces flagship in 1953 by USS Valcour (AVP-55),
    Photo from Valcour 1953 Cruise book.
    Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 183k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) underway leaving Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta, circa 1953. Robert Hurst
    Duxbury Bay 82k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) coming alongside USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-43) at Pier 2, Naval Operating Base Norfolk, VA. in 1954. Moored on the opposite side of Pier 2 is the Fleet Oiler USS Chukawan (AO-100)
    US Navy photo.
    Carl Musselman
    Greenwich Bay 495k USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) and USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) moored side by side at Naval Operating Base Norfolk, VA. in 1956.
    US Navy photo from USS Coral Sea Cruise book
    Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 84k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), photographed during the late 1950s.
    US Navy photo # NH 95370 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay 918k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) in a Med moor at Genoa, Italy, 3 February 1957. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Duxbury Bay 127k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) moored at Norfolk Naval Station. during Fleet Week, June 1957. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Duxbury Bay 91k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) photographed in Hampton Roads, VA., 3 October 1957.
    US Navy photo # NH 97628 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay 81k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), photographed circa 1959 as Middle East Force flagship. She still displays the naval aviation star on her bow.
    US Navy photo # NH 97630 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay 105k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), photographed circa 1959 as Middle East Force flagship. She still displays the naval aviation star on her bow. Hazegray & Underway
    Duxbury Bay 32k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) relieving USS Greenwich Bay (AVP-41) as flagship for COMIDEASTFOR, late 1960.
    Photo from 1960-1961 USS Duxbury Bay Cruise Book.
    Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 70k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) photographed illuminated at night during a two-day visit to Basra, Iraq, as Middle East Force flagship. Her last two visits to Basra were on 6-8 December 1960 and 12-14 December 1961.
    US Navy photo # NH 97629 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Duxbury Bay 127k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) in the Shatt-al-Arab off Basra, Iraq, on 12-14 December 1961 as Middle East Force Flagship.
    US Navy photo # NH 102678 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    Robert Hurst
    Duxbury Bay 64k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) being relieved by USS Valcour (AVP-55) as flagship for COMIDEASTFOR, late 1961.
    Photo from 1960-1961 USS Duxbury Bay Cruise Book.
    Carl Musselman
    Duxbury Bay 98k USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38), photographed circa 1965 as Middle East Force flagship in her final configuration. She received a new mast and air search radar and a deck house extension during her last shipyard overhaul in the summer of 1962.
    US Navy photo # NH 69826 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) Diorama (1/350 Scale Model)
    by Carl Musselman
    USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38) at Kerama Retto, Okinawa in May of 1945 with VPB-27 PBM Mariners E-1 refueling and PBM Mariner E-12 moored to a buoy awaiting refueling

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    USS Duxbury Bay (AVP-38)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Howe, Frank Northey31 December 1944 - June 1946
    02CDR. Carver, Lamar PeytonJune 1946 - June 1947
    03CAPT. Parish Jr., Elliott WalterJune 1947 - July 1948
    04CAPT. Ray, Herman LamarJuly 1948 - August 1949
    08CDR. Blackburn Jr., Paul Prichard :VADMJuly 1951 - July 1952
    09CDR. Needham, Raymond Cannon :VADMJuly 1952 - January 1953
    10CDR. Miller, John MeredithJanuary 1953 - June 1953
    11CDR. Farrington, Elwin LeviJune 1953 - June 1954
    12CAPT. Hale, Henry HendersonJune 1954 - June 1955
    13CAPT. Born, Howard EugeneJune 1955 - June 1956
    14CAPT. Winters Jr., Theodore HughJune 1956 - June 1957
    15CAPT. Collins Jr., William MagillJune 1957 - June 1958
    16CAPT. Outlaw, Edward Cobb (Eddie) :RADMJune 1958 - August 1959
    17CAPT. Weymouth, Ralph :VADMAugust 1959 - July 1960
    18CAPT. Brewer, William FrancisJuly 1960 - May 1961
    19CAPT. Geis, Lawrence Raymond :RADMMay 1961 - June 1962
    20CAPT. Conger, James WatsonJune 1963 - March 1964
    21CAPT. Lyons, Robert FrancisMarch 1964 - 16 April 1965
    22CAPT. Bono, Vernon Cooke16 April 1965 - 30 April 1966
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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