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USS Onslow (AVP-48)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Juliet - Echo
NCJE
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 20APR44, 10SEP44)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender
  • Laid down, 18 May 1942, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 20 September 1942
  • Commissioned, USS Onslow (AVP-48), 22 December 1943, CDR. Alden D. Schwarz in command
  • During WWII USS Onslow was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 17 June to 10 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 30 June 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 25 July 1945

  • USS Onslow was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    27 September to 15 October 194616 October to 23 November 1946
    24 November 1946 to 10 January 194717 May to 11 June 1954
     4 to 15 May 1955

  • Decommissioned in June 1947
  • Recommissioned in January 1951
  • During the Korean War USS Onslow participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    13 to 22 May 1952
    17 to 27 June 1952

  • Decommissioned, 22 April 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
  • USS Onslow earned four battle stars for service in World War II and one battle star for Korean War service
  • Sold for commercial service, 18 October 1960, to Philippine Presidents Line, Inc.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (limiting)
    Speed 18.6kts.
    Complement
    Officers 73
    Enlisted 294
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955 Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals
    Propulsion
    two Fairbanks Morse Diesel 38D8 1/4 engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,080shp

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    Onslow 122k USS Onslow (AVP-48) fitting out at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA., 10 July 1943. The outboard hull is probably USS Orca (AVP-49). The old paddle-wheel ferry was the West Seattle.
    NARA photo # 19-N-51143, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 127k USS Onslow (AVP-48) fitting out at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA., 10 July 1943. Also visible in this photo are USS Oyster Bay (AGP-6), lower left, and USS Mobjack (AGP-7), lower right with the crane. The old paddle-wheel ferry is the West Seattle.
    NARA photo # 19-N-51144, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 115k USS Onslow (AVP-48) fitting out at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA., 10 July 1943. Also visible in this photo is USS Mobjack (AGP-7), on the left behind the crane.
    NARA photo # 19-N-51145, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 83k USS Onslow (AVP-48), port broadside view. Underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, WA., 9 January 1944. She has a main armament of three 5"/38 guns.
    NARA photo # 19-N-58160, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 75k USS Onslow (AVP-48), port quarter view. Underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, WA., 9 January 1944.
    NARA photo # 19-N-58162, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 71k USS Onslow (AVP-48), port bow view. Underway near her builder's yard at Houghton, WA., 9 January 1944.
    NARA photo # 19-N-58161, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 521k USS Onslow (AVP-48) underway, circa March 1944 off the coast of California.
    US Navy photo probably taken from an airship assigned to Lighter-than-Air Airship Squadron (ZP 31), NAS Santa Ana, CA
    David Buell
    Onslow 94k USS Onslow (AVP-48) at Saipan, 22 June 1944. Photographed from USS Pocomoke (AV-9). Note Onslow is painted camouflage scheme 32/2Ax.
    US Navy photo # NH 97672, from the US Naval Historical collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 81k USS Onslow (AVP-48) refueling a PBM flying boat at sea around December 1944.
    US Navy photo # NH 97712, from the US Naval Historical collections
    Robert Hurst
    Onslow 105k USS Onslow (AVP-48) refueling a PBM, December 1944. Note name "Unaymit" and insignia painted on the plane's bow. Also multi-colored fender between plane and ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 97673, from the US Naval Historical collections
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 109k USS Onslow (AVP-48) underway, date and location unknown. Hazegray & Underway Web Site
    Juneau 263k USS Onslow (AVP-48) is on the opposite side of the pier in this aft starboard plan view of USS Juneau (CLAA-119) at Navy Yard Mare Island, 26 January 1952. Also on the opposite side of the pier is USS Hollister (DD-788). The antenna of USS Whitehurst (DE-634) is in the foreground.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 11651-1-52
    Darryl Baker
    Onslow 103k USS Onslow (AVP-48), 10 June 1952. Despite an early postwar rearrangement of her armament, she retains an open 5"/38 mount aft. Note the aviation insignia on the bow aft of the hull number.
    NARA photo # 80-G-444134, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Onslow 78k USS Onslow (AVP-48) underway, date and location unknown.
    A Ted Stone photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition.
    Robert Hurst
    Onslow 24k USS Onslow (AVP-48) as Station Ship, Hong Kong 1956 Joseph A. Patton QMCS USN Ret. USS Onslow 1956-57
    Onslow 27k USS Onslow (AVP-48) anchored in the Pescadores Islands, R. O. C. circa 1956-57. Joseph A. Patton QMCS USN Ret. USS Onslow 1956-57
    Onslow 90k USS Onslow (AVP-48) underway in San Francisco Bay, November 1957.
    Photo ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco.
    Robert M. Cieri

    USS Onslow (AVP-48)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Schwarz, Alden Delbert22 December 1943 - 28 July 1945
    02CDR. Schumacher, Jules F.28 July 1945 - 2 February 1946
     DecommissionedJune 1947 - January 1951
    08CDR. Hyland Jr., John JosephAugust 1956 - September 1957
    09CDR. Strong, Stockton, B.1958
    11CDR. Anderson, Edward LeeAugust 1959 - February 1960
    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
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