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USS Rehoboth (AGS-50)
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USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Kilo - Yankee
NCKY
Rehoboth (AVP-50) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia/Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal


Rehoboth (AGS-50) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 3 August 1942, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Launched, 8 November 1942
  • Commissioned, USS Rehoboth (AVP-50), 23 February 1944, CDR. Robert Crawford Warrack in command
  • During World War II USS Rehoboth served in both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • USS Rehoboth was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Asia and Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    Asia - 20 September 1945 to 23 August 194620 September 1945 to 23 August 1946
    Asia - 30 October to 11 December 194612 December 1946 to 12 January 1947
    Asia - 3 January to 27 February 1947 
    Europe - 17 July to 29 August 1953 

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1947, at Philadelphia Navy Yard, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Converted to a Survey Ship and redesignated (AGS-50)
  • Recommissioned, 2 September 1948, CDR. Robert V. Bassett in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Rehoboth participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    25 November to 24 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 December 1965 to 13 January 1966
    22 to 26 January 1966
    5 to 10 February 1966

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in September 1970
  • USS Rehoboth earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310'
    Beam 41' 2"
    Draft 13' 6" (limiting)
    Speed 18.2 kts. (trial)
    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 dual 40mm AA gun mounts
    four dual 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 1,955 Bbls.
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals.
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse 38D816 diesel 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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    USS Rehoboth (AVP-50)
    Rehoboth 87k USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) off Houghton, WA., 8 March 1944, about two weeks after commissioning. She was completed with three 5"/38 guns, including an open mount on her fantail. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32 Design 5D.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-62332, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 84k USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) off Houghton, WA., 8 March 1944, about two weeks after commissioning.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-62333, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 97k USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) off the Oregon coast in April 1944 soon after commissioning. Photographed by an aircraft from NAS Seattle, WA.
    US Navy photo # NH 97827, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 133k Direct bow view of USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) off the Oregon coast in April 1944.
    US Navy photo # NH 97828, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 71k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) at anchor after her main armament was reduced to one 5"/38 gun in early 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 98798, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Robert Hurst
    Rehoboth 104k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) moored pierside, Freemantle, Australia, circa spring 1946-spring 1947.
    Photo from Freemantle Press.
    Russ Moody
    San Pedro 102k USS Rehoboth (AVP-50) and USS San Pablo (AVP-30) 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 Historical Center
    USS Rehoboth (AGS-50)
    Rehoboth 43k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) underway, circa 1953, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    San Pablo 90k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) moored inboard of USS San Pablo (AGS-30) at Monoco, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, November 1959.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Rehoboth 412k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) entering the port of Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores Islands, date unknown. Carlos Manuel Estrela, Ponta Delgada, Azores
    Rehoboth 69k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) at San Francisco Naval Shipyard after a regular overhaul, 5 February 1957. The ship lost her 5"/38 main battery but retained most of her smaller guns.
    US Navy photo # NH 97829, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 131k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) underway in San Francisco Bay, September 1957.
    Photo @copy Allied Photographers, San Francisco, CA.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Rehoboth 125k An undated photo of USS Rehoboth (AGS-50). She and most other U.S. Navy surveying ships were disarmed by late 1959.
    US Navy photo # NH 97821, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 85k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) underway off Oahu, Hawaii., 1 June 1961.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 1057708, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritabe Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Rehoboth 54k Aerographers aboard USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) releasing a sounding balloon from the ship's fantail in the North Pacific on 10 September 1963.
    US Navy photo # USN 090430, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rehoboth 175k USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) underway in the Pacific Ocean, 2 July 1969. Photo by PH2 S. K. Tastor, USN.
    US Navy photo # NH 97830, a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    San Pedro/Rehoboth 81k
    USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Ramon Jackson
    Rehoboth 59k
    USS Rehoboth (AGS-50) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Rehoboth Additional Ships Patches
    Rehoboth
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Rehoboth
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Rehoboth
    US Navy photo NH 64700-KN
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Rehoboth (AVP-50 / AGS-50)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Warrack, Robert Crawford USN (20)23 February 1944 - 15 May 1944AVP-50
    02CDR. Christensen, Ernest Edward, USN (34) :RADM15 May 1944 - 9 August 1945AVP-50
    03CDR. Mang, Louis Wilbur, USN (32) :RADM9 August 1945, - 9 August 1945AVP-50
     Decommissioned,30 June 1947 - 2 September 1948 
    04CDR. Bassett, Robert Van Rensselear, USN (35)2 September 1948 - 8 June 1950AGS-50
    05CAPT. Spangler, John Gilmore, USN (32)8 June 1950 - 25 June 1951AGS-50
    06CDR. Tellefsen, Carl Robert, USN (33)25 June 1951 - 1954AGS-50
    07CDR. Vogel, Harvey Oscar, USN (40)1954 - 1956AGS-50
    08CDR. Keim, Joseph John, USN1956 - June 1957AGS-50
    09CDR. Hackett, Donald Joseph, USNJune 1957 - 2 July 1958AGS-50
    10CDR. Deibler Jr., William Henry, USN (42)2 July 1958 - October 1960AGS-50
    11LCDR. Rusk, Alfred Decoto, USN1960 - October 1960AGS-50
    12CDR. Bess, James Ogden, USN25 October 1963 - ?AGS-50
    14CDR. Barley, Cecil Elmer, USN1966 - ?AGS-50
    15CDR. Trens, Mike Julio, USN1967 - September 1969AGS-50
    16CDR. Graf, Harry R.September 1969 - 15 April 1970AGS-50
    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
    Profile and Sky Views - Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tenders - Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA.
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