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USCGC Gresham (WAGW-387)
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USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387) (1966 - 1969)
USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387) (1946 - 1966)
USS Willoughby (AGP-9) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Delta - Bravo
NODB
USS Willoughby Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


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

USCGC Gresham Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (4) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal



USS Willoughby (AGP-9) was transferred to the US Coast Guard and commissioned USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387)
Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 15 March 1943, at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA.
  • Redesignated Motor Torpedo Boat Tender, (AGP-9) 11 May 1943
  • Launched, 21 August 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Willoughby (AGP-9), 18 June 1944, LCDR. Archie J. Church, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Willoughby (AGP-9) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Designated duty in connection with motor torpedo boat operations, 9 September to 13 October 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Palawan Islands landings, 28 February to 10 March 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 20 October to 18 November 1944 and 24 to 29 November 1944
    Battle of Surigao Strait, 24 to 26 October 1944
    Borneo operations
    Brunei Bay operations, 10 June to 20 July 1945

  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Coast Guard, 26 June 1946 at Government Island, Oakland, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Commissioned USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387), 1 December 1947
  • Redesignated (WHEC-387), 1 May 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II, 10 to 31 May 1967 Tet Counteroffensive, 30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III, 1 June 1967 to 29 January 1968 Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV, 2 April to 28 June 1968

  • Redesignated (WAGW-387) in 1969
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 25 April 1973 and transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for disposal, 21 May 1973
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping, 25 October 1973 to B. V. Intershitra of Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • USS Willoughby earned three battle stars for her World War II service and as USCGC Gresham earned four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 41' 1"
    Draft 13' 6"
    Speed 18.2 kts (trial)
    Complement
    USN
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    USN Aviation Squadrons
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    USCG
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 136
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    USCG Electronics
    Radar: SPS-23, SPS-29D
    Sonar: SQS-1
    Armament
    USN
    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
    USCG
    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 84,340 Gals
    Propulsion
    four Fairbanks Morse 38D8 1/8 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 Willoughby (AGP-9)
    Willoughby 97k Willoughby (AGP-9) being launched at Lake Washington Shipyards, Houghton, WA., 21 August 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-54642 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Willoughby 62k USS Willoughby (AGP-9) off Houghton, WA., 24 June 1944, a few days after commissioning. Her camouflage scheme is Measure 32 Design 2Ax.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-69687 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Willoughby 63k USS Willoughby (AGP-9) off Houghton, WA., 24 June 1944, a few days after commissioning.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-69688 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Willoughby 79k USS Willoughby (AGP-9) off Houghton, WA., 24 June 1944, a few days after commissioning.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-69689 a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection, now in the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387) (WHEC-387) (WAGW-387)
    Willoughby 53k Ex-USS Willoughby (AGP-9) in US Coast Guard service as USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387) underway, date and location unknown. Haze Gray & Underway Web Site
    Willoughby 88k USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo by M.E. Beach, SN, USCG, Office of the US Coast Guard Historian
    Mike Green
    Willoughby 59k USCGC Gresham (WAVP-387) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Willoughby 56k USCGCGresham (WHEC-387) underway, date and location unknown. US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Willoughby 43k USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo by M.E. Beach, SN, USCG, Office of the US Coast Guard Historian
    Mike Green
    Willoughby 130k USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387) fires her five inch gun during Market Time operations off the coast of Vietnam, circa May 1967 - June 1968. Gresham was often called upon to provide gunfire support for friendly forces ashore in South Vietnam. She was called upon numerous times to bombard enemy staging areas, supply points, or troop concentrations several miles inland, and in each instance the accuracy of her fire has been sufficient to accomplish the intended objective. She is also equipped with several .50 caliber machine guns and 81mm mortars for use in short range combat.
    US Coast Guard photo # Gresham-111767-1 (#8 of 10) by M. E. Beach, SN, USCG,
    Robert Hurst
    Willoughby 72k While on Market Time patrol two swift boats approach USCGC Gresham (WHEC-387) to receive food, ammunition and fresh crews. The speedy little swift boats help cover the Market Time patrol areas in closer to shore, but depend upon the larger ships for support. Normally the six-man swift boat crews spend 24 hours on patrol, then switch crews for the next 24. On many Market Time stations the relief crews actually live aboard the cutters while waiting for their next patrol.
    US Coast Guard photo # Gresham-091367-1 (#9 of 10) by M. E. Beach, SN, USCG.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Willoughby (AGP-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Church, Archie Joseph, USNR18 June 1944 - 24 December 1944
    02LT. Broullette, Joseph Paul Edmund, USN24 December 1944 through 31 October 1945
    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.
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - Gresham, 1947
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