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USS Sacramento (AOE-1)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Unit Commendation (2)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - Navy Expeditionary Medal (3)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4) - Vietnam Service Medal (13)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Sacramento Class Fast Combat Support Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1961, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Launched, 14 September 1963
  • Commissioned USS Sacramento (AOE-1), 14 March 1964
    Sacramento and her sister USS Camden (AOE-2), are unique in that their propulsion systems were originally installed in
    the uncompleted sister to the two Iowa class battleships, USS Kentucky (BB-66). When it was decided to scrap
    Kentucky, the Navy split the propulsion system and installed it in Sacramento and Camden
  • Sacramento was assigned to the Pacific Fleet, and homeported at Bremerton, WA.
  • During the Vietnam War USS Sacramento (AOE-1) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    6 to 17 November 1965
    25 November to 9 December 1965
    19 to 24 December 1965
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    21 to 30 June 1969
    26 to 27 July 1969
    3 to 23 August 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    25 to 29 December 1965
    12 to 23 January 1966
    31 January to 12 February 1966
    21 February to 1 March 1966
    7 to 20 March 1966
    3 to 14 April 1966
    23 April to 6 May 1966
    14 to 15 May 1966
    22 May to 6 June 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Sprint 1970
    22 March to 13 April 1970
    19 to 30 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase II
    12 to 15 December 1966
    24 December 1966 to 13 January 1967
    22 January to 12 February 1967
    26 February to 11 March 1967
    20 March to 2 April 1967
    12 to 16 April 1967
    21 to 31 May 1967
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    1 to 8 May 1970
    14 to 15 and 20 to 25 May 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase III
    1 to 4 June 1967
    12 to 18 June 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase VII
    20 July to 22 August 1970
    25 March to 20 April 1971
    29 April to 19 May 1971
    19 to 30 June 1971
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 March to 1 April 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 to 8 July 1971
    20 July to 1 August 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase IV
    2 to 14-April 1968
    22 April to 1 May 1968
    10 to 19 May 1968
    3 to 15 June 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    1 to 13 September 1972
    22 September to 7 October 1972
    23-October to 9 November 1972
    16 November to 21 December 1972
    27 December 1972 to 13 January 1973
    4 to 22 February 1973
    2 to 13 March 1973
    Tet 69/ Counteroffensive
    8 to 31 March 1969
    14 to 18 April 1969
    18 May to 5 June 1969
     

  • Decommissioned, 1 October 2004, at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
  • Laid up at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Bremerton, WA., to be disposed of in support of fleet training exercises
  • Contact awarded to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., for scrapping, in lieu of use as a target for fleet training, 13 April 2007, scrapping completed, 11 July 2008
  • USS Sacramento earned thirteen campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 18,884 t.(lt) 49,956 t.(fl);
    Length 793'
    Beam 107'
    Draft 38' (max.)
    Speed 26 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 530
    Aircraft two CH46E Sea Knight helicopters
    Armament
    eight 3"/50 dual purpose guns (as built)
    NATO Sea Sparrow missiles, replace two 3'/50 gun mounts
    Sea Sparrow missiles replaced by two Phalanx CIWS
    Propulsion
    four boilers
    two geared steam turbines
    two propellers, 100,000shp

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    Sacramento 107k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) standing out to sea as she passes Point Loma at the entrance to San Diego Bay, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sacramento 72k USS Sacramento (AOE-1), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    DD-824 110k USS Sacramento (AOE-1), center, replenishing the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14), right, and the destroyer USS Basilone (DD-824) in the South China Sea, 13 April 1966.
    US Navy Photograph # USN 111706 by PH2 J.L. Rivera, USN.
    Tony Cowart
    Sacramento 96k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) alongside USS Enterprise (CVN-65),Tonkin Gulf, June 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Sacramento 92k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) underway in the South China Sea in 1966. Photo taken from USS Bausell (DD-845) by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. during breakaway from refueling ops. Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    Sacramento 110k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) alongside USS Enterprise (CVN-65),Tonkin Gulf in 1966.
    US navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Sacramento 88k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) alongside USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Tonkin Gulf, June 1966 © Richard Leonhardt
    Sacramento 50k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) alongside USS Enterprise (CVN-65) off the coast of North Vietnam on Yankee Station in 1966. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sacramento 224k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) off the coast of in 1966. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sacramento 140k USS Sacramento (AOE-1), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Cacapon 79k USS Cacapon (AO-52) (right) rides high in the water while transferring her remaining fuel oil to USS Sacramento (AOE-1) off the coast of South Vietnam, 1 August 1966.
    US Navy photo # USN 1117156
    from the Naval Historical Center collection.
    Edward Rochefort
    Sacramento 133k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) conducting an underway replenishment while alongside USS Hancock (CVA-19) off the coast of Vietnam in April 1967. Photo by Charles "Bud" Dehnert USS Hancock
    Sacramento 140k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) conducting an underway replenishment while alongside USS Hancock (CVA-19) off the coast of Vietnam in April 1967. Photo by Charles "Bud" Dehnert USS Hancock
    CVS-12 Hornet 165k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) transfers fuel and ordinance to USS Hornet (CVS-12) during replenishment operations in the South China Sea in June 1967. Photographed by JOC R.D. Moeser.
    US Navy photo # USN 1142142
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sacramento 1018k An H-46 Sea Knight helicopter picks up a pallet of provisions from USS Sacramento (AOE-1) for transfer to the attack aircraft carrier USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) during underway replenishment off the coast of Vietnam in June 1967.
    US Navy photo # USN 1124568 by JOC R.D. Moeser.
    Chris Stanley from the collection of CDR Thomas B. Ray USS Essex
    Sacramento 62k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) resupplying USS Boston (CAG-1) on station off the coast of Vietnam. June 1968 John Jazdzewski, USS Boston
    Sacramento 99k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) resupplying USS Boston (CAG-1) on station off the coast of Vietnam. June 1968 John Jazdzewski, USS Boston
    Sacramento 119k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) resupplying USS Boston (CAG-1) on station off the coast of Vietnam. June 1968 John Jazdzewski, USS Boston
    Sacramento 91k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) resupplying USS Boston (CAG-1) on station off the coast of Vietnam. June 1968 John Jazdzewski, USS Boston
    Sacramento 80k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) resupplying USS Boston (CAG-1) on station off the coast of Vietnam. June 1968 John Jazdzewski, USS Boston
    Sacramento 51k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) resupplying USS Boston (CAG-1) on station off the coast of Vietnam. June 1968 John Jazdzewski, USS Boston
    Sacramento 121k Unofficial flag flown by USS Sacramento (AOE-1) while conducting UNREPS during her 1968 deployment. Reinhard Lindner BM3 USNR, USS Sacramento 1967-68
    Sacramento 75k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) with USS Fox (DLG-33) coming alongside while underway in the South China Sea in 1970. Photo taken from USS Bausell (DD-845) by Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. Lee Noland STGC USN Ret. USS Bausell
    Sacramento 183k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) conducting an underway replenishment at sea off the coast of Vietnam, circa 1970s. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sacramento 194k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) moored at NAS North Island in the summer of 1978. Photo by Richard Stiles
    Sacramento 36k USS Sacramento (AOE-01) resupplying USS Wisconsin (BB-64)
    and USS Missouri (BB-63) during Persian Gulf War
    US Navy photo
     
    Sacramento 88k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) underway in the South China Sea as part of the Nimitz Battle Group, 25 September 1997.
    US Navy photo # 970925-N-4778W-153
    Bill Gonyo
    FFG-54 Ford 202k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) and USS Ford (FFG-54) maneuver into formation while conducting operations with the George Washington and Nimitz battle groups, 6 January 1998. Sacramento and Ford were conducting operations in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Southern Watch.
    US Navy photo # 980106-N-2302H-001 by PH3 Joseph Hendricks.
    Bill Gonyo
    CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt 92k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) replenishes USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) as the guided missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf (CG-72) approaches her station alongside Sacramento, during "Operation Enduring Freedom", 24 November 2001. Note a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to Sacramento, also carrying supplies to Theodore Roosevelt.
    US Navy photo # 011124-N-5526M-002 by PH2 Bobby McRill.
    Alex Tatchin
    CVN-70 Carl Vinson 140k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) steams side-by-side with USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) during a routine replenishment at sea at sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Oct. 12, 2001.
    US Navy photo # 011012-N-5884W-001. Photo by PH3 Carol Warden.
    US Navy
    Sacramento 71k USS Carl Vinson(CVN-70) breaks away from USS Sacramento (AOE-01) after completing underway replenishment while USS Lassen (DDG-82) continues to receive fuel off Sacramento's starboard side while underway in the Southern Pacific Ocean, 27 January 2003.
    US Navy Photo # 030127-N-3241H-008 by PHAN Dustin Howell
    Bernard A. Cardali USS LST-306
    CVN-70 Carl Vinson 115k

    USS Ingraham (FFG-61) takes on fuel from the starboard side of USS Sacramento (AOE-1) while USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) receives cargo via Vertical Replenishment (VERTREP) during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS), Western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 030210-N-3241H-122 by PHAN Dustin Howell, 10 February 2003.

    US Navy Newsstand
    FFG-63 USS Ingraham 178k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) conducts an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USS Ingraham (FFG-61), 10 February 2003. The ships were part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group conducting training in the Pacific Ocean in preparation for their next scheduled deployment.
    US Navy photo # 030210-N-0233J-161 by PH3 Ryan Jackson)
    Bill Gonyo
    Sacramento 314k USS Sacramento (AOE-01) comes alongside the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) in the Sea of Japan, 18 March 2003. The guided missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG-82) sails in the distance. The ships are part of the Carl Vinson Battle Group currently on deployment in the western Pacific Ocean.
    US Navy photo # 030318-N-3241H-009 by PHAN Dustin Howell.
    Robert Hurst
    FFG-63 USS Ingraham 46k USS Sacramento (AOE-1) with USS Ingraham (FFG-61) alongside during an underway replenishment in the Philippine Sea, 20 June 2003.
    US Navy photo
    Fred Weiss
    Sacramento 62k USS Sacramento (AOE-01) conducting a vertrep while underway with USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), 25 June 2003, location unknown. Photo by Thomas Hess
    CVN-74 John C. Stennis 112k Pacific Ocean, March 20, 2004 — The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) preforms an underway replenishment (UNREP) with USS Sacramento (AOE-1). John C. Stennis spent over nine hours alongside Sacramento transferring over 900 pallets of ordnance and supplies. U.S. Navy photo by PH3 Joshua Word (# 040320-N-4768W-068).

    US Navy Newsstand
    Sacramento 83k USS Sacramento (AOE-01) conducting a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with a Ticonderoga Class Cruiser, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Sacramento 90k USS Sacramento (AOE-01) plaque. Tommy Trampp
    Sacramento 246k Ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-01) at ESCO Marine awaiting scrapping. Ex-USS Camden (AOE-2), also awaiting the scrappers torch, is moored forward of ex-Sacramento. Photo by © Michael Martin, Brownsville, TX. TJ Tropea
    Sacramento 1086k Ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-01) at ESCO Marine awaiting scrapping. Ex-USS Camden (AOE-2), moored forward of Sacramento, has a fire on board while being cut up by the scrappers torches. Photo by © Michael Martin, Brownsville, TX. TJ Tropea
    Sacramento 724k Ex-USS Sacramento (AOE-01) at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., while being scrapped, 4 December 2007. Photo by © Michael Martin, Brownsville, TX. TJ Tropea


    For more photos and information about USS Sacramento, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association
  • Reinhard Lindner USS Sacramento (AOE-1) photo collection
  • Vietnam / H-46 / Sacramento AOE-1 Pecasa Web Album, courtesy LCDR. Ken Gerken
  • Commanding Officers
  • Decommissioning Booklet

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

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