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USS Oxford (AGTR-1)
ex
USS Oxford (AG-159) (1961 - 1964)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Sierra - Sierra - Sierra
NSSS
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal
Second Row - Vietnam Service Medal (10) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Oxford Class Technical Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 May 1945, as SS Samuel R. Ailken, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 3127) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 31 July 1945
  • Completed, and turned over to the Maritime Commission, 31 August 1945
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 6 October 1945 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Chartered by Moore McCormack Steamship Lines, 25 June 1947
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 10 April 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, DL.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 10 October 1960
  • Converted for Naval service as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Oxford (AG-159), 8 July 1961, at New York, N.Y., CDR. Howard R. Lund in command
  • Redesignated Technical Research Ship (AGTR-1), 1 April 1964
  • During the Vietnam War USS Oxford (AGTR-1) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    26 July to 27 August 1965
    5 September 1965
    24 to 26 October 1965
    12 November to 6 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    20 April to 26 May 1968
    3 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    16 March to 26 April 1966
    5 May to 4 June 1966
    21 to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 13 July 1968
    3 to 17 August 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 to 23 July 1966
    17 August to 5 September 1966
    14 September to 17 October 1966
    5 November to 3 December 1966
    16 December 1966 to 7 January 1967
    25 January to 28 February 1967
    9 March to 19 April 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    8 to 30 November 1968
    1 to 16 December 1968
    6 January to 12 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    30 September to 15 October 1967
    26 October to 26 November 1967
    15 December 1967 to 23 January 1968
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    24 February to 5 April 1969
    27 April to 3 June 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    3 February to 13 March 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    6 to 23 July 1969
    16 August to 19-September 1969
    2 to 23 October 1969

  • Decommissioned on or about 19 December 1969, at Yokosuka, Japan
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 January 1970
  • Title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 14 May 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1970, to Chin Ho Fu Steel and Iron Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, delivered, 8 June 1970
  • USS Oxford (AGTR-1) earned ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,365 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 254
    Armament four .50 cal machine guns
    Propulsion
    two 220psi boilers
    one vertical three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
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    USS Oxford (AG-159)
    Oxford 118k USS Oxford (AG-159) at New York, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    David Nixon
    Oxford 78k USS Oxford (AG-159) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    USS Oxford (AG-159/AGTR-1) web site
    USS Oxford (AGTR-1)
    Oxford 49k USS Oxford (AGTR-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Ed Marciniak
    Oxford 78k USS Oxford (AGTR-1) underway, circa 1964, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Oxford 17k USS Oxford (AGTR-1) arriving at Durban South Africa in 1965 From collection of Ken Cadran via USS Oxford (AG-159/AGTR-1) web site
    Oxford 70k USS Oxford (AGTR-1)at anchor in Kaohsuing Harbor, Taiwan, 28 February 1966 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Oxford 288k USS Oxford (AGTR-1) at anchor at Hong Kong, 1969 Photo by Richard E Kerr Jr, ex CTT2 USN USS Oxford 1969
    Oxford 82k USS Oxford (AGTR-1) underway, date and location unknown. Dennis Clouse
    Oxford 71k Ex-USS Oxford (AGTR-1), left, and ex-USS Jamestown (AGTR-3), right, moored at Yokosuka, Japan awaiting disposal, circa 1969-70. Ed Marciniak

    USS Oxford (AG-159 / AGTR-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Lund, Howard R.16 July 1961 - 16 July 1962
    02CDR. Cosgrove, Thomas A.16 July 1962 - 12 November 1963
    03CDR. Hoffman, Paul Joseph 12 November 1963 - 17 July 1965
    04CAPT. Crozier, Franzis Joseph17 July 1965 - January 1966
    05CAPT. Cosgrove, William PaulJanuary 1966 - 1967
    06CDR. Backstrom, Robert I.1967 - 23 July 1968
    07CDR. Vail, Harold W.23 July 1968 - 4 October 1969
    08CDR. Katz, Marvin A.4 October 1969 - 19 December 1969
    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
    U.S.S. Oxford (AG-159 / AGTR-1)
    US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association
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