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USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Alpha - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row American Campaign Medal - Asiatic -Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Appalachian Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 December 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 202) at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 7 March 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 13 March 1943
  • Converted for Naval Service at Bethlehem Steel Co., Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3), 16 October 1943, CAPT. Stanley F. Patten in command
  • During World War II USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation ok Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls - 31 January to 8 February 1944
    Occupation of Eniwetok Atoll - 17 February to 2 March 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings - 9 January
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan - 15 June to 10 August 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam - 21 July to 15 August 1944
    Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
    Mindanao Island landings - Zamboanga - 8 to 23 March 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation
    21 July to 15 August 1944
    Borneo operations
    Tarakan Island operation - 27 April to 5 May 1945
    Brunei Bay operation - 7 to 12 June 1945
    Leyte operations
    Leyte landings - 20 October 1944

  • Following World War II USS Rocky Mount was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    9 to 13 September 194514 September to 10 November 1945

  • Decommissioned, 22 March 1947, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the San Francisco Group Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Laid up, 15 June 1960, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Permanent custody to the Maritime Administration, 30 June 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 March 1973, (PD-X-954 dated 24 January 1973) to Zidell Explorations, Portland, OR., for $170.000.00, for non-transportation use, delivered, 28 March 1973
  • USS Rocky Mount earned seven battle stars, and the Navy Unit Commendation for World War II service
    Displacement 7,240 t.(lt) 13.910t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts.
    Officers 31
    Enlisted 472
    Flag Accommodations
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 351
    Largest Boom Capacity 15 t.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    fourteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 23,400 Bbls
    Diesel 665 Bbls
    one De Laval geared steam turbine
    two Combustion Engineering D-type boilers, 465psi 765°
    double De Laval Main Reductions Gears Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Rocky Mount 111k USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) under way, 23 October 1943.
    US National Archives photo # RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-54447, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Rocky Mount 40k USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) at anchor, circa 1944-45, location unknown.  
    Rocky Mount 47k USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Rocky Mount 84k USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo courtesy Tomitch.
    Robert Hurst
    Rocky Mount 1031k USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) plank owners certificate Jessica Leon for her uncle Ellwood Harris RDM2/c USNR USS Rocky Mount
    Rocky Mount 936k Command Amphibious Group Six Citation issued to Ellwood G. Harris RDM2/c USNR, USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3) for outstanding performance of duty. Jessica Leon for her uncle Ellwood Harris RDM2/c USNR USS Rocky Mount

    USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3)
    Interior Views - 4 January 1944
    Source: NARA II, College Park, CINCPAC Confidential Files, 1943-45
    Contributed by Tracy White

    Rocky Mount
    CIC looking to port
    Rocky Mount
    Radio #1 port forward
    Rocky Mount
    Intelligence office-forward
    Rocky Mount
    Main Com Room port side
    Rocky Mount
    Radio #1 stbd forward
    Rocky Mount
    Joint Operations Room, port
    Rocky Mount
    Joint Operations Room, fwd
    Rocky Mount
    Sup desk & control patch Boards

    USS Rocky Mount (AGC-3)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Patten, Stanley Fletcher :RADM15 October 1943 - November 1944
    02CAPT. Hardesty, Fred ArchibaldNovember 1944 - 6 August 1945
    03CAPT. Katz, Benjamin Jacob :RADM6 August 1945 - 31 May 1946
    04CDR. Wilkinson, Roland C., USNR31 May 1946 - 22 March 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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