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USS Catoctin (AGC-5)

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



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 18 August 1944)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle Campaign Service Medal (1)
Third Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Appalachian Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Mary Whitridge, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 295) at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 23 January 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 31 August 1943, renamed USS Catoctin placed in reduced commission, LCDR. Hans B. Olsen, USNR, (Ferry Crew #2), in command
  • Decommissioned at her conversion yard in Philadelphia PA., 11 November 1943
  • Recommissioned, USS Catoctin (AGC-5), 24 January 1944, CDR. Charles O. Comp in command
  • During World War II USS Catoctin was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and the Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    4 to 25 September 194526 September 1945
    27 September to 26 November 1945 

  • Decommissioned, 26 February 1947, at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 30 December 1959
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • USS Catoctin earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping (PD-X-570) and subsequently scrapped in 1959-60, by Warship Construction Co., South Portland, ME.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,240 t.(lt) 13.910 t (fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 579
    Flag Accommodations
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 351
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 23,400 Bbls
    Diesel 710 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster Wheeler, D-type boilers, 450psi 750 °
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100 Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Catoctin
    19-N-60806
    86k USS Catoctin (AGC-5) under way near Philadelphia Navy Yard, 5 February 1944.
    US National Archives photo #'s 19-N-60806 and 19-N-60807, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Catoctin
    19-N-60807
    82k
    Catoctin 209k Luncheon on board USS Catoctin (AGC-5), flagship of commander, U.S. Eighth Fleet, at Mers El Kebir, Algeria, on 14 June 1944. (L to R): Rear Admiral Bertram J. Rodgers, USN, Commander, Group Two, Eighth Amphibious Force; Admiral Sir John H.B. Cunningham, British Commander in Chief, Mediterranean; and Vice Admiral H. Kent Hewitt, USN, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Northwest African waters (U.S. Eighth Fleet).
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 55074
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin 157k Church services on board USS Catoctin (AGC-5), probably at Algiers, circa June-July 1944.
    US US National Archives Photo # 80-G-K-1959, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin 151k Looking forward from the bridge of USS Catoctin (AGC-5) while at Algiers, circa June-July 1944. Note flags flying of Vice Admiral Henry Kent Hewitt, USN, and Admiral Sir John Cunningham, R. N. Also note lookout position and "SG" radar on kingposts. The Admirals were then planning the invasion of southern France.
    US US National Archives Photo # 80-G-K-1956, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin
    80-G-362857
    180k USS Catoctin (AGC-5)'s combat information center on "D-Day" of the invasion of Southern France, 15 August 1944. Catoctin was amphibious force flagship for this operation.
    US National Archives Photo #'s 80-G-362857 and 80-G-362856 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin
    80-G-362856
    163k
    Catoctin 204k Southern France Operation, August 1944. Senior Officers on the bridge of USS Catoctin (AGC-5), Operation Flagship. Taken while enroute to the invasion area on "D-Minus-One", 14 August 1944. Present are (l-r): Brigadier General G.P. Saville, USAAF, Air Commander. Western Naval T.F. Major General A. M. Patch, USA, Army Commander, Western Naval Task Force. Vice Admiral H.K. Hewitt, Naval Commander, Western Naval Task Force. James Forrestal, Secretary of the Navy. Rear Admiral A.G. Lemonnier, F.N., Chief of Staff of the French Navy.
    US US National Archives Photo # 80-G-K-2018, a US navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin 175k Rear Admiral Heinrich Rhufus, German commanding officer of Southern France Coastal Defenses, captured in Toulon, gives the Nazi salute to the quarterdeck of USS Catoctin (AGC-5) as he leaves the ship with his chief of staff Commander Rhuling, on the first leg of the journey to a prison camp. Vice Admiral Hewitt, on board Catoctin, his flagship, did not take time to receive the two Germans.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 55075
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin 105k USS Catoctin (AGC-5) at anchor, 22 August 1944, shortly after the landings in southern France. Catoctin was force flagship for that operation, and is probably anchored off one of the invasion beaches.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-362811 a US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Catoctin 159k USS Catoctin (AGC-5) receiving fuel oil, 5 June 1945, following repair and overhaul at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Catoctin features many of the late war electronics required for command and control as well as anti-aircraft protection, such as the MK52 director with MK 26 radar aft of her forward 5"/38 dual purpose mount. Photo maybe incorrectly dated as Catoctin's War Diary has her in the Chesapeake Bay on 14 June 1945 and she reported receiving fuel at Philadelphia on 5 June 1945.
    US Navy Yard Philadelphia photo # 1184-45-96, dated 14 June 1945, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives, San Francisco Regional Branch.
    Tracy White
    Catoctin 221k USS Catoctin (AGC-5)'s forward superstructure main deck looking aft at the various antennae festooning her superstructure and midships radar tower. Empty boat cradles fill the foreground view of the deck. Photo maybe incorrectly dated as Catoctin's War Diary has her in the Chesapeake Bay on 14 June 1945
    US Navy Yard Philadelphia photo # 1184-45-105, dated 14 June 1945, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives, San Francisco Regional Branch.
    Tracy White
    Catoctin 126k USS Catoctin (AGC-5)'s radar tower, looking aft from the top of her forward king post. Note the collection of VHF transmitters and receivers on her yardarms as well as the radar counter measures antennas. Photo maybe incorrectly dated as Catoctin's War Diary has her in the Chesapeake Bay on 14 June 1945
    US Navy Yard Philadelphia photo # 1184-45-107, dated 14 June 1945, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives, San Francisco Regional Branch.
    Tracy White
    Catoctin 114k USS Catoctin (AGC-5)'s aft king posts highlighting different equipment as seen from her searchlight platform atop her superstructure. The "SCR" structure on the lower left of the photo is probably a SCR-720, which was fitted to other AGCs starting in the summer of 1945. This was the same radar set that was carried by the P-61 "Black Widow" night fighter and was installed to give ships better warning against diving Kamikazes that had penetrated the fighter and radar screens. Photo my be incorrectly dated as Catoctin's War Diary has her in the Chesapeake Bay on 14 June 1945.
    US Navy Yard Philadelphia photo # 1184-45-107, dated 14 June 1945, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the National Archives, San Francisco Regional Branch.
    Tracy White
    Catoctin 130k Vice Admiral Daniel E. Barbey (in front), USN, and Lieutenant General John R. Hodge (middle), U.S. Army, watch Korean occupation landings at Jinsen (Inchon), Korea, from USS Catoctin (AGC-5), 8 September 1945. The third officer present is not identified.
    US National Archives Photo # 80-G-394169, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Catoctin 61k USS Catoctin (AGC-5) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., circa early 1946. Submitted by Christopher Albright for his father Joseph Albright YN3 USS Adirondack
    Catoctin 94k USS Catoctin (AGC-5) moored pierside in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., circa 1959, shortly before she was sold for scrapping. Ron Reeves

    USS Catoctin (AGC-5)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Documents/Messages both received and originated aboard USS Catoctin (AGC-5) announcing the end of WWII
    Commanding Officers
     CDR. Olsen. Hans Bernard, USNR31 August 1943 - 11 October 1943 (Ferry Crew #2)
     Decommissioned11 October 1943 - 24 January 1943
    01CDR. Comp, Charles Owen, USN :RADM24 January 1943 - 1945
    02CAPT. McDowell, Percival Eaton, USN1945 - 15 December 1945
    03CDR. Blackmore, Frank Edward, USNR15 December 1945 - 21 March 1946
    04CAPT. Parker, Thomas Carrol21 March 1946 - 26 February 1947

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