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USS Catoctin (AGC-5)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Alpha
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 1945||26 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
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping (PD-X-570) and subsequently scrapped in 1959-60, by Warship Construction Co., South Portland, ME.
USS Catoctin earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 7,240 t.(lt) 13.910 t (fl)
Length 459' 2"
Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
ten twin 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 23,400 Bbls
Diesel 710 Bbls
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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||USS Catoctin (AGC-5) underway 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.
||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 Navy photo # 80-G-362811
from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Catoctin (AGC-5) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Catoctin (AGC-5) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., circa early 1946.
||Submitted by Christopher Albright for his father Joseph Albright YN3 USS Adirondack
||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.
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
| ||CDR. Olsen. Hans Bernard, USNR||31 August 1943 - 11 October 1943 (Ferry Crew #2)|
| ||Decommissioned||11 October 1943 - 24 January 1943|
|01||CDR. Comp, Charles Owen, USN ;RADM||24 January 1943 - 1945|
|02||CAPT. McDowell, Percival Eaton, USN||1945 - 15 December 1945|
|03||CDR. Blackmore, Frank Edward, USNR||15 December 1945 - 21 March 1946|
|04||CAPT. Parker, Thomas Carrol||21 March 1946 - 26 February 1947|
Crew Contact And Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 14 August 2015
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