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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 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
  • 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"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 579
    Flag Accommodations
    Officers 92
    Enlisted 351
    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
    Fuel Capacities
    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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    86k 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
    Robert Hurst
    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 Navy photo # 80-G-362811 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Catoctin 29k USS Catoctin (AGC-5) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    US Naval Historical Center
    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

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

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