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USS Pocono (LCC-16)
USS Pocono (AGC-16) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Expeditionary Service Medal (6-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 1-Cuba, 1-Dominican Republic)

Adirondack Class Amphibious Force Flagship:
  • Laid down, 30 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1707) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 25 January 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 15 February 1945
  • Towed to Boston for completion as an Amphibious Force Flagship
  • Commissioned USS Pocono (AGC-16), 29 December 1945, CAPT H. A. Sailor, in command
  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1949, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Towed to Bayonne, N.J. for lay up in the Bayonne Group, Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 18 August 1951
  • Reclassified Amphibious Command Ship (LCC-16), 16 November 1968
  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1976
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for non transportation use to Union Medals and Alloys, 9 December 1981 (PD-X-1043 dated 26 October 1981) for $145,000.00, delivered to buyer, 21 January 1982, presumed scrapped
    Displacement 7,240 t (lt), 12,750 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 579
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO - 20,300 Bbls
    Diesel - 710 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gear
    Ships Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp
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    USS Pocono (AGC-16)
    Pocono 95k USS Pocono (AGC-16) underway, 18 March 1946, location unknown. Pocono eliminated some of the merchant ship features of the earlier AGCs; she had only a pole mast aft, and her two forward kingposts were made considerably lighter. The port kingpost carries radar direction finders. She also has a much-reduced boat outfit.
    US navy photo, and text from "U.S. Amphibious Ships and Craft: An Illustrated Design History" by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Pocono 92k USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored pierside, location unknown, 1953. Mel Nelson YN3, USN
    Member Admiral Jonas Ingram's
    staff during WWII
    BB-44 California 138k Reserve Fleet Basin, Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, Pennsylvania. Photographed on 19 May 1955 with numerous cruisers, escort carriers, and auxiliaries in reserve. The nearest ship is the never-completed
    Hawaii (CB-3), which lacks her previously-installed three 12" gun turrets.
    The cruisers outboard of Hawaii are (in unknown order)
    Honolulu (CL-48),
    Columbia (CL-56),
    Denver (CL-58),
    Galveston (CL-93), and
    Portsmouth (CL-102).
    To their left are
    Tranquility (AH-14),
    Sanctuary (AH-17), and
    Pocono (AGC-16).
    Behind Hawaii (from left to right) are
    Montpelier (CL-57),
    Houston (CL-81),
    Huntington (CL-107),
    Savannah (CL-42),
    Cleveland (CL-55), and
    Wilkes-Barre (CL-103).
    Beyond them (from left to right) are
    Wichita (CA-45),
    Oregon City (CA-122),
    Chester (CA-27), and
    New Orleans (CA-32).
    The cruisers on the left side of the basin (from front to rear) are
    Minneapolis (CA-36),
    Tuscaloosa (CA-37),
    San Francisco (CA-38),
    Augusta (CA-31),
    Louisville (CA-28), and
    Portland (CA-33).
    Among the other ships in reserve in the basin are
    Fomalhaut (AE-20),
    Webster (ARV-2),
    Albemarle (AV-5),
    Tangier (AV-8),
    Pocomoke (AV-9),
    Chandeleur (AV-10),
    Abatan (AW-4),
    Mission San Carlos (AO-120),
    Prince William (CVE-31),
    Anzio (CVE-57),
    Block Island (CVE-106),
    Palau (CVE-122), and
    San Carlos (AVP-51).
    Moored in the shipyard at the extreme left are
    Tennessee (BB-43),
    California (BB-44), and
    Cabot (CVL-28).
    US Navy Photo # 80-G-668655, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Taconic 594k USS Taconic (AGC-17), USS Pocono (AGC-16), USS Valley Forge (CVS-45) and USS Forrestal (CVA-59) moored at Naval Station Norfolk, circa March 1956.
    US Navy from "All Hands" magazine, March 1956 issue.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pocono 322k USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored pierside circa August 1956, Naval Station, Norfolk, VA.
    US National Archives Identifier #6929436 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    204k USS Pocono (AGC-16) at anchor in Hampton Roads, 28 August 1956.
    US National Archives Identifiers
    , US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Pocono 75k Starboard side view of USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored pierside at Naval Station, Norfolk, VA., in May 1957. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Pocono 77k Starboard aft quarter view of USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored pierside at Naval Station, Norfolk, VA., in May 1957. Photo by Derick S. Hartshorn
    Pocono 511k USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored at Pier 5 Naval Station Norfolk, VA., circa 1957-58. Gail Caster
    279k USS Pocono (AGC-16) underway, circa late 1960s, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collection of ENC James Center
    Jason Post
    Pocono 156k USS Pocono (AGC-16) operating with an amphibious force circa the 1960s.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green
    Pocono 776k USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored at Genoa, Italy, 20 April 1960. Note the Helicopter Utility Squadron Two (HU-2) Piasecki HUP-2 Retriever on the flight deck. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Pocono 46k USS Pocono (AGC-16) being assisted by the large harbor tug Oshkosh (YTB-757) at Naval Operating Base (NOB) Norfolk, VA., circa 1961.
    US Navy photo contributed to the National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors by Rolan Conoley.
    Robert Hurst
    Pocono 97k USS Pocono (AGC-16) underway off NOB Norfolk, VA, August 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Pocono 431k USS Pocono (AGC-16) underway, location unknown, 1965. Robert Hurst
    Pocono 106k USS Pocono (AGC-16) underway in October 1964 during Operation Steel Pike I Jim McCoy
    Pocono 695k USS Pocono (AGC-16) moored aft of USS Taconic (AGC-17), probably on the breakwater at Naples, Italy, date unknown. Gail Caster
    Pocono 103k USS Pocono (AGC-16) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    USS Pocono (LCC-16)
    Pocono 377k First day postal cover for USS Pocono's change of designation on 16 November 1968 from AGC-16 to LCC-16. Richard Hoffner
    Pocono 58k USS Pocono (LCC-16) moored pierside at San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1969.
    US Navy photo courtesy Lou Sanders.
    Robert Hurst
    Pocono 69k USS Pocono (LCC-16) showing damage to her bow after colliding with USCGC Courier (WAGR-410) in June 1970. Chuck Grecco USS Pocono (AGC-16), 1970.
    Pocono 86k Overhead view of USS Pocono (LCC-16) underway off the coast of Lebanon during the Suez Canal crisis of 1958.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert M. Cieri

    For more photos and information about USS Pocono, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Pocono Association

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Sailor, Hobart Andrew12 December 1945 - 3 September 1946
    02CAPT. Briggs, Harold Melvin, USN (USNA 1927) :RADM03 September 1946 - 13 November 1947
    03CAPT. Demarest, Harold Raymond13 November 1947 - 9 February 1949
    04CAPT. Pohl, Harold John9 February 1949 - 11 April 1949
    05CDR. Hollingsworth, Albert Francis11 April 1949 - 29 June 1949
     Decommissioned29 June 1949 - 18 August 1951
    06CAPT. Hull, Robert Vance18 August 1951 - 8 July 1952
    07CAPT. Johnson, Paul Fisher :RADM8 July 1952 - 7 August 1953
    08CAPT. Webster, John Alden7 August 1953 - 4 August 1954
    09CAPT. Steffen, E. C.4 August 1954 - 9 January 1955
    10CAPT. Small, Selden C.9 January 1955 - 9 June 1956
    11CAPT. Dropp, Anthony Henry9 June 1956 - 5 May 1957
    12CAPT. Smith, Charles Hubert :RADM5 May 1957 - 7 May 1958
    13CAPT. Thompson Jr., Raymond Webb7 May 1958 - 20 February 1959
    14CDR. Conner, Terrell Hoyt Woodward, USN (USNA 1937)1959 - 1959
    15CAPT. Loyall, Julius Arthur20 February 1959 - 26 March 1960
    16CAPT. Linehan, Joseph David26 March 1960 - 17 March 1961
    17CAPT. Reed, John W. (Jake)17 March 1961 - 17 February 1962
    18CAPT. Gentry, William Wayne17 February 1962 - 22 May 1963
    19CAPT. Carlson, Ralph Bager 22 May 1963 - 25 August 1964
    20CAPT. Lee, Florn Lamar25 August 1964 - 18 May 1965
    21CAPT. Vitucci, Vito Louis18 May 1965 - 1 August 1966
    22CAPT. Dyar Jr., Joseph E., USN (USNA 1944)1 August 1966 - 28 July 1967
    23CAPT. Barkley, Paul Henry, USN28 July 1967 - 10 January 1969
    24CAPT. Vaught, William J.10 January 1969 - 9 January 1970
    25CAPT. Rilley Jr., James Daniel. USN9 January 1970 - 16 January 1971
    26CAPT. Hancock, David Louis, USN (USNA 1947)16 January 1971 - 25 June 1971
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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