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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

USS Taconic (LCC-17)
USS Taconic (AGC-17) (1945 - 1969)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon 1Jul58-1Nov58, 1-Dominican Republic 18Apr63-21Sep66)

Adirondack Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1710), at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 10 February 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 6 March 1944
  • Converted to an Amphibious Force Command Ship at Atlantic Basin Iron Works, Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned, USS Taconic (AGC-17), 16 January 1945, CAPT. C. G. Christie in command
  • Redesignated Amphibious Command Ship (LCC-17), 1 January 1969
  • Decommissioned, 17 December 1969
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1976
  • Final Disposition, disposed of by MARAD, 1 March 1982, fate unknown
    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 t0 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
    span style="padding-left: 0em">Ship's 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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    Taconic 88k USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way with tugs, in 1945, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84642.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Taconic 192k USS Taconic (AGC-17) and USS Briareus (AR-12) at anchor, 4 June 1946, probably at Norfolk, VA. Brian Miller
    Taconic 39k USS Taconic (AGC-17) at anchor in 1947, location unknown.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-704282 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Taconic 44k USS Taconic (AGC-17) moored pierside, Naval Station Norfolk, 1948. Donald Burgin
    Taconic 26k USS Taconic (AGC-17) moored pierside, Naval Station Norfolk, 1948. Donald Burgin
    Taconic 1435k USS Taconic (AGC-17) moored at Taranto, Italy, circa May 1950. Fernando Menichini
    Taconic 338k USS Taconic (AGC-17) moored at Naples in September 1953.
    Photo taken from MS Oranje at Stazione Marittima.
    Photo by Wim Grund (Amsterdam NL)
    Taconic 62k USS Taconic (AGC-17) at NavSta Rota, Spain Gary Green
    Taconic 319k USS Taconic (AGC-17) moored at Genoa, Italy, 29 August 1956 Photo by Carlo Matinelli
    Taconic 29k USS Taconic (AGC-17) at anchor, date and location unknown. Bobby Meister
    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.
    Taconic 119k USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way, 29 November 1960, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 84643, courtesy D.M. McPherson, 1976.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Taconic 214k USS Taconic (AGC-17) anchored, off Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach, VA., date unknown Mike Smolinski
    Taconic 237k USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Dr. Giorgio Arra from the 1966/67 Edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Taconic 86k USS Taconic (AGC-17) anchored off Little Creek Amphibious Base, Virginia Beach, VA. in 1961. William Maki ETR2
    Taconic 107k USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way in October 1964 for Exercise Steel Pike One. Note the pole mast aft.
    US Navy photo # USN 1110602, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Taconic 190k USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way in July 1968, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 107960
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Taconic 324k Aerial view of USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way off Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Mike Smolinski
    Taconic 106k Aerial view of USS Taconic (AGC-17) under way, circa October 1968, location unknown. Vernon C. Cook, USN Ret

    For more photos and information about USS Taconic, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base
  • 1959 Change of Command Program

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Christie, Carl Guilford, USN (USNA 1929)16 January 1945 - 26 July 1947
    02CAPT. Greene, Thomas Lawrence, USN (USNA 1927)26 July 1947 - 16 April 1948
    03CAPT. Paterson Jr., George Warren, USN16 April 1948 - 2 July 1949
    04CAPT. Deutermann, William Vincent, USN (USNA 1924)2 July 1949 - 21 July 1950
    05CAPT. Scott, Roger Frederick, USN (USNA 1927)21 July 1950 - 7 July 1951
    06CAPT. Graubart, Arthur Harrison (Speed), USN (USNA 1925)7 July 1951 - 7 June 1952
    07CAPT. Richardson, Gill MacDonald, USN (USNA 1927)7 June 1952 - 18 June 1953
    08CAPT. Lucker Jr., Nicholas, USN (USNA 1930)18 June 1953 - 3 April 1954
    09CAPT. Perkins, Albert Carson, USN (USNA 1929)3 April 1954 - 7 December 1954
    10CAPT. Stevens, James Edward, USN (USNA 1930)7 December 1954 - 12 January 1956
    11CAPT. Moncure, Samuel Pemberton, USN (USNA 1932)12 January 1956 - 14 July 1957
    12CAPT. Pratt II, William Veazie, USN (USNA 1933)14 July 1957 - 19 February 1958
    13CAPT. Chipman, Briscoe, USN (USNA 1935)19 February 1958 - 3 March 1959
    14CAPT. Conner, Terrell Hoyt Woodward, USN (USNA 1937)3 March 1959 - 16 February 1960
    15CAPT. Wilson, Donald Worrall, USN (USNA 1936)16 February 1960 - 1960
    16CAPT. Haines Jr., Preston Bennett, USN (USNA 1938)1960 - June 1961
    17CAPT. Hemley, Eugene Adams, USN (USNA 1940)June 1961 - 14 July 1962
    18CAPT. DeLano, Victor, USN (USNA 1941)14 July 1962 - 28 June 1963
    19CAPT. Buell, Thomas Chapin, USN (USNA 1941)28 June 1963 - 27 August 1964
    20CAPT. Anderson, Roy Gene, USN (USNA 1940) :RADM27 August 1964 - 18 June 1965
    21CAPT. Clift III, Frank Walter, USN (USNA 1944)18 June 1965 - 1 July 1966
    22CAPT. Hasse, Richard Alvin, USN1 July 1966 - April 1967
    23CAPT. Peters, John Victor, USN (USNA 1945)April 1967 - 1968
    24CAPT. Bradshaw, Harold George, USNMarch 1968 - 11 February 1969
    25CAPT. Gately, Donald Edward, USN11 February 1969 - 17 December 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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