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USCGC Bibb (WAGC-31)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Romeo - Delta - Bravo
NRDB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Service Medal

Treasury Class Coast Guard Cutter:
  • USCGC Bibb along with USCGC Campbell, USCGC Ingham, USCGC Taney, USCGC Spencer and Duane were all converted to Amphibious Force Flagships in 1944. Superstructures were extended aft, armament was changed to two 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts, and six 40mm gun mounts, a main mast was also added during conversion. All retained there Coast Guard designations except Duane. Duane was to be taken over by the Navy and designated USS Duane (AGC-6), but that plan was dropped and Duane retained her original designation as USCGC Duane (WAGC-33).
  • Laid down, 15 August 1935, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C.
  • Launched, 14 January 1937
  • Commissioned USCGC George M. Bibb (WPC-31), 10 March 1937, at Charleston Navy Yard, CDR James Pine, USCG in command
  • USCGC George M. Bibb (WPC-31) was initially assigned to the Fifth Coast Guard District at Norfolk, VA.
  • Assigned, 5 September 1939, to joint Navy-Coast Guard neutrality patrol in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Reassigned as to ocean weather patrol in the Atlantic in February 1940
  • Transferred, 11 September 1940, to US Navy jurisdiction
  • Assigned to the Eastern Sea Frontier in December 1941
  • Assumed Atlantic convoy duty in May 1942
  • Converted to a combined operations communications ship (AGC) at Charleston Navy Yard in 1944
  • During World War II USCGC Bibb (WPC-31) was assigned to convoy duty in the American and Europe-Africa-Middle East Theaters and as a operations communications ship (WAGC-31) in the Pacific Theater
  • Returned to Coast Guard jurisdiction and converted for duty as an ocean weather station at Boston Navy Yard in January 1946
  • During the Vietnam War high endurance cutter USCG Bibb (WHEC-31) was assigned to Market Time duty from 4 July 1968 to 28 February 1969
  • Reassigned to Atlantic ocean service in May 1969
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1985
  • Final Disposition, Sunk as an artificial reef off Key Largo, Florida, 28 November 1987
  • USCGC Bibb earned two battle stars for World War II service and four campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,350 t. (lt)
    Length 327' 0"
    Beam 41' 0"
    Draft 12' 6" (max.)
    Speed 19.5 kts (max)
    Cruising Range @ 13.0 knots, 7,000 nautical miles
    Complement
    1937
    12 officers
    4 warrant officers
    107 enlisted
    1941
    16 officers
    5 warrant officers
    202 enlisted
    1966
    10 officers
    3 warrant officers
    133 enlisted
    Electronics
    1943 HF/DF
    1945 Radar - SK, SG-1
    1966 Radar AN/SPS-29D, AN/SPA-52
    1945 Fire Control Radar - Mk-26
    1966 Fire Control Radar - Mk-26 MOD 4
    1945 Sonar - QC series
    1966 Sonar - SQS-11
    Armament
    1936
    two single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    two 6-pdrs
    one 1-pdr
    1941
    three single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    three single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four .50 caliber Browning Machine Guns
    two depth charge racks
    one"Y" gun depth charge projector
    1943
    two single 5"/51 cal gun mounts
    four single 3"/50 cal dual gun mounts
    two single 20mm/80 AA gun mounts
    one Hedgehog
    six "K" gun depth charge projectors
    two depth charge racks
    1945
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    three twin 40mm/60 AA gun mounts
    four single 20mm/80 AA gun mounts
    1946
    one single 5"/38 cal dual gun mount
    one twin 40mm;/60 AA gun mount
    eight single 20mm/80 AA gun mounts
    one Hedgehog
    1966
    one single 5"/38 MK30 Mod75 cal dual purpose gun mount w/ MK 52 MOD 3 director
    one MK 10-1 Hedgehog
    two (P&S) x Mk 32 MOD 5 TT
    four MK 44 MOD 1 torpedoes
    two .50 cal. MK-2 Browning Machine Guns
    two MK-13 high altitude parachute flare mortars
    Aircraft
    1937, Curtiss SOC-4 USCG No. V172 (1937-1938)
    1939, Grumman JF-2, USCG No. V146 (1939-)
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 135,180 gallons (547 tons)
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse double-reduction geared turbines
    two Babcock & Wilcox sectional express, air-encased, 400 psi, 200 superheat
    two 9' three-bladed propellers, 6,200shp (1966)


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    Bibb 21k USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) after launching, 14 Janury 1937, at Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C. The peace-time armament of the Secretary Class cutters consisted of two 5-inch 51 caliber and two 6-pound signal guns, all mounted forward. The USCGC Hamilton, USCGC Bibb, USCGC Duane, USCGC Spencer and USS Taney originally carried a seaplane and associated derricks on the after deck.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Bibb 61k USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Bibb 42k USCGC Bibb (WAGC-31) passing under the Cooper River Bridge at Charleston, S. C. circa 1944.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Bibb 58k USCGC Bibb (WPC-31) under way, circa 1955, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Bibb 89k USCGC Bibb (WHEC-31) under way, 26 June 1968, at Pearl Harbor outbound for "Market Time" duty off the coast of Vietnam.
    US Navy Photo No. KN-16854 by PH3 R. Hartkopp.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office
    Bibb 39k USCGC Bibb (WHEC-31) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy J. D. Hooper USCG.
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office

    For more photos and information about USCGC Bibb, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • Bibb WPG / WAGC / WHEC-31 (Ex-George M. Bibb) US Coast Guard History

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