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USS Colleton (APB-36)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom,left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2) - Presidential Unit Citation (2)
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (8)
Third Row - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart: (1 KIA SN Edward N. Barr)
Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship:
  • Authorized, 17 December 1943, as Barracks Ship (non-self propelled) APL-36
  • Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) APB-36, 8 August 1944
  • Laid down, 9 June 1945 at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston MA.
  • Launched, 30 July 1945
  • Completed in September 1945 and placed in reserve
  • Commissioned USS Colleton (APB-36), 28 January 1967, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, LCDR. Floyd R. Banbury USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Colleton participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    30 April to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 July to 5 October 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June to 19 December 1967
    18 to 29 January 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    19 December 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 21 February 1968
    1 to 21 March 1968
    28 March to 1 April 1968
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 April 68 to 30 June 68
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 22 June 1969

  • Decommissioned, 15 December 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 January 1973
  • USS Colleton (APB-36) earned eight campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 January 1973, for $172.226.62, to American Ship Dismantler's Inc., Portland OR.
    Displacement 4,000 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 129
    Troop Accommodation
    Officers 26
    Enlisted 1200
    two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
    twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 2,975 Bbls
    two General Motors 12-567A Diesel engines
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    five Diesel-drive 100Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    twin rudders
    two propellers, 1,600shp

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    Colleton 355k Mobile Riverine Force (MRF) with USS Colleton at anchor in the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, 24 September 1967. Colleton provided berthing accommodations for all the troops of the MRF. She was also equipped with a floating pier for all smaller boats and a helipad to accommodate air traffic.
    Photo by Robert C Laffoon
    David Wright
    Colleton 18k USS Colleton (APB-36) at anchor in the Mekong Delta in 1967 Mobile Riverine Force Association (MRFA)
    Colleton 77k USS Colleton (APB-36) at anchor in Vietnam circa 1967. Bruce Schulze MRFA
    Colleton 124k USS Colleton (APB-36) at anchor in the Mekong Delta, South Vietnam, with 12 riverine craft alongside, circa 1967-68.
    US navy photo from "All Hands" Magazine, September 1968, photo by PH1 Ed Stinton.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Colleton 1609k USS Colleton (APB-36) South Vietnam, May 1968.
    Photos by Danna Martin, American Red Cross "Donut Dollie."
    Steve Martin
    Colleton 1793k
    Colleton 64k USS Colleton (APB-36) under way, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS Colleton (APB-36)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Banbury, Floyd Ralph, USN 28 January 1967 - 22 February 1968
    02LCDR. Alderson Jr., Donald Marr, USN (55)22 February 1968 - 25 April 1969
    03LCDR. Wehner, George Dillon, USN25 April 1969 - 15 December 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Mobile Riverine Force Association
    Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
    The USS Colleton (APB-36) in Vietnam
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