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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)
Second Row - Presidential Unit Citation (2) - Navy Unit Commendation (2) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (8) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (3) - Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Purple Heart: (1 KIA SN Edward N. Barr)
Benawah Class Self-propelled Barracks Ship:
Authorized, 17 December 1943, as Barracks Ship (non-self propeller) 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. F. R. Banbury, 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
30 January to 21 February 1968
1 to 21 March 1968
28 March to 1 April 1968
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 December 1969
Struck from the Naval Register, 6 January 1973
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 6 January 1973, for $172.226.62, to American Ship Dismantler's Inc., Portland OR.
Displacement 4,000 t.
Draft 11' 2"
Speed 12 kts.
two quad 40mm AA gun mounts
twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
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
two propellers, 1,600shp
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||USS Colleton (APB-36)at anchor in the Mekong Delta in 1967
||USS Colleton (APB-36) at anchor in Vietnam circa 1967.
||Bruce Schulze MRFA
||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.
USS Colleton (APB-36)
DANFS history on the Mobile Riverine Force Association
|01||LCDR. Banbury, F.R. ||28 January 1967 - 22 February 1968|
|02||Alderson Jr., Donald M.||22 February 1968 - December 1969|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Mobile Riverine Force Association
Brownwater Navy in Vietnam Web Book
The USS Colleton (APB-36) in Vietnam
Last Updated 22 October 2010
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