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USS Laramie (AO-16)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Golf - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 26 August 1942) - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Navy Cross (CO. CDR Peter M. Moncy)

Alameda Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down in 1920 under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contact at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired from the USSB at Mobile, AL, 17 December 1921
  • Commissioned USS Laramie (AO-16), 28 December 1921, LCDR. Preston Herndon, USNRF
  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1922
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Norfolk, VA.
  • Converted for Naval service at Brooklyn Navy Yard
  • Recommissioned in ordinary at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 26 June 1940, CDR. James J. Hughes in command
  • Recommissioned in full at Brooklyn Navy Yard, 6 December 1940
  • During World War II USS Laramie (AO-16) was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
  • Decommissioned, 16 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 28 May 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Maritime Commission, 28 May 1946, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD. for $15,500.00 (PD-X-145). Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet and delivered to Boston Metals Co., 11 June 1946. Scrapping completed, 1 June 1947
    Displacement 4,410 t.(lt) 14,950 t.(fl)
    Length 446'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 11.3 kts.
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 200
    Cargo Capacity 9,000 DWT
    Oil 53,100 Bbls
    Gasoline 358,000 Gals
    Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 5,840 Bbls
    one William Cramp and Sons vertical triple expansion steam engine
    three single end boilers, 190psi Sat°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,800shp

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    Laramie is a tributary river of the North Platte River, approximately 280 miles long, in the states of Colorado and Wyoming. The river was named for Jacques La Ramie, a fur trapper who visited the area in the early 19th century.
    The Laramie River, as it flows past the site of old Fort Laramie. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    266k USS Laramie (AO-16) and Seaplane Wrecking Derrick No. 1, YSD-1 and USS Allegheny (AT-19), moored at NAS Pensacola, January 1922.
    West Florida History Center, UWF Libraries. ID uwfnam_NAS_1921-1922_c.a.1922-1925_collieratpier302(2) (IID) 92002694 and
    West Florida History Center, UWF Libraries. ID uwfnam_NAS_1921-1922_c.a.1922-1925_collieratpier302(2) (IID)
    David Upton
    Laramie 101k USS Laramie (AO-16) at the New York Navy Yard, 13 December 1940, just after being placed in full commission. She is alongside the former passenger liner SS Manhattan> undergoing conversion for Naval Service. She will be commissioned USS Wakefield (AP-21) in June 1941.
    US Navy photo, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Laramie 105k USS Laramie (AO-16) underway near Norfolk Navy Yard, 9 October 1941, about ten months after activation. She carries an armament of two 5"/51 low-angle guns (fore and aft), four 3"/50 antiaircraft guns, and four .50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-25815 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Laramie 24k USS Laramie (AO-16) moored pierside, probably in Greenland, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Arthur's Page USS Laramie and USS Relief
    Laramie 40k USS Laramie (AO-16) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Paul Welter, YN2, USS Laramie
    Laramie 93k This photo shows the damage to USS Laramie (AO-16), caused by a German U-boat attack, 27 August 1942, while steaming in convoy near the eastern end of Belle Isle Strait. Laramie was fully loaded with AVGAS, oil and general cargo including depth charges.
    US Navy photo
    Rod Keller
    Laramie 108k USS Laramie (AO-16) near the New York Navy Yard, 21 February 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-25815, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Laramie 44k USS Laramie (AO-16) at anchor near the New York Navy Yard, 21 February 1943.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Laramie (AO-16)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Herndon, Preston28 December 1921 - 19 June 1922
     Decommissioned19 June 1922 - 26 June 1940
    02CDR. Hughes, James Joseph26 June 1940 - 17 September 1941
    03CDR. Moncy, Peter Michael, USN (USNA 1921b) :RADM17 September 1941 - 6 February 1943
    04CDR. Keller, Walter Smith6 February 1943 - 7 February 1944
    05CDR. Holdorff, Ernest Bernard7 February 1944 - 7 November 1944
    06LCDR. Nold, George Ellsworth7 November 1944 - 20 September 1945
    07LT. Tredick Jr., George Andrew20 September 1945 - 16 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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