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USS Conecuh (AOR-110)
Conecuh (AO-110) (1946-1952)
Dithmarschen (IX-301) (1946)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal

  • Built in 1938 as Dithmarschen for the German Navy by F Schichau, Danzig, Germany
  • Taken over by United Kingdom forces 1944 at Bremerhaven, Germany
  • Transferred to US Navy, 15 January 1946
  • Placed In-Service as Dithmarschen (IX-301), 2 May 1946, CAPT. A. W. Maddox, USNR, in charge
  • Renamed Conecuh, reclassified as Fleet Oiler (AO-110), 1 October 1946
  • Placed Out-of-Service, 24 October 1946 at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Reclassified as a Replenishment Fleet Tanker, 4 September 1952
  • Commissioned USS Conecuh (AOR-110), 16 February 1953, CDR. M. B. Freeman in command
  • Decommissioned, 3 April 1956, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 4 April 1956, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1960
  • Final Disposition, sold, 1 November 1960, for scrapping to Southeastern Rail & Steel Co. for $ 136,688.00 (PD-X-591 dated7 October 1960). Withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 23 November 1960
    Displacement 8,820 t.
    Length 584'
    Beam 72'
    Draft 31'
    Speed 23kts.
    Complement 284
    Armament eight 40mm AA guns

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Conecuh 76k Kreigsmarine oiler Dithmarschen in Bremerhaven after May 1945. Ex-KMS Dithmarschen was brought to the United States and commissioned USS Conecuh (AO-110) in 1946. John Chiquoine
    Conecuh 25k Dithmarschen (IX-301) under way in 1946. Gunter Krebs
    Conecuh 89k USS Conecuh (AO-110) under way in October 1946 Larry Bohn
    Conecuh 97k USS Conecuh (AOR-110) at anchor in 1953, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Conecuh 118k USS Conecuh (AOR-110) under way in March 1954, location unknown. Conecuh demonstrated the feasibility of providing underway replenishment while simultaneously transferring fuel via the span-wire method. Here she passes a pallet load of 5-inch ammunition.
    US Navy photo courtesy Rear Adm. Mason Freeman, USN (Ret.)
    Robert Hurst
    NA 80-G-678091
    302k USS Conecuh (AOR-110) photographed in 1953-1956. She was originally the German navy replenishment oiler Dithmarschen, built 1938.
    US National Archives photo #'s 80-G-678091, 80-G-6780902 and 80-G-678903 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    NA 80-G-678092
    NA 80-G-678093
    NA 80-G-680973
    164k USS Conecuh (AOR-110) at anchor in Hampton Roads, 25 April 1955.
    US National Archives photo #'s 80-N-680973 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Rick Davis

    Dithmarschen (IX-301) / USS Conecuh (AO-110 / AOR-110)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Maddox, Adolph Wilhelm USNR2 May 1946 - 1 October 1946(In Service) Dithmarschen (IX-301)
    01CAPT. Maddox, Adolph Wilhelm USNR)1 October 1946 - 24 October 1946(Out of Service) Dithmarschen (IX-301)
     Out of Service24 October 1946 - 16 February 1953 
    02CDR. Freeman, Mason Behr, USN (USNA 1935)16 February 1953 - 3 June 1953Conecuh (AO-110)
    03CAPT. Hay, Richard Ross, USN (USNA 1931)3 June 1953 - 10 January 1956Conecuh (AOR-110)
    04LCDR. Hostinsky, John Louis, USN10 January 1956 - 3 March 1956Conecuh (AOR-110)
    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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