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USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
USS Truckee (AO-147) (1955 - 1980)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Foxtrot - India
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Haywood (S)ierra - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon, Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba, Lebanon)
Fourth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbon - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Neosho Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 21 December 1953, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
  • Launched, 10 March 1955
  • Commissioned USS Truckee (AO-147), 6 July 1955, CAPT. Joseph W. Leverton in command
  • Decommissioned, 30 January 1980 and placed in service with MSC as USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
  • Placed out of service, 21 October 1991, at Naval Station Norfolk, VA.
  • Transferred, 12 December 1991, to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1997
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 May 1999
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrap, 28 July 2008, to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA. for $1,231,328
  • Removed, 6 August 2008, from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
    Displacement 11,600 t.(lt), 38,000 t.(fl)
    Length 655'
    Beam 86'
    Draft 35'
    Speed 20 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 180,000 bbls
    (USS) 324
    (USNS) 106 civilian mariners, 21 navy
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    Propulsion two geared turbines, two boilers, two shafts, 28,000 shaft horsepower
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    USS Truckee (AO-147)
    Truckee - The Truckee River is a river in the states of California and Nevada. The river flows northeasterly and is 121 miles long. The Truckee is the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe and drains part of the high Sierra Nevada, emptying into Pyramid Lake in the Great Basin.
    Map - The Truckee River drainage basin in California and Nevada, © Kmusser - Self-made, based on USGS data.
    Photo - The Truckee River from the UPRR grade just East of Truckee, CA. ©Bruce C. Cooper (
    Tommy Trampp
    Truckee 137k Truckee (AO-147) Christening by the ships sponsor, Mrs, Murrey L. Royar, and launching, 10 March 1955, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
    US National Archives
    Dale Hargrave
    Truckee 42k USS Truckee (AO-147) at sea in 1956. Ken Kauffman
    Truckee 71k USS Truckee (AO-147) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39), circa 17 September to 4 October 1958. .
    Truckee 78k USS Truckee (AO-147) pulls away from USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39) after completing an underway replenishment, circa 17 September to 4 October 1958. .
    Truckee 88k USS Truckee (AO-147), at Norfolk, VA, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Truckee 83k USS Truckee (AO-147) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1964.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Truckee 137k USS Truckee (AO-147) entering/leaving port, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, February 1965.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Truckee 349k USS Truckee (AO-147) refueling USS Forrestal (CVA-59) and USS Charles P. Cecil (DD-835) during an underway replenishment off the coast of Genoa, Italy, 5 October 1965.
    US Navy photo. (Thanks to Ken Killmeyer, USS Forrestal Association historian, who helped with the date and location of this picture).
    Robert M. Cieri
    Truckee 810k USS Truckee (AO-147) entering/leaving a European port, date and location unknown. Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
    Truckee 398k USS Truckee (AO-147) conducting an underway replenishment at sea with USS America (CVA-66) to port and USS Harry E. Yarnell (DLG-17) to starboard in the Mediterranean Sea, 26 April 1967. Mike Smolinski
    ARD-18 374k USS Truckee (AO-147), USS De Soto County (LST-1171) and ARD-18 at Norfolk Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp. shipyard, circa 1967-68. ARD-18 is undergoing conversion to the Medium Auxiliary Repair Dry Dock Endurance (ARDM-3)
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ron Reeves
    Truckee 1274k USS Truckee (AO-147) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Albany (CG-10) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1969-1970. Photos were taken from USS Independence (CVA-62) by Harry B. Kidd, PH2 USN. Harry B Kidd
    Truckee 198k
    Truckee 177k
    Truckee 172k
    Truckee 330k USNS Truckee (AO-147) under way off Norfolk, VA., in 1970. Nike Smolinski
    Truckee 313k USNS Truckee (AO-147) under way, date and location unknown. US Navy photo Tommy Trampp
    Truckee 423k USNS Truckee (AO-147) refueling the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) and frigate USS Thomas C. Hart (FF-1092), 14 August 1975. John F. Kennedy, with embarked Carrier Air Wing 1 (CVW-1), was deployed to the Mediterranean from 28 June 1975 to 27 January 1976.
    USN Photo from U.S. Navy National Museum of Naval Aviation photo # 1996.488.128.017, Robert Lawson Collection
    Robert Hurst
    97k USS Truckee (AO-147) under way, date and location unknown.
    DOD photo #s [DNST9100385] and [DNST9100544]
    Defense News Service
    Truckee 140k USNS Truckee (AO-147) providing TRANSLANT movement of A-6E Intruder BuNo 158536 to/from Naval AIr Repair (NARF) facility NORVA and deployed fleet unit in 1977.
    Photo from RDBEAN Collection.
    William Stevens
    USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
    Truckee 1557k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) underway, 30 January 1980, location unknown.
    Defense Imagery photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-88-09164, a US Navy photo by PH2 Skip Holmes.
    Robert Hurst
    Puget Sound 499k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) and USS Puget Sound (AD-38) conducting a refueling at sea, circa 1983, while underway in the Mediterranean Sea. Photos by Michael Brown USS Puget Sound
    Puget Sound 512k
    Puget Sound 506k
    Truckee 1233k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy in 1985 Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Truckee 80k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) pier side at NOB Norfolk, VA, 1989. Photo shows damage to hull and bridge wing from collision with USS Yellowstone (AD-41). Edward H. Cleary
    Truckee 172k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) and the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) conducting an underway replenishment at sea, date and location unknown. Robert M. Cieri
    Truckee 171k USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Veramar-arts
    Tommy Trampp
    Caloosahatchee 434k Aerial view of Unit 7 of the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 28 January 1999. From bottom to top;
    Santa Cruz
    Vulcan (AR-5),
    Redstone (T-AGM-20),
    2 unidentified APs,
    GEN. N.M. Walter (T-AP-125),
    GEN. Wm. O. Darby (IX-510),
    Waccamaw (T-AO-109),
    Canisteo (AO-99),
    Caloosahatchee (AO-98),
    Mississinewa (T-AO-144),
    Pawcatuck (T-AO-108)
    Truckee (T-AO-147),
    Neosho (T-AO-143),
    Benjamin Isherwood (T-AO-191) and
    Henry Eckford (T-AO-192). These two oilers were both lay-berthed incomplete.
    Truckee 74k Ex-USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) under tow, 7 August 2008, in Hampton Roads off Portsmouth, VA. as she heads for the breakers yard at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA. Photo by Mabel Clark
    172k Ex-USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) under tow, 7 August 2008, in Hampton Roads as she passes the D&S Piers at Naval Station, Norfolk, VA. Truckee was enroute to Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA. where she would be broken up. In the foreground is the nuclear powered attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN-750) moored pierside at the D&S piers. Photos by Christopher P. Cavas
    206k Ex-USNS Truckee (T-AO-147) arrives, 7 August 2008, at Bay Bridge Enterprises, Chesapeake VA. where she will be broken up. Photo by Christopher P. Cavas

    For more photos and information about USS Truckee, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel Histroy Database
  • USS Truckee AO-147
  • Cold War Neosho Class Oilers

  • Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Leverton Jr., Joseph Wilson, USN (USNA 1932) :RADM16 November 1955 - October 1956
    02CAPT. Norvell, William ClintonOctober 1956 - 1957
    03CAPT. Baumberger, Walter Harlen, USN (USNA 1934) :VADM1957 - August 1958
    04CAPT. King Jr., Edward Reuben, USN (USNA 1936) :RADMAugust 1958 - July 1959
    05CAPT. Cole Jr., Otis Robert, USN (USNA 1936)July 1959 - May 1960
    06CAPT. Thomas, Newell Edward, USN (USNA 1937)May 1960 - July 1961
    07CAPT. Johnson, Steven Lobdell (Slick), USN (USNA 1939)July 1961 - 14 July 1962
    08CAPT. Glennon, Philip Thompson, USN (USNA 1940)14 July 1962 - 29 August 1963
    09CAPT. Zurcher, Clarence James29 August 1963 - 1964
    10CAPT. Moss, Richard Norman, USN1964 - 1965
    11CAPT. Ferris, James, USN :RADM 1965 - 1966
    12CAPT. Chadwick, Walter Dean1966 - 1968
    13CAPT. Freeman, Dewitt Leroy, USN :RADMJanuary 1968 - 20 January 1969
    14CAPT. Murrill, Robert Lawrence, USN20 January 1969 - 2 June 1970
    15CAPT. Oechslin, Robert Edward, USN2 June 1970 - 3 September 1971
    16CAPT. Doty, William Kahlen, USN (USNA 1946)3 September 1971 - 1973
    17CAPT. Joy, James Anderson1973 - 4 October 1974
    18CAPT. Gilfry, Mason Clark4 October 1974 - January 1976
    19CAPT. Myers, Lowell Richard (Moose), USN :RADMJanuary 1976 - 1 June 1977
    20CAPT. Watson Jr., Thomas Campbell (Tom), USN (USNA 1954) :RADM1 June 1977 - 1978
    21CAPT. Hernandez, Diego E., USN :VADM1978 - 30 January 1980
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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