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USCGC Rockaway (WOLE-377)
USCGC Rockaway (WHEC-377) (1966 - 1971)
USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) (1948 - 1966)
USS Rockaway (AG-123) (July-October 1945)
USS Rockaway (AVP-29) (1943 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Tango - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Europe, Africa, Middle East Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal)

Barnegat Class Small Seaplane Tender:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1941, at Associated Ship Building Inc., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 14 February 1942
  • Commissioned, USS Rockaway (AVP-29), 6 January 1943, CDR. Henry C. Doan USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Rockaway was assigned the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Invasion of Normandy, 6 to 25 June 1944

  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary AG-123, 30 July 1945
  • Conversion canceled, mid-1945
  • Redesignated (AVP-29), 26 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 21 March 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Loaned to the Coast Guard, 24 December 1948
  • Commissioned as the Oceanographic Ship USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377), 24 December 1948
  • Reclassified High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-377), 1 May 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register and permanently transferred to Coast Guard custody in September 1966
  • Redesignated as an Off-shore Law Enforcement Vessel, WOLE-377, 23 September 1971
  • Decommissioned by the Coast Guard, 21 January 1972
  • USS Rockaway (AVP-29) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 21 October 1972, to BV Intershift of Rotterdam, Netherlands
    Displacement 1,766 t.(lt) 2,800 t.(fl)
    Length 311' 6"
    Beam 41' 1"
    Draft 12' 5"
    Speed 18.2 kts (trial)
    Officers 14
    Enlisted 201
    USN Aviation Squadrons
    Officers 59
    Enlisted 93
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 136
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    USCG Electronics
    Radar: SPS-23, SPS-29D
    Sonar: SQS-1
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one quad 40mm AA gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    one single 5"/38 cal. Mk 12, Mod 1 dual purpose gun mount
    one Mk 52 Mod 3 director
    one Mk 26 fire control radar
    one Mk 11 A/S projector
    two Mk 32 Mod 5 torpedo tubes
    Fuel Capacities
    Diesel 2,055 Bbls
    Gasoline 84,340 Gals
    Fairbanks-Morse, 38D8 1/2 Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks-Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    two Diesel-drive 200Kw 450V A.C.
    two propellers, 6,400shp

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    USS Rockaway (AVP-29)
    Rockaway - Rockaway Inlet is a strait connecting Jamaica Bay, wholly within New York City, with the Atlantic Ocean. It separates the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens from the Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.
    Tommy Trampp
    Rockaway 50k USS Rockaway (AVP-29) under way, 5 October 1944, location unknown. Rockaway is painted in camouflage scheme measure 32/5D in this photo. Haze Gray & Underway
    Rockaway 75k USS Rockaway (AVP-29), 6 October 1944, shortly after her main armament was reduced to a single 5"/38 gun
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-73646, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rockaway 111k USS Rockaway (AVP-29) tending a PBM Mariner seaplane off Bahia, Brazil, probably during the spring of 1945
    US Navy photo # NH 97495 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rockaway 68k USS Rockaway (AVP-29) off Boston, MA., 19 October 1945
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-89796, a US Navy photo from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the US National Archives
    US Naval Historical Center
    Rockaway 81k USS Rockaway (AVP-29) off Boston, MA., 19 October 1945
    US Navy photo # NH 97497 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) (WHEC-377)
    Rockaway 108k
    USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) under way in 1967, location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Rockaway 148k USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) under way, date and location unknown. Ken Laesser
    Rockaway 57k USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) under way at Amsterdam, Netherlands, 26 July 1954. Tommy Trampp
    Rockaway 90k USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) under way, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Skyfotos, from "Jane's Fighting Ships `1958-59".
    Robert Hurst
    Rockaway 39k USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Coast Guard photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Rockaway (AVP-29)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    USS Rockaway (AVP-29 / AG-123) Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Doan, Henry Carpenter, USN6 January 1943 - 21 January 1944
    02CDR. Mills, Jr., James Herve, USN21 January 1944 - 11 July 1945
    03CDR. Richards, William Leroy, USN11 July 1945 - 15 August 1945
    04LCDR. Cameron, Harold Thomas, USNR15 August 1945 - 26 October 1945
    05CDR. Quinn, Bertramd Dominic, USN26 October 1945 - 21 March 1946
    USCGC Rockaway (WAGO-377 / WHEC-377 / WOLE-377) Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Hinnant, James Reed, USCG (1950 - lost at sea)1950
    02CDR. Moulton, William H., USCG~1951
    03CDR. Steele, Chester Irwin, USCG (USCGA 1937) :RADM ? - July 1955
    04CDR. Smenton, Peter Joseph, USCGJuly 1955
    05CDR. Norris, Robert Tallant, USCG (USCGA 1944)1958
    06CAPT. Allen Jr., Edward Carlton, USCG (USCGA 1938) :RADMMay 1959 - July 1960
    07CDR. Hagan Jr., Robert Raymond, USCG (USCGA 1946)? - 1966
    08CDR. Boyle, Edward P., USCG (USNA 1949)1966
    09CDR. Cadigan, John J. (Jumping Jack), USCG (USNA 1955)no dates
    10CDR. Judd, Ralph Waverly, USCG (USCGA 1954)1970 - 20 January 1972
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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