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USS Jamestown (AGTR-3)
USS Jamestown (AG-166) (1963 - 1964)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Sierra - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (9) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (9) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Oxford Class Technical Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 4 May 1945, as SS J. Howland Gardner, a Maritime Commission Type ( Z-EC2-S-C5) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3126) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 10 July 1945
  • Completed, 14 August 1945 and charter by Waterman Steamship Co.
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, 17 June 1946
  • Chartered, 3 February 1947, to US Navigation Co.
  • Chartered by South Atlantic Steamship Lines, 20 October 1948
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 15 November 1948, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 10 August 1962
  • Converted for Naval service as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary
  • Commissioned USS Jamestown (AG-166), 13 December 1963, at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA., CDR. Alan J. Kaplan in command
  • Redesignated Technical Research Ship (AGTR-3), 1 April 1964
  • During the Vietnam War USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    7 January to 14 February 1966
    22 February to 29 March 1966
    23 April to 24 May 1966
    28 May to 30 June 1966
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    9 July to 27 September 1968
    19 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    1 July 1966
    15 July to 21 August 1966
    29 August to 25 September 1966
    11 October to 19 December 1966
    1 to 24 January 1967
    25 April to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 25 November 1968
    5 December 1968 to 11 January 1969
    8 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    1 June to 8 July 1967
    8 August to 28 October 1967
    20 November to 23 December 1967
    31 December 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 14 March 1969
    3 April to 14 May 1969
    23 May to 8 June 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 16 February 1968
    5 March to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 26 June 1969
    21 July to 28 August 1969
    10 to 20 September 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    2 to 18 April 1968
    28 April to 7 June 1968

  • Decommissioned on or about 19 December 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 14 January 1970
  • USS Jamestown earned nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration at Yokosuka, Japan, 14 May 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1970, to Mitsubishi International Group, at Yokosuka, Japan, (PC-X-866) for $252,800.00, delivered, 27 May 1970
    Displacement 3,745t.(lt), 11,375 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 27' 9"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 313
    Armament four .50 cal machine guns
    two 220psi boilers
    one vertical three cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
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    USS Jamestown (AG-166)
    67k Especially designed for the transport of Tanks and Boxed Airplanes the Z-EC-S-C5 type had the same hull-form as the EC2-S-C1 type but with large hatches and heavier loading gear. Typical for this type is the arrangement of two pairs of kingposts each on the forecastle and poop contrary to the two single kingposts on the forecastle and one kingpost on the poop with the EC2-S-C1 basic design. All vessels remained under US Flag and Registry after WWII and were laid up.
    United States Maritime Commission 1936 thru 1950
    John Spivey
    225k USS Jamestown (AG-166) underway, date and location unknown.
    Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
    Darryl Baker
    USS Jamestown (AGTR-3)
    Jamestown 89k USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) under way during a VertRep replenishment with USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) off AnThoi, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, date unknown. Photo by William P. Jones MD
    ex Medical Officer
    USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3)
    Jamestown 28k USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) under way during a VertRep replenishment with USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) off AnThoi, Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam, date unknown. Photo by William P. Jones MD
    ex Medical Officer
    USS Niagara Fall
    Jamestown 22k USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) under way, date and location unknown. Dennis Clouse
    Jamestown 295k USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) under way, date and location unknown. Photo by Richard E Kerr Jr. USS Oxford (AGTR-1)
    Jamestown 58k USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) at anchor, Subic Bay, P.I., July 1966 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Jamestown 108k USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) drydocked, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Ajax/Jamestown 77k USS Ajax (AR-6) with USS Jamestown (AGTR-3) alongside, India Basin, Sasebo, Japan c.1969-70. Photo by William P. Jones MD
    ex Medical Officer
    USS Niagara Falls
    Oxford 71k Ex-USS Oxford (AGTR-1), left, and ex-USS Jamestown (AGTR-3), right, moored at Yokosuka, Japan awaiting disposal, circa 1969-70. Ed Marciniak

    USS Jamestown (AGTR-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Kaplan, Alan Joel, USN13 December 1963 - 19 March 1965
    02CDR. McKee, Harold David, USN19 March 1965 - 17 February 1966
    03CDR. Lyon, Henry James, USN17 February 1966 - 16 January 1967
    04CDR. Skelly, Harold Frank, USN (USNA 1948-A)16 January 1967 - 24 November 1967
    05CDR. Forrester, John Joseph, USN (USNA 1946)24 November 1967 - 8 December 1968
    06CDR. Shields, William Burnit, USN8 December 1968 - 30 October 1969
    07CDR. Cagney, Thomas Patrick, USN (USNA 1952)30 October 1969 - 19 December 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association
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