The history of the Noxubee, the
Noxubee awards, and symbolism
of the ship's seal.
The USS Noxubee
(NAHKS-uh-bee) was named after a river in Mississippi.
Patapsco class Gasoline Tanker
April 3, 1945 launched at Savage, Minnesota by Cargill
Displacement: 4,130 tons
Speed: 15.5 knots (max); 8.8 knots (econ)
Armament: 4 3"/50 DP; 12 20 mm
Capacity: Cargo DWT 2,120
Diesel electric engines, twin screws, 3,300 hp
October 19, 1945 Commissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana
April 25, 1946 home ported at Norfolk, Virginia
November, 1947 home ported at Newport Rhode Island
March 6, 1959 decommissioned
July 1, 1960 transferred to the Maritime Administration
September 10, 1966 recommissioned for Vietnam War
November 8, 1966 ported Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
September 8, 1969 Viet Cong blew open the hull at
Cua Viet River,
1970 ported Little Creek, Virginia
July 1, 1975 stricken from the navy. Final Voyage
During her long 30 history the Noxubee made her presence
from the Pacific to the Atlantic.
More information is available on
the site below:
||The World War II Victory Medal may
be awarded to all members of the Armed Forces of the United States or of
the Government of the Philippine Islands who served on active duty in
World War II at any time between 7 December 1941 and 31 December 1946,
both dates inclusive.
||The Navy Occupation Service
Medal with Europe Clasp was established to commemorate the services
performed by the personnel of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard in
the occupation of the territories of the enemies of the United States
during World War II, and subsequent to the surrender of those enemies.
||The American Campaign Medal Effective
Oct. 12, 1945, service members who served in the continental United
States for an aggregate period of one year between Dec. 7, 1941 and
March 2, 1946, inclusive, may be awarded the American Campaign Medal.
||The National Defense Service
Medal will be awarded to all persons in the Naval service who served
on active duty at any time between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954, 01
Jan. 1961 and 14 Aug. 1974, and 02 August 1990 and 30 November 1995.
||The Combat Action Ribbon
with 1 star. Authorized on February 17, 1969, this ribbon is awarded to
members of the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard for combat action
service. The principal requirement is that the personnel must have been
in a ground or surface combat fire-fight, or action during which they
were under enemy fire, and that their performance under fire must have
||The Meritorious Unit
Commendation, established by the Secretary of the Navy on July 17,
1967, is awarded for valorous or meritorious achievement under either
combat or non-combat conditions. It is considered the unit equivalent of
the Bronze Star Medal awarded to an individual.
||The Vietnam Service Medal with
1 silver and 1 bronze star. Created by Executive Order 11213, July 8,
1965. It is awarded to all service members of the Armed Forces who
between July 4, 1965 and March 28, 1973, served in the following areas
of Southeast Asia: In Vietnam and the contiguous waters and airspace; in
Thailand, Laos or Cambodia or the airspace thereover or in the direct
support of military operations in Vietnam.
||The Republic of Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry Unit Citation is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of
the United States for valorous achievement in combat during the Vietnam
conflict, March 1, 1961 through March 28, 1973.
||The Vietnam Campaign Medal,
this medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United
States who: 1) Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period 1
Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; 2) Served outside the geographical limits of South
Vietnam and contributed direct combat support to the RVN Armed Forces
for an aggregate of six months. Only members of the Armed Forces of the
United States who meet the criteria established for the AFEM (Vietnam)
or Vietnam Service Medal during the period of service required are
considered to have contributed direct combat support to the RVN Armed
Forces; 3) Did not complete the length of service required in item (1)
or (2) above, but who, during wartime, were: a) Wounded by the enemy (in
a military action); b) Captured by the enemy during action or in the
line of duty, but later rescued or released; c) Killed in action or in
the line of duty; 4) Were assigned in Vietnam on 28 Jan 73, and who
served a minimum of 60 calendar days in Vietnam during the period 29 Jan
73 to 28 Mar 73.
||The Battle Efficiency
"E" was awarded 1 August 1968 as a result of pre-deploymnet
and administrative inspections held in March 1968. The competition was
between the six AOG's of the Service Force Pacific Fleet.
Symbolism of the
|The sea-horse stands for service at sea. It
is closely associated with Neptune the mythical god of the oceans
who according to legend created the horse and presented it to
humankind as a gift. The symbolism of the sea-horse is well known
and used by many Mediterranean countries. It's predominant place
on the shield alludes to Noxubee's many deployments to the
On the shield, the wavy diagonal line
represents Noxubee's namesake, a river in Mississippi. The red
symbol, a water boget, represents the ship's mission as a fuel
carrier. The symbol consists of two leather pouches connected by a
wooden yoke. It dates back to medieval times and was used to carry
liquids used in warfare. The golden drops represent various types
of liquid petroleum carried by the ship. The shade of blue used
throughout is called Celestial Blue and is the color of aviation
While in Baltimore as part of
the reactivation crew, LTJG Bob Varanko, a NY
Maritime Academy graduate, designed the ship's shield.