In 1974 I was stationed aboard
the USS Sanctuary AH17 in Mayport Florida where I worked in Medical
Supply. We were getting the old girl preserved to be returned to
mothballs when I received my orders to report to the USS Noxubee,
homeported in Little Creek.
I transfered without knowing how or where I would catch the ship.
While on leave getting my family established in Chesapeake I
received a telegram directing me to report to the Philadelphia
International Airport on 13 Jan 1975 for a flight to Rota Spain.
Having been a west coast sailor, for the most part, I was lost and
confused. Five days later I was delivered to the Noxubee via a LCM.
I will never forget the shock when I stepped upon the gunnel of the
LCM and down to the deck of my new ship.
On 18 January 1975 I became the new HM1 (IDT) onboard. I have
been assigned to APAs, a Hospital Ship, a FF, and several FMF units,
the AOG was the smallest, and the crew were the hardest working,
most mission oriented people I ever worked with. The Noxubee's last
sister ship was decommissioned in the morning of July 1, and the
Noxubee in the afternoon of the same day at 1420 hours . This made
the Noxubee the last AOG in commission. After the decommissioning
ceremony the Personelman and I transferred records and personnel for
the last time.
I was told sometime later that the controlled sinking took place
on 5 July 1975, and the Noxubee started her new role as an
During the time the Noxubee was serving in Vietnam, I was serving
as fleet support at the Naval Station Dispensary, Subic Bay. I don't
remember any specific people but I do remember the ship name and
sending lab forms to the ship.