History of The USS Nueces (APB-40)
History and information courtesty of MRFA Web Site
Nueces (APB-40) was laid down at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, Ma. 2 January 1945; launched 6 May 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Dorthy E. Dunnell; and commissioned 30 November 1945, Lt. Leonard I. Berkowitz in Command.
Nueces provided quarters for deactivation crews at Green Cove Springs, Fl. Her status changed March 1946 to inactive in commission but her service to the Atlantic Reserved Fleet Continued until 1947 when she was assigned to the 6th Naval District. She was decommissioned 30 September 1955 and at the end of the decade joined the mothballed ships at Orange, Tx.
During the escalating war in Vietnam operations to deny the communist forces use of the waterways in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam brought her reactivation. She was converted to provide a mobile base for river patrol squadrons of the Mobile Riverine Force Task Force 117. As a command ship she supported army infantry battalions of the 9th Infantry Division.
Nueces was Re-commissioned 3 May 1968. Before the end of the year she crossed the Pacific Ocean and was positioned at Vung Tau prior to making her way up the river. s and supporting the Mobile Riverine Force. The Nueces participated in many riverine born operations in support of the river boats of TF-117 and the Riverine Infantry of the 2nd Bde. s 9th Infantry Division. She continued To support the Navy and Army forces in South Vietnam until 1969. We have no record of the number of battle stars she was awarded for her Vietnam service. The USS Nueces has been converted to a auxiliary barge and her engines have been removed requiring her to be towed. She has been completely stripped of anything that resembles the APB. s of Vietnam. Nueces and the USS Mercer (APB-39) are now in Sasebo Japan. She is being used as a berthing and messing barge. If anyone can provide us with a more complete history of the Nueces it would be most appreciated.
Additional History courtesty of MRFA member Joseph Lewis
17 Oct 69 - Arrived Long Beach for inactivation
June 2, 1999 Nueces Update
Greetings from the Land of the Morning Sun, Japan. My name is Ray Prospero and I'm the maintenance manager aboard the NUECES presently homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. I would like to make a correction on the latter part on the write-up regarding her engines. Her diesel engines are still intact and haven't been touched, and we're in the process of the de-gutting the boiler and evaporator room to turn the space into a fitness center for the crew who will be living onboard. The NUECES overall is in very good shape for a 54 year old lady. I'm very much interested in copies of any old photos that you might have on file. I'm planning to dedicate a bulkhead or a room and turn it into a small NUECES museum to show the young sailors her accomplishments. Thank you very much. Please feel free to send an e-mail if you have any questions regarding "The Fighting IX-503, The NUECES."
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U.S. Naval Ship Repair Facility