USS Nueces APB-40 entering Pearl Harbor

APB-40 USS Nueces / IX-503/APL-40

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
UNIT AWARDS FOR NUECES APB 40
8 Unit Awards found.

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Cited Unit Merit Start Date Merit End Date Merit Months/Days Approved
Award
Campaign Ribbon
NUECES APB 40 03-Aug-1968 24-Jan-1969 6/175 NU Navy Unit Commendation
NUECES APB 40 30-Jul-1968 30-Apr-1969 10/275 RG Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
(Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm)
NUECES APB 40 30-Jul-1968 30-Apr-1969 10/275 VS Vietnam Service Medal
NUECES APB 40 25-Jan-1969 05-Jul-1969 7/162 PU Presidential Unit Citation
NUECES APB 40 01-Jun-1969 24-Aug-1969 3/85 RG Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation
Gallantry Cross Medal Color with Palm)
NUECES APB 40 01-Jun-1969 24-Aug-1969 3/85 VS Vietnam Service Medal

NUECES APB 40 05-May-1970 30-Jun-1971 14/422 NU Navy Unit Commendation
NUECES APB 40 02-Mar-1969

 

  CR Combat Action Ribbon


 

VIETNAM CAMPAIGNS PERIODS

 

1. Vietnam Advisory Campaign - 15 March 1962 - 7 March 1965
2. Vietnam Defense Campaign -
8 March - 24 December 1965
3. Vietnamese Counteroffensive -
25 December 1965 - 30 June 1966
4. Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase II -
1 July 1966 - 31 May 1967
5. Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase III -
1 June 1967 - 29 January 1968
6. Tet Counteroffensive -
30 January - l April 1968
7. Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase IV -
2 April - 30 June 1968
8. Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase V -
1 July - l November 1968
9. Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VI -
2 November 1968 - 22 February 1969
10. Tet 69/Counteroffensive -
23 February - 8 June 1969
11. Vietnam Summer - Fall 1969 -
9 June - 31 October 1969
12. Vietnam Winter - Spring 1970 -
1 November 1969 - 30 April 1970
13. Sanctuary Counteroffensive -
1 May - 30 June 1970
14. Vietnamese Counteroffensive Phase VII -
l July 1970 - 30 June 1971
15. Consolidation I -
1 July 1971 - 30 November 1971
16. Consolidation II -
1 December 1971 - 29 March 1972
17. Vietnam Ceasefire Campaign -
30 March 1972 - 28 January 1973


 

USS Nueces (Benawah Class)
Self-propelled Barracks Ship

  • Authorized, 17 December 1943, as Barracks Ship (non-self propeller) APL-40
  • Reclassified Barracks Ship (self-propelled) APB-40, 8 August 1944
  • Laid down, 2 January 1945, at Boston Naval Shipyard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 6 May 1945
  • Commissioned USS Nueces (APB-40), 30 November 1945
  • Inactive-in-Commission at Green Cove Springs, FL., March 1946
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1955
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, TX.
  • Recommissioned, 3 May 1968
  • Decommissioned, 13 March 1970, at US Naval Station Long Beach, CA.
  • Assigned to the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, San Diego CA., 16 April 1970
  • Assigned to Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Seattle, berthed at WISCO Portland OR., 19 August 1974
  • Reclassified Miscellaneous Auxiliary (IX-503), a messing and berthing barge, 1 November 1975, assigned to US Naval Ship Repair Facility, Sasebo, Japan
  • Reclassified Barracks Ship (non-self propeller) APL-40, 3 July 2001
  • APL-40 is part of the CincPacFlt Berthing and Messing Program and is berthed at SRF Yokosuka, Japan
  • APB Specifications

    Displacement 2,189 t.
    Length 328'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 11' 2"
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement 160
    Berthing Capacity 990
    Armament two 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, two quad 40mm gun mounts, twenty .50 and .30 cal machine guns
    Propulsion 2 General Motors 12-567 diesel engines, two shafts, twin rudders.

USS Nueces show by Bob Mikkola