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- Steve (Louie) Lewis, BM3, 1st Division, 1965-1967

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< < < USS Truckee Statistics
Classification:
Type: Neosho Class Fleet Oiler
Class: AO
Builder: Laid down, 21 December 1953, at New York Shipbuilding Corp., Camden, N.J.
UIC: 05907
Characteristics:
Length: 655 feet
Beam: 86 feet
Draft: 35 feet
Displacement: 11,600 tons (lt), 38,000 tons (fl)
Cargo Capacity: 180,000 bbls
Crew (USS): 324
Propulsion: 2 geared turbines, 2 boilers, 2 shafts, 28,000 shaft hp
Speed: 20 knots
Armament: 1 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, 4 twin 3"/50 gun mounts, .50 cal. machine guns
Key Dates:
Launched: 3/10/1955
Official Commissioning Ceremony: 11/23/1955
Decommissioned: 1/30/1980, placed in service with MSC as USNS Truckee (T-AO-147)
Placed out of service in 1994
Struck from the Naval Register, 18 July 1997
Title transfer to MARAD, 5/1/99, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.

< < < The Captains List

< < < The Ship's Departments (5)

Deck Department was divided into 3 divisions:
Engineering Department was divided into 5 divisions:
Operations Department is responsible for the upkeep, maintenance, and operation of all electronic equipment (such as radar and radios), signaling equipment, and navigational equipment on the ship. The men in this department plot the ship's courses at sea, provide a combat information center, and provide various communications facilities such as are found only in the navy. The radioman, radarman, signalman, quartermaster, and electronics technician-each contributes his part to the important overall mission of operations.

Supply Department takes care of all ship's facilities - the laundry, the soda fountain, the galley, the stockroom, the barber shop, tailor shop, clothing and small stores - were designed to create a product. That product is service. To operate supply's facilities requires a diversity of skill and rates. It takes the commissarymen, the storekeepers, the disbursing clerks, the stewards, and the ship's servicement to turn out supply's most important product, service.

X Division handled most of the ship's business. In the ship's office, the yeomen handle the brunt of the paperwork generated by the various departments on the ship, the personnelmen handle the entire job of service records and personnel transfers and orders, and together they share the tasks of compliling everything from seralized letters from the command to daily printing of the plan of the day. Late hours, long days hovered over the typewriter, and much time spent in delving for the correct way to do things in a number of manuals - this is their job. In addition to running the ship's office, x division also includes the medical department (composed of the hospital corpsmen), and the chief master-at arms (responsible for the ship's own police force). And there was the Post Office that brought us all those memories from home. I don't think there was anything more important in the life of a sailor at sea than getting that letter or package from home. X Division is essential to the operation of the ship. dentists in essex
< < < How to use this site.
This is the USS Truckee Crew Networking Site. We NETWORK to find other shipmates. There are many military sites on the Web. They all operate the same way by letting you put your name on the Ship Roster IF you happen upon their web site. The reason we go to those sites is to find our buddies from the past. That system just doesn't work! By pooling our resources, communicating and sharing information we can find those shipmates. Everyone one of us has information that can be shared so let's share it!. As President J.F. Kennedy once said in a speech: "Ask not what this web site can do for you, ask what YOU can do for this web site!" (or something like that)
< < < Truckee guns removed
This information was sent to me by Larry Browndyke: A couple of items to note the Truckee originally had 2 5" 38's and 6 3" 50's. The 5" ers were removed for more cargo space forward and to install the helo platform aft. Later the midship 3" 50'S were removed for the installation of service force command above the wardroom.

< < < FOR SALE BY OWNER - 1 USS Truckee!
That's correct...the USS Truckee is for sale. If you would like to make an offer (or just curious and would like to read about it) then click on this link. Personally, I'd like to buy it myself but I really don't think it would fit in that little creek beside my house...

< < < New book about the Truckee!
While doing research on the USS Truckee, I came across a web site administered by Vern Bouwman that dealt with all the "Super Tankers". See: NavyMemorieshop.com link on our links page. Vern is an expert on these tankers as well as being a fine author. He is in the process of having his book "Navy Super Tankers" published by Trafford Publishing. After reading some of the contents, I ordered a copy. Aside from bringing back old memories...it's a perfect way to show family and friends "exactly" what we did aboard these ships.

You can order your copy by clicking on this picture of the book:


< < < Part of Truckee in Hawaii?
This from Ed Frank:

If you ever go to Honolulu, there is a maritime museum related to Hawaiian sea history. I was there last year on businsess and took a break to go to the museum. Next to the museum is a park and at the head of the park is a ships propeller.

Inscribed in the screw is AO147. Apparently a spare made up which ultimately ended up in Honolulu?

< < < Use the Forum to track down shipmates!
The Truckee Forum is a message board. You can start a subject, post an answer to someone else's message or just express your thoughts and opinions. I imagine most people will use it to network, share information and try to find those lost buddies! TIP: If you're trying to locate someone, put that persons name in the "Subject" line. That way it will catch the eye of others who know that person.

< < < Cold War Certificate Program
In accordance with section 1084 of the Fiscal Year 1998 National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense approved awarding Cold War Recognition Certificates to all members of the armed forces and qualified federal government civilian personnel who faithfully and honorably served the United States anytime during the Cold War era, which is defined as Sept. 2, 1945 to Dec. 26, 1991.

You can get yours by going here.
< < < Submit your news item!
Have a news item about the Truckee? Just email it to me (Steve "Louie" Lewis) and I will post it here.
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