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USS CACAPON (AO-52) Three war Cimarron class fleet oiler in service 1943 to 1973 - Mobility for Power, Power for Peace

 

Murder mystery solved

The Cacapon was the site of the 1968 strangulation of Ensign Andrew Muns. He was murdered after uncovering a theft of $8,600 from the ship's safe by Michael LeBrun. The Navy initially branded Ensign Muns the thief and accused him of deserting with the stolen cash. At the insistence of the Muns' family, the case was reopened by NCIS in 1998 and a subsequent cold case investigation led to Michael LeBrun. After a lengthy interrogation, LeBrun confessed to the murder and to disposing of the body by throwing Ensign Muns into one of the oiler's massive fuel tanks. The body was never recovered. After thirty years marked as a dishonorable deserter, Ensign Muns was given an honorable ceremonial burial in Arlington National Cemetery

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USS SEATTLE (AOE-3) Sacramento class fast combat support ship in service 1969 to 2005



Swiss Tex ships' store patch circa late 1970's & Swiss Tex Operation Northstar 1991 along with a Supply Department sticker (note the rates on the crates)


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USS MANATEE (AO-58) Cimarron class fleet oiler in service 1944 to 1973.

 

USS Manatee earned eight battle stars for World War II service, six battle stars for Korean War service and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with nine campaign stars for Vietnam War service

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USS PATAPSCO (AOG-1) SERVICE - SUPPORT - FUEL FOR PEACE. Three war class leader Gasoline Tanker, served in WWII, occupation service, Atomic Tests, and in the Korean war. Recommissioned in 1966 for service in Vietnam supplying the Brown Water Navy, she operated off South Vietnam under ComNavSupAct, Da Nang, Huế, and Cửa Việt.

 

USS PATAPSCO earned one battle star for her World War II service, one battle star for Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service

 

Photo: USS PATAPSCO (AOG-1) off of Cua Viet South Vietnam in 1967

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