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HISTORY OF THE USS MARIAS CAO-571
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the Ship named after this river has hadeaMiiii2rRiveitindM?ntana are inland, but
namesake, The MARIAS has b Y QU e i ferent from her landlocked
commissioning 12 Feb 1944 ee? VQTY much 3 Sea80iH8 sh1P since the date of her
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already Participating in the Pacific,Cggpgigzoagozhgstaftef commissioning MARIAS was
at Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. rans erred AVGAS to a carrier
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philippine Sea and th i . 0 0 a e part in the Battle of the
Pala d h . e. nvasions of Guam, Tinian, Volcano-Bonin, Yap, the Southern
U, an t e Philippines. MARIAS continued to support units of the Third Fleet as
ao Strait and repeatedly struck
China Sea and Iwo Jimo. After
fueled as they sank the last
the? CriPP1ed the Japanese Navy at Leyte Gulf and Surig
against land installations on Luzon, Formosa, the South
that MARIAS kept the striking forces of the Fifth Fleet
of the Japanese Fleet and bombarded Okinawa. On 10 Sep 1945 MARIAS steamed into Tokyo
Bay and refueled nine Japanese Minesweepers, an unusual assignment for a ship that had
so relentlessly campaigned against the Japanese F h 1
MARIAS received eight battle stars. or er wart me Operations the
The postwar career of MARIAS also has been active and important. She headed back
to the Far East on 5 Feb 1946 and operated out of Yokosuka, Japan for the next year
and a half, making frequent runs to Saudi Arabia for fuel runs to Japan. ln July, 1957
she proceeded to Norfolk, Virginia via the Suez Canal. She returned to California in
January, 1948, where she spent the next four years shuttling fuel to Alaska and one
more Far East Cruise.
November, 1952 she departed San Francisco for duty with the Sixth Fleet in the
Mediteranean. In May, 1955 she became the first ship of the U. S. Navy to be homa-
ported in Barcelona, Spain and was one of the first ships to be assigned to an indefinite
tour of duty in the Mediteranean. After eight and a half years serving the Sixth Fleet,
MARIAS returned to the United States and serviced the Second Fleet out of her new
homeport, Norfolk, Virginia. This was to be the HMule's Stallu for the next ten yeara.
During this tenure she made six Med Cruises totaling over 37 months. She vaa also
involved in some important Naval matters, including HProject Mercuryn, the uCuban Crlaian
Operation Springboard '65, Operation Springboard '67, She provided services to the
units of Task Force ONE as they began their famous nSea Orbit '64H and to unita involved
in nSteel Pike In, the largest peacetime amphibious landing. She traveled over 16,000
miles to refuel the USS INDEPENDENCE southeast of Capetown, South Africa in May 1965,
and early 1967 received over 17,000 barrels of black oil from the grounded USS ESSEX
and was thus instrumental in refloating this huge carrier. She participated in the
search for the missing Isreal Submarine HDAKARH in January 1968 as well as providing
assistance to the grounded USS BACHE at Rhodes, Greece.
On 1 Jul 1970 the homeport was officially changed to Mayport, Florida, although,
- ' ' ' first time.
th t er same day MARIAS was crossing the Artic Circle for her
ggturzing fiom her North Atlantic Cruise on 9 Oct 1970, NARIAS found herself 20127158
60 days in Florida before setting her course for the Caribbean for Operating dpi Ugnean
board '7l. Within a week's return to Mayport, MARIAS depaited for another i EEN
deployment. She was awarded both the Battle Efficiency E and the Engiggiftggining
for Fiscal Year '7l. October 1971 found the 'Mule S0198 through fe res f N
h en'o ing the merriement o ev
in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in February 1972 S e WaS J Y
Orleans during Madi Gras-
' January 1973 MARIAS instead found it'8
Anticipating another Mediteranean Cruise in , W Pacific. She
bow headed West to spend seven and a half months d2Pl0Yed to tg? estsrzhen serviced
supported fighting units of the Seventh Fleet until the Cease- ire an
units involved in uOperation Endsweepn.
. . 2 Oct 1973
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Commander Steve RALPH, Jr., a native of Osceola,
Arkansas, was graduated from Hendrix College and
commissioned from the Naval Reserve Officer's
training program in June 1953. He attended Flight
Training and was designated a Naval Aviator. He
has had assignments in various Fighter Squadrons
and in 1958 requested a change of designator and
returned to the Surface Navy.
His surface Navy assignments have included tours
aboard USS NORTON SOUND CAVM-lb, USS SURFBIRD
CADG-3833, Staff Commander in Chief, U. S.
Pacific Fleet, and Defense Intelligence Agency
washington, D. C. He is a graduate of the
General Line Course of 1961 at the U. S. Naval
Postgraduate School, Monterey, California and
Post Graduate Course in Intelligence-Defense
Intelligence School, Washington, D. C.
He previously commanded USS SERRANO CAGS-241.
ln addition to various theatre and occupation
medals, he is authorized to wear the Bronze
Star with Combat V, Meritorious Service Medal,
Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation
Medal with Combat V, Navy Achievement Medal and
1 Kombat Action Ribbon. Prior to reporting to the
was serving on the Staff of the
1 MARIAS he
n tommander United States Military Assistance Command
RALPH is married to the former Mary
Moore of Memphis, Tennessee. They
childerng Steve, Robert Ward, Rene
Dianne and Joseph Fletcher.
COMMANDER STEVE RALPH, JR.
THE CAPTAIN HAS THE CONN COMMODORE ROULSTONE WELCONES US HOME
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