USS Ponchatoula Memorial
This memorial is dedicated to all the officers and men who served aboard the USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) from its commissioning in January 1956 until its retirement from naval service in August 1992. The Ponchatoula was a Neosha Class Fleet Oiler designed and built to provide underway replenishment to ships at sea. Deployed during the Vietnam War, "The Ponch" was awarded 12 campaign stars and set records for refueling U.S. and allied warships in support of combat operations of the U.S. Seventh Fleet. After time spent assigned to the reserve fleet, the ship was towed in June 2014 from San Francisco, CA, to Brownsville, TX, where she was scrapped.
The memorial is a 1/7 scale replica of the stern of the ship and contains artifacts recovered from the ship during dismantling. When the Memorial was dedicated on May 16, 2015, a time capsule was placed in the capstan to be opened at a time determined by the City of Ponchatoula, LA.
Location. 30° 26.324′ N, 90° 26.447′ W. Marker is in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, in Tangipahoa Parish. Marker is on East Pine Street (State Highway 22) near Southeast Railroad Avenue, on the left when traveling Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ponchatoula LA 70454, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ponchatoula Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); PFC Raymond "Mike" Clausen, Jr. (approx. one mile away); Hammond Junior College (approx. 4.6 miles away); Mt. Vernon Walnut (approx. 4.7 miles away); Peter Hammond (approx. 4.8 miles away); City Of Hammond (approx. 4.9 miles away); Grace Memorial Episcopal Church (approx. 4.9 miles away); Friendship Circle (approx. 5.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ponchatoula.
Categories. • War, Vietnam • Waterways & Vessels •
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