Mar 152012

I received the following e-mail regarding “Operation Frequent Wind” and “The Lucky Few”:

Dear USS Navy veterans,

As your ship was involved in “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975, I wanted to let you know of an event taking place on April 21, 2012, at the Crystal Cathedral, Garden Grove, California.  It’s called “Vietnamese Americans, The Lucky Few”, and it will pay tribute to the US and Vietnamese Navy personnel who were a part of the fleet of Navy ships during “Operation Frequent Wind” in 1975, saving the lives of two hundred thousands of Vietnamese refugees.

This event expands upon the
success of a 2011 event which included a screening of the Navy documentary, “The Lucky Few”.

Amongst the speakers will be Vice Admiral Adam M. Robinson, Jr. (Ret) (36th Surgeon General of the Navy), Capt. Paul Jacobs (Ret) (USS Kirk, DE/FF 1087), along with entertainment (see flyer).

Please forward this information to your shipmates who may be interested.

We are looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Best Regards,

Sharon Nicholas


 Posted by at 16:54
Feb 062012

The latest on the Quapaw from Al Anderson:

The ship has been refloated and all the holes in the hull have been plugged. The Richmond California Port Authority (Which now owns the ship) has issued this statement:

The ships (Quapaw and Moctobi) will be slated for immediate destruction by the awarded contractor.

This is all the information we have. We do not know when, where, or by whom the Quapaw will be dismantled. We will keep you posted on any changes as we become aware of them.

Quapaw Afloat

Quapaw Afloat



 Posted by at 05:42
Dec 132011

To the former crew of the USS Quapaw,
I am a United States Coast Guard Chief currently tasked to remove all of the oil and hazardous materials from the USS Quapaw after she sank 11DEC11 at the old shipyard in the Port of Richmond, California. I have attached a few photos of the vessel as she currently sits firmly grounded inside the dry dock. As the situation develops I will send more photos to you if you would like.
Chief Kyle Chapman
United States Coast Guard

 Posted by at 08:32
Dec 122011

Dear Webmaster,

… From what I have been able to determine, the tug that sank at Richmond, Calif., today (12-12-11) that is called “Tiger” is the Quapaw. It began sinking this morning, after springing a leak, and apparently now is under water. U.S. Coast Guard and a cleanup company are working to contain the oil and other fluids. It was described as being cleaned in richmond before being taken to a salvage yard where it would be broken up and recycled. From what I’ve heard, it will be pulled from the bottom of San pablo Bay and demolished. At this time, that’s all I know.

Thanks for any help you can give. I got its history from your site and others.

Yours truly,
Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff reporter

Benicia Herald

 Posted by at 04:09
Mar 312007
USS Quapaw Wall Plaque

USS Quapaw Wall Plaque

USS Quapaw commemorated at the United States Navy Memorial

The USS Quapaw ship’s plaque (pictured above) was added to the US Navy memorial in a dedication ceremony held at the Arleigh and Roberta Burke Theatre, US Navy Memorial Foundation on 29 March 2007.

Thanks to all who were able to attend the ceremony!

For more information about the memorial, please visit the US Navy Memorial website at

 Posted by at 04:50
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