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The Four U.S.S. Neoshos



During the 20th century, the U.S. Navy named its battleships after states, cruisers after cities, and destroyers after people.  Likewise, the Navy named its tankers (also known as "oilers") after rivers.  The Neosho River is a tributary of the Arkansas River and lies in northeastern Oklahoma.  


There have been four Navy ships named Neosho including the AO-23, which this section of my website is devoted to.  The four Neoshos are shown below.


  • The first U.S.S. Neosho was a Union iron-clad river boat which patrolled the Mississippi River during the Civil War. It operated from 1863 until 1873.

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  • The second Neosho, the AO-23, was an oiler that was launched in 1939.  As described in this website, the AO-23 served at Pearl Harbor during the 1941 Japanese attack and was sunk at the Battle of the Coral Sea in May 1942.

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  • The third Neosho, the AO-48, was an oiler that was launched on December 23, 1941, two weeks after the Pearl Harbor attack.  The AO-48 was named the U.S.S. Neosho in July 1942, two months after the AO-23 was sunk at Coral Sea.  Ironically, after being sunk on the Neosho (AO-23), my uncle, Bill Leu, then served on the Neosho  (AO-48).  The AO-48 served in the Pacific throughout World War II, then was turned over to the Maritime Commission in 1946 for disposal.  It was scrapped in Hamburg, Germany in 1964.

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  • The fourth Neosho, the AO-143, was an oiler that was launched in 1953.  This ship served in the Middle East during the 1956 Suez War and during the tense 1962 naval quarantine of Cuba.  She was decommissioned in 1978.

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Table of Contents:

U.S.S. Neosho  (AO-23)

U.S.S. Neosho (AO-23) Home Page


Specifications of the U.S.S. Neosho

The Four U.S.S. Neoshos


Photo Gallery of the U.S.S. Neosho


The Pearl Harbor Attack  (December 7, 1941)

Prelude to War:  Conflict in the Far East

Bill Leu's Early Years

The U.S.S. Neosho at Pearl Harbor

Bill Leu Interview:  Pearl Harbor Attack

U.S. Navy Action Report:  U.S.S. Neosho


The Battle of the Coral Sea  (May 1942)

The Battle of the Coral Sea:  Summary

Battle Action:  April 30 - May 4, 1942 

Battle Action:  May 5 - May 7, 1942

Battle Action:  May 8, 1942

The U.S.S. Neosho at Coral Sea

May 7, 1942:  The Attack

May 8, 1942:  Waiting For Rescue

May 9, 1942:  Fading Hope

May 10, 1942:  Neosho Sighted

May 11, 1942:  Rescue

List of Survivors & Casualties

The Battle of the Coral Sea  (May 1942 - cont.)

Bill Leu Interview:  Battle of the Coral Sea

U.S. Navy Action Reports:  Coral Sea

Action Report of the U.S.S. Neosho

Action Report of the U.S.S. Sims

U.S.S. Helm Report

Other Ships at Coral Sea

The U.S.S. Sims (Neosho's Escort)

The U.S.S. Henley (Neosho's Rescuer)

The U.S.S. Helm (Rescued Life Raft)

Coral Sea Scrapbook

S.F. Examiner Article, July 10, 1942



President Bush's Speech at Pearl Harbor

Seattle Times:  Bill Leu at Pearl Harbor

Obituary of Captain John S. Phillips


U.S.S. Neosho Veteran's Forum


Sources & Further Information

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