USS Ponchatoula Memorial


100 E. Pine St.
Ponchatoula LA 70454

The Memorial is dedicated to the officers and men who served aboard the USS Ponchatoula from its commissioning in 1956 to its retirement in 1992. The Ponchatoula was a fleet oiler built to provide underway replenishment of fuel and cargo to US Navy ships at sea. During the Vietnam War, "The Ponch" was awarded 12 campaign stars and set records for refueling US Seventh Fleet and allied warships in support of combat operations. The Memorial is a 117 scale replica of the ship's stern and contains artifacts recovered when it was scrapped in 2014.