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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret.

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Wrangell (AE-12)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Whiskey - Foxtrot
NUWF
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Mandate (A)lpha - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Second Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (4-Lebanon, 1-Cuba)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Philippine Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down in February 1944, as SS Midnight, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1375) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 14 April 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy and converted to an Ammunition Ship at Newport Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Commissioned USS Wrangell (AE-12), 10 October 1944, at Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., CDR. Haskell C. Todd in command
  • During World War II USS Wrangell (AE-12) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February to 1 March 1945
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 9 July to 3 August 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 15 March to 11 June 1945
     

  • Decommissioned, 19 November 1946, at Orange, TX.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 14 November 1951, at Orange, TX., Capt. Olin P. Thomas in command
  • Following World War II USS Wrangell was assigned to Occupation service in Europe during the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    20 January to 30 June 1953
    9 October to 18 November 1953
    8 June to 20 September 1954

  • During the Vietnam War USS Wrangell (AE-12) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    17 to 24 November 1965
    3 to 12 December 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    4 to 12 December 1968
    26 December 1968 to 4 January 1969
    30 January to 7 February 1969
    16 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    29 to 31 December 1965
    15 to 27 January 1966
    11 to 22 February 1966
    6 to 17 March 1966
    11 to 21 April 1966
    3 to 4 May 1966
    Tet69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 1 March 1969
    10 to 19 March 1969
    26 March to 9 April 1969
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    23 October to 3 November 1968
    13 to 24 November 1968
     

  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1970, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Charleston Group, Charleston, S.C.
  • Moved to the Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Norfolk, VA. in February 1971
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA., 29 April 1971, under temporary custody of the Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • Title transfer to MARAD, 1 July 1972
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1976
  • Withdrawn by the Navy for stripping, 29 April 1982
  • Final Disposition, sold 1 August 1983, to Waterman Steamship Corp, simultaneously resold to Isaac Manuel Varela Davalillo for scrapping in Spain, scrapping completed, 15 December 1983
  • USS Wrangell earned three battle stars for her World War II service and a five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,296 t.(lim)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' 3"
    Speed 16.4 kts.
    Complement
    officers 23
    enlisted 244
    Largest boom capacity 36 tons
    Cargo Capacity 7,700 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 gun dual purpose gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Oil Capacity 10,935 Bbls, NSFO
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    three Combustion Engineering header type boilers 450psi 750°
    double General Electorial Main reduction gear
    three turbo-drive 360Kw 120/240V D.C. Ships' Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Wrangell 42k USS Wrangell (AE-12) underway, date and location unknown. She is painted in measure 32 design 13F camouflage. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    BB-59 Massachusetts 320k USS Massachusetts (BB-59) replenishing from USS Wrangell (AE-12). Wrangell then retired to San Pedro Bay, Leyte, for upkeep and repairs. Wrangell subsequently returned to the open sea on 8 July 1945 and rendezvoused with TG 30.8 (the redesignated TG 50.8) on the 17th. From 20 July to 1 August 1945, she rearmed 35 ships and hit a high point of transferring 700 tons of ammunition in a single day. USN photo courtesy of Pieter Bakels. Text courtesy of DANFS.
    Wrangell 70k USS Wrangell (AE-12) moored pierside, circa 1946, location unknown.
    Photo Courtesy Derek Mercer, Esq) from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1954-55".
    Robert Hurst
    Wrangell 108k USS Wrangell (AE-12) moored pierside, circa 1954, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wrangell 774k USS Wrangell (AE-12) at anchor in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, 6 February 1955. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Wrangell 88k US Wrangell (AE-12) alongside USS Yorktown (CVA-10) during an underway replenishment, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1955
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wrangell 81k US Wrangell (AE-12) entering the harbor at Malta during one of her Mediterranean deployments Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wrangell 411k USS America CVA-66) pulls alongside USS Wrangell (AE-12), 31 March 1965, for her first ammo replenishment during her first deployment. Thomas Becher
    Wrangell 618k
    Wrangell 35k USS Wrangell (AE-12) underway in the South China Sea, 1966.
    US Navy photo.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Wrangell 72k USS Wrangell (AE-12) underway off the coast of Vietnam, 16 March 1966. © Richard Leonhardt
    Wrangell 228k USS Wrangell (AE-12) line swings 1968-69 (Replenishment) Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wrangell 163k USS Wrangell (AE-12) moored pierside while decked out in flags for a public open house, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Wrangell 89k USS Wrangell (AE-12) underway in New York Harbor, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wrangell 63k USS Wrangell (AE-12) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Great Sitkin 71k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) and USS Wrangell (AE-12) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

    USS Wrangell Additional Ships Patches
    Wrangell
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Wrangell
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    USS Wrangell (AE-12)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
     LT. Guyon, Elmer Edward, USNR (Ferry Command Crew # 1)28 May 1944 - 30 May 1944
     Decommissioned30 May 1944 - 10 October 1944
    01CDR. Todd, Haskel Clifford10 October 1944 - ?
     Decommissioned 19 November 1946 - 14 November 1951
    04CAPT. Thomas Jr., Olin Perry14 November 1951 - December 1952
    05CAPT. DeMetropolis, George :RADMDecember 1952 - March 1954
    07CAPT. Bright, Cooper Buck1956 - 10 February 1958
    08CDR. Bontecou, Daniel10 February 1958 - ?
    09CAPT. Lyons, Francis Patrick24 January 1961 - 18 June 1962
    10CAPT. Miller, Gerald Edward (Jerry) :VADM18 June 1962 - 1963
    12CAPT. Hill Jr., Clarence Arthur "Mark" :RADMMay 1964 - June 1965
    14CAPT. Henderson, David WilliamJuly 1966 - July 1967
    15CAPT. O'Rourke, Gerald Gerrard (Gerry)July 1967 - June 1968
    16CAPT. Sellers, Harry SeagroveJune 1968 - 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves, Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    AE/AOE Sailors Association
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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