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USC&GSS Pathfinder (OSS-30)
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USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) (1942 - 1946)
USC&GSS Pathfinder (1929 - 1942)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Bravo - Golf
NCBG
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive- 6 May 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal

Individual Awards

Purple Heart (1 KIA, 6 May 1945)
Pathfinder Class Survey Ship:
  • Built in 1929, at Lake Washington Shipyard, Houghton, WA., as the Survey Vessel Pathfinder for the Coast and Geodetic Survey
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned, USS Pathfinder (AGS-1), 31 August 1942, CAPT. Bascom H. Thomas, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Pathfinder was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 7 April 1943 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 May to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Commerce Department, 22 August 1946
  • Returned to the Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1 October 1946, redesignated USC&GSS Pathfinder (OSS-30)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1946
  • Final Disposition, retired from NOAA service, 1971, fate unknown
  • USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) received two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,175 t.
    Length 229' 4"
    Beam 39'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 14.7 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 145
    Armament
    two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four single 40mm gun mounts
    two depth charge tracks
    two depth charge projectors
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 2,260 Bbls
    Diesel 240 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one DeLaval steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 310psi 625°
    double DeLaval Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 25Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,000shp

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    USS Pathfinder (AGS-1)
    Pathfinder
    19-N-34394
    106k USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) underway off the Puget Sound Navy Yard, 31 August 1942 following completion of conversion.
    US Navy photo #s 19-N-34394 & 19-N-34395, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Robert Hurst
    Pathfinder
    19-N-34395
    108k
    Pathfinder 108k USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) underway, date and location unknown NOAA web site
    Pathfinder 89k USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 9 December 1944.
    US Navy photos # 19-N-79505, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Pathfinder 299k USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) enroute to Okinawa where she sustained a kamikaze hit but survived to enter Tokyo Bay at the end of hostilities.
    A US Navy photo from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection.
    Mike Green
    Pathfinder 102k USS Pathfinder (AGS-1) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
    A US Navy photo from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection.
    Mike Green
    USCGSS Pathfinder (OOS-30)
    Pathfinder 189k USCGSS Pathfinder (OSS-30) serving as a survey ship for the Coast and Geodetic Survey, underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Pathfinder 46k USCGSS Pathfinder (OSS-30) moored pierside at the NOAA pier in Seattle, WA., date unknown.
    NOAA photo
    Robert Hurst
    Mobjack 167k C&GSS Pathfinder (OSS-30) and C&GSS Pioneer (OSS-31) moored pierside at Kodiak, Alaska in June 1961.
    NOAA photo from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection.
    Mike Green
    Mobjack 79k C&GSS Pathfinder (OSS-30) and C&GSS Pioneer (OSS-31) moored pierside at Kodiak, Alaska, 4 July 1961.
    NOAA photo from NOAA's Fleet Then and Now - Sailing for Science Collection.
    Mike Green
    Pathfinder 474k USCGSS Pathfinder (OSS-30) crew and officers in formation at Pearl Harbor in April 1962. Moored astern of Pathfinder is the fleet oiler USS USS Ponchatoula (AO-148).
    NOAA Image pers0245, April 1962, by Bernard Mayo Rivera, Credit the Family of Captain David M. Whipp, C&GS.
    Bill Gonyo

    USS Pathfinder (AGS-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Navy Survey Ships (AGS) Designator Listing

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