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USS Sara Thompson (AO-8)
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USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148) (1918 - 1920)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Atlantic Fleet clasp)

Sara Thompson Class Oiler:
  • Laid down in 1888 as the German/American merchant tanker Gut Heil by William Armstrong, Mitchell and Co., Newcastle, England
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Sold to American owners in 1912, name retained
  • Sunk in an accident on the Mississippi River in 1914
  • Raised in 1917 and refurbished
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 8 August 1918
  • Renamed Sara Thompson, 7 September 1918
  • Commissioned USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148), 17 September 1918, at New Orleans, LA., LCDR. Frederick S. Hayes, USNRF, in command
  • Reclassified Oiler AO-8, 17 July 1920
  • Placed in reduced commission, in ordinary, 8 December 1921, at Cavite, P.I.
  • Assigned as Receiving Ship at Navy Yard Cavite, 6 January 1930
  • Decommissioned, 21 July 1933, at Cavite, P.I.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 December 1933
  • Final Disposition, sold, 9 August 1934, to Alberto Barrette of Manila. Fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,836 t.
    Length 321'
    Beam 40' 3"
    Draft 22' (mean)
    Speed 9 kts.
    Complement 67
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion steam, one shaft

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    USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148)
    Sara Thompson 97k SS Gut Heil wrecked when the Mississippi River flooded, 28 April 1913. The ship lay abandoned near Baton Rouge, LA. until raised and refurbished in 1917.
    US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green
    Sara Thompson 26k Sara Thompson (ID-3148) refitting for service, possibly when inspected by the 8th Naval District on 20 July 1918. Note the pattern lightly marked on her side, probably to guide the painting of "Dazzle" camouflage.
    US Navy photo # NH 99781 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sara Thompson
    NH 44070
    72k USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148) photographed circa September 1918, soon after entering U.S. Navy service. She is painted in WWI pattern camouflage.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 44070 and
    US National Archives, RG-19-N box 8. Photo No. 19-N-14835 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Sara Thompson
    19-N-14835
    72k
    Sara Thompson 48k USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148) underway, circa 1918. Richard Cleaveland
    USS Sara Thompson (AO-8)
    Sara Thompson 70k USS Sara Thompson (AO-8) at anchor, circa early 1920s.
    US Navy photo # NH 71251 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1970.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sara Thompson 55k USS Sara Thompson (AO-8) off the Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, 26 October 1920.
    US Navy photo # NH 65033 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sara Thompson 75k USS Sara Thompson (AO-8) at anchor, probably off Cavite Navy Yard, Philippine Islands, during the 1920s. The collier in the left background is probably USS Jason (AC-12).
    US Navy photo # NH 44071 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Sara Thompson 134k USS Sara Thompson (AO-8) view on deck, looking aft toward the bridge with laundry drying at left, circa the early 1920s
    US Navy photo # NH 71565 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy Donald M. McPherson, 1970.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Sara Thompson (ID-3148) / (AO-8)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hayes, Frederick S.17 September 1918 - ?
    02LT. Ramsdell, Charles Homer15 July 1923
    03LT. Paille, George1 January 1925 - 27 June 1926
    03LT. Butler, Philip David27 June 1926 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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