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USS Trinity (AO-13)
International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (17 January 1942) - China Service Medal (28 August - 7 September 1939) - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Defense Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Patoka Class Fleet Oiler
Laid down, 10 November 1919, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
Launched, 3 July 1920
Commissioned USS Trinity (AO-13), 4 September 1920, CDR. Harry M. Bostwick, USNRF, in command
Decommissioned, 2 December 1923, and laid up in reserve at Philadelphia, PA.
Recommissioned, 21 June 1938, at Philadelphia
During World War II USS Trinity was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 28 May 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 July 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 5 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Sold to Hillcone S. S. Co., 9 August 1947
Resold, 6 February 1951, to Colonial Steamship Corp., renamed SS Seabeaver
Resold to Pelivalle Compania Nav. S. A. Panama, 29 July 1952
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Trinity earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Philippines Island Operation
Manila, 8 December 1941 to 17 February 1942
Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 17,820 t.(lim)
Length 447' 10"
Draft 27' 8"(lim)
Speed 10.5 kts (trial).
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mount
Fuel Capacity NSFO 4,780Bbls
one General Electric Curtis #13 geared turbine engine
three Union Scotch boilers 220psi Sat.
single General Electric Main Reduction Gear
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,600shp
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||USS Trinity (AO-13) under way, 19 July 19, 1943. Trinity was in the process moving her base to Milne Bay, New
Guinea, where she arrived, 13 August 1943 and came under the control of Commander, Base Force, 7th Fleet. Trinity plied the Milne Bay-Brisbane route,
while also touching at Cairns and Townsville, Australia. When anchored at Milne Bay, she provided oil for miscellaneous Allied ships.
Australian War Memorial, Photo No. 304069
||USS Trinity (AO-13) at anchor, late 1944, location unknown.
||John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
||USS Trinity (AO-13) enters the floating drydock
USS ABSD-2, 11 April 1945 at Seeadler Harbor, Manus, assisted by a large harbor tug (YTB) and at least two LCM-6s. Trinity was in the
drydock from 11 to 18 April 1945. Note unusual use of shaded white hull number "AO-13" on Trinity's stern and the tips of the bow doors of an LST in the drydock astern
US National Archives, Photo No.'s 80-G-337373 and 80-G-337374, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Trinity (AO-13) at anchor, circa 1945, location unknown.
Photo from the collection of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, file name: M-48 A0-13
USS Trinity (AO-13)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Bostwick, Harry M.||4 September 1920 - ?|
|03||CDR. Milne, MacGillivray||15 July 1922 - 2 December 1923|
| ||Decommissioned, 2 December 1923 - 21 June 1938|| |
|04||CDR. Dingwell, John Ernest||21 June 1938 - ?|
|05||CDR. Holmes, Frederick Stacer||1938|
|06||CDR. Hibbs, William||August 1940 - 10 November 1942|
|07||CDR. Angerer, Warner Welby||10 November 1942 - 23 February 1944|
|08||LCDR. Nold, George Ellsworth||23 February 1944 - 26 June 1944|
|09||CDR. Darlington, William M. ||26 June 1944 - 30 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 14 April 2017
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