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USS Sepulga (AO-20)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Patoka Class Fleet Oiler
  • Laid down in fiscal year 1918 under United States Shipping Board (USSB contract # 1659) for the Emergency Fleet Corp., at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 21 April 1920
  • Transferred to the Navy from the USSB, 17 October 1921
  • Commissioned USS Sepulga (AO-20), 13 January 1922, LT. Arthur G. Somers, USNRF, in temporary command
  • Decommissioned, 15 April 1922
  • Laid up at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Recommissioned, 5 February 1940, CDR. Arthur R. Ponto in command
  • During World War II USS Sepulga was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946 for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 December 1946, to National Metal and Steel Co.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 16,800 t.(fl)
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 27' 8"(lim)
    Speed 11.2 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 230
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 11,100 DWT
    Oil 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000 Gals
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 9,235 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Newport News Shipbuilding vertical quadruple expansion reciprocating (#13 geared turbine) engine
    three Scotch boilers 220psi Sat°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,800shp

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    Tippecanoe 112k USS Sepulga (AO 20) center, is inboard of the cruiser USS Salem (CL-3) while laid up at Mare Island Navy Yard, CA., 14 October 1923. Photographed from USS Aroostook (CM-3), whose stern tanks are visible in the left foreground.
    US Navy photo # NH 82911 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, donation of Mrs Kelly Green, 1974.
    Robert Hurst
    Tippecanoe 342k USS Sepulga (AO 20) is aft of USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) in reserve at the south end of Mare Island in 1930.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 467, 1930
    Darryl Baker
    Tippecanoe 339k USS Sepulga (AO 20) is aft of USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) in reserve at the south end of Mare Island in 1930.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 466, 1930
    Darryl Baker
    Tippecanoe 224k USS Sepulga (AO 20) is aft of USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) in reserve at the south end of Mare Island in 1930.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 465, 1930
    Darryl Baker
    Navigator 114k USS Navigator (YT-39) towing USS Sepulga (AO-20). Note absence of lifeboats under the davits, and in a very light condition suggesting some time in her long lay up. Possibly being shifted to an activation berth at Mare Island, circa 1940. Jim Swank
    Sepulga 282k Broadside view of USS Sepulga (AO-20) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 August 1942 with YD-88 (left) and YD-33 (center) alongside. Sepulga was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 10 to 21 August 1942.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4802-8-42, 8/13/42.
    Darryl Baker
    Sepulga 483k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Sepulga (AO-20) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 13 August 1942 with YD-88 alongside.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4805-8-42, 8/13/42.
    Darryl Baker
    Sepulga 213k Forward starboard quarter view of USS Sepulga (AO-20) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 August 1942.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4921-8-42, 8/20/42.
    Darryl Baker
    Sepulga 224k Broadside view of USS Sepulga (AO-20) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 August 1942.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4921-8-42, 8/21/42.
    Darryl Baker
    Sepulga 397k Stern plan view of USS Sepulga (AO-20) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 21 August 1942, with YD-88 alongside.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 4930-8-42, 8/21/42.
    Darryl Baker
    Sepulga 72k Aft port quarter view of USS Sepulga (AO-20) off Mare Island, 21 August 1942.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5020-8-42, 8/23/42.
    Darryl Baker

    USS Sepulga (AO-20)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Somers, Arthur George USNRF13 January 1922 - 15 April 1922
     Decommissioned15 April 1922 - 5 February 1940
    02CDR. Ponto, Arthur Rudolph5 February 1940 - 20 January 1943
    03CDR. Tate, Victor Boylan20 January 1943 - 8 June 1944
    04LCDR. Larsen, Arthur C.8 June 1944 - February 1945
    05LCDR. Home, John WatkinsFebruary 1945 - 23 May 1945
    06LT. Hayward Jr., Griswold Stewart23 May 1945 - 23 August 1945
    07LCDR. Johnson, Angell23 August 1945 - 1 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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