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USS Tippecanoe (AO-21)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Golf - Victor
NUGV
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) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Patoka Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 1 October 1919, under United States Shipping Board (USSB contract # 1660) for the Emergency Fleet Corp., at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 5 June 1920
  • Acquired by the Navy at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 March 1922. (Note: Official yard logs indicated she actually arrived on the 7th.)
  • Held in Reserve at Navy Yard Mare Island until 1940
  • Commissioned, USS Tippecanoe (AO-21), 6 March 1940, CDR. Hugh W. Olds in command
  • During World War II USS Tippecanoe was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Tippecanoe was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 8 September to 28 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 6 March 1946 at Mare Island, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12April 1946
  • Transferred to Maritime Commission, 7 Oct 1946 for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 November 1946, to National Metal Steel Co.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 17,820 t.(fl)
    Length 447'
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 29'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 193
    Largest Boom Capacity10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity Oil 7,940 Bbls, 11,100 DWT.
    Fuel Capacity. 4,780 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Newport News-Curtis geared turbine
    three Scotch boilers 220psi, Sat
    single Newport News Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,600hp

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    Tippecanoe 342k USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) forward of USS Sepulga (AO 20) in reserve at the south end of Mare Island in 1930.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 467, 1930
    Darryl Baker
    Tippecanoe 339k USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) forward of USS Sepulga (AO 20) in reserve at the south end of Mare Island in 1930.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 466, 1930
    Darryl Baker
    Tippecanoe 224k USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) forward of USS Sepulga (AO 20) in reserve at the south end of Mare Island in 1930.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 465, 1930
    Darryl Baker
    Tippecanoe 92k Broadside view of USS Tippecanoe (AO-21) off Mare Island, 14 November 1942. Tippecanoe was at Mare Island for repairs from 12 October to 12 November 1942.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7069-11-42
    Darryl Baker

    USS Tippecanoe (AO-21)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Olds, Hugh Wilson6 March 1940 - 1941
    02CDR. MacOndray Jr., Atherton :RADM1941 - 21 September 1942
    03CDR. Myers, Ralph Orsen21 September 1942 - 30 September 1943
    04CDR. Vensel Jr., Frank Ernest30 September 1943 - 22 March 1944
    05CDR. Arntz, George Donald22 March 1944 - 12 February 1945
    06LCDR. Banister, Harold Robert12 February 1945 - 6 March 1946
    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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