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USS Lackawanna (AO-40)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Sierra - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Kennebec Class Fleet Oiler
  • Authorized as SS Conastoga, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SO) tanker hull
  • Laid down, 27 December 1941, as SS Lackawanna under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 147), at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 16 May 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy, 20 June 1942
  • Placed in reduced commission status as USS Lackawanna (AO-40), 10 July 1942, for transit to her fitting out yard at Baltimore, MD., LCDR. Simon R. Sands, Jr., USCG, in command
  • Commissioned in full, 31 July 1942, CDR. Albert L. Toney USN in command
  • During WWII USS Lackawanna was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation
    15 to 20 November 1943
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Raids on Volcano-Bonin Islands and Yap Island, 31 August to 9 September 1944
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Assaults on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 20 January to 8 February 1944
    Leyte operation
    Luzon attacks, 15, 18, and 19 October 1944
    Asiatic-Pacific Raids - 1944
    Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai raid, 30 March to 1 April 1944
    Turk, Satawan, Ponape raid, 29 April to 1 May 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids on support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March to 11 June 1945
    Hollandia operation
    Aitape, Humboldt Bay-Tanahunerah Bay, 21 to 24 April 1944
    3rd Fleet operation against Japan
    10 to 29 July and 9 to 15 August 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
    Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19 to 20 June 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944

  • Following World War II USS Lackawanna was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 13 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 14 February 1946, at Oakland, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • USS Lackawanna earned nine battle stars for World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946, name reverted to SS Conastoga
  • Merchant Service
    Sold in 1947 by the Maritime Commission to Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. (Standard Oil Company of New York), renamed SS Tatarrax
    Resold in 1962 and renamed, SS Thomas A.
    Resold in 1965 and renamed SS Padre Island
    Final Disposition, scrapped in 1967, at Vinaroz, Spain

    Displacement 6,013 t.(lt) 21,580 t.(fl)
    Length 501' 5"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 9" (limiting)
    Speed 16.7 kts. (trial)
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 269
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    NSFO 109,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 689,000 Gals
    Fuel Oil Capacity 9,860 Bbls
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Foster & Wheeler P-type boilers, 420psi 725°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 240V D.C.
    single propeller, 12,000shp

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    USS Lackawanna (AO-40)
    Lackawanna - The Lackawanna River is a 42-mile-long tributary of the Susquehanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania. It flows through a region of the northern Pocono Mountains that was once a center of anthracite coal mining in the United States. It starts in north Wayne County, Pennsylvania and ends in east Luzerne County, Duryea, Pennsylvania in Duryea. The lower reaches of the river flow through the urban areas of Scranton, which grew around its banks in the 19th century as an industrial center. Its name comes from a Lenni Lenape word meaning "stream that forks".
    Tommy Trampp
    Lackawanna 373k USS Lackawanna (AO-40) at anchor, date and location unknown. Dianne Thomas for her father Robert Lyle Miles EMC USS Lackawanna
    Lackawanna 91k USS Lackawanna (AO-40) at anchor, possibly circa 1943, location unknown. John Chiquoine
    St. Louis 116k The bow of USS Lackawanna (AO-40) is visible at the extreme right of this photo of USS Saint Louis (CL-49) at Tulagi, Solomon Islands, circa 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-3971, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Ramon Jackson
    Harrison 96k Transferring personnel between USS Lackawanna (AO-40) and USS Harrison (DD-573) via highline, 3 June 1945. Photo by Tom McCann. John Chiquoine
    Lackawanna 107k USS Lackawanna (AO-40) in San Francisco Bay after her return from the Western Pacific in October 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78572, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service Socony-Vacuum Oil Co.
    Lackawanna 362k Ex-USS Lackawanna (AO-40) under way as the Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. tanker SS Tatarrax, date and location unknown.
    Photo ©Skyfotos, circa 1960s.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    124k Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. tanker SS Tatarrax underway, date and location unknown.
    Auke Visser's MOBIL Tankers & Tugs Site, photographer unknown
    Robert Hurst
    166k Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. tanker SS Tatarrax underway, date and location unknown.
    Auke Visser's MOBIL Tankers & Tugs Site, photographer unknown
    Robert Hurst

    USS Lackawanna (AO-40)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Sands, Jr., Simon Ray, USCG10 July 1942 - 31 July 1942
    02CDR. Toney, Albert Livingston, USN 31 July 1942 - 16 March 1944
    03CDR. Homann, Alfred James16 March 1944 - June 1944
    04LT. Cryer Jr., Newman S. (XOIC)June 1944 - July 1944
    03CDR. Homann, Alfred JamesJuly 1944 - June 1945
    04LT. Cryer Jr., Newman S. (XOIC)June 1945 - 2 July 1945
    05CAPT. LCDR. Eriksen, Einar Norman, USNR2 July 1945 - 14 February 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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