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|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
Assault and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 19 August 1944
Assault and occupation of Guam, 11 June to 15 August 1944
Formosa attacks, 15 and 21 January 1945
China Coast attacks, 16 January 1945
Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
|Tinian Capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944||Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 to 17 February 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Assault on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto, 12 March to 11 June 1945
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 12 to 13 June 1945
Luzon attacks, 18 to 19 October and 20 to 23 November 1944
|3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 11 July to 3 August 1945|
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|134k||USS Patuxent (AO-44) under way in Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, MD., 9 November 1942, just after conversion for naval service.
US Navy photo # 80-G-212760 courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|337k||USS Patuxent (AO-44) off San Pedro CA., 17 June 1944, after a refit.||Norman M. Nicolson for his father Norman A. Nicolson QM1/c USS Patuxent|
|82k||Information submitted by George F. Pless USS Patuxent
USS Patuxent (AO-44) on fire as a result of an internal explosion in the paint locker on the foc'sle while off Iwo Jima, 17 February 1945 two days prior to the invasion on 19 February 1945. USS Waterman (DE-740) and USS Dewey (DD-349) distinguished themselves in subduing the flames and saving Patuxent for further service. LCDR. J.H. Stahle of Waterman was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions. Other DE's that came to the aid of Patuxent included USS Weaver (DE-741), USS Lamons (DE-743), USS Kyne (DE-744) and USS Bangust (DE-739). USS Silverstein (DE-534) escorted the Patuxent back to Saipan and from there she went back to Ulithi where repairs were made. Patuxent returned to duty and served until the war ended; sailing into Tokyo Bay two days after the Surrender was signed on the USS Missouri (BB-63). The original caption for this picture was mot correct. Iwo Jima had not yet been invaded but was under heavy pre-invasion bombardment. The two ships seen of either side of the smoke funnel from Patuxent are probably the Waterman and Dewey streaming water on the flames. Also note the color of the water in the open sea approximately 65 miles off Iwo Jima compared to the relatively shallow water in Ulithi Atoll. Original US Naval Historical Center Caption reads "Mississinewa (AO-59) sinking at Ulithi, 20 November 1944. The capsized ship's bottom can be seen at the base of the flames, with bow or stern toward the left.
NOTE: Identification is provisional. The original caption reads: " Casualty at Iwo Jima -- While the battle raged ashore, a U.S. Tanker goes up in flame and smoke as the result of enemy action." The identity of this ship, if lost at Iwo Jima, is unknown. However, the circumstances seen in the photo appear to be correct for the loss of Mississinewa. The presence of many anchored cargo ships and oilers, plus the several fleet tugs and salvage ships, looks more like Ulithi than Iwo Jima."
US National Archives photo 80-G-K-5570, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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|209k||USS Patuxent (AO-44) underway off Japan in August 1945 while replenishing USS Lexington (CV-16) to port and an unidentified destroyer to starboard.||Rick Ozanian for his father Karnig Ozanian USS Patuxent|
|383k||USS Patuxent (AO-44) underway during a replenishment at sea, date and location unknown.||Rick Ozanian for his father Karnig Ozanian USS Patuxent|
|403k||USS Patuxent (AO-44) underway in San Francisco Bay, 24 October 1945.||Rick Ozanian for his father Karnig Ozanian USS Patuxent|
|323k||USS Patuxent (AO-44) crew members, (Karnig Ozanian) 3rd from left Bottom.||Rick Ozanian for his father Karnig Ozanian USS Patuxent|
|01||CDR. Davis, Burton||22 October 1942 - 28 October 1943|
|02||CDR. Firth, Francis J. :RADM||28 October 1943 - 12 June 1944|
|03||LCDR. Ferrell, Frank Pattem||12 June 1944 - 16 April 1945|
|04||LCDR. Hall, Keneth Ross USN||16 April 1945 - 1 July 1945|
|05||CDR. Hagen, Edwin C.||1 July 1945 - 24 October 1945|
|06||LCDR. Nimz, Harold M.||24 October 1945 - 18 January 1946|
|07||LT. Edmunson Jr., George Coleman||18 January 1946 - 21 February 1946|
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