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Patch at left contributed by Paul W. Croeber, USS Chikaskia Assoc. and patch at right by Mike Smolinski

USS Chikaskia (AO-54)

International Radio Call Sign
November - Zulu - India - November
NZIN
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Discount (G)olf - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Cuba) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (6) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row- Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 720) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 2 October 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy, 10 January 1943
  • Commissioned USS Chikaskia (AO-54), 10 November 1943, CDR. L. J. Hasse, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Chikaskia (AO-54) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater where she resupplied the fast-carrier task forces and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marshall Islands operation
    Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 29 January to 8 February 1944
    Luzon operation
    Formosa Attacks, 15 and 21 January 1945
    China Coast Attacks, 16 January 1945
    Nansei Shoto Attack, 22 January 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Assault on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault on Okinawa, 15 February to 5 March 1945
    Leyte operations
    Luzon Attacks, 14 to 16 December 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th & 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March to 17 April 1945


    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September 1945 to 8 April 194613 August to 14 September 1953
    8 to 12 May 1948 

  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949
  • Returned to the Service Force, Pacific Fleet, 28 February 1953
  • During the Korean War USS Chikaskia (AO-54) participated in the following campaign:
    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953 Campaign
    30 May to 9 June 53
    30 June to 11 July 1953
    19 to 27 July 1953

  • Decommissioned, 7 November 1955
  • Recommissioned, 12 December 1956
  • Decommissioned and transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 9 December 1957, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Transferred from MARAD to the US Navy, 12 August 1960
  • Recommissioned, 17 December 1960
  • Decommissioned, 18 December 1969, at Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. and transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1976
  • Returned to the US Navy from MARAD for stripping, 29 January 1981
  • Sold 26 May 1982, to Keystone Shipping Co. with 5 others in a swap out for M/V Chancellorsville
  • Delivered, 4 June 1982, to Eastern Overseas Inc. via C. W. Enterprises & Investment, Inc., of California w/right to resell for scrapping in 24 months
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, 31 January 1983, at either Brownsville, TX., India or Taiwan
  • USS Chikaskia received six battle stars for World War II service and one battle star for Korean war service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 287
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 16,500DWT
    Oil 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Bethlehem Shipbuilding geared turbines
    four Fowser-Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 730°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    twin propellers, 13,500shp

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    Chikaskia 650k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) at anchor in 1943, location unknown.
    Photo from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 41k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) refueling USS Hank (DD-702), February 1945, location unknown. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Chikaskia 86k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) underway circa 1949. Much of her antiaircraft battery, including all of the guns and gun platforms on the bow, have been removed.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo
    Mike Green
    Chikaskia 1319k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) underway in Hampton Roads in 1953.
    Photo from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 539k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) recommissioning ceremony at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island, 12 December 1956. CDR. CDR. Spalding Jr. William Aaron USN assuming command.
    US Navy photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Chikaskia 360k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) change of command; CAPT. E. L. Feightner relieved CAPT. R. B. Terrell in November 1964. Also present, CAPT. Refo and RADM Ailes.
    Photos from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 84k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) moored pierside at NOB Norfolk, VA., circa 1957-1963. Courtesy of the family of Richard V. Murdoch SN USS Chikaskia
    Chikaskia 2610k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) alongside USS Randolph (CVS-15) during an underway replenishment off Norfolk in February 1965.
    Photo from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 898k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) at anchor off St Thomas, US Virgin Islands, February 1965.
    Photo from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 120k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Tidewater 42k View from USS Tidewater (AD-31) while refueling from USS Chikaskia (AO-54) while enroute from a Mediterranean deployment back to the US in 1965. USS Stribling (DD-867) is off the starboard quarter of USS Chikaskia. Photo ©William D. Cook. Robert Hall USS Tidewater 1968-71
    Chikaskia 872k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) at anchor in the Mediterranean Sea, 1965.
    Photo from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 1090k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) alongside USS Forrestal (CVA-59) during an underway replenishment in the Mediterranean Sea, 1965.
    Photos from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 1164k
    Chikaskia 668k
    Chikaskia 1114k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) at anchor in the harbor at Naples, Italy, 1965.
    Photos from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 1006k
    Chikaskia 726k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) ship's officers during command inspection in 1965 while deployed to the Mediterranean.
    Photos from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 2890k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) during an underway replenishment with USS Waldon (DD-699) and USS Shangri La (CVA-38) in the Mediterranean, August 1965.
    Photos from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 1004k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) signal bridge, 1965.
    Photos from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 49k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) at anchor in the harbor at Naples, Italy, 1967. Note Mt. Vesuvius in the background.
    Photo from the collections of HM1 John Wagner, RADM E. L. Feightner, BM2 Charles Peterman, and LCDR Al Gordon, compiled and edited by BM3 David Zanzinger.
    Al Gordon, Secretary USS Chikaskia Reunion Organization
    Chikaskia 93k USS Chikaskia underway in the Mediterranean Sea, August 1967 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Chikaskia 55k USS Chikaskia (AO-54) refueling USS Little Rock (CLG-4) and USS Springfield (CLG-7) in the Mediterranean Sea, Southeast of Palma de Majorca, Spain in 1967. Photo from the collection of Clarence Wolfe. EM2 Terry D. Gann USNR(R) Ret.


    For more photos and information about USS Chikaskia, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Chikaskia Association
  • Google - Life Magazine Archives - Sea Supply
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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