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Lost to enemy action, 20 November 1944

USS Mississinewa (AO-59)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Quebec - Foxtrot
NZQF
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal

Personal Awards

Purple Heart (20 November 1944 - KIA 63. WIA 96)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 5 October 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 725) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 28 March 1944
  • Commissioned USS Mississinewa (AO-59), 18 May 1944, CAPT. Philip George Beck, USNR, in command
  • Lost due to enemy action, 20 November 1944 at Ulithi anchorage, Caroline Islands, sunk by Kaiten manned torpedo, one of five launched from Imperial Japanese Navy submarines I-36 and I-47
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 November 1944
  • USS Mississinewa earned four battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers - 22
    Enlisted - 291
    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
    NSFO - 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline - 788,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Bethlehem Steel geared turbines
    four Foster and Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gear
    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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    Mississinewa 130k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) anchored, Hampton Roads, Virginia, 25 May 1944. She is painted in camouflage scheme Measure 32, Design 3AO.
    US Navy photo NH 97279 from the collections of the US Naval Historical center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Mississinewa 59k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) underway, circa May 1944, location unknown. She is painted in camouflage scheme Measure 32, Design 3AO.
    US Navy photo NH 97280 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Mississinewa 65k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) burning and sinking at Ulithi Atoll 20 November 1944, after being hit by a Japanese "Kaiten" human torpedo. A small aircraft carrier (CVL) is anchored in the foreground.
    US National Archives photo 80-G-270753, A US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Taluga 572k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) at Ulithi atoll, 20 November 1944. The oiler in the photo is USS Taluga (AO-62).
    US Navy photo from LTjg Lloyd LaVack USS Taluga Collection.
    Tommy Trampp USS Taluga
    Mississinewa 88k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) burning and sinking at Ulithi Atoll 20 November 1944. The capsized ship's bottom can be seen at the base of the flames, with bow or stern toward the left
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-5510 a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Mississinewa 219k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) burning and sinking at Ulithi Atoll 20 November 1944.US Navy photo taken from the USS Cacapon (AO-52) Robert Hurst
    Taluga 256k Smoke in distance is USS Mississinewa (AO-59) sinking, 20 November 1944 at Ulithi Atoll.
    Photo from LTjg Lloyd LaVack USS Taluga Collection.
    Tommy Trampp USS Taluga
    Mississinewa 94k USS Mississinewa (AO-59) sinking in Ulithi anchorage after being hit by a Japanese Kaiten human torpedo, 20 November 1944. Photographed by SK1 Simon ("Sid") Harris, from USS Munsee (ATF 107). The original photograph was received from USS Ajax (AR-6) in 1987.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo #: NH 97981
    Robert Hurst

    USS Mississinewa (AO-59)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USS Mississinewa AO-59
    Action Report, 26 November 1944
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