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USS Neshanic (AO-71)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Mike - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 18 June 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (9) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Purple Hearts (33-WIA-18 June 1944)
Chiwawa Class Fleet Oiler
Laid down, 11 June 1942, as SS Marquette, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission (MC hull 519) at Bethlehem Sparrow's Point Shipyard, Inc., Sparrow's Point, MD.
Launched, 31 October 1942
Commissioned USS Neshanic (AO-71), 20 February 1943, CDR. Albert Clarence Allen, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Neshanic was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following actions/campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation, 26 November to 3 December 1943
||Tinan capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 29 January to 8 February 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 1 to 5 March 1945
Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai raid, 30 March to 1 April 1944
Truk, Satawan, Ponape raid, 29 April to 1 May 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
3d and 5th Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operations, 17 March to 11 June 1945
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 12 to 30 June 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
|3d Fleet operations against Japan, 17 July to 3 August 1945
|Hollandia operation, 21 to 24 April 1944
Decommissioned, 19 December 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 June 1946, for disposal
Sold for commercial service in 1947, to Gulf Oil Corporation, Philadelphia, PA., renamed SS Gulfoil
Resold in 1958, to Pioneer Steamship Co., renamed SS Pioneer Challenge and converted to a straight deck bulk carrier
Resold in 1962 to the Oglebay Norton Company, renamed SS Middletown; converted to a self-unloader in 1982 at Bay Shipbuilding Company in Sturgeon Bay
Sold in 2007 to American Steamship Co., renamed SS American Victory
Neshanic received nine battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 5,650 t.(lt) 22,030 t.(fl)
Length 501' 8"
Draft 30' 8" (lim)
Speed 15.3 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 15,200 t
Oil 100,000 Bbls
Fuel Capacity NSFO 11,050 Bbls
one Bethlehem Steel turbine
two Foster Wheeler "D" boilers, 420psi 730°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 300Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 7,000shp
Bulk Carrier Specifications
Draft 39' 3"
Capacity (tons) 26,300
Unloading boom 260'
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||USS Neshanic (AO-71) inbound in San Francisco Bay passing under the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, date unknown..
||Edward Link for his father-in-law CEM William G. Birkel USS Neshanic
||USS Neshanic (AO-71) refueling the destroyer, USS Norman Scott (DD-690) off Saipan in June 1944.
||View from USS Saugatuck (AO-75) during a horizontal bombing attack at 1641 on 18 June 1944 off Saipan. Oilers and escorts were on station as TU 16.7.1. USS Saranac (AO-74) has just been hit off to port beyond USS Neshanic (AO-71). Moments after this photo was snapped Neshanic and Saugatuck are attacked. Neshanic is painted in camouflage Measure 32 Design 3AO. Photo from the collection of Al DeSantis.
||Carmen Costa and John Chiquoine
||39k||Ex- USS Neshanic (AO-71) in commercial service as Oglebay Norton Company's SS Middletown
||Great Lakes Fleet Photo Gallery
USS Neshanic (AO-71)
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Last Updated 5 July 2013
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