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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 C. Allen, USNR, in command
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) 21,077 t.(fl)
Length 502' 6"
Speed 17 kts.
Complement 13 officers 200 enlisted
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 134,000 barrels
Propulsion geared turbine, single screw. 12,000hp
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
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