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USNS Millicoma (T-AOT-73)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Millicoma (AO-73) (1943 - 1946)
November - Zulu - Echo - Delta
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8) - World War II Victory Medal Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 4 August 1942, as SS King's Mountain a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 336) by Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched as Millicoma, 21 January 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 30 January 1943
Converted for Navy service at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
Commissioned, USS Millicoma (AO-73), 5 March 1943 at Baltimore, MD., LCDR. George Enest Ely in command
During World War II USS Millicoma was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Capture and occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 29 January to 8 February 1944
Luzon attacks, 18 and 19 October 1944
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
3rd Fleet supporting operations
Luzon attacks, 6 and 7 January 1945
Formosa attacks, 9, 15, 21 January 1945
China Coast attacks, 12, 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, 23 February to 5 March 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Assault on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
5th and 3d Fleet operations in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March to 8 June 1945
Following World War II USS Millicoma was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September to 7 November 1945
Decommissioned, 21 February 1946 at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Reacquired by the Navy, 2 February 1948, operated on a contract charter basis as Millicoma (AO-73)
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949
Reinstated on the Naval Register, 28 April 1950 as USNS Millicoma (T-AO-73)
Reclassified Oil Transporter (T-AOT-73), date unknown
Placed out of service, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 16 July 1975, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 1 October 1977
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1986
USS Millicoma earned eight battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to MARAD for disposal or lay up, 2 February 1987
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, C.J.W. Shipping and Trading Co. in December 1986
Displacement 5,730 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10" (lim)
Speed 15.3 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 60 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
Oil 120,400 Bbls
Gasoline 575,000 Gals
Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
one General Electric turbo-electric engine
two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi, 730°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
one turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 8,250shp
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|USS Millicoma (AO-73)
||USS Millicoma (AO-73) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
||USS Millicoma (AO-73) refueling USS Johnston (DD-557),
12 September 1944. They are part of the train
force as TU30.8.8, supporting heavy units in the Peleliu operation. Photo taken from USS Saginaw Bay (CVE-82),
in unrep to Millicoma's port.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-334967 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
|USNS Millicoma (T-AO-73)
||USNS Millicoma (T-AO-73) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "MSC Sealift Magazine"
|Carl R Friberg Jr.
||USNS Millicoma (T-AO-73) underway in the English Channel, date and location unknown.
Possibility originally copyrighted by Skyfotos.
||USNS Millicoma (T-AO-73) entering Valletta harbor, Malta, date unknown.
USS Millicoma (AO-73)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Ely, George Enest||5 March 1943 - 24 May 1945|
|02||LCDR. Home, John Watkins||24 May 1945 - 24 November 1945|
|03||LCDR. Bell, William Forrest||24 November 1945 - 21 February 1946 |
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 16 November 2018
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