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USNS Saugatuck (T-AOT-75)
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USS Saugatuck (AO-75) (1943 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Whiskey - Xray
NYWX
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (18 June 1944) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - 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 (1)

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (1 KIA, 18 June 1944)

Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 20 August 1942, as SS Newtown a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 335) at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.
  • Renamed Saugatuck, 16 September 1942
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy, 21 December 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at Bethlehem Steel Co., Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Saugatuck (AO-75), 19 February 1943, LCDR. Ben Koerner, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Saugatuck was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 23 February to 7 March 1945
    Tinian capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944 Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 24 March 1945
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Raid on Volcano-Bonin Islands and Yap Island, 31August to 8 September 1944
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
    Assaults on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 14 to 28 February 1945
    Luzon operation
    3rd Fleet supporting operations
    Luzon attacks, 6 and 7 January 1945
    Formosa attacks, 3, 4, 9, 15, and 21 January 1945
    China Coast attacks, 12 and 16 January 1945
    Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS Saugatuck was assigned to Occupation service from 9 September to 8 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 19 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June1946
  • Transferred, 9 October 1946 to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Chartered by Pacific Tankers, 30 October 1947
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 22 January 1948 and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS)
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Saugatuck (T-AOT-75), 1 October 1949
  • Placed out of service, and transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 5 November 1974, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 February 1995
  • Final Disposition, contract for scrapping awarded, 2 June, 2006, removed from the James River Reserve Fleet, 18 July 2006 and moved by tug to Bay Bridge Enterprise of Chesapeake, VA. for scrapping
  • USS Saugatuck earned seven battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,730 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10" (lim)
    Speed 15.3 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 230
    Largest Boom Capacity 60 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
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Propulsion
    Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
    one Westinghouse 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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    Saugatuck 931k Starboard broadside view of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) underway in Hampton Roads off Portsmouth, VA., prior to departing for the Pacific Theater, 6 April 1943.
    US Navy Yard Norfolk, photo #5023(43) April 6, 1943 / BUSHIPS photo #45790.
    David Buell
    Saugatuck 92k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) moored pierside San Francisco, CA., 20 June 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #4552-43, 6/20/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Saugatuck 48k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) (stern view) in San Francisco Bay, 21 June 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #4587-43, 6/21/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Saugatuck 57k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) (broadside view) in San Francisco Bay, 21 June 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #4589-43, 6/21/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Saugatuck 46k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) (bows on view) in San Francisco Bay, 21 June 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo #4591-43, 6/21/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Saugatuck 78k As seen from USS Saugatuck (AO-75), this view is reported as a fading bomb-splash. This near-miss came on a 18 June 1944 horizontal bomber attack off Saipan. USS Saranac (AO-74) and USS Neshanic (AO-71) had just been damaged in the same attack John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 271k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) refueling USS Massachusetts (BB-59) in mid-Pacific, 20 April 1945. Photo taken from USS Hornet (CV-12). Pieter Bakels
    Saugatuck 199k
    Saugatuck 63k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) underway in typhoon weather off Okinawa, post-war, Fall 1945. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 119k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) underway homeward bound, circa November 1945. Note the Homeward Bound pennant steaming behind the ship and the sign on the side that says "USA 5,xxx miles over an arrow. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 61k Port bow view of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) at anchor in San Francisco Bay with open lighter YC-824 alongside, circa late-1945 early-1946. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 88k Starboard bow view of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, circa late-1945 early-1946. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 66k
    Saugatuck 64k Port broadside view of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) at anchor in San Francisco Bay with an open lighter alongside, circa late-1945 early-1946. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 57k Starboard quarter view of Saugatuck (AO-75) at anchor in San Francisco Bay with an open lighter alongside, circa late-1945 early-1946. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 77k View of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) looking aft from atop the foremast, circa late-1945 early-1946, probably in San Francisco Bay. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 79k View of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) looking forward from the afterdeck to the superstructure, circa late-1945 early-1946, probably in San Francisco Bay. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 92k View of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) of the foc'sle from the foremast, circa late-1945 early-1946, probably in San Francisco Bay. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 228k View of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) the flag bag on the bridge, circa late-1945 early-1946, probably in San Francisco Bay. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 213k View of USS Saugatuck (AO-75) aft from the superstructure, circa late-1945 early-1946, probably in San Francisco Bay. John Chiquoine and Carmen Costa, courtesy Al DeSantis collection
    Saugatuck 114k USS Saugatuck (AO-75) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, March 1948
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Saugatuck 66k Ex-USS Saugatuck (AO-75) being moved from the James River Reserve Fleet through Hampton Roads while enroute to Bay Bridge Enterprise of Chesapeake, VA. for scrapping, 18 July 2006. Note the Norfolk, VA. skyline in th background. Photo by Mabel Clark

    USS Saugatuck (AO-75)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Koerner, Ben19 February 1943 - 1 October 1943
    02CDR. Edgar, Harold Brown1 October 1943 - 7 April 1944
    03CDR. Kirk, Francis Smith7 April 1944 - 12 June 1944
    04CDR. Schroeder, Harvey James12 June 1944 - 8 July 1944
    05LCDR. Ardagh, James Francis8 July 1944 - 1 June 1945
    05LCDR. Le Viness, Raymond Patrick1 June 1945 - 19 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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