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|Campaign and Dates||Campaign and Dates|
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 2 to 30 June 1945
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|SS Ponaganset (War Shipping Administration)
|67k||SS Ponaganset just after launching, 10 July 1943, at the Marinship yard, Sausalito, CA. being assisted by tugs to her fitting out berth. US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages||Robert Hurst|
|USS Ponaganset (AO-86)
|64k||USS Ponaganset (AO-86) at anchor probably off her conversion yard, Kaiser Swan Island
Yard, Portland, OR., soon after completion as a Fleet Tanker. She is painted in camouflage Measure 32 Design 3AO.
US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
|243k||USS Ponaganset (AO-86) at anchor, circa 1944-1946, location unknown.
US Navy photo
|343k||USS Ponaganset (AO-86) taking on water at Balusoa Water Point, Samar, P.I., circa 1944-45.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.|
|148k||USS Ponaganset (AO-86) at the General Ship and Iron Works, Boston, MA., 9 December 1947, shortly after
breaking in half during reactivation. Ponaganset was one of 24 tankers that the Navy re-acquired in late 1947 to bring fuel oil for the fleet from the
Persian Gulf. Fractures like this had been a problem since late 1942 in war-built welded ships, particularly in Liberty ships and T-2 tankers. Ponaganset
was replaced in the Navy's reactivation plan by Mission Santa Ana (AO-137).
US Navy Photos
|Mike Green - 091908609 - courtesy Shipscribe.com
LCDR. Charles Landrum USN Ret - 091909806, 091908607 and 091908608 courtesy Boston Public Library)
|01||CDR. Sanford Jr., John Richard, USNR (USNA 1924)||15 May 1944 - 24 April 1946|
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