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USS Ponaganset (AO-86)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Hotel
NJUH
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Suamico Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 27 April 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1265) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 10 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Ponaganset (AO-86), 15 May 1944, CDR. John Richard Sanford Jr., in command
  • During World War II USS Ponaganset (AO-86) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    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

  • Following World War II USS Ponaganset was assigned to Occupation service from 17 September to 25 December 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal at Norfolk, VA., 15 May 1947
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 2 March 1948
  • Title transferred back to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1948, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1949, to Northern Metal Co.
  • USS Ponaganset earned 2 battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10" (lim)
    Speed 15.1 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 325
    Largest Boom Capacity 7 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity NSFO 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 85Kw 120V D.C.
    two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 450Kw 450V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Ponaganset 109k USS Ponaganset (AO-86) Commissioning Ceremony Program. Robert M. Cieri
    Ponaganset 243k USS Ponaganset (AO-86) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    Ponaganset 343k USS Ponaganset (AO-86) taking on water at Balusoa Water Point, Samar, P.I., date unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Ponaganset 281k Ex-USS Ponaganset (AO-86) broken in half, moored at Boston Naval Shipyard in 1948.
    Photos from the Boston Public Literary.
    LCDR. Charles Landrum USN, Ret.
    Ponaganset 247k
    Ponaganset 287k

    USS Ponaganset (AO-86)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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