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USS Ponaganset (AO-86)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Hotel
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:
|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
Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10" (lim)
Speed 15.1 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 7 t.
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
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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||USS Ponaganset (AO-86) Commissioning Ceremony Program.
||Robert M. Cieri
||USS Ponaganset (AO-86) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||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.
||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 reacquired 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
USS Ponaganset (AO-86)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 31 July 2015
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