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USS Shikellamy (AOG-47)
USS Shikellamy (AO-90) (1943)

International Radio Call Sign:
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Shikellamy Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • The Sinclair Oil Co. of New York tanker SS Daniel Pierce was acquired by the Navy, 26 March 1943, from the War Shipping Administration
  • Converted for Naval service at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
  • Commissioned USS Shikellamy (AO-90), 11 April 1943, CDR. James W. Smith USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Shikellamy was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operations
    Milne Bay, January-February 1944
    Leyte operation
    November 1944

  • Reclassified Gasoline Tanker (AOG-47), 19 July 1943
  • Decommissioned, 17 January 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission which in turned returned Shikellamy to her original owner renamed SS Daniel Pierce
  • Sold, date unknown, reflagged Panamanian
  • Final Disposition, lost in Guanica Bay, Puerto Rico, 31 July 1964
    Displacement 10,800 t.(fl)
    Length 391' 6"
    Beam 53'
    Draft 23' 11"
    Speed 9.5kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    Cargo Capacity Oil 49,720 Bbls
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 8,040 Bbls
    one Bethlehem, Vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    two recip-drive 15Kw 120V D.C.
    one recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,400shp

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    Shikellamy 391k USS Shikellamy (AOG-47) at anchor, date and location unknown. Rick Godsil Jr., for his grandfather Raymond Dean "Swanee" Godsil S2/c USS Shikellamy
    Shikellamy 275k
    Shikellamy 107k USS Shikellamy (AOG-47) photographed by an Australian aircraft, 30 September 1943, soon after arriving in Australian waters.
    US Navy photos. Arthur D. Baker III. Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Shikellamy 115k
    Shikellamy 120k USS Shikellamy (AOG-47) photographed by an Australian aircraft, 3 November 1943, off the coast of Australia.
    US Navy photo. Arthur D. Baker III. Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Shikellamy (AO-90 / AOG-47)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Smith, James Walter USN, (1924)11 April 1943 - 24 June 1943AO-90
    02LCDR. Lehland, Trygve Mason USNR 24 June 1943 - March 1944AOG-47
    03LT. Brown, Robert Clark USNR March 1944 - 1 May 1944AOG-47
    04LT. Blewitt, Edward Joseph USNR 1 May 1944 - 1 may 1945AOG-47
    05LT. Dixon, John Charles USNR 1 May 1945 - 17 January 1946AOG-47
    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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