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USNS Anacostia (T-AO-94)
Anacostia (AO-94) (1948 - 1950)
USS Anacostia (AO-94) (1944 - 1948)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Uniform
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 16 July 1944, as SS Mission Alamo a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 1829) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Renamed Anacostia, 24 July 1944
  • Launched, 24 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Anacostia (AO-94), 25 February 1945, LCDR. Thomas Howard Hoffmann in command
  • During World War II USS Anacostia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 May to 4 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Anacostia was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 September to 25 October 1945
    5 to 24 February 1946

  • Decommissioned, 16 April 1946, at Mobile, AL. and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Reinstated in the Naval Register, 28 February 1948, assigned to the Navy Transportation Service (NTS) as Anacostia (AO-94)
  • Reassigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 19 July 1950, placed In-service as USNS Anacostia (T-AO-94)
  • Placed out of service, 17 December 1957, at Norfolk, VA. and transferred, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 December 1957
  • USS Anacostia earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Transferred to Penn Navigation Co., 10 August 1967, through the MARAD Exchange Program
    Converted to a bulk carrier, renamed SS Penn Ranger
    Sold, 4 December 1973 to Omnium Transportation Co., reflagged Panamanian, renamed SS Omnium Ranger
    Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in June 1978

    Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 32' 4"
    Speed 15.1 kts,
    Officers 20
    Enlisted 278
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal. dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,300 DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
    one General Electric turbo-electric engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox D-type boilers, 600psi, 825°
    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 50Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 10,000shp

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    Anacostia 195k US Maritime Tanker Anacostia Launch Program, 24 September 1944, at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA. Ron Reeves
    Anacostia 99k Invitation to the commissioning of USS Anacostia (AO-94), 25 February 1945, at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA. Tommy Trampp
    Anacostia 99k USNS Anacostia (T-AO-94) operating as a civilian-manned MSTS tanker during the 1950s. Note the larger smokestack fitted to the second batch of ships in this class.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo. (no number), courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Anacostia (AO-94) / USNS Anacostia (T-AO-94)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hoffman, Thomas Howard, USNR25 February 1945 - 16 April 1946

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

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