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USNS Tamalpais (T-AO-96)
International Radio Call Sign:
Tamalpais (AO-96) (1948 - 1950)
USS Tamalpais (AO-96) (1945 - 1946)
November - Kilo - Juliet - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 18 September 1944, as SS Mission San Francisco, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract
(MC hull 1831) at Marin Shipbuilding Co., Sausalito, CA.
Name changed to Tamalpais, date unknown
Launched, 29 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy and Commissioned USS Tamalpais (AO-96), 20 May 1945, LCDR. Archie J. Church USNR in command
During World War II USS Tamalpais was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Tamalpais was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September 1945 to 4 March 1946||8 March to 25 April 1946
Decommissioned, 21 June 1946, at Mobile AL.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 July 1946
Reacquired by the Navy, 10 March 1948, assigned to NTS (Navy Transportation Service) operated by a commercial contractor
Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949
Reinstated in the Naval Register, 28 April 1950 and placed in service as USNS Tamalpais (T-AO-96)
Placed out of service, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 18 December 1957, for lay up in the National Defense ReservE Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Transferred to the Department of the Army, 3 June 1966, for project "Powerfloat"
Struck from the Naval Register, 18 December 1967
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration by the Department of the Army, 9 September 1974
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 9 September 1974, to China Dismantled Trading Corp. for scrapping in Taiwan
Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10"
Speed 15.1 kts (trial)
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 15,300DWT
Oil 120,400 Bbls
Gasoline 575,000 Gals
Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,235 Bbls
on General Electric turbo-electric engine
two Babcock and 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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||Tamalpais (AO-96) on the builders ways at Marinship, Sausalito, CA., prior to her launching on 29 October 1944.
Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
||Tamalpais (AO-96) launching, 29 October 1944, at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
Photo courtesy navy memories shop.com
||USS Tamalpais (AO-96) at anchor, date and location unknown
||J. E. Leavelle RM3/c USNR V-6 USS Tamalpais 1944-46
||USS Tamalpais (AO-96) at anchor, Hong Kong, BCC, March 1946
||Mel Woodward USS Tamalpais
||Ex-USS Tamalpais (AO-96) and ex-USS Kennebago (AO-81) at anchor near Nha Trang while serving as floating power stations in
South Vietnam. These two vessels were transferred over to the United States Army sometime between 31 December 1965 and 30 June 1966. They remained in this role until
at least May 1971.Image from Mascots of the 459th Signal Battalion, RVN 1970
USS Tamalpais (AO-96)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Church, Archie Joseph, USNR||20 May 1945 - 21 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
USS Tamalpais (AO-96)
Last Updated 6 October 2016
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