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USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105)
USS Mispillion (AO-105) (1945 - 1975)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Mike - Xray
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Debark (N)ovember - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (8) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 6-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Vietnam, 4-Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (10)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 14 February 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 2701), at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 10 August 1945
  • Commissioned USS Mispillion (AO-105), 29 December 1945, CDR. R. E. Wingler in command
  • During the Korean War USS Mispillion participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    30 September to 26 October 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    30 November to 10 December 1951
    13 to 21 December 1951
    29 December 1951 to 8 January 1952
    16 to 29 January 1952
    6 to 14 February 1952
    9 to 24 April 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    4 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    5 to 19 May 1952
    29 May to 12 June 1952
    17 June to 2 July 1952
    5 to 12 July 1952
    23 July to 7 August 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 January to 18 February 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    10 to 27 December 1952
    7 to 18 January 1953
    6 to 13 February 1953
    22 February 2 March 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    27 April to 9 May 1951
    6 to 21 and 29 to 31 May 1951
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    2 to 11 and 21 to 30 May 1953

  • Placed in commission in reserve for "Jumboization", 16 April 1965, at Toledo, OH., completed at Boston, MA., and placed in full commission, 6 September 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USS Mispillion participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    30 April to 10 May 1967
    19 to 30 May 1967
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 16 and 22 to 31 October 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    5 to 18 June 1967
    29 June to 13 July 1967
    19 July to 2 August 1967
    17 to 28 August 1967
    2 to 4 and 11 to 24 September 1967
    8 to 20 October 1967
    24 October to 5 November 1967
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    1 November 1969
    15 November to 6 December 1969
    18 to 25 December 1969
    1 to 13 January 1970
    24 January to 15 February 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    6 to 16 and 21 to 30 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    12 to 25 November 1970
    1 to 4 and 16 to 29 December 1970
    27 to 29 January 1971
    2 to 9, 13 to 18 and 24 t o26 February 1971
    3 to 11, 15 to 21 and 27 to 30-MAR 1971
    4 to 9 April 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    1 to 20 and 27 to 31 July 1968
    7 to 23 August 1968
    26 August to 3 September 1968
    15 to 20 September 1968
    19 to 31 October 1968
    Consolidation II
    18 to 24 March 1972
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    5 to 17 November 1968
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    4 to 14 and 19 to 24 April 1972
    1 to 5, 10 to 14 and 23 to 27 May 1972
    5 to 10 and 17 to 23 June 1972
    17 to 21 July 1972
    27 July to 2 August 1972
    12 to 22 August 1972
    30 August to 18 September 1972
    24 September to 5 October 1972
    12 October to 2 November 1972

  • Decommissioned, 26 July 1974
  • Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) in 1975
  • Placed out of service circa 1994
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 February 1995
  • USS Mispillion earned eight battle stars for Korean War service and ten campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Custody transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title transferred, 1 May 1999 to MARAD
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in early 2012, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., for $1.8 million
    Cimmeron Specifications:
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts. (trial)
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 282
    Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    NSFO 123,700Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    two Bethlehem geared turbines
    four Foster and Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    two propellers, 13,500shp
    "Jumboization" Specifications:
    Displacement 12,840 t.(lt) 33,987 t.(fl)
    Length 644"
    Draft 34' 9"

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    USS Mispillion (AO-105)
    Mispillion 84k USS Mispillion (AO-105) in San Francisco Bay, in "pre-jumboization" configuration, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Mispillion 1024k USS Mispillion (AO-105) replenishing USS Kearsarge (CVA-33) during rough seas off Korea, 18 December 1952.
    US photo # HN-SN-98-07204/80-G-480456, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Mispillion 86k USS Mispillion (AO-105) crew photo, circa 1954. Anonymous Donor
    Mispillion 184k USS Mispillion (AO-105) refueling USS Bon Homme Richard (CVA-31) and a destroyer simultaneously while the rest of the carrier groups escorting destroyers wait their turn for a fill-up, October 1959, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Tommy Trampp
    Mispillion 165k USS Mispillion (AO-105) refueling USS Bennington (CVS-20) at sea, 20 August 1963. USS Alfred A. Cunningham (DD-752) is taking on fuel from off the oiler's starboard side. Nine Grumman S-2E Tracker and four Sikorsky SH-3A Sea King helicopters of Carrier Anti-Submarine Air Group 59 (CVSG-59) are visible on Benningtonīs flight deck.
    US Navy History and Heritage Command photo # NH 97589, PH2 Hobbs.
    Robert Hurst
    Mispillion 95k USS Mispillion (AO-105) under way off the coast of Oahu, HI., 18 January 1964.
    US Navy photo by PH2 D. R. Parks, courtesy Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Mispillion 100k Bow quarter view of USS Mispillion (AO-105) underway in Boston harbor in July 1966, at the completion her Jumboization conversion. Although the insertion of the nearly 100-foot-long additional hull section was performed by a private shipyard, Boston Naval Shipyard completed the conversion.
    Boston Naval Shipyard photo ASF #5129, Boston National Historical Park, Collection, NPS Cat. No. BOSTS-13609..
    Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, Boston NHP, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
    Mispillion 100k USS Mispillion (AO-105) under way off San Diego, CA., after jumboization, circa 1966. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mispillion 101k USS Mispillion (AO-105) conducting an underway replenishment with USS America (CVA-66) while on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin, circa 10 April to 1 November 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Mispillion 148k View from USS England (DLG-22) as she closes with USS Mispillion (AO-105) for an underway replenishment, WestPac late summer of 1968. Note the rotating service station ball on the stern of Mispillion. John Spivey
    Mispillion 265k USS Mispillion (AO-105) during an underway replenishment on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin, circa 1968. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret)
    Mispillion 708k USS Mispillion (AO-105) steaming into position for an underway replenishment while "Seadevils" Helicopter Composite Squadron Seven (HC-7) H-46 Sea Knights assigned to USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3) conduct a Vertical Replenishment in the Tonkin Gulf during the Fall of 1969. The ship being served is unknown. Photo by William P. Jones, MD
    Medical Officer USS Niagara Falls
    Mispillion 57k USS Mispillion (AO-105) under way, circa 1971, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mispillion 245k USS Mispillion (AO-105) refueling USS Schenectady (LST-1185), circa 1973. Derick Hartshorn
    Mispillion 159k USS Mispillion (AO-105) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Anchorage (LSD-36), circa 1973. Derick Hartshorn, courtesy Del Loewe
    Mispillion 135k USS Mispillion (AO-105) conducting an underway replenishment with USS Anchorage (LSD-36), with USS White Plains (AFS-4) in the distance, circa 1973. Derick Hartshorn, courtesy Del Loewe
    USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105)
    Mispillion 1843k USS Mispillion (AO-105) refueling USS Leahy (CG-16) and USS Sample (FF-1048), 1 December 1980. photo # VIRIN: DN-SC-84-02652.a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Mispillion 189k USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105), in "post-jumboization" configuration, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Mispillion 644k USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) under way, date and location unknown. David Buell
    Mispillion 1377k USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) replenishing USS Constellation (CVA-64), and USS Somers (DDG-34), circa 1981-82. Photo by Paul Jarvis USS Constellation
    MARAD Suisun Bay Group Reserve Fleet
    Mispillion 203k Ex-USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) laid up in reserve in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
    US Maritime Administration photos
    Ron Reeves
    Mispillion 241k
    Pigeon 872k Ex-USS Pigeon (ASR-21) at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 22 January 2012. Ex-Pigeon was there for cleaning before being towed to the International Shipbreaking Ltd. yard for dismantling. Beyond Pigeon is Ex-USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) in Dry Dock #3, also at the yard for cleaning before being towed to ESCO Marine in Brownsville, TX. for dismantling. Photos by Darryl Baker
    Pigeon 1071k
    Mispillion 979k Ex-USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) in Dry Dock #3 at the former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 22 January 2012. Mispillion was there for cleaning prior to being towed to Brownsville, TX. for dismantling by ESCO Marine. Photo by Darryl Baker

    USS Mispillion Additional Ships Patches
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    Contributed by Mike Smolinski

    For more photos and information about USS / USNS Mispillion, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Mispillion (AO-105) Memorabilia
  • Commanding Officers

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

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