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Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN (Ret.)

USNS Passumpsic (T-AO-107)
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USS Passumpsic (AO-107) (1946 - 1973)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - November - Bravo
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons






Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (17 January 1991) - Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Second Row - Navy Unit Commendation - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (3) - Navy Expeditionary Medal (6 Iran/Indian Ocean)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal (9) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 3-Korea, 3-Vietnam, 1-Op. Frequent Wind) - Vietnam Service Medal (11)
Fifth Row - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (1-Frequent Wind) - United Nations Service Medal
Sixth Row - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler / Jumboized:
  • Laid down, 8 March 1945, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A3) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2703) at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock, Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 31 October 1945
  • Commissioned USS Passumpsic (AO-107), 1 April 1946, CAPT. Roger D. Phillips, in command
  • Following World War II and the Korean War USS Passumpsic (AO-107) was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    3 to 8 September 194614 to 25 September 1946
    10 March to 4 April 194711 to 12 June 1947
    8 to 18 April 194720 July to 14 September 1947
    13 June to 13 July 19471 to 3 October 1947
    24 to 30 September 194720 June to 12 September 1948
    23 February to 2 March 19493 to 17 March 1949
    18 March to 16 April 194911 to 16 September 1954
     3 to 22 February 1955

  • During the Korean War USS Passumpsic (AO-107) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    8 August to 12 September 1950
    18 September to 1 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    9 to 7 and 23 December 1951
    27 December 1951 to 3 January 52
    12 to 16 January 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    6 November 1950 to 24 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    4 to 7 and 16 to 25 October 1952
    4 to 15 and 27 to 30 November 1952
    Inchon Landing
    13 to 17 September 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    1 to 8 December 1952
    2 to 9 and 19 to 20 February 1953
    First UN Counter Offensive
    25 January to 19 March 1951
    Korea, Summer-Fall 1953
    10 to 23 July 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    16 to 25 August 1951
    6 to 15 and 25 to 30 September 1951
     

  • During the Vietnam War USS Passumpsic (AO-107) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 October to 4 November 1966
    10 to 20 and 25 to 29 December 1966
    Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970
    12 to 22 February 1970
    1 to 23 and 27 to 28 March 1970
    4 to 21 April 1970
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    24 December 1967 to 7 January 1968
    13 to 26 January 1968
    Sanctuary Counteroffensive
    5 to 13 and 17 to 24 May 1970
    7 to 16 and 29 to 30 June 1970
    Tet Counteroffensive
    1 to 12 February 1968
    21 February to 7 March 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VII
    11 to 16 and 21 to 28 April 1971
    3 to 9 and 19 to 28 May 1971
    31 May to 10 june 1971
    15 to 19 and 25 to 30 June 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    21 to 30 April 1968
    5 to 14 and 23 to 29 May 1968
    Consolidation I
    1 to 7, 14 to 21 and 26 to 29 July 1971
    1 to 8 August 1971
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    26-December 1968 to 8 January 1969
    14 January to 2 February 1969
    4 to 13 and 20 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    19 to 22 May 1972
    31 May to 7 June 1972
    16 to 22 June 1972
    29 June to 5 July 1972
    13 to 17 July 1972
    26 July to 6 August 1972
    13 to 17 August 1972
    29 August to 8 September 1972
    14 to 26 September 1972
    17 to 24 October 1972
    2 to 13 November 1972
    3 to 6, 12 to 16, and 21 to 22 December 1972
    29 December 1972 to 7 January 1973
    15 to 23 January 1973
    6 to 12 February 1973
    Tet 69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 2 March 1969
    23 March to 1 April 1969
    5 to 13 April 1969
    19 April to 1 May 1969
    9 to 16 and 22 to 28 May 1969
     

  • Jumboized, at American Shipbuilding Co., Lorain, OH., 26 November 1964 to 10 January 1966
  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1973, and placed in service, 24 July 1973, with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Passumpsic (T-AO-107)
  • Placed out of service, 18 January 1991, custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), at Yokohama, Japan
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 18 December 1991
  • Sold, 19 December 1991, to Trusha Investments Pte., LTD., Singapore, for $1,357,236
  • Final Disposition, resold, 1 July 1992, to Apollo Uikas Steels Pvt., LTD, India, for scrapping
  • USS Passumpsic earned nine battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement
    As Build 7,423 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Jumboized 12,840 t.(lt) 34,475 t.(fl)
    Length
    As Built 553'
    Jumboized 644'
    Beam 75'
    Draft
    As Built 32'
    Jumboized 35' 9" (lim)'
    Speed 18.3 kts.
    Complement
    As Build
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 282
    Jumboized
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 230
    Armament
    one 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 16,500 DWT
    As Built
    Oil 123,700 Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000 Gals
    Jumboized
    NSFO 119,000 Bbls
    JP-5 50,000 Bbls
    AVGAS 8,700 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity
    15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse geared turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 740°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 450V A.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin rudders
    twin propellers, 6,750shp

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    USS Passumpsic (AO-107)
    Passumpsic 65k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Robert H Brockman MMC USN Ret USS Passumpsic AO-107 web site
    Passumpsic 249k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) underway while fully rigged, off San Clemente Island CA., 1956. Lawrence K. Brown ETC USN Ret
    Passumpsic 163k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) underway while refueling the Seventh Fleet Flagship USS St Paul (CA-73) in the Pacific Ocean, 21 March 1961. Photo signed by VADM Charles D. Griffin, Commander Seventh Fleet P.F. Suleski USS Passumpsic
    Passumpsic 335k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) moored pierside at Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, circa 1960-62. P.F. Suleski USS Passumpsic
    Passumpsic 50k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) alongside USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) while conducting an underway replenishment in WestPac, circa 3 January to 15 July 1963 Sal Vacca, AE2, VAW-11 Detachment Bravo, USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14)
    Passumpsic 59k
    Passumpsic 62k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) underway while refueling two destroyers, circa 1969-70, place unknown. Photo taken from USS Niagara Falls (AFS-3).
    US Navy photo
    Photo by William P. Jones, MD USS Niagara Falls
    Passumpsic 11k USS Passumpsic (AO-107) underway during refueling in the Gulf of Tonkin, July 1971.
    Photos by CAPT. R. Scott Noble, USNR (Retired)
    Joan L. Cahill
    Passumpsic 13k
    Passumpsic 16k
    Passumpsic 17k
    Passumpsic 69k USS Passumpsic at anchor in Subic Bay P.I., January 1973 Photo by Ralph Turner USS Passumpsic
    Passumpsic 106k USS Passumpsic at anchor in Subic Bay P.I., January 1973 Photo by Ralph Turner USS Passumpsic
    Passumpsic 34k USS Passumpsic ship's plaque. Don McGrogan. BMCS, USN (Ret.)
    USNS Passumpsic (T-AO-107)
    Passumpsic 78k USNS Passumpsic (T- AO-107) underway, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy Robert H Brockman MMC USN Ret USS Passumpsic AO-107 web site
    Passumpsic 1920k USNS Passumpsic (T- AO-107) underway in 1984, location unknown.
    Defense Imagery photo VIRIN: DN-SC-85-08578, a US Navy photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery.
    Robert Hurst
    Passumpsic 377k USNS Passumpsic (T- AO-107) berthed at the US Military Pier in Yokohama, Japan in November 1991. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus


    For more photos and information about USS / USNS Passumpsic, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Command History 1971-72
  • USS Passumpsic AO 107
  • Welcome Aboard Pamphlet
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information on the Web
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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