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USNS Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129)
Mission San Miguel (AO-129) (1947 - 1949)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 11 August 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1273) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA;
  • Launched, 31 October 1943
  • Delivered to the WSA, 19 February 1944 for charter to Pacific Tankers, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 20 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by Navy, 4 November 1947, and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service as Mission San Miguel (AO-129) to be operated under a charter by American Pacific Steamship Co.
  • Operational control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service, 1 October 1949
  • Redesignated USNS Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129)
  • Placed out of service, 22 March 1950
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, CA.
  • Placed in service, 24 July 1950 under MSTS control as Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129)
  • Placed out of service, 28 May 1954, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego
  • Reactived and assigned to MSTS, 1 November 1956
  • Ran aground, 8 October 1957, on Maro Reef, Hawaiian Islands
  • Final Disposition, declared unfit for further naval service or salvage
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 20 December 1957
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,800 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52
    Armament none
    Propulsion Turbo-electric, single screw, 6000shp

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    Mission San Miguel 755k SS Mission San Miguel launching and Christening ceremony,31 October 1943, Marinship, Sausalito, CA. Leo Bangsund

    USNS Mission San Miguel (T-AO-129)
    (DANFS) Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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