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T-AO-131 Mission Santa Barbara

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 (4) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Mission Buenaventura Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 8 April 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under a Maritime Commission contract at Marinship Corp., Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 8 June 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission for charter to Pacific Tankers Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 May 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 20 October 1947
  • Placed in service by the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) as Mission Santa Barbara (AO-131) under charter to Union Oil Co.
  • Control transferred to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949, redesignated USNS Mission Santa Barbara (T-AO-131)
  • Placed out of service, 12 April 1954
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Placed in service with MSTS on 8 October 1956, chartered to Joshua Henry Corp. for operations
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register, and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 8 November 1957
  • Final Disposition, sold, 26 March 1966, to Hudson Waterways Corp. for commercial service as container ship/train ferry, renamed Seatrain Carolina, 7 April 1966, fate unknown
  • Mission Santa Barbara earned four battle star for Korean War service
    Displacement 5,532 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 524'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' (max)
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement 52 mariners
    Armament none
    Propulsion turbo-electric, single screw, 6000hp
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