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USS Patapsco (AOG-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Echo - Bravo
NAEB
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive)
Second Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Fourth Row - Korea Service Medal (1) - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry)
Fifth Row - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 25 May 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 18 August 1942
  • Commissioned USS Patapsco (AOG-1), 4 February 1943, LT. Archie J. Church in command
  • During World War II USS Patapsco was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Gilbert Islands operation, 20 November to 8 December 1943

  • Following World War II USS Patapsco was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 December 1945 to 8 February 1946
  • Decommissioned, 29 May 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
  • Recommissioned, 19 October 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Patapsco participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter, 30 April 1952
  • Decommissioned, 29 June 1955, at Astoria, OR.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, Columbia River Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Reinstated in the Naval Register in 1965
  • Recommissioned, 18 June 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USS Patapsco participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    24 January to 18 February 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    11 December 1968 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    22 October to 27 December 1967
    27 to 29 January 1967
    Tet69/Counteroffensive
    23 February to 15 March 1969
    2 April to 3 May 1969
    9 May to 8 June 1969
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 1 April 1968
    Vietnam Summer-Fall 1969
    9 to 25 June 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV 2 April 1968  

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1974
  • Custody transferred to MARAD
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 1 November 1979, converted into the fishing trawler Arctic Storm
  • USS Patapsco received one battle star for her World War II service, one battle star Korean War service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers - 8
    Enlisted - 116
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four 3"/50 dual purpose guns
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,210 DWT
    Oils - 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline - 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel - 2,240 Bbls
    Propulsion
    four 980 hp 12-278A General Motors Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 3,300shp

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    USS Patapasco (AOG-1)
    Patapsco 53k Patapsco (AOG-1) launching at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Yard, Seattle, WA., 18 August 1942.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, courtesy Turner Richards Studio from Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Patapsco 55k Patapsco (AOG-1) moored pierside after launching at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Yard, Seattle, WA., 18 August 1142.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, courtesy Turner Richards Studio from Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Patapsco 97k Patapsco (AOG-1) at the fitting our pier, Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp., Yard, Seattle, WA., December 1942.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo, by Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corp, courtesy Turner Richards Studio from Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst
    Patapsco 96k
    Patapsco 25k USS Patapsco (AOG-1) under way, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Patapsco 86k Caption for this photo reads "The fleet oiler Patapsco does not look much like a carrier, but the 112 men aboard are starting to feel like they're aboard one. For the last six months the ship has been launching pilotless drones for U.N. ships in the war zone to sharpen they're shooting eyes on."
    US Navy photo.
    Contributed by Jon Stacy, source Honolulu Star-Bulletin, from November 25, 1952.
    Patapsco 149k USS Patapsco (AOG-1) under way, at sea off Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii. circa 1966-1969.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Patapsco 96k USS Patapsco (AOG-1) under way, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Commercial Service
    Patapsco 59k Ex-Patapsco (AOG-1) underway in commercial service as the fishing trawler Arctic Storm, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Turner Richards Studio from Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
    Robert Hurst

    USS Patapsco (AOG-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Church, Archie Joseph, USN4 February 1943 - 7 January 1944
    02LCDR. Bale, John Hardin, USN7 January 1943 - 8 June 1944
    03LT. Miles, Marcus Lucius, USNR8 June 1944 - 10 April 1945
    04LT. Lee, Florn Lamar, USN10 April 1945 - 1 November 1945
    05LT. Warner, Vernon Lee, USN1 November 1945 - 29 May 1946
     Decommissioned29 May 1946 - 19 October 1950
    06LT. Simonton, Robert L., USNR19 October 1950 - 22 August 1952
    07LT. Downing, James22 August 1952 - December 1954
    08LCDR. Wellsman, Howard Clyde, USNDecember 1954 - 29 June 1955
     Decommissioned29 June 1955 - 18 June 1966
    09LT. Amick, Carl William, USN18 June 1966 - ?
     LCDR. Haskins, John Bryant, USN no dates
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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