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USS Kern (AOG-2)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Lima - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 25 May 1942, as SS Rappahannock, a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Renamed Kern, date unknown
Launched, 7 September 1942
Commissioned USS Kern (AOG-2), 9 March 1943, LCDR. Lewis Williams in command
During World War II USS Kern was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Kern was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 September 1945 to 6 August 1946
Decommissioned, 6 August 1946, at Yokosuka, Japan and transferred to the Army Transportation Service
Returned to US Navy custody and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 July 1950
Placed in service as USNS Kern (T-AOG-2), 1 July 1950
Placed out of service in 28 September 1956 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Reactivated and assigned to MSTS, placed in service, 30 April 1957
Placed out of service, 1 October 1957 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Reactivated by the US Navy, date unknown
Placed out of service, 13 March 1958 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Permanent custody transferred to MARAD, 9 April 1958
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 December 1975, to National Metal and Steel Corp., delivered 16 December 1975
Displacement 1,783 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(lim)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8" (lim)
Speed 14 kts. (trial speed)
Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
four single 3"/50 cal. dual purpose gun mounts
twelve 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 2,010 DWT
Navy Standard Fuel Oil 1,000 Bbls
Gasoline 667,000 Gals
Diesel 2,240 Bbls
four GE 12-278A Diesel engines
single Farrel-Birmingham Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V/240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
two propellers, 3,300shp
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||Launch and Christening of USS Kern (AOG-2). Kern was one of more than 150 vessels being launched or having their keels laid on Labor Day nationwide, 7 September 1942. The christening of a new ship always drew a large crowd but the addition of actors Joan Leslie, Walter Pidgeon and Adolphe Menjou who were on a war bond tour, swelled the population of onlookers at the Seattle Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation yard in Tacoma even more then usual. The group of dignitaries for the launching included (left to right) Mrs. L.A. Odlin, unidentified little girl, Miss Leslie, Mr. Pidgeon, Mr. Menjou, unidentified Naval officer. Mrs. Odlin, holding a bouquet of red roses, was the ship's sponsor and the wife of the commanding officer of the Navy Supply depot in Seattle.
||USS Kern (AOG-2) underway, date and location unknown.
US navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
|Stan Svec and Robert Hurst
||USS Kern (AOG-2) at anchor, date and location unknown.
USS Kern (AOG-2)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Williams, Lewis, USNR||9 March 1943 - 7 November 1943|
|02||LCDR. Popkins, Albert George, USNR||7 November 1943 - 15 June 1944|
|03||LT. Johnson, Godfrey B., USNR||15 June 1944 - 1 April 1945|
|04||LTjg. Molin, Robert G., USNR||1 April 1945 - 15 March 1946|
|05||LTjg. McGrath, William Howard, USNR||15 March 1946 - 6 August 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 2 December 2016
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