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USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Wabash (AOG-4) (1943 - 1947)
November - Alpha - Echo - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 30 June 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Launched, 28 October 1942
Commissioned USS Wabash (AOG-4), 10 May 1943, LT. James F. Ardagh, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Wabash was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 2 to 18 March 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Wabash was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|2 September to 28 October 1945||28 November 1945 to 28 April 1946
| ||6 May to 29 June 1946
Decommissioned, 29 July 1946, at Tsingtao, China
Transferred to the US Army Transportation Service
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
Returned to the US Navy, 1 July 1950
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4)
During the Korean War USS Wabash (T-AOG-4) participated in the following campaigns:
Korean War Campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Second Korean Winter
6 to 30 April 1952
|Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
1 to 10 May 1952
Placed out of service, 10 September 1957
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1958
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, contract awarded to Marine Metals, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping, 21 July 2005, dismantling completed, 27 January 2006
USS Wabash earned two battle stars for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean War service
Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8"
Speed 14 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 2,210 DWT
Oil 1,000 Bbls
Gasoline 667,000 Gals
Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 BBls
four General Motors 16-278A Diesel 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 Wabash (AOG-4) at Kodiak, July 1943.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-7989 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Wabash (AOG-4) in camouflage, at anchor, date and location unknown. Photograph received by the Bureau of Ships in November 1944.
US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # Photo No. 19-N-75175 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Wabash (AOG-4) at anchor in the background of this photo is painted camouflage scheme 32/2AO. USS LSM-277 entering or exiting a floating drydock, date and place unknown.
||USS LSM / LSMR Association
||USS Wabash (T-AOG-4) moored, circa 1950 to 1957, location unknown.
Courtesy Larry Sullivan
||Ex-USS Wabash (T-AOG-4) leaving the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, 7 September 2005, while enroute to Marine Metals, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping
USS Wabash (AOG-4)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Ardagh, James F. USNR||10 May 1943 - 1944|
|02||LT. Verge, George Edward||1944 - 1 June 1945|
|03||LT. Micklethwait, Homer Jones||1 June 1945 - 29 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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Last Updated 28 June 2013
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