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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:
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:
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
Placed out of service, 10 September 1957
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1958
USS Wabash earned two battle stars for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean War service
Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 8 May 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., Redesignated MARAD Fleet Craft FB-65
Final Disposition, contract awarded to Marine Metals, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping, 22 June 2005, dismantling completed at Brownsville, 27 January 2006
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
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
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, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||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 Francis USNR||10 May 1943 - 15 February 1945|
|02||LT. Verge, George Edward, USNR||15 February 1945 - 1 June 1945|
|03||LT. Micklethwait, Homer Jones, USNR||1 June 1945 - 21 December 1945|
|04||LT. McKay, James or John, USNR||21 December 1945 - 19 February 1946|
|05||LT. Paolozzi, John, USN||19 February 1946 - 29 July 1946|
| ||Decommissioned||29 July 1946 - 1 June 1950|
|06||CDR. Merritt, Clinton Jerome (MSC?)||1954 - June 1955|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 2 December 2016
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