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USNS Susquehanna (T-AOG-5)
USS Susquehanna (AOG-5) (1943 - 1947)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Papa - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (2,3,4 January 1945) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 9 September 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 23 November 1942
  • Commissioned USS Susquehanna (AOG-5), 7 June 1943, LT. Peter H. V. Bamberg, USNR, in command.
  • During World War II USS Susquehanna was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 15 August 1946, and 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 Susquehanna (T-AOG-5)
  • Placed out of service in March 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 March 1959
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 August 1973, to Levin Metals Corp., Delivered, 30 August 1973
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 124
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    four single 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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    Susquehanna 85k USS Susquehanna (AOG-5) underway during builders trials in Puget Sound, 28 May 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM photo # unknown a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Susquehanna 145k USS Susquehanna (AOG-5) at anchor, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz, courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Susquehanna 41k Aerial view of USS Susquehanna (AOG-5), 5 September 1943. The ship is armed with four 3/50 guns fore and aft, along with twelve 20mm Oerlikon AA single mounts on the central and aft superstructure.
    Australian War Museum, Photo No. 302754
    Mike Green

    USS Susquehanna (AOG-5) / USNS Susquehanna (T-AOG-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bamberg, Peter Herbert Victor USNR7 June 1943 - 1 January 1944
    02LT. Anderson, Alexander Francis1 January 1944 - 9 March 1945
    03LT. Brown, Joseph Colbert9 March 1945 - 10 December 1945
    04ENS. Jones, Alfred C., USNR10 December 1945 - 20 April 1946
    05LCDR. Bracken, Eugene Eason, USNR20 April 1946 - 15 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
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