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USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, Okinawa 1945, Da Nang 1969)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Korean Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (7) - Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Fifth Row - Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Unit Citation - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Fifth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 22 September 1942, at Cargill Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 24 July 1943
  • Commissioned USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9), 27 May 1944, LT. Francis M. Hillman, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Leyte operation,
    Leyte landings, October to 25 to 28 October 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Invasion and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 March to 30 June 1945

  • USS Kishwaukee was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    26 October 1945 to 15 July 194626 October 1945 to 26 July 1946
    28 March to 31 October 194728 March to 31 October 1947
    17 November to 22 December 194723 to 26 December 1947
    29 December 1947 to 12 January 194823 to 24 April 1954
     13 to 14 June 1954

  • Decommissioned, 2 April 1958
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 25 February 1960, for lay up in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR. Group
  • Permanent title transfer to MARAD, 30 June 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Reacquired, 31 August 1965
  • Recommissioned, 1 September 1966
  • During the Vietnam War USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    16 February to 7 April 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    16 to 22 February 1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    29 November 1967 to 29 January 1968
    Tet/69 Counteroffensive
    23 February to 8 June 1969 February
    Tet Counteroffensive
    30 January to 27 February 1968
    Vietnamese Summer-Fall 1969
    9 June to 20 July1969
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    19 March to 18 May 1968

  • Decommissioned, 15 January 1970, at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Laid up at INACTSHIPMAINTFAC West Lock, Pearl Harbor, HI.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1974
  • Disposed of by MARAD sale, 18 December 1978, to Mid Pacific Sea Harvesters Inc., for conversion to a fishing vessel,
  • Final Disposition, scrapped at Shanghai, China in 1997
  • USS Kishwaukee earned two battle stars for World War II service and seven campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 11' 1"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 118
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,040 DWT
    Oil 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline 410,510 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls
    four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    single Fair banks 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 Kishwaukee (AOG-9)
    Kishwaukee 162k Kishwaukee (AOG-9) moored at her builders yard, Cargill Inc., Savage, MN., 6 April 1944.
    Photo courtesy Wisconsin Maritime Museum, home of the SS Cobia.
    Larry Bohr
    Kishwaukee 120k
    Kishwaukee 163k
    Kishwaukee 103k
    Kishwaukee 108k USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9), painted camouflage scheme 32/3D, underway on the Mississippi River off New Orleans, LA., 2 June 1944.
    US National Archives, R G-19-LCM photo # 19-N-66594, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Kishwaukee 91k USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) under way date and location unknown. Kishwaukee is painted camouflage scheme 32/3D. Paul Graniteware
    Courtesy Larry Survivance
    Kishwaukee 128k USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) under way at Pearl Harbor, HI., in 1966. Paul Graniteware
    Courtesy Larry Survivance
    Kishwaukee 101k USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) at Pearl Harbor, HI, October 1968 © Richard Leonhardt
    Kishwaukee 77k USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) under way date and location unknown Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Kishwaukee 111k USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) taking on a load of fuel at Da Nang, South Vietnam from USNS Pecos (T-AO-65) before getting underway to refuel Support Activity outposts, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1967.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Hillman, Francis M., USNR27 May 1944 - 12 May 1945
    02LT. Scott Jr., John Victor, USNR12 May 1945 - 12 December 1945
    03LTjg. Mandabach Jr., Paul J., USNR12 December 1945 - 15 February 1946
    04LCDR. Maddalena Jr., Arthur D., USN15 February 1946 - 11 August 1946
    05LCDR. Sigleer, Harry Lee, USN11 August 1946 - 21 March 1947
    06LCDR. Kupbens, Harry Joseph, USN21 March 1947 - 9 March 1948
    07LT. Stephens, Edwin Kern, USN9 March 1948 - 1949
     Decommissioned2 April 1958 - 1 September 1966
    08LT. Yarber, Gene, USN1 September 1966 - 23 February 1967
    09LT. Brooks, Edward Walter, USN23 February 1967 - 15 January 1970
    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 Data Base
    USS Kishwaukee (AOG-9) Decommissioning Program
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