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USS Nemasket (AOG-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Echo - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - April to June 1945 at Kerama Rhetto, Okinawa) - China Service Medal
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 6 October 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Cargill Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 20 October 1943
  • Commissioned USS Nemasket (AOG-10), 16 June 1944, LCDR. Gillespie G. Boyd in command
  • During World War II USS Nemasket was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 19 February to 9 March1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Nemasket performed Occupation duty in the Far East and China service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    26 November 1946 to 24 May 194730 July to 11 October 1950
     11 to 15 November 1950

  • Decommissioned, 22 September 1959
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • USS Nemasket (AOG-10) earned two battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, 9 January 2006, withdrawn for the Reserve Fleet at Suisun, towed by the tug Alois to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., 20 February 2006 for scrapping. Scrapping completed 6 June 2006
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14kts.
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 126
    Largest Boom Capacity 2 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 410,500 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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    Nemasket 51k USS Nemasket (AOG-10) at the Standard Oil dock at Shanghai, China, circa late 1945. Nemasket was the first ship to tie up to that pier since the Japanese occupation in 1937. She is painted in camouflage scheme 32/3D. Photo by Gil Pollnow USS Nemasket
    Nemasket 32k USS Nemasket (AOG-10) moored on the Whangpoo River, Shanghai, China in 1945. She is wearing camouflage scheme 32/3D. Gil Pollnow USS Nemasket
    Nemasket 51k USS Nemasket (AOG-10)'s starboard lookout station, date and location unknown. Photo by Gil Pollnow USS Nemasket
    Nemasket 77k Bow on view USS Nemasket (AOG-10) departing Mare Island, 9 October 1946. Nemasket was under going repair at the yard from 16 July to 16 Oct 1946. Ships in the background are from left to right: USS John R. Pierce (DD 753), USS San Saba (APA 232), USS Vincennes (CL 64), USS Birmingham (CL 62), USS Miami (CL 89) and USS Amsterdam (CL 101). Note one of the yard tugs underway alongside Nemasket to starboard.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 3557-46, 10/9/46
    Darryl Baker
    Nemasket 63k Stern view of USS Nemasket (AOG-10) departing Mare Island, 9 October 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 3561-46, 10/9/46
    Darryl Baker
    Nemasket 130k Aft plan view of USS Nemasket (AOG-10) at Mare Island, 15 October 1946, moored outboard of USS Fieberling (DE 640).
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 3608-46, 10/15/46
    Darryl Baker
    MARAD Suisun Bay Group Reserve Fleet
    Nemasket 277k Bow on view of ex-USS Nemasket (AOG-10) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown. MARAD
    Nemasket 399k Port stern quarter view of ex-USS Nemasket (AOG-10) laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., date unknown. MARAD

    USS Nemasket (AOG-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Boyd, Gillespie Godfrey16 June 1944 - 23 October 1944
    02LCDR. Hampton, Clarence Ray23 October 1944 - 17 May 1945
    03LT. Dandrew, Frank Leo17 May 1945 - ?
    04LCDR. Clasen, Robert Cyrus USNno dates
    05LCDR. Traub III, Charles (Chuck), USN1958 - 22 September 1959
    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
    USS Nemasket (AOG-10) Crew list 1944-45, Voyage Record 1952-53 and Excepts from Ships Log June and July 1952
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