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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USS Sakatonchee (AOG-19)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Juliet - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 13 August 1942, as MV Soldier Creek, a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 901) at East Coast Shipyard Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 22 May 1943
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 15 January 1944
Commissioned USS Sakatonchee (AOG-19), 17 January 1944, LT. Frederick C. Steinmetz in command
During World War II USS Sakatonchee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns;
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operation
Supporting and consolidating operations by Com 7th Flt, 5 August 1944
Balikpapan operation, 5 to 11 July 1945
|Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Palawan Islands landings, 3 to 10 March 1945
Decommissioned, 29 March 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to MV Soldier Creek
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 January 1964, to National Metals & Steel Corp.
USS Sakatonchee received three battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 2,255 t.(fl)
Length 220' 6"
Speed 10 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 1,350 DWT
Oil 12,100 Bbls
Diesel 200 Bbls
one Fairbanks Morse Diesel direct drive engine
three Diesel-drive 40Kw, 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 800shp
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||USS Sakatonchee (AOG-19) returning to San Francisco in January 1946. Note the homeward-bound pennant flying from the foremast.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 78587
USS Sakatonchee (AOG-19)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Steinmetz, Frederick Claus||17 January 1944 - 20 September 1945|
|02||LT. Torrey, Richard Michael||20 September 1945 - 29 March 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
Last Updated 28 June 2013
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