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USNS Ontonagon (T-AOG-36)
USAT Ontonagon (1946 - 1950)
USS Ontonagon (AOG-36) (1944 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

USS Ontonagon (AOG-36) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Sequatchie Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 10 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC-1799), at East Coast Shipyard Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 14 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Ontonagon (AOG-36), 21 September 1944, LT. Ralph S. Logan, USCG, in command
  • During World War II Ontonagon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 to 30 1945

  • Following World War II USS Ontonagon was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September 1945 to 15 January 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 February 1946, at Mangle, P.I
  • Custody transferred to the US Army Transportation Service (USATS)
  • Commissioned USAT Ontonagon
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Decommissioned by USATS and returned to Naval custody, 1 July 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS)
  • Placed in service as USNS Ontonagon (T-AOG-36) in 1952
  • Placed out of service in June 1954
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 14 December 1954
  • Placed in service by MSTS, 26 April 1956
  • Placed out of service, 25 September 1956, and Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1957
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1964, to National Metals & Steel Corp. for $18,500.00, (PD-X-63 dated 11 December 1963). Withdrawn from the reserve fleet, 22 January 1964
  • USS Ontonagon earned one battle star for service in WWII
    Displacement 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
    Oil 12,100 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls
    Fairbanks-Morse 37E16 direct drive Diesel engine
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp

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    Ontonagon 108k USS Ontonagon (AOG-36) underway near the Norfolk Navy Yard, 5 November 1944, three weeks after reporting for duty at New York. She is carrying what became the standard armament for this class: one 3"/50 aft, two 40mm singles abreast amidships, one 20mm on the catwalk behind them and two on the bridge wings.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-78015, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green and Stan Svec
    Ontonagon 126k USS Ontonagon (AOG-36) near the Norfolk Navy Yard, 5 November 1944, three weeks after reporting for duty at New York. She wears camouflage measure 32 design 16D.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-78017, courtesy
    Robert Hurst

    USS Ontonagon (AOG-36)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Logan, Ralph Samuel, USCG21 September 1944 - 27 February 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Ontonagon AOG-36
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