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USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Whiskey - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 28 May to 8 July 1945, Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Sequatchie Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 7 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1801) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 30 July 1944
Delivered to the US Navy, 30 September 1944
Commissioned USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38), 6 October 1944, LT. Wesley. G. Peyton, USNR in command.
During World War II USS Ponchatoula was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
Decommissioned, 24 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 May 1946
USS Ponchatoula earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 December 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Sold to Sun Oil Co., Philadelphia PA., 6 May 1948, renamed MT Mystic Sun
Sold to Frank Atmanchuk, 15 May 1969, converted to a barge
Sold to Frank's Marine Service, New York, N.Y. in June 1969, name retained
Final Disposition, sold, 6 May 1948, fate unknown
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 May to 30 June 1945
Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
Length 220' 6"
Draft 13' 1"
Speed 10 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
three single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
Oil 12,100 Bbls
Diesel 200 Bbls
Fairbanks-Morse Diesel 37E16 direct drive
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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|USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38)
||USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
|Barry Litchfield courtesy Adam Schneider Y1/c USS Ponchatoula
| Merchant Service
Sun Oil Co.
||Ex-USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38) under way while in Sun Oil Company service as MT Mystic Sun, circa 1947-1969.
Photo by James E. Reynolds, Fairhaven, MA.
USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Peyton, Wesley George, USNR||6 October 1944 - 5 November 1945|
|02||LT. Bertelsen, George W., USNR||5 November 1945 - 22 March 1946|
|03||LT. Ruspino, William J., USNR||22 March 1946 - 24 April 1946
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 7 September 2018
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