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USS Namakagon (AOG-53)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal

HMNZS Endeavour (A-184)
Qualified for the US Navy Antarctic Service Medal although never authorized by the government of New Zealand

USS Namakagon (AOG-53) was loaned to New Zealand, renamed HMNZS Endeavour (A-184)
returned to US custody and transferred to Taiwan, renamed ROCS Lung Chuan (AOG-507)

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 1 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Cargill Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 4 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Namakagon (AOG-53), 18 June 1945, LTjg. Milton R. High in command
  • During World War II USS Namakagon was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Namakagon was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    21 September to 5 December 194528 September to 1 October 1954
    23 July to 9 August 194616 to 19 December 1954

  • Decommissioned, 20 September 1957, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Custody transferred to Commandant, 12th Naval District, 27 June 1962, for activation and transferred, under the Military Aid Program, to New Zealand, 5 October 1962
  • Commissioned HMNZS Endeavour (A-184), an Antarctic supply ship
  • Decommissioned and returned to US custody in 1971
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 April 1976
  • Transferred under the Security Assistance Program to Taiwan, 1 May 1976, renamed Lung Chuan (AOG-507)
  • ROCS Lung Chuan (AOG-507) was decommissioned, 1 April 2005, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown.
    Displacement 1,841 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers - 8
    Enlisted - 115
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacities
    NSFO - 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline - 410,500 Gals
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve 20mm guns, reduced to three 3:/50s and no 20mm
    Cargo Capacity 2,210 DWT
    Fuel Capacity Diesel - 2,240 Bbls
    four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gear
    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 Namakagon (AOG-53)
    Namakogon 408k USS Namakagon (AOG-53) being towed through Mississippi i River Lock No. 15 by the towboat James W. Good of Inland Waterways, 25 May 1945.
    War Department , U.S. Engineer Office, Rock Island, Il. photo # 598-121.41 and 599-121.44
    John Fitzgerald, Archivist, USACE, Rock Island District
    Namakogon 421k
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-126270
    113k USS Namakagon (AOG-53) after completing an overhaul at San Pedro, CA., 5 June 1947.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo #'s 19-N-126270 and 19-N-126272 courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-126272
    Namakogon 111k USS Namakagon (AOG-53) after completing an overhaul at San Pedro, CA., 5 June 1947.
    US Navy photos.
    Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Namakogon 80k
    Namakogon 43k USS Namakagon (AOG-53) after completion of an overhaul at San Pedro, CA., 5 June 1947.
    US Navy photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst
    HMNZS Endeavour (A-184)
    Namakogon 62k Ex-USS Namakagon (AOG-53) seen here in New Zealand service as HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) moored at McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, 1966/67 season. Jim Dell Warrant Officer (Communications) Royal New Zealand Navy Retired
    Namakogon 25k HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) entering pack ice, Ross Sea, en route McMurdo Sound, 1967/68 season. Note the different placement of the Pennant Number. Jim Dell Warrant Officer (Communications) Royal New Zealand Navy Retired
    Namakogon 133k HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) under way in 1968, location unknown.
    Photo from the 1968/69 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships."
    Robert Hurst
    Namakogon 122k HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) under way, date and location unknown.
    Official New Zealand Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    167k HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) and USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) at McMurdo Station Antarctica, 5 February 1970.
    United States National Archives, Photo No. USN 1143547
    Mike Green
    Maumee 1387k Ships anchored in Winter Quarters Bay, Antarctica, 13 February 1971. From (L-R);
    inboard USNS Maumee (T-AO-149),
    outboard USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278),
    inboard USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92),
    outboard USCGC Burton Island(WAGB-283),
    and across the bay, the New Zealand supply ship HMNZS Endeavour (A-184).
    US Navy photo [negative] No. XAM-120263-2-71 by PH2 Sterling.
    Robert Hurst
    Namakogon 33k HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) with water breaking over her tank deck. Endeavour is either on her way to the Antarctic, or returning from the Antarctic, date unknown. Jim Dell Warrant Officer (Communications) Royal New Zealand Navy Retired
    Namakogon 59k HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) departing Auckland, New Zealand. This appears to be Endeavour's final departure for the United State in May 1971. Note all hands on deck, this was not the normal practice when entering or leaving port. Jim Dell Warrant Officer (Communications) Royal New Zealand Navy Retired
    ROCS Lung Chuan (A-507)
    Namakogon 24k Ex-USS Namakagon (AOG-53) seen here in Taiwanese service as ROCS Lung Chuan (AOG-507) Republic of China Navy Web Site
    Namakogon 31k ROCS Lung Chuan (AOG-507) getting under way date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Namakagon (AOG-53)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. High, Milton R., USNR18 June 1945 - 10 October 1945
    02LT. Edwards, Thomas C., USNR10 October 1945 - 11 July 1946
    03LCDR. Bartsch, Lauren Howard, USN11 July 1946 - ?
    04LCDR. Pearson, Robert Lee, USN1949
    05LT. Phalen, Robert Alvin, USN1951
    06LT. Leidholdt, Edwin Martin, USN1956 - 20 September 1957
    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
    New Zealand Antarctic Veterans Association
    HMNZS Endeavour (A-184) history entry located at NavSource
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