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USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Delta - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Second Row - Korea Service Medal (1) - United Nations Korea Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79) was transferred to South Korea and renamed ROKS Jinyang (AOE-56)
Rincon Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 3 May 1945 as MT Tavispan as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-BT2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 2647) at Todd Shipyards Inc, Houston TX.
  • Launched, 9 August 1945, as MT Raccoon Bend
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 28 November 1945
  • Laid up by the Maritime Commission at Todd Shipyards, Houston Inc., Houston, TX. in April 1946
  • Acquired by the US Navy 14 August 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 18 August 1950
  • Placed in service as USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79); 11 September 1950
  • During the Korean War USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79) participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter, 3 January to 10 March 1952
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Transferred, leased to South Korea, 2 February 1982, under terms of the Security Assistance Program; Renamed ROKS Jinyang (AOE-56)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 29 August 1997
  • USNS Petaluma earned one battle star for Korean War service
  • Final Disposition, sold under the Security Assistance Program, 13 April 2000, for overseas scrapping
    Displacement 2,100 t.(lt) 6.047 t.(fl)
    Length 325'
    Beam 48'
    Draft 19'
    Speed 10kts
    Compliment 28
    Armament none
    four GE Diesel electric engines
    twin shafts, 3,300hp

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    Petaluma 176k USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "MSC Sealift Magazine"
    Carl R Friberg Jr
    Petaluma 64k USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Petaluma (T-AOG-79)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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