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USS Wabash (AOR-5)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Joint Meritorious Unit Award - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (2) - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4)
Second Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (2-Iran/Indian Ocean) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Persian Gulf, 1-Op., 1-Restore Hope, Somalia)
Third Row - Vietnam Service Medal (1) - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Humanitarian Service Medal (3)


Wichita Class Replenishment Oiler:
  • Laid down, 1 January 1970, at General Dynamics Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Launched, 1 February 1971
  • Commissioned USS Wabash (AOR-5), 20 November 1971, CAPT. Robert P. Chrisler USN in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Wabash (AOR-5) participated in the following campaign:

    Vietnam War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    9 to 27 December 1972
    3 to 12 January 1973
    21 January to 14 February 1973
    21 to 25 February 1973
    25 to 28 March 1973
  • Decommissioned, 30 September 1994
  • Removed from Long Beach Naval Shipyard under tow to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benica, CA.
  • Arrived, Suisun Bay, 2 October 1994, for lay up Row G Berth 10
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 April 1997
  • USS Wabash earned one campaign star for Vietnam War service
  • Permanent Title transfer to MARAD, 23 December 1997
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 October 2012, for $2,026,726, to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX. (MA 14149)
  • Removed to Mare Island for cleaning, 14 November 2012
  • Removed from Mare Island, 3 December 2012 under tow by M/V Bario Brusco
  • Arrived, 24 January 2013, at ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 14,048 t.(lt) 39,790 t.(fl)
    Length 659'
    Beam 96'
    Draft 37' (max.)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 463
    Armament
    two Phalanx Close-In-Weapons System (CIWS)
    Sparrow Missile System (NSSMS)
    Aircraft two CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters
    Propulsion
    two steam turbines
    three boilers
    twin propellers, 32,000shp

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    Wabash 138k USS Wabash (AOR-5) Welcome Aboard pamphlet cover. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wabash 42k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Dennis Schrock, USN Retired Atoka, OK.
    Wabash 146k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wabash 266k Overhead view of USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway, circa 1970s, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wabash 135k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Wabash 81k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in the Pacific Ocean, circa February-March 1979. Photo by Ken Moss EN3 Staff CTF-76
    Wabash 90k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) in the Pacific Ocean, circa February-March 1979. Photo by Ken Moss EN3 Staff CTF-76
    CVN-65, CV-43, CV-34
    157k Aerial view of NAS Alameda piers, circa July-August 1975. Ships present include from left to right:
    USS Enterprise (CVN-65),
    USS Coral Sea (CV-43),
    USS Kansas City (AOR-3),
    USS Wabash (AOR-5), and
    USS Oriskany (CV-34)
    US Navy photo from the Naval Photographic Center, Washington, D.C.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Wabash 2294k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) with USS Chandler (DDG-996), 15 October 1983, in the Pacific Ocean.
    DVIC photo # DN-SC-85-07299 by PH3 C. Yerbba, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Robert M. Cieri
    Duncan 295k USS Wabash (AOR-5) conducting an underway replenishment of USS Duncan (FFG-10) while at sea, 16 October 1984.
    DVIC photo # DNSC8601957 by PH3 O'Sullivan.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Duncan 192k Starboard bow view of USS Wabash (AOR-5) (center) conducting an underway replenishment of USS Duncan (FFG-10) (left) and the Australian frigate HMAS Darwin (F-04) (right), 16 October 1984: at sea.
    DVIC photo # DNSC8601956 by PH3 O'Sullivan
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Wabash 961k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Wendell Royce McLaughlin Jr
    Wabash 93k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Wabash 127k USS Wabash (AOR-5) underway date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    MARAD Suisun Bay Group Reserve Fleet
    Wabash 283k Ex-USS Wabash (AOR-5) laid up in reserve in the Maritime Administration National Defense Reserve Fleet Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
    US Maritime Administration photos
    Ron Reeves
    Wabash 181k
    Wabash 398k Ex-USS Wabash (AOR-5) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco while under tow and outbound to Brownsville, TX. for scrapping by ESCO Marine, 3 December 2012.
    Photo by Mike McCullough.
    Ron Reeves


    For more photos and information about USS Wabash, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Data Base
  • USS Wabash AOR-5
  • Commanding Officers

  • Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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