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USS Stag (AW-1)
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USS Stag (IX-128) (1944)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Papa
NJKP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


Stag Class Distilling Ship:
  • Laid down, 13 November 1943, as SS Norman O. Pedrick, a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1932) at Delta Shipbuilding, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, 7 January 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, and commissioned, USS Stag (IX-128), 16 February 1944, LT. Emery A. Winckler in command
  • Converted from a tanker to a water distilling ship at Tampa Shipbuilding Corp., Tampa, FL.
  • Redesignated Distilling Ship AW-1
  • During World War II USS Stag was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA. and name reverted to SS Norman O. Pedrick
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 July 1970, to Aguilar Y. Peris, S.L., Burriana, Spain
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,745 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement 171
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Propulsion
    one reciprocating steam engine
    single propeller, 2,500 shp

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    Stag 130k SSNorman O. Pedrick steams away from her builder's yard, Delta Shipbuilding Company, New Orleans, LA, upon completion, 15 February 1944. She was delivered to the Navy on the following day and placed in commission as USS Stag (IX-168). She was converted to a water distilling ship during March-August 1944 and redesignated (AW-1).
    US Navy photo # NH 75821 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Stag 60k USS Stag (AW-1) photographed circa mid-1944, probably upon completion of conversion to a water distilling ship. Note: she is painted in Camouflage Measure 32, Design 11F. The medium tones of this pattern are only faintly visible on the ship's forward and midships hull sides.
    US Navy photo # NH 85469, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1977, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Stag 100k Stag (AW-1) in port, circa mid-1944, probably upon completion of conversion to a water distilling ship. An escort ship (DE) is partially visible in the foreground.
    US Navy photo # NH 91148, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1980, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Stag 104k USS Stag (AW-1) probably photographed at Tampa, Florida, circa August 1944 upon completion of conversion.
    US National Archives Photo from (RG-19-LCM).
    Robert Hurst
    Stag 115k USS Stag (AW-1) photographed at her conversion yard, Tampa, Florida, 7 August 1944.
    US National Archive Photo # 19-N-69529 (RG-19-LCM), a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Stag (IX-128 / AW-1)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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