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USS Wildcat (AW-2)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Kilo - Whiskey
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:
Projected as SS Leon Godchaux a Maritime Commission type (Z-ET1-S-C3) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1934)
Reallocated to the Navy before construction began
Renamed Wildcat and designated IX-130, 27 October 1943
Laid down, 16 November 1943, at Delta Shipbuilding Co., New Orleans, LA.
Launched, 7 January 1944
Reclassified Distilling Ship AW-2, 4 February 1944
Commissioned, USS Wildcat (AW-2), 17 February 1944, at New Orleans, LA.
Decommissioned, 10 April 1944, at Tampa FL. for conversion to a Distilling Ship at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
Recommissioned, 15 October 1944, at Key West FL. LCDR. George H. Burrows, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Wildcat was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
USS Wildcat (AW-2) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
Decommissioned, 17 January 1947 and returned to the War Shipping Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Moved by USMC tugs to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., 15 May 1947
Struck from the Naval Register, 10 June 1947
Name reverted to SS Leon Godchaux in June 1965
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 January 1968 to Zidell Explorations, Inc., Portland, OR. for $182,005.00 (PD-X-791 dated 9 January 1968), removed, 19 February 1968
Displacement 3,745 t.(lt) 14,600 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Troop Accommodations 178
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,450 DWT
Fresh water 33,600 Bbls
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
NSFO 17,235 Bbls
Diesel 600 Bbls
one Iron Fireman triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
two Diesel-drive 60Kw 450V A.C.
single propeller, 2,500 shp
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||USS Wildcat (AW-2) underway, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
||Ex-USS Wildcat (AW-2) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
USS Wildcat (AW-2)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Burrows, George Harrison, USNR||17 February 1944 - 10 April 1944|
| ||Decommissioned||10 April 1944 - 15 October 1944|
|02||LCDR. Burrows, George Harrison, USNR||15 October 1944 - 16 August 1945|
|03||LCDR. Newton, Robert Newbold, USNR||16 August 1945 - 13 September 1946|
|04||LCDR. Gamage, Elwyn H., USNR||13 September 1946 - 17 January 1947|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 19 February 2016
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