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USS Pasig (AW-3)


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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (5) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Pasig Class Distilling Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 May 1944, as SS Mission San Xavier, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 1826) at Marinship Corp, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 3 July 1944
  • Redesigned a Distilling Ship, 24 August 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, date unknown
  • Converted for Naval Service at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Pasig (AW-3), 11 December 1944, LCDR. Clarke M. Williams, USN, in command
  • Decommissioned in February 1947
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 1 January 1948, without reactivation of her armament
  • Decommissioned, 23 June 1948, and returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 15 March 1951
  • During the Korean War USS Pasig (AW-3) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    17 to 19 May 1951
    1 to 7 and 15 to 18 June 1951
    29 June to 6 July 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 8 and 19 to 21 May 1952
    1 to 4 and 9 to 21 June 1952
    30 June to 4 July 1952
    11 to 12 and 19 to 21 July 1952
    1 to 5, 9 to 12 and 20 to 21 August 1952
    1 to 4, 7 to 12, 19 to 22, and 30 September 1952
    1 to 2, 9 to 13, 18 to 19 October 1952
    1 to 3, 9 to12, and 19 to 21 November 1952
    1 to 3 December 1952
    31 March to 3 April 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    15 to 19 July 1951
    27 July to 3 August 1951
    22 to 28 August 1951
    3 and 14 to 21 September 1951
    1 to 7 and 15 to 20 October 1951
    15 to 20 November 1951
    Korean, Summer-Fall 1953
    25 to 27 July 1953
    Second Korean Winter
    1 to 6 and 15 to 22 December 1951
    1to 7 and 15 to 20 January 1952
    1 to 6 and 19 to 22 February 1952
    1 to 8 and 20 to 22 March 1952
    1 to 7 and 20 to 26 April 1952
     

  • Decommissioned, 15 June 1955
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 4 March 1960
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • USS Pasig earned five battle stars for her service during the Korean War
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 4 March 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Towed to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 29 June 1972
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 October 1975, (PD-X-1000) to Levin Metals Corp. for $1,500.000. Delivered, 12 November 1975
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,640 t.(lt) 23,350 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement 265
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    four 40mm AA gun mounts
    Propulsion
    turbo-electric
    single propeller 3,000shp

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    Pasig 102k USS Pasig (AW-3) crew at quarters for the commissioning ceremonies of the ship at Mare Island, 11 December 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7641-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Pasig 532k Overhead aft plan view of USS Pasig (AW-3) moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 January 1945, a few weeks after commissioning.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-LCM-77867, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 258k Amid ships plan view of USS Pasig (AW-3) moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 January 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-LCM-77865, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 438k Amid ships plan view looking aft of USS Pasig (AW-3) moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 January 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-LCM-77866, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 456k Overhead forward plan view of USS Pasig (AW-3) moored pierside at Mare Island Navy Yard, 6 January 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-LCM-77864, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 163k Bows on view of USS Pasig (AW-3) under way, probably, 7 January 1945, in San Francisco Bay.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-AW3-3, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 189k USS Pasig (AW-3) under way near Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 January 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 85k USS Pasig (AW-3) under way near Mare Island Navy Yard, 7 January 1945. The tall structure amidships is a 160-ton capacity crane for lifting LCT's on and off the decks of LST's at advanced bases. Pasig wears camouflage scheme measure 32/7AO in this photo.
    US Navy photo # unknown from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 69k Broadside port view of USS Pasig (AW-3) under way in San Francisco Bay, 7 January 1945.
    US Navy Yard Mare Island photo now in the collections of NARA San Francisco.
    Tracy White
    Pasig 219k Broadside port view of USS Pasig (AW-3) under way, probably, 7 January 1945, in San Francisco Bay.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-AW3-1, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 197k 135° off centerline view of USS Pasig (AW-3) under way in San Francisco Bay, 7 January 1945.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-LCM-77861 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Tracy White and Robert Hurst
    Pasig 216k Stern view of USS Pasig (AW-3) under way, probably, 7 January 1945, in San Francisco Bay.
    US National Archives Photo # 19-AW3-2, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 138k USS Pasig (AW-3) under way, probably in 1948, with her armament in "mothballs." Pasig was placed in commission for a short time, between January and June 1948 without reactivation of her armament.
    US Naval Historical Center Photo # NH 83321 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Pasig 53k USS Pasig (AW-3) underway, possibly between January and June 1948 when she was recommissioned without reactivation of her armament. Derick S. Hartshorn
    Pasig 108k USS Pasig (AW-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. Note crew over the side painting the hull. Harry Hobbs USS Pasig May 1952 - October 1953
    Pasig 52k Starboard mid-ships view of USS Pasig (AW-3) at anchor, date and location unknown. Harry Hobbs USS Pasig May 1952 - October 1953
    Pasig 45k USS Pasig (AW-3) motor whale boat # 1 being lifted from the water to the main deck, circa May 1952 to October 1953, location unknown. Harry Hobbs USS Pasig May 1952 - October 1953
    Pasig 58k USS Pasig (AW-3) extending the A-frame, in Haiphong Harbor, Vietnam, October 1954 Bob Dorsey FT3 USS Pasig
    Pasig 63k USS Pasig (AW-3) extended the A-frame for lift, in Haiphong Harbor, Vietnam, October 1954 with an unidentified YW/YO alongside. Bob Dorsey FT3 USS Pasig
    Pasig 52k Bob Dorsey in MT. 32 gun tub aboard USS Pasig (AW-3) in Haiphong Harbor, Vietnam, October 1954. Bob Dorsey FT3 USS Pasig
    Pasig 81k USS Pasig (AW-3) underway off the coast of Vietnam after leaving Haiphong Harbor to ride out a Typhoon, November 1954 Photo by Bob Dorsey FT3 USS Pasig

    USS Pasig (AO-91 / AW-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Williams, Clarke M., USN11 December 1944 - 14 December 1945
    02LT. Kennedy, David James, USNR14 December 1945 - 19 February 1946
    03CDR. Timmers, Henry P., USNR19 February 1946 - 10 August 1946
    04LCDR. Berrey, Julius Max, USNR10 August 1946 - February 1947
     DecommissionedFebruary 1947 - 1 January 1948
    05LCDR. Barckmann, Walter H., USNR1 January 1948 - 23 June 1948
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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