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USS Panamint (AGC-13)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - India
NWDI
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, 1 September 1943, as SS Northern Light, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1354) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 9 November 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 29 February 1944
  • Converted to a general communications vessel at Todd-Hoboken Yard, Hoboken, N.J.
  • Commissioned Amphibious Command Ship USS Panamint (AGC-13), 14 October 1944, CAPT. E. E. Woods in command
  • During World War II USS Panamint was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 15 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Panamint was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 to 20 September 1945 
    15 November 1945 to 24 February 1946 
    25 February to 8 March 194625 February to 8 March 1946

  • Decommissioned in January 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Struck for the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Final Disposition approved for disposal, 4 November 1960, scrapped in 1961
  • USS Panamint received one battle star for World War II service.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,240 t.(lt) 12,690 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 54
    Enlisted 579
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 22,650 Bbls
    Diesel 700 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears Ship's Service Generators
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Panamint 122k USS Panamint (AGC-13) underway in the East River, New York, N.Y., 15 October 1944. One day after being placed in full commission at Todd-Hoboken Yard, Hoboken, N.J.
    US Navy photo
    Russ Padden
    Panamint 148k USS Panamint (AGC-13) underway in the East River, New York, N.Y., after being placed in full commission at Todd-Hoboken Yard, Hoboken, N.J.
    US Navy photo
    Russ Padden
    Panamint 84k Stern view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) underway in San Francisco Bay, 28 December 1944. Panamint was in overhaul at Mare Island from 22 November 1944 to 2 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8026-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Panamint 96k Broadside view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) underway in San Francisco Bay, 28 December 1944, while undergoing bay trials.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8028-44, a US National Archives RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-87327 from the US Navy Bureau of Ships.
    Darryl Baker and Robert Hurst
    Panamint 103k USS Panamint (AGC-13) underway in San Francisco Bay, 28 December 1944, while undergoing bay trials.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM. photo # 19-N-94903, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Robert Hurst
    Panamint 86k Bow on view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) underway in San Francisco Bay, 28 December 1944, while undergoing bay trials.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8031-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Panamint 115k Forward plan view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 30 December 1944, while undergoing bay trials.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8070-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Panamint 110k Aft plan view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 30 December 1944, while undergoing bay trials.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8073-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Panamint 73k USS Panamint (AGC-13) battles heavy seas in the Northern Pacific, late summer 1945. Dave Anthony RT2/c, USS Panamint
    Panamint 76k Three Japanese emissaries surrender to Admiral Fletcher's North Pacific Force off Hokkaido and northern Honshu aboard one of USS Panamint (AGC-13) boats, September 1945. Dave Anthony RT2/c, USS Panamint
    Panamint 107k USS Panamint (AGC-13) at anchor in Mutsu Bay, Northern Honshu, Japan, 15 September 1945 after accepting the surrender of Japanese forces in Northern Japan.
    US Navy photo
    Russ Padden
    Panamint 51k USS Panamint (AGC-13), at Juneau, Alaska, 27 October 1945 for Navy Day celebrations.
    Photo by Amy Lou Blood
    Dave Anthony RT2/c, USS Panamint
    Panamint 51k USS Panamint (AGC-13), at Juneau, Alaska, 27 October 1945 for Navy Day celebrations.
    Photo by Amy Lou Blood
    Dave Anthony RT2/c, USS Panamint
    Panamint 85k USS Panamint (AGC-13), at Sasebo, Japan, 19 December 1945. Courtesy Bob Ochs, submitted by the National Association of
    USS LCS(L) 1-130
    Panamint 209k Bow view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) at Mare Island Navy Yard on April 29, 1946.
    File name: AGC 13 1663-46, Navy Photo, 4/29/46
    Darryl Baker
    Panamint 352k Midships looking aft view of USS Panamint (AGC-13) at Mare Island Navy Yard on April 29, 1946.
    File name: AGC 13 1666-46, Navy Photo, 4/29/46
    Darryl Baker
    Panamint 85k USS Panamint (AGC-13), heading down San Francisco Bay from Mare Island Naval Shipyard and out to sea for yard trials, May 1946. Dave Anthony RT2/c, USS Panamint

    USS Panamint (AGC-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Woods, Edwin Elmore. :RADM14 October 1944 - 10 August 1945
    02CAPT. Ammon, William Bronley10 August 1945 - 1946
    03CDR. McAuliffe, John Bernard1946 - January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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