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USS Teton (AGC-14)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - Oscar
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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 - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 November 1943, as SS Water Witch, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1363) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co. Wilmington, N.C.
  • Renamed Teton, 1 February 1944
  • Launched, 5 February 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 18 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Teton (AGC-14), 18 October 1944, at Brooklyn, N.Y., CAPT. Donald R. Tallman in command
  • During World War II USS Teton 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 11 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Teton was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 to 26 September 1945
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1961
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in March 1962, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp., New York, N.Y.
  • USS Teton 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 710 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    four turbo-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Teton 79k USS Teton (AGC-14) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 January 1945. Teton was in overhaul at Mare Island from 1 December 1944 until 11 January 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 99925 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 81k Broadside view of USS Teton (AGC-14) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 January 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 99926 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 59k Bows on view of USS Teton (AGC-14) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 January 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 99927 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 58k Stern view of USS Teton (AGC-14) off Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 7 January 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 99928 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 86k Plan view forward of USS Teton (AGC-14) at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 11 January 1945. White outlines mark recent alterations to the ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 99929 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 126k USS Teton AGC-14) plan view amidships, from off the port side, at the Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 11 January 1945. White outlines mark recent alterations to the ship. Note modified LCP(L) landing craft on gravity davits forward of Teton's bridge.
    US Navy photo # NH 99930 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 90k Plan view aft of USS Teton AGC-14) taken from off the port quarter at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 11 January 1945. White outlines mark recent alterations to the ship. Note mooring line, with rat guard, in the foreground.
    US Navy photo # NH 99931 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 83k USS Teton AGC-14) as the flagship of Rear Admiral John L. Hall during the Okinawa operation. Probably photographed at an anchorage in the Ryukyu Islands, circa spring 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 99932 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 88k USS Teton AGC-14) in Subic Bay, Philippine Islands, 27 July 1945. US Catskill (LSV-1) is partially visible in the far right background. Taken from on board an LCM landing craft by PH1 R. Schuddekopf, assigned to Commander, Amphibious Group Twelve.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-6446 (Color), a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Teton 24k USS Teton (AGC-14) "at the pier in Tokyo Sometime between 16 and 25 September 1945. USS Teton was Fifth ship to enter Tokyo Bay and the only large ship to tie up to a pier in Tokyo proper. I took these pictures with a Kodak folding cameras on film that was liberated from the photo compartment on the Teton. It was large reconnaissance film that had to be cut down to fit my, as I recall, 620 size film. In the cutting it became exposed to some light which you can see caused the white portions." Art Panzini
    Photo by Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 54k USS Teton (AGC-14) pierside at Tokyo, circa 16 to 25 September 1945 Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 26k USS Teton (AGC-14) pierside at Tokyo, circa 16 to 25 September 1945 Photo By Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 23k Art Panzini on the pier at Tokyo, Japan with USS Teton (AGC-14) in the background, circa 16 to 25 September 1945 Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 37k Art Panzini standing in the USS Teton (AGC-14)'s fire control tower Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 53k Art Panzini aboard USS Teton (AGC-14) while at sea, date unknown. Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 40k Art Panzini at his 20mm gun mount aboard USS Teton. Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 70k USS Teton (AGC-14) moored pierside at the end of the Customs House Pier, Yokohama, 16 September 1945. serving as the communications ship for the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur Art Panzini, USS Teton
    Teton 377k Stern view of USS Teton (AGC-14) at Mare Island on January 30, 1946.
    File name: AGC 14 441-46, Navy Photo, 1/30/46
    Darryl Baker
    Teton 331k View of the bow area of USS Teton (AGC-14) at Mare Island on January 30, 1946.
    File name: AGC 14 443-46, Navy Photo, 1/30/46
    Darryl Baker

    USS Teton (AGC-14)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Tallman, Donald Rex18 October 1944 - 23 July 1945
    02CAPT. McGirr, William Philip23 July 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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