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USS Tanner (AGS-15)
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USS Pamina (AKA-34) (1945 - 1946)

Tanner International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Alpha - Zulu
NCAZ
Pamina International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Uniform - Kilo
NKUK
Tanner (AGS-15) Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Citation
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Vietnam Service Medal (2)- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal

Pamina (AKA-34) 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)


Artemis Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (S4-SE2-BE1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1895) at Welsh-Kaiser Co. Providence. R.I.
  • Launched, 5 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Pamina (AKA-34), 10 February 1945, LCDR. E. P. Teague USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Pamina was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Twenty-One, COMO. J.R. Palmer USN (13);
    TransDiv Sixty-Two, CAPT. H.E. Paddock USN (15) and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 19 May 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    2 to 10 September 1945
    19 September to 13 October 1945

  • Reclassified a Survey Ship and renamed, USS Tanner (AGS-15), 15 May 1946
  • During the Vietnam War USS Tanner participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase III
    17 October to 16 November 1967
    3 to 24 December 1967
    Tet Counteroffensive
    10 February to 6 March 1968

  • Decommissioned, 14 July 1969, at Bremerton, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1969
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 1 August 1970
  • USS Pamina received one battle star for World War II service
  • USS Tanner received two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    AKA Specifications:
    Displacement 4,087 t.(lt) 7,080 t(fl)
    Length 426'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 16' (lim)
    Speed 16.9 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 27
    Enlisted 276
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo capacity 980 DWT
    non-refrigerated 110,000 Cu. ft.
    Boats
    one LCP(L)
    twelve LCVPs
    two LCMs
    Troop Capacity 264
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,540 Bbls
    Diesel 365 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Westinghouse turbo-electric engines
    two Wickes boilers, 450psi 750°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 100Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 150Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 450V A.C.
    twin propellers, 6,000shp.

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    USS Pamina (AKA-34)
    Tanner 34k USS Pamina (AKA-34) underway, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Tanner 70k USS Pamina (AKA-34) arriving at San Francisco in late 1945 or early 1946 on a Magic Carpet voyage bringing servicemen home from the western Pacific.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # 78581.
    Mike Green
    USS Tanner (AGS-15)
    Tr yon 153k
    Namesake

    Zera Luther Tanner—born on 5 December 1835 in Warsaw, N.Y.—was appointed acting Ensign on 18 August 1862. During the Civil War, he served in the bark USS Midnight and supply ship USS Rhode Island. On 1 December 1864, when the latter captured British paddle wheel steamer Vixen, he was placed in command of her prize crew; and, on 13 January 1865, he led the group of boats from Rhode Island which landed at Fort Fisher. During the ensuing decades, while serving on many ships and shore stations, Tanner became a pioneer in and an authority on hydrography. He invented the Tanner sounding machine and is remembered for his book, “Deep Sea Exploration”, as well as for many articles expanding man's knowledge of the sea. Promoted to captain and retired on 29 June 1906, Tanner died at Washington, D.C., on 16 December 1906.
    Bill Gonyo
    Tanner 37k USS Tanner (AGS-15) at anchor off San Salvador, circa 1953 Terry D. Gann USS Tanner
    Tanner 61k USS Tanner (AGS-15) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
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    Maury 295k USS Tanner (AGS-15) moored at Genoa, Italy, 8 September 1956. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Tanner 1225k Stern view of USS Tanner (AGS-15) moored at Genoa, Italy, 31 March 1957. Photos by Carol Martinelli
    Tanner 1416k
    Tanner 56k USS Tanner (AGS-15) underway, circa 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Tanner 550k USS Tanner (AGS-15) moored inboard of USS Sheldrake (AGS-19) at Genoa, Italy, 1 February 1965. Photo by Carol Martinelli
    Tanner 52k USS Tanner (AGS-15) underway, circa late 1966-early 1967, location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Terry D. Gann USS Tanner, courtesy Daniel Bittleston USS Tanner
    Tanner 66k USS Tanner (AGS-15) moored pierside at Pearl Harbor, May 1968 ©Richard Leonhardt
    Tanner 361k USS Tanner (AGS-15) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy Destroyer Escort Historical Museum.
    Tim Rizzuto/Ed Zajkowski
    Tanner 358k


    For more photos and information about USS Pamina / USS Tanner, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • USS Tanner (AGS-15)
  • Navy Survey Ships (AGS) Designator Listing
  • Commanding Officers

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

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