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USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283)
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USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92) (1945 - 1969)
USS Wyandot (AKA-92) (1945 - 1969)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Golf - Romeo
NLGR
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 29 March 1945)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal (19 Jan to 18 Feb 1970)


Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1192), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Wyandot (AKA-92), 30 September 1944, CDR. Ezra G. Howard in command
  • During World War II USS Wyandot was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO. J.B. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Eight, CAPT. C.L. Andrews Jr. USN (19) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 29 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Wyandot was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    21 November to 8 December 1954
    15 June to 2 July 1955

  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Reinstated on the Naval Register in 1961
  • Recommissioned in November 1961
  • Decommissioned in March 1963, and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92)
  • Designation changed to Cargo Ship (T-AK-283), date unknown
  • Placed out of service, 31 October 1975
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 3 May 1976, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 November 1987, to Nissho Iwai Corp. of Japan, scrapping accomplished in Taiwan
  • USS Wyandot (AKA-92) was awarded one battle star for her World War II service
    AKA Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,900 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 330
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,145 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft.,
    Armament
    one 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Boats
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 11.190 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Combustion Engineering boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    USS Wyandot (AKA-92)
    Wyandot 346k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) underway at New York City, date unknown. William MacDowell
    Wyandot 27k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) underway, date and location unknown William MacDowell
    Wyandot 204k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) passing through the Panama Canal, date unknown. William Tribble
    Wyandot 296k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) underway, date and location unknown David Buell
    USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92)
    Wyandot 88k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) moored pierside while in MSTS service between 1963 and 1975, location unknown. Note she retains the lattice radar mast fitted to the later Moore-built units.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # Unknown
    Mike Green
    USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283)
    Wyandot 123k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) at Hallet Station Antarctica in 1964 during Operation Deep Freeze
    MSC Sealift Magazine
    US Navy photo
    Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    Maumee 1387k Ships anchored in Winter Quarters Bay, Antarctica, 13 February 1971. From (L-R);
    inboard USNS Maumee (T-AO-149),
    outboard USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278),
    inboard USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92),
    outboard USCGC Burton Island(WAGB-283),
    and across the bay, the New Zealand supply ship HMNZS Endeavour (A-184).
    US Navy photo [negative] No. XAM-120263-2-71 by PH2 Sterling.
    Robert Hurst
    Wyandot 78k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) probably at Antarctica, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Wyandot 63k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) moored pierside at Yokohama, Japan, 19 January 1974 Photo Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Wyandot 47k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) at anchor off Easter Island, circa 1966-73.
    Photo from NOAA Photo Library
    Ramon Jackson

    USS Wyandot (AKA-92) / USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92 / T-AK-283)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Howard, Ezra Gleeson30 September 1944 - 24 November 1944
    02LCDR. Alderman, Robert Barber, USN (27)24 November 1944 - ?
    04CAPT. McCombs, Charles Edward :RADMApril 1946 - May 1947
    08CAPT. Stillman, Carl FrederickJanuary 1953 - July 1954
    09CAPT. Moore, JohnJuly 1954 - July 1955
    10CAPT. Williamson, LindseyJuly 1955 - 1956
    13CAPT. Irving, Ronald Karl17 August 1958 - 25 July 1959
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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