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USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100)

International Radio Call sign:
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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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp)
Third Row - Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (2)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon, Cuba, Dominican Republic) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 26 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull, under Maritime Commission (MC hull 222) contract, at Federal Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. Kearny, N.J.
  • Launched, 15 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100), 6 June 1945, at New York Naval Shipyard, Brooklyn N.Y., CAPT. James Campbell, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS), 1946
  • Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 1 October 1949
  • During the Korean War USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    18 to 21 July 1950
    18 September to 1 November 1950
    Inchon Landing
    15 to 17 September 1950

  • Prior to and following the Korean War USS Oglethorpe was assigned to Occupation service for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    Asia - 12 to 18 April 1950
    Europe - 14 September 1951 to 29 January 1952
    Europe - 21 September 1954 to 18 January 1955

  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1968
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 26 June 1969, at Portsmouth, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 June 1969, to Peck Iron & Metal, delivered, 14 July 1969
  • USS Oglethorpe received two battle stars for Korean service
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,900 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 387
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,900 DWT
    non-refrigerated 440,000 Cu. ft
    one 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eighteen single 20mm AA gun mounts
    eight LCMs
    one LCP(L)
    fifteen LCVPs
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 11.190 Bbls
    one General Electric steam turbine
    two Foster and Wheeler D-type 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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    Oglethorpe 14k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Oglethorpe 35k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Oglethorpe 209k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) underway, date and location unknown. .
    Oglethorpe 91k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) moored pierside at Boston Naval Shipyard, August 1960 © Richard Leonhardt
    Oglethorpe 58k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) drydocked at Boston Naval Shipyard, date unknown. Jim Devin
    Oglethorpe 42k
    Oglethorpe 51k
    Oglethorpe 52k
    Oglethorpe 42k
    Oglethorpe 54k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) moored pierside at Norfolk Naval Station, date unknown. Jim Devin
    Oglethorpe 180k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) underway off of NOB Norfolk, July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Mountrail 284k From left to right; USS De Soto County (LST-1177), USS Mountrail (APA-213) and USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) moored at Genoa, Italy, 31 December 1967. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Oglethorpe 663k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) moored at Genoa, Italy, 31 December 1967 between USS Mountrail (APA-213) and USS Chilton (APA-38) Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Oglethorpe 27k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Oglethorpe 146k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from 1967-68 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Tommy Trampp
    Oglethorpe 93k USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100) plaque Tommy Trampp

    USS Oglethorpe
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Campbell, James C.6 June 1945 - 22 September 1945
    02CDR. Gilbert, Mark L.1 April 1946 - 1 July 1948
    03CAPT. Copeman, Thomas Henry1 July 1948 - 31 July 1949
    04CAPT. Agnew, Henry Follin31 July 1949 - 31 July 1950
    05CAPT. Heerbrandt, Paul Frederick31 July 1950 - 28 February 1952
    06CAPT. Stich, Francis Stephen28 February 1952 - 1 December 1952
    07CAPT. Gillette, Ralph Gorton1 December 1952 - 30 November 1953
    08CAPT. Hood, Alexander Haldeman30 November 1953 - 30 April 1955
    09CAPT. Hutchings, Charles Slack :RADM30 April 1955 - 30 July 1956
    10CAPT. Winston, Philip Wallace30 July 1956 - 19 September 1957
    11CAPT. Middleton Jr., John Robert, USN (USNA 1935)19 September 1957 - 30 September 1958
    12CAPT. Flenniken Jr., B.30 September 1958 - 31 August 1959
    13CAPT. Scott, Albert Peter31 August 1959 - 30 September 1960
    14CAPT. Kalen, Robert Lawrence30 September 1960 - 31 July 1961
    15CAPT. Berndtson, Arthur Henry31 July 1961 - 31 July 1962
    16CAPT. Beers Sr., Charles Joseph31 July 1962 - 20 August 1963
    17CAPT. Scheer, William Wood20 August 1963 - 31 July 1964
    18CAPT. Heishman, Jack Charles31 July 1964 - 31 July 1965
    19CAPT. Gastrock, Martin Deckard31 July 1965 - 30 June 1966
    20CAPT. Stafford, Carlos Boyar30 June 1966 - 30 September 1967
    21CAPT. Tollefson, Leif (Swede)30 September 1967 - 1 November 1968
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Oglethorpe (AKA-100)
    Bangor Public Library - Digital Commons - Log of the USS Oglethorpe
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