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USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4)
USAT Wabash (Y-484) (1947 - 1950)
USS Wabash (AOG-4) (1943 - 1946)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - November - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 30 June 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 28 October 1942
  • Commissioned USS Wabash (AOG-4), 10 May 1943, LT. James F. Ardagh, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Wabash was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 2 to 18 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 April to 30 June 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 September to 28 October 194528 November 1945 to 28 April 1946
     6 May to 29 June 1946
  • Decommissioned, 29 July 1946, at Tsingtao, China
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
  • Transferred to the Army Transportation Service in 1947, Commissioned, USAT Wabash (Y-484)
  • Returned to the US Navy, 1 July 1950
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4)
  • During the Korean War USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    6 to 30 April 1952
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 to 10 May 1952
  • Placed out of service, 10 September 1957
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 May 1958
  • USS Wabash earned two battle stars for World War II service and two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 8 May 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., Redesignated MARAD Fleet Craft FB-65
  • Final Disposition, contract awarded to Marine Metals, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping, 22 June 2005, dismantling completed at Brownsville, 27 January 2006
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 131
    Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
    four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,210 DWT
    Oil 1,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 667,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 BBls
    four General Motors 16-278A Diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 3,300shp

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    USS Wabash (AOG-4)
    Wabash 46k USS Wabash (AOG-4) at Kodiak, July 1943.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-7989 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Wabash 57k USS Wabash (AOG-4) in camouflage, at anchor, date and location unknown. Photograph received by the Bureau of Ships in November 1944.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM photo # Photo No. 19-N-75175 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    LSM-277 99k USS Wabash (AOG-4) at anchor in the background as USS LSM-277 enters or exits the well deck of USS Oak Hill (LSD-7), at Hagushi, Okinawa, date unknown USS LSM / LSMR Association
    Wabash 203k USS Wabash (AOG-4) crosses astern of USS Oak Hill (LSD-7) after delivering diesel fuel to her, at Hagushi, Okinawa, 18 May 1945.
    US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-323373, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    Mike Green
    USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4)
    Wabash 104k USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4) moored, circa 1950 to 1957, location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Wabash 95k Ex-USNS Wabash (T-AOG-4) leaving the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, 7 September 2005, while enroute to Marine Metals, Brownsville, TX. for scrapping Ron Reeves
    Wabash 73k
    Wabash 100k

    USS Wabash (AOG-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ardagh, James Francis USNR10 May 1943 - 15 February 1945
    02LT. Verge, George Edward, USNR15 February 1945 - 1 June 1945
    03LT. Micklethwait, Homer Jones, USNR1 June 1945 - 21 December 1945
    04LT. McKay, James or John, USNR21 December 1945 - 19 February 1946
    05LT. Paolozzi, John, USN19 February 1946 - 29 July 1946
     Decommissioned29 July 1946 - 1 June 1950
    06CDR. Merritt, Clinton Jerome (MSC?)1954 - June 1955
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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