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USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Whiskey - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 28 May to 8 July 1945, Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Sequatchie Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 7 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1801) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 July 1944
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 30 September 1944
  • Commissioned USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38), 6 October 1944, LT. Wesley. G. Peyton, USNR in command.
  • During World War II USS Ponchatoula 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, 16 May to 30 June 1945
  • Decommissioned, 24 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 May 1946
  • USS Ponchatoula earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 9 December 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Merchant Service
    Sold to Sun Oil Co., Philadelphia PA., 6 May 1948, renamed MT Mystic Sun
    Sold to Frank Atmanchuk, 15 May 1969, converted to a barge
    Sold to Frank's Marine Service, New York, N.Y. in June 1969, name retained
    Final Disposition, sold, 6 May 1948, fate unknown

    Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 56
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
    Oil 12,100 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 200 Bbls
    Fairbanks-Morse Diesel 37E16 direct drive
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp

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    USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38)
    Ponchatoula 302k USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Barry Litchfield courtesy Adam Schneider Y1/c USS Ponchatoula
    Merchant Service Sun Oil Co.
    Ponchatoula 78k Ex-USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38) under way while in Sun Oil Company service as MT Mystic Sun, circa 1947-1969.
    Photo by James E. Reynolds, Fairhaven, MA.
    David Wright

    USS Ponchatoula (AOG-38)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Peyton, Wesley George, USNR6 October 1944 - 5 November 1945
    02LT. Bertelsen, George W., USNR5 November 1945 - 22 March 1946
    03LT. Ruspino, William J., USNR22 March 1946 - 24 April 1946
    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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