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USS Panay (AG-41)
USS Midway (AG-41) (1942 - 1943)

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

Precedence of awards is left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

  • Built in 1921 as SS Oritani at Todd Shipyards Corp., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Renamed SS Tyee in 1939
  • Acquired by the US Navy on a bareboat charter from the Maritime Commission from Alaska Transportation Co., Seattle, WA.
  • Commissioned USS Midway (AG-41), 10 April 1942, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA., CDR. Firman F. Knachel USNR, in command
  • Renamed USS Panay (AG-41), 3 April 1943
  • Decommissioned, 24 May 1946
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration and struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946, returned to Alaska Transportation Co, Seattle, WA.
    Displacement 1,622 t.(lt) 2,250 t.(fl)
    Length 238' 8"
    Beam 33' 8"
    Draft 16' 9"
    Speed 11.5 kts
    Officers 4
    Enlisted 82
    Troop Accommodations 300
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Armament one single 3"/23 cal gun mount
    Fuel Capacity 1,900 Bbls
    one vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch (single end) boilers, 180psi Sat°
    one turbo-drive25Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generator
    single propeller, 1,400shp

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    Merchant Service
    Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
    Photo No.'s PSMHS 2561-2
    98k SS Tyee probably shown soon after being acquired in 1939 by the Alaska Transportation Co.
    Photos used with the permission of the Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society Photo No.'s PSMHS 2561-2 and PSMHS 2569-1, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Puget Sound Maritime Historical Society
    Photo No.'s PSMHS 2569-2

    USS Midway / USS Panay (AG-41)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Knachel, Firman Fillmore USNR10 April 1942 - 10 January 1944
    02LT. DeMille, Eric Beale USNR10 January 1944 - 9 May 1944
    03LT. Sturgeon, Chester M., USNR9 May 1944 - April 1946
    04LTjg. Sargent, Fred F., USNRApril 1946 - 24 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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