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USS Wasatch (AGC-9)

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 - Asiatic -Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)

Mount McKinley Class Amphibious Force Command Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Fleetwing, a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 1349) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 8 October 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 31 December 1943
  • Renamed Wasatch and converted to an Amphibious Force Command Ship at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Commissioned USS Wasatch (AGC-9), 20 May 1944, CAPT. Alford M. Granum, USN, in command
  • During World War II USS Wasatch (AGC-9) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Western New Guinea operations
    Morotai Landings - 15 September 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 18 January 1945
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings - 19 to 29 October 1944
    Borneo operation
    Balkpapan operations, 26 June to 6 July 1945

  • Following World War II USS Wasatch performed Occupation duty in the Far East from 19 September to 8 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 30 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group in April 1947
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 January 1960
  • USS Wasatch earned four battle stars for her World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal
  • Final Disposition sold for scrapping to the National Metal and Steel Corp, Terminal Island CA.
    Displacement 7,500 t.(lt), 12,580 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 16.4 kts. (trial)
    Officers 50
    Enlisted 562
    Staff Accommodation
    Officers 111
    Enlisted 277
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    ten twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 22,650 Bbls
    Diesel 700 Bbls
    one General Electric Geared turbine drive
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers 450psi 750°
    Ships' Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 100Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Wasatch Range is a mountain range in the western United States that runs about 160 miles from the Utah-Idaho border south to central Utah . It is the western edge of the greater Rocky Mountains, and the eastern edge of the Great Basin region. The northern extension of the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Mountains, extends just into Idaho, constituting all of the Wasatch Range in that state. (Wikipedia)
    Tommy Trampp
    Wasatch 305k Port bow view of USS Wasatch (AGC-9) off Norfolk Navy Yard Norfolk, VA., 4 May 1944. She is painted in Measure 32 design 8F.
    Navy Yard Norfolk photo #1719 (#14).
    Daniel A. Guntin MMOM3/c USS Wasatch USS LCI(l)-970
    Wasatch 167k USS Wasatch (AGC-9) underway in Hampton Roads, 15 May 1944,
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 86631, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Wasatch 69k USS Wasatch (AGC-9) underway while departing Navy Yard Norfolk, VA., 31 May 1944.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Wasatch 412k Crossing the Equator aboard USS Wasatch (AGC-9), 7 July 1944. King Neptune as his Court are aboard to initiate the polliwogs. George Cunningham for his Grandfather George E. Cunningham S2/c USS Wasatch
    Wasatch 84k Overhead view of USS Wasatch (AGC-9), date and location unknown.  
    68k General Douglas A. MacArthur and his Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General R.K. Sutherland utilize one of USS Wasatch (AGC-9)'s LCVPs while going ashore in Lingayen Gulf in the Philippines near noon of S-Day, January 9, 1945. Standing in the background is Lewis Passori. Michael Passori for his father Lewis Passori USS Wasatch

    USS Wasatch (AGC-9)
    Dictionary of American Navy Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Granum, Alfred Marcellus :RADM20 May 1944 - 3 February 1945
    02CAPT. Ringle, Kenneth DuVal :RADM3 February 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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