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USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283)
USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92) (1962 - 1969)
USS Wyandot (AKA-92) (1945 - 1962)

International Radio Call Signs,

USS Wyandot (AKA-92)
WWII International Radio Call Sign:
Nan - How - Love - William

USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92) (T-AK-283)
1963 International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Golf - Romeo

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 29 March 1945)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal (3) (1956, 1964, 1970)

Andromeda Class Attack Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1192), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Wyandot (AKA-92), 30 September 1944, CDR. Ezra G. Howard, USN in command
  • During World War II USS Wyandot was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater:
    TransRon Sixteen, COMO. J.B. McGovern USN;
    TransDiv Forty-Eight, CAPT. C.L. Andrews Jr. USN (19) and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 March to 29 April 1945

  • Following World War II USS Wyandot was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    21 November to 8 December 1954
    15 June to 2 July 1955
  • Decommissioned, 10 July 1959
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
  • USS Wyandot (AKA-92) earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Reinstated on the Naval Register in 1961
  • Recommissioned, 28 November 1961
  • Decommissioned in December 1962
  • Placed in service in March 1963 with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92)
  • Designation changed to Cargo Ship (T-AK-283), date unknown
  • Placed out of service, 31 October 1975
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 3 May 1976, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 5 November 1987, to Nissho Iwai Corp. of Japan, scrapping accomplished in Taiwan
    AKA Specifications:
    Displacement 6,556 t.(lt) 13,900 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 26' 4"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Officers 38
    Enlisted 330
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,145 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 Combustion Engineering 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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    USS Wyandot (AKA-92)
    90k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) down at the bow after being struck by Japanese Kate aircraft skip-bomb on the starboard bow while enroute to Kerama Retto, 29 March 1945.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Wyandot 346k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) underway at New York City, date unknown. William MacDowell
    Wyandot 27k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) underway, date and location unknown William MacDowell
    Wyandot 50k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) and USS Arneb (AKA-56), flagship of Task Force 43, set sail from Norfolk, VA. 14 November 1955, for Antarctica by way of Panama and New Zealand on Operation Deepfreeze. ADM Richard E. Byrd USN, America's foremost polar explorer will be in charge of the operation. He will meet the task force in New Zealand.
    united press Wirephoto.
    Tommy Trampp
    Wyandot 204k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) passing through the Panama Canal, date unknown. William Tribble
    Wyandot 296k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) under way, date and location unknown David Buell
    Wyandot 618k USS Wyandot (AKA-92) moored at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of Operation Deep Freeze I, 27 December 1955. Crewmen are "burying the deadman" to anchor the ship to the ice shelf.
    USN Photo by LT. William D. Tribble.
    Robert Hurst
    Wyandot 186k RADM. Richard E. Byrd USN aboard USS Wyandot (AKA-92) at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, as part of Operation Deep Freeze 1, 1 December 1955.
    US Navy Photo scanned from a slide taken by LT. William D. Tribble.
    Robert Hurst
    USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92)
    Wyandot 88k USS Wyandot (T-AKA-92) moored pierside while in MSTS service between 1963 and 1975, location unknown. Note she retains the lattice radar mast fitted to the later Moore-built units.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # Unknown, courtesy
    Mike Green
    USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283)
    Wyandot 123k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) at Hallet Station Antarctica in 1964 during Operation Deep Freeze
    MSC Sealift Magazine
    US Navy photo
    Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    167k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) at McMurdo Station Antarctica, 5 February 1970. In the background is HMNZS Endeavour (A-184), ex-USS Namakago (AOG-53).
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 93225
    Mike Green
    Maumee 1387k Ships anchored in Winter Quarters Bay, Antarctica, 13 February 1971. From (L-R);
    inboard USNS Maumee (T-AO-149),
    outboard USCGC Staten Island (WAGB-278),
    inboard USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283),
    outboard USCGC Burton Island(WAGB-283),
    and across the bay, the New Zealand supply ship HMNZS Endeavour (A-184).
    US Navy photo [negative] No. XAM-120263-2-71 by PH2 Sterling.
    Robert Hurst
    Wyandot 78k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) probably at Antarctica, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Wyandot 63k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) moored pierside at Yokohama, Japan, 19 January 1974 Photo Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Wyandot 47k USNS Wyandot (T-AK-283) at anchor off Easter Island, circa 1966-73.
    Photo from NOAA Photo Library
    Ramon Jackson

    USS Wyandot (AKA-92) / USNS Wyandot (T-AKA-92 / T-AK-283)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Howard, Ezra Gleeson, USN (USNA 1933)30 September 1944 - 24 November 1944
    02LCDR. Alderman, Robert Barber, USN (USNA 1927)24 November 1944 - April 1946
    03CAPT. McCombs, Charles Edward, USN (USNA 1930 :RADMApril 1946 - May 1947
    04CAPT. Laing, Frederick Williams, USN (USNA 1930)May 1947 - March 1948
    05CAPT. Schreiber, Earl Tobias, USN (USNA 1929) :RADMMarch 1948 - 1950
    06CAPT. Olney, Davis Wing, USN (USNA 1930)1950 - 1952
    07CAPT. Stillman, Carl FrederickJanuary 1953 - July 1954
    08CAPT. Moore, JohnJuly 1954 - July 1955
    09CAPT. Williamson, Lindsey, USN (USNA 1932)July 1955 - 20 September 1956
    10CAPT. Gambacorta, Francis Michael, USN (USNA 1935)20 September 1956 - 10 August 1957
    11CAPT. Smith,Frank McElhany, USN (USNA 1935)10 August 1957 - 1 August 1958
    12CAPT. Irving, Ronald Karl, USN (USNA 1935)1 August 1958 - 25 July 1959
     Decommissioned25 July 1959 - 23 November 1961
    13CAPT. Whitby Jr., Frank Ray, USN28 November 1961 - 2 July 1962
    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
    USS Wyandot (AKA-92) War Diaries September 1944 to September 1945 and "Wyandoctrines"
    Recommissioning Program
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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