USS Wabash (AOG-4)
|Builder:||Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Corporation|
|Laid down:||30 June 1942|
|Launched:||28 October 1942|
|Commissioned:||10 May 1943|
|Decommissioned:||29 July 1946|
|Struck:||23 April 1947|
|Notes:||Transferred to the US Army Transportation Corps|
|Recommissioned:||1 June 1950, as T-AOG-4|
|Decommissioned:||10 September 1957|
|Struck:||8 May 1958|
|Fate:||Disposed of by Scrapping, Marine Metals, Brownsville, Tx 27 January 2006|
|Class and type:||Patapsco-class gasoline tanker|
|Displacement:||4,335 long tons (4,405 t) full load|
|Length:||310 ft 9 in (94.72 m)|
|Beam:||48 ft 6 in (14.78 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft 8 in (4.78 m)|
|Propulsion:||4 × General Electric diesel-electric engines, twin shafts, 3,300 hp (2,461 kW)|
|Speed:||14 knots (16 mph; 26 km/h)|
• 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns|
• 12 × 20 mm AA
|Operations:||World War II, Korean War|
|Awards:||2 battle stars (World War II)|
2 battle stars (Korea)
Wabash was laid down on 30 June 1942 at Seattle, Washington, by the Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 28 October 1942; sponsored by Mrs. Louis A. Puckett; and was commissioned at the Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, Washington, on 10 May 1943, Lt. James F. Ardagh, USNR, in command.
World War II Pacific Theatre operations
Wabash departed Seattle, Washington, on 26 May for Alaskan waters. After delivering a cargo of gasoline to Annette Bay and Yakutat, the gasoline tanker returned to Seattle on 5 June. She made four more voyages carrying fuel to Alaskan ports before 15 September, when she headed south for the last time to San Francisco, California.
Proceeding to Hawaii soon thereafter, Wabash was assigned to Service Squadron (ServRon) 8 upon her arrival at Pearl Harbor on 19 October. From then through the first half of 1944, she made runs in the Central Pacific carrying high-test aviation gasoline and lubricants to Palmyra Island, Canton, and Midway Island. Departing Pearl Harbor on 9 July, Wabash steamed in convoy for the Marshall Islands. Transferred to ServRon 10 upon her arrival at Eniwetok on 18 July, Wabash pumped gasoline and lubricants to station tanker YOG-185; tended small craft; and carried Marine Corps equipment to Roi Island before moving on to the Marianas.
Supporting Iwo Jima operations
Arriving at Saipan on 20 August 1944, she operated in the Marianas until sailing for the Volcano Islands on 5 March 1945 to support the American conquest of Iwo Jima. There, Wabash furnished fuel and lubricants to amphibious ships of Task Force 53, including minecraft and tank landing ships. On 14 March, she returned via Saipan to the Western Carolines and arrived at Ulithi on the 27th.
Supporting Okinawa operations
Wabash soon got underway again to support her second major Pacific Ocean operation, the battle for Okinawa. Soon after her arrival off Hagushi beach on 9 April, she began tending miscellaneous small craft at Okinawa through the cessation of hostilities and the first months following Japan's surrender.
Post-World War II activities
On 28 November, she sailed for Hong Kong. From December 1945 to the summer of 1946, Wabash operated in the Far East supporting the Fleet in its occupation duties. She served as tender and fuel ship at Hong Kong; Hainan Island, French Indochina; Subic Bay, Philippines; and at Shanghai and Tsingtao, China.
Manned and officered by Japanese, the tanker operated for the U.S. Army out of Yokosuka, Japan, into 1950. With the onset of the Korean War, Wabash was reinstated on the Navy list on 1 June 1950; enrolled in the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS); and designated T-AOG-4.
Korean Conflict service
During the Korean conflict, the ship supported United Nations air operations with vital cargoes of jet fuel and gasoline through the year 1952. Manned by a mixed crew of Americans and Japanese, Wabash served MSTS through the Panmunjom armistice in the summer of 1953 and subsequently carried oil between Iwo Jima and South Korean and Japanese ports through the mid-1950s.
Deactivation and Fate
Inactivated on 10 September 1957, Wabash was struck from the Navy list for the second time on 8 May 1958, placed in permanent custody of the Maritime Administration, and assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay, California. Wabash was used as a fleet utility craft (FB-65) until 22 June 2005 when a contract for her dismantling was issued to Marine Metals of Brownsville, Tx for $1,366,580. Wabash departed the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on 7 September 2005 heading to Brownsville and was completely dismantled by 27 January 2006.
- China Service Medal (extended)
- American Campaign Medal
- Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2)
- World War II Victory Medal
- Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
- National Defense Service Medal
- Korean Service Medal (2)
- United Nations Service Medal
- Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
- Ships of the U.S. Navy, 1940-1945 AOG-4 USS Wabash
- "Louise" The 9 October 1945 Storm at Okinawa.
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