USS Wabash (AOG-4)

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Name: USS Wabash
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
General characteristics
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)
Complement: 140
Armament: • 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 12 × 20 mm AA
Service record
Operations: World War II, Korean War
Awards: 2 battle stars (World War II)
2 battle stars (Korea)

USS Wabash (AOG-4) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of transporting gasoline to warships in the fleet, and to remote Navy stations.

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.


Decommissioned at Tsingtao on 29 July 1946, Wabash was transferred to the Army Transportation Corps on that day and was struck from the Navy list on 23 April 1947.

Redesignated T-AOG-4

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[1].


Wabash received two battle stars for her World War II service and two for service during the Korean conflict. Her crew was eligible for the following medals:


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here

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