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USS Mispillion (AO-105), in San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
in "pre-jumboization" configuration, US Navy photo from DANFS.
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Mispillion (AO-105) was laid down 14 February 1945 under a Maritime Commission contract by Sun Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Chester, Pa.; launched 10 August 1945; sponsored by Mrs. C. E. Feddeman; acquired 30 November 1945; and commissioned 29 December 1945, Comdr. R. E. Wingler in command.
(AO-105: dp. 7,136; l. 553'; b. 75'; dr. 29'10"; s. 18 k., cpl. 220; a. 1 5", 4 3"; cl. Cimarron, T. T3-S2-Al)
Cargo Capacity 146,000 barrels Propulsion geared turbines, twin screws, 30,400hp
Armament one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount, four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts, four twin 40mm gun mounts, four twin 20mm gun mounts
Placed in commission in reserve for "Jumboization", 16 April 1965, at Toledo, OH., completed at Boston, MA., and placed in full commission, 6 September 1966
"Jumboization" Specifications: Displacement 12,840 t.(lt) 33,987 t.(fl) Length 644" Draft 34' 9"
Decommissioned, 26 July 1974
Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Mispillion (T-AO-105) in 1975
Placed out of service circa 1994; Struck from the Naval Register, 15 February 1995
Title transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Although commissioned too late to see service in World War II Mispillion has operated extensively in nearly every area of the Pacific Ocean. Between 6 April 1946, when she joined Service Force, Pacific, and 1950 she alternated station tanker duty at Tsingtao, Shanghai, Subic Bay, and Eniwetok with shuttle runs between the Arabian oil port, Bahrein, and various ports in Japan, China, the Philippines, the Marshalls, and the Marianas. As station tanker at Eniwetok in 1948, she took part in operation "Sandstone," an atomic bomb test. In 1949 she performed cold weather operations off Alaska.
With the outbreak of hostilities in Korea, Mispillion joined TF 90. During her first combat tour she provided logistic support for the huge invasion force that landed U.N. forces at Inchon (15 September 1950), then rounded the peninsula to support the forces operating in the Wonsan area. After a brief respite on the west coast in the fall of 1951, she returned in November for a second combat tour. She continued to support U.N. naval forces as they enforced a continuous blockade of the North Korean coast, rendered gunfire support to U.N. ground forces, and bombarded Communist supply areas, troop concentrations, and transportation centers. Operating in both the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan, she also supported the fast carriers of TF 77, providing aviation gasoline in addition to fuel for the ships. Returning to the west coast in August 1952, she got underway again in September for another 9-month western Pacific tour with the 7th Fleet. Although she operated primarily in the Korean combat area during each of the above tours, she spent at least 1 month each time as a station tanker at Kaohsiung supporting the Taiwan Straits patrol.
Between 1953 and 1964 Mispillion alternated western Pacific and west coast duty with yard periods in between. Participating in various exercises, she joined in operation "Redwing", her second atomic test, in the Marshalls in 1956.
On 16 April 1965 Mispillion was placed in commission in reserve as she prepared for a prolonged jumboization conversion and overhaul, begun at Toledo, Ohio, in April, and completed at Boston, Mass., 16 months later. With an increased capacity of over 93,000 barrels, an added length of almost 100 feet, and over 50 new billets, in addition to modern equipment, Mispillion departed Boston 6 September 1966 to return to her home port, Long Beach, Calif.
Seven months later she got underway for her first western Pacific deployment in 3 years. Arriving at Subic Bay, Philippine Islands 22 April 1967, she began a 7-month cruise refueling carriers and gunfire support ships of the 7th Fleet operating in the Vietnam area. Servicing in particular the ships of Yankee Station, she transferred over 71 million gallons of fuel before returning to Long Beach 30 November. Cruising west coast and Hawaiian waters for the next 5 months, she conducted coastal operations and exercises in preparation for departing 11 May 1968 to serve with the 7th Fleet through the remainder of the year.
Mispillion received eight battle stars
for Korean service.
Top Row - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation (4) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (8) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Taiwan Straits, 6-Quemoy-Matsu, 1-Vietnam, 4-Korea) - Vietnam Service Medal (9)
Fourth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
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