Hull # 335, the U.S.S. Saugatuck was built in Philadelphia in 1942 and launched on the one year anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1942.
She was named after a river in Connecticut, the Saugatuck River. Saugatuck means “river that flows out” in the Paugusset Indian dialect.
As a Suamica Class Tanker she saw action in the Pacific during World War 2-fueling battle ships at sea.
She was the recipient of 7 Battle Stars:
- Marianas operation- Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944. Marianas operation- Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
- Tinian operation- Capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944
- Western Caroline Island operation- Raid on Volcano-Bonin Islands and Yap Island, 31 August to 8 September 1944. Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944. Assaults on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
- Luzon operation- 3rd Fleet supporting operations, Luzon attacks, 6 and 7 January 1945, Formosa attacks, 3, 4, 9, 15, and 21 January 1945, China Coast attacks, 12 and 16 January 1945
- Iwo Jima operation- Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 23 February to 7 March 1945
- Okinawa Gunto operation- Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 16 to 24 March 1945
- 3rd Fleet operations against Japan- 14 to 28 February 1945
In July 2006 MARAD listed the Saugatuck under their disposal program.
Crew stories can be found here.
Saugutuck seen on right fueling a battleship in the Pacific.