Allied Warships

USS Kankakee (AO 39)

Oiler of the Kennebec class

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAO 39 
Built byBethlehem Steel Corp. (Sparrows Point, Maryland, U.S.A.) 
Laid downSep 1941 
Launched24 Jan 1942 
Commissioned4 May 1942 
End service 

Acquired by the USN on 31 March 1942
Commissioned as USS Kankakee (AO-39) on 4 May 1942
Decommissioned on 30 November 1955
Recommissioned on 20 December 1956
Decommissioned on 4 November 1957
Recommissioned on 29 November 1961
Decommissioned at an unkown date
Stricken on 1 January 1973
Sold on 1 April 1976


Commands listed for USS Kankakee (AO 39)

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1Cdr. William Harold Mays, USN4 May 19428 Oct 1943
2T/Cdr. Andrew Milton Harvey, USN8 Oct 194310 Dec 1943
3T/Capt. Edwin Vernon Raines, USN10 Dec 19432 Nov 1944
4William George Frundt, USNR2 Nov 194414 Oct 1945

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Notable events involving Kankakee include:

21 Nov 1944
All ships of the Task Group including USS Iowa (Capt. A.R. McCann, USN) were fuelled by a group of oilers. Iowa herself was fuelled by the USS Kankakee (Lt.Cdr. W.G. Frundt, USNR).

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