USS Mississinewa AO-59


AO-59's KIAs
Ray Glendening, S2c

Portrait added to Crew Listing for Ray Glendening, S2c, lost in the sinking of the AO-59. See more . . .

George W. Huss Nov 2018

George W. Huss, RM3c, celebrates 94th birthday, November 2018. See more . . .

New! Limited edition Japanese language version of Kaiten by Michael Mair and Joy Waldron now available.  Go to Merchandise page to see more . . .

Teen book, Faces in the Flames: A Ghost Story, written by Ron Fulleman brings splashes of history into a modern ghost story.
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Kaiten by Mike Mair and Joy Waldron

Kaiten: Japan's Secret Manned Suicide Submarine And the First American Ship It Sank in WWII

by authors Michael Mair and Joy Waldron


Kaiten Facebook Page

Memorial on Mangejang Island, at Ulithi, for those lost in the sinking of the Mississinewa. Click on photos to enlarge.

Photos courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Carter, US Navy.

(2018 - Capt. John A. Carter now serves as the chief of staff for the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command.)

Actual 16mm film taken on 20 November 1944 of the Mississinewa as it burned not long after being hit by the Kaiten.  (Remember when you watch this that the entire 553 feet long 'Miss' is completely engulfed within the smoke.)

Margaret's Story

Left: Margaret Pence, now known as “Peggy” Howell, christening the USS Mississinewa on March 28, 1944. Click on Margaret’s photo to see the autographed picture of her christening the ship, and the photos she shared with us given to her by Captain Beck in 1945.

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Click on the picture above to view the Navy Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA)'s PowerPoint presentation on the removal of the oil from the sunken USS Mississinewa in 2003.

Battle ribbons won by AO-59The U.S.S. Mississinewa was a T3-S2-A3 Auxiliary Oiler, commissioned on May 18, 1944. The role of the U.S.S. Mississinewa was to refuel ships, while underway, in the South Pacific during WWII. She, along with the other Auxiliary Oilers, played a crucial role in keeping combat vessels supplied with fuel.

On November 20, 1944, the U.S.S. Mississinewa was struck by a Kaiten (Imperial Japanese Navy manned suicide torpedo with a 3,418 lb. warhead), became totally engulfed in flames and subsequently sank with a loss of 63 U.S. Sailors and one Japanese Kaiten pilot. The sinking was captured in still photographs by Sid Harris, a sailor aboard fleet tug, Munsee.  See our Newsletter, Vol. 2 for some of his pictures. It was also captured by 16mm film, which has been put into a YouTube video (see on this page).

We want to express our utmost gratitude to all those brave veterans who risked their lives and especially to those who gave their lives to help ensure the freedom that we enjoy today.


(L-R) Mike Mair & Ray, Ron, and Bob Fulleman, USS Lackawanna, AO-40 Reunion - Seattle, WA - 2000
(L-R) Mike Mair & Ray, Ron, and Bob Fulleman, USS Lackawanna, AO-40 Reunion - Seattle, WA - 2000

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