A river inlet of Tangier Sound in southeastern Maryland.
(AOG-60: dp. 2,270 (lim.); l. 220'6"; b. 37'; dr. 13'1" (lim.); s. 10 k.; cpl. 62; a. 13", 2 40mm., 3 20mm.; cl. Sequatchie; T. T1‑M‑A2)
Manokin (AOG‑60) was laid down as Rodessa by Todd-Galveston Dry Dock Co., Inc., Galveston, Tex., under Maritime Commission contract 28 June 1943; renamed Manokin 14 December 1943; launched 25 January 1944; sponsored by Mrs. Wilhelmina Clark; acquired officially by the Navy from the Maritime Commission 3 October 1944; and commissioned at Houston, Tex., 27 October 1944, Lt. John R. O’Halloran, Jr., USNR, in command.
Following shakedown off Galveston, Tex., from 5 through 10 November, Manokin departed Baytown, Tex., 17 November for Panama, arriving Cristobal the 25th to debark a cargo of diesel oil. Three days later the gasoline tanker steamed for the South Pacific, arriving Bora Bora, Societies, 18 December.
Manokin got underway for New Guinea 19 December. Six days later, in the vicinity of Ata Island just below the Tongas, she passed through miles of floating volcanic ash from a subterranean erruption to the south. The ship stopped in Segundo Channel, Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, from 31 December to 5 January 1945 before continuing on to Hollandia, New Guinea, where she arrived the 14th. Assigned to Commander, Service Force, 7th Fleet, Manokin operated in the Hollandia and Tanahmerah Bay area performing the duties of harbor oiler into April.
On 9 April Manokin departed for the Admiralties, arriving Seeadler Harbor, Manus, 2 days later to embark cargo. She continued replenishment operations off Hollandia, following her return 14 April, until 3 May. After a round trip from Manus to Finschafen, New Guinea, Manokin loaded more petroleum and sailed again for Hollandia 15 May. From 17 May through July, she made fuel runs off New Guinea.
Relieved by Gualala (AOG‑28) 9 August, Manokin departed Mios Woendi for the Philippines 11 August. The gasoline tanker was en route when the Japanese capitulated 15 August and arrived Manila 20 August.
Two days later she got underway for Tsingtao, China, via Leyte and San Pedro Bay, Philippines; Hagushi, Okinawa; and Jinsen, Korea, arriving 11 September for 2 months of service off Korea during the unstable period of Japan’s evacuation of Asiatic territory, particularly in China. She docked in Hwangpo River, China, from 5 November until departing 13 December for home, arriving San Francisco, Calif., the 23d.
She was decommissioned 27 March at Richmond, Calif. On 1 May Manokin was struck from the Navy list, and was returned to the Maritime Commission 10 September 1946.