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USS Brazos (AO-4)
USS Brazos (Fuel Ship #4) (1919 - 1920)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Brazos Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 21 June 1917, at Boston Navy Yard, Boston, MA.
  • Launched, 1 May 1919
  • Commissioned USS Brazos (Fuel Ship #4), 1 October 1919, CDR. Richard Werner, USNRF, in command
  • Designated (AO-4), 17 July 1920
  • During World War II USS Brazos was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 29 March to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 8 February 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
  • USS Brazos earned one battle star for her World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for disposal at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA..
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 6 January 1947 to Boston Metals Co.
    Displacement 5,723 t.(lt) 14,700 t.(fl)
    Length 475' 7"
    Beam 56' 2"
    Draft 26' 6" (limiting)
    Speed 14.3 kts. (trial)
    Officers 24
    Enlisted 231
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    two single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40MM AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    NSFO 53,500Bbls
    Gasoline 167,000Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 5,900Bbls
    one Boston Navy Yard vertical triple-expansion steam turbine
    four Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 200psi, Sat. Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 5,200shp

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    Brazos 38k USS Brazos (AO-4) at anchor off the coast of Panama in January 1931.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Brazos 95k USS Brazos (AO-4) deploys four 4" hoses while refuelling an unidentified US destroyer.
    US Navy photo from the author's collection from "Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992", by Thomas Wildenburg
    Robert Hurst
    Brazos 76k USS Brazos (AO-4) refueling USS Yorktown (CV-5) mid-Pacific, July 1940.
    US National Archives, (Seattle Branch) RG-181.
    Tracy White
    Brazos 64k Stern view of USS Brazos (AO-4) refueling USS Yorktown (CV-5) mid-Pacific, July 1940.
    US National Archives, (Seattle Branch) RG-181.
    Tracy White
    Brazos 32k USS Brazos (AO-4) underway March 1944, probably in Puget Sound. Her camouflage is measure 32/AO.
    US Navy photo
    Brazos 109k USS Brazos (AO-4) at anchor near Puget Sound Navy Yard, 3 March 1944. She has been rearmed with one 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount forward, two twin 40mm AA gun mounts amidships, and two more twin 40mm AA gun mounts and another single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount on the stern.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-61606, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Brazos 279k USS Brazos (AO-4) at anchor probably in San Francisco Bay, sometime between 26 November 1945 when she returned from duty in the Pacific to 8 February 1946 the date she was decommissioned. David Upton

    USS Brazos (AO-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Werner, Richard1 October 1919 - ?
    02CDR. Pauleston, William Dillworth14 June 1922 - 8 November 1922
    03CDR. Giles William Jefferson8 November 1922 - 11 June 1923
    04CDR. Cooke, Henry David11 June 1923 - 25 May 1925
    05CDR. Treadwell Sr., Lawrence Penfield25 May 1925 - 1926
    06CDR. Pool, III, John Morton1926 - 23 May 1927
    07CAPT. McCandless, Byron23 May 1927 - ?
    08CAPT. Fawell, Reid Marquette14 September 1929 - ?
    09CDR. Laird, George Hays29 May 1931 - ?
    10CDR. Alexander, James Thomas1934
    11CDR. Refo Jr., Miles Permenter? - August 1936
    12CAPT. Dessez, John Harrison SemmesAugust 1936 - June 1937
    13CAPT. Steele, James MortimerJune 1937 - June 1938
    14CDR. Decker, Benton WeaverJune 1938 - ?
    15CDR. Need, Harry William :RADM1939 - 1 July 1940
    16CDR. Isgrig, Clayton Shadek1 July 1940 - 24 February 1941
    17CDR. Kelly, Thomas Joseph24 February 1941 - June 1942
    18CDR. Glass, Richard Pollard :RADMJune 1942 - 23 July 1943
    19LCDR. Hanson, Roy S.23 July 1943 - 1944
    20CDR. Field Jr., John Morris, USN (USNA 1915)1944 - ?
    21LCDR. Glass, Richard S. (Roy)? - 17 November 1944
    22LCDR. Haussler Jr., George A.17 November 1944 - 8 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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