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USS Ramapo (AO-12)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Golf - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Defense Service Medal with fleet clasp)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Service Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Patoka Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 16 January 1919, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contact at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 11 September 1919
  • Commissioned USS Ramapo, 15 November 1919, LCDR. J. D. Smith, USNRF, in command
  • Designated (AO-12), 17 July 1920
  • USS Ramapo was at Pearl Harbor, 7 December 1941
  • During World War II USS Ramapo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 10 January 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 January 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. for disposal, 30 June 1946
  • Sold to West Coast Transoceanic SS Line Agents, 23 April 1948
  • Resold, 23 April 1948, to James Polk
  • Resold, 15 November 1948, to the War Trade Corp.
  • Re-flagged Liberian, September 1950
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Ramapo received one battle star for World War II service
    Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 17,820 t.(fl)
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 26' 2"(mean)
    Speed 11.2 kts.
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 197
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity Oil - 79,300 Bbls, 11,100DWT
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm gun mounts
    one Newport News quadruple vertical reciprocating (#13 geared turbine) engine
    four Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 200psi Sat.
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,800shp

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    Ramapo 67k USS Ramapo (AO-12) builders place. Mark Ratto
    Ramapo 89k USS Ramapo (AO-12), date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII web site
    Ramapo 47k USS Ramapo (AO-12) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ramapo 17k USS Ramapo (AO-12) at anchor off Lahaina, T.H., 31 March 1938. The water is so calm and she has her cane fenders down. Photo taken from USS New Orleans (CA-32) as she is coming along side Ramapo.
    US Navy photo
    James D. McGrew
    Ramapo 12k Another view of USS Ramapo (AO-12) at anchor off Lahaina, T.H., 31 March 1938. Photo taken from USS New Orleans (CA-32) as she approaches the oiler.
    US Navy photo
    James D. McGrew
    Ramapo 28k USS Ramapo (AO-12) underway in Chinese waters, date unknown. Jeff Schwarm
    Chicago 906k USS Ramapo (AO-12) is berthed outboard of USS Houston (CA-30), with USS Chicago (CA-29) berthed astern of Houston at the Navy Yard Mare Island, CA., 10 September 1940. USS William Ward Burrows (AP-6) and YD-33 (150 ton crane) are alongside Chicago.
    US Navy Photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Ramapo 152k USS Ramapo (AO-12) (plan view amidships) moored at Navy Yard Mare Island, Vallejo, CA., 15 April 1943. Ramapo was at Mare Island from 4 April until 16 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2656-43, 4/15/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ramapo 53k USS Ramapo (AO-12) (stern view) underway after departing Mare Island Navy Yard, 17 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2740-43, 4/17/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ramapo 41k USS Ramapo (AO-12) (bows on view) underway after departing Mare Island Navy Yard, 17 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2742-43, 4/17/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Ramapo 50k USS Ramapo (AO-12) (broadside view) underway after departing Mare Island Navy Yard, 17 April 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 2742-43, 4/17/43.
    Darryl Baker

    View the USS Ramapo (AO-12)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Smith, James Downing15 November 1919 - ?
    02CDR. Neal, George Franklin :RADM1921 - 1 June 1922
    03CDR. Bertholf, Wallace1 June 1922 - 6 March 1924
    04CAPT. Mc Crary, Frank, Robert6 March 1924 - 3 June 1926
    05CDR. Abernathy, Robert Andrew3 June 1926 - 1928
    06CAPT. Woods, James Sterett9 September 1929 - ?
    08CAPT. Mayo, Claude Banks6 June 1931 - ?
    09LCDR. Bates, Richard Waller :RADM (temporary)May 1933 - July 1933
    10CDR. Lafrenz, Walter FrederickJuly 1933 - ?
    11CDR. Barbey, Daniel Edward :VADMMarch 1936 - June 1936
    12CDR. Davis, Charles CovodeJune 1936 - April 1937
    13CDR. LT. Ellsworth Jr., Ernest BradfordApril 1937 - May 1937
    14CDR. Holden, Carl Frederick :VADMMay 1937 - 1938
    15CDR. Wessell, Leonard Paul1938 - ?
    16CDR. Vose, William Cecil :RADM1939 - ?
    17CDR. Curry Jr., Duncan1941 - 1942
    18CDR. Goggins, William Benard1942 - 21 August 1942
    19CDR. Carlisle, Harold Avery21 August 1942 - November 1942
    20CDR. Homann, Alfred James November 1942 - 31 December 1943
    21LT. Goza, Harry Edward31 December 1943 - 10 January 1944
    22LCDR. Fogarty, William Howard10 January 1944 - 2 August 1944
    23LCDR. Bale, John Hardin2 August 1944 - 21 November 1945
    24LT. Potter, William Robert21 November 1945 - 10 January 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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