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USS Ramapo (AO-12)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Golf - Papa
NUGP
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 17,820 t.(fl)
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 26' 2"(mean)
    Speed 11.2 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 197
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity Oil - 79,300 Bbls, 11,100DWT
    Armament
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm gun mounts
    Propulsion
    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
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    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

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    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Smith, James Downing, USN (1908)15 November 1919 - 9 November 1921
    02CDR. Neal, George Franklin, USN (1901) :RADM9 November 1921 - 1 June 1922
    03CDR. Bertholf, Wallace, USN (1891)1 June 1922 - 6 March 1924
    04CAPT. McCrary, Frank, Robert, USN (1901)6 March 1924 - 3 June 1926
    05CDR. Abernathy, Robert Andrew, USN (1900)3 June 1926 - 15 June 1928
    06CDR. Stewart, Lee Marrison, USN (1904)15 June 1928 - 9 September 1929
    07CAPT. Woods, James Sterett, USN (1905)9 September 1929 - 6 June 1931
    08CAPT. Mayo, Claude Banks, USN (1907)6 June 1931 - 16 April 1932
    09CDR. Lafrenz, Walter Frederick, USN (1907)16 April 1932 - May 1933
    10LCDR. Bates, Richard Waller, USN (1915) :RADM (temporary)May 1933 - 19 May 1934
    11CDR. Van de Carr, James Lee, USN (1908)19 May 1934 - 21 April 1936
    12CDR. Holden, Carl Frederick, USN (1917) :VADM21 April 1936 - 8 June 1938
    13CDR. Davis, Charles Covode, USN (1909)8 June 1936 - 8 April 1937
    14CDR. LT. Ellsworth Jr., Ernest Bradford, USN (1931) :RADM8 April 1937 - 10 April 1937
    15CDR. Wessell, Leonard Paul, USN (1917)10 April 1937 - 12 May 1938
    16CDR. Vose, William Cecil, USN (1919) :RADM12 May 1938 - 9 June 1939
    17CDR. Curry Jr., Duncan, USN (1921)9 June 1939 - 17 June 1942
    18CDR. Goggins, William Benard, USN (1920)17 June 1942 - 21 August 1942
    19CDR. Homann, Alfred James, USN (1922)21 August 1942 - 21 December 1943
    20LCDR. Fogarty, William Howard, USNR21 December 1943 - 28 December 1943
    21LT. Goza, Harry Ellis, USNR28 December 1943 - 11 January 1944
    22LCDR. Fogarty, William Howard, USNR11 January 1944 - 2 August 1944
    23LCDR. Bale, John Hardin, USNR2 August 1944 - 21 November 1945
    24LT. Potter, William Robert, USNR21 November 1945 - 10 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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