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USS Kaweah (AO-15)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Medal (with "A" device)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Kaweah Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, date unknown, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contact at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Launched in 1919
  • Acquired from the USSB, 20 October 1921
  • Commissioned USS Kaweah (AO-15), 28 December 1921, LCDR. O. Bevelagua, USNRF, in command
  • Decommissioned, 15 August 1922, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in Reserve
  • Recommissioned, 16 December 1940, CDR. Charles B. McVay in command
  • Decommissioned, 16 November 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 November 1945
  • Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 28 May 1946, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping 28 May 1946 to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD. for $15,500.00 (PD-X-145). Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet and delivered to Boston Metals, 11 June 1946. Scrapping completed, 1 July 1947
    Displacement 4,410 t.(lt) 14,950 t.(fl)
    Length 446'
    Beam 58' 2"
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 11.3 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 237
    Largest Boom Capacity 8 t.
    Cargo Capacity 9,000 DWT
    Oil 53,100 Bbls
    Gasoline 358, 000 Gals
    two single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    two single .50 cal mgs.
    two single .30 cal mgs.
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 5,935 Bbls
    one Cramp triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    three single end boilers, 190psi °Sat
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,800shp

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    Kaweah 139k USS Kaweah near Norfolk Navy Yard, 13 June 1943.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-51952, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Kaweah 53k USS Kaweah under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Kaweah (AO-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bevelagua, Ottorino USNRF28 December 1921 - 15 August 1922
     Decommissioned15 August 1922 - 15 December 1940
    02CDR. McVay III, Charles Butler :RADM15 December 1940 - 1942
    03CDR. Haff, Theodore Germond1942 - January 1943
    04CDR. Fluck, Herbert ByronJanuary 1943 - 5 December 1944
    05CDR. Hyatt, Delwyn5 December 1944 - 16 November 1945
    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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    Last Updated 16 September 2016