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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Withdrawn from the James River Reserve Fleet and delivered to Boston Metals, 11 June 1946.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)
Beam 58' 2"
Draft 25' 6"
Speed 11.3 kts.
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.
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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||USS Kaweah near Norfolk Navy Yard, 13 June 1943.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # 19-N-51952, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Kaweah under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
USS Kaweah (AO-15)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Bevelagua, Ottorino USNRF||28 December 1921 - 15 August 1922|
| ||Decommissioned||15 August 1922 - 15 December 1940|
|02||CDR. McVay III, Charles Butler :RADM||15 December 1940 - 1942|
|03||CDR. Haff, Theodore Germond||1942 - January 1943|
|04||CDR. Fluck, Herbert Byron||January 1943 - 5 December 1944|
|05||CDR. Hyatt, Delwyn||5 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 16 September 2016
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