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USS Mattole (AO-17)

International Radio Call Sign:
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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)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Kaweah Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 2 June 1919, under a United States Shipping Board (USSB) contact at William Cramp and Sons, Philadelphia, PA;
  • Launched, 16 March 1920
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the USSB, 6 March 1922
  • Commissioned USS Mattole (AO-17), 28 December 1921
  • Decommissioned, 19 June 1922
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet at Philadelphia, PA.
  • Recommissioned, 16 June 1940, CDR. Julian D. Wilson in command
  • During World War II USS Mattole was assigned to the Atlantic Fleet
  • Decommissioned, 25 October 1945
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 November 1945
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 7 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 July 1947, to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,410 t.(lt) 14,950 t.(fl)
    Length 446'
    Beam 58' 2"'
    Draft 25' 6"
    Speed 11.3 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 237
    Largest Boom Capacity 8 t.
    Cargo Capacity 9,000 DWT
    Oil 53,100 Bbls
    Gasoline 358, 000 Gals
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    Mattole 81k USS Mattole (AO-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Mattole 95k USS Mattole (AO-17) refueling USS Pride (DE-323) by the astern method, 17 August 1944. USS Newell (DE-322) is approaching from the far right.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-245464, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Mattole (AO-17)
    DANFS entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Wilson, Julian DuBois16 June 1940 - 6 March 1943
    02CDR. Michelet, William Giers6 March 1943 - 18 October 1943
    03LCDR. Cruser, Arthur Lawrence18 October 1943 - 23 November 1943
    04LT. Pickett, Stanley 23.11.19431944
    05LCDR. Chapman, George H.1944 - 25 October 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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