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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 by the Maritime Commission 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 Withdrawn from the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 Co., 7 June 1946
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 Mattole (AO-17) laid up in reserve at Philadelphia Navy Yard, 5 June 1940.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM. Photo # Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Mattole (AO-17) moored pierside at Norfolk Navy Yard on 17 March 1942. The number "317" on her bow is unexplained.
US Navy photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
||USS Mattole (AO-17) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||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.
||USS Mattole (AO-17) photographed while under way off Virginia Beach, VA., 7 October 1944, by a blimp based at Weeksville, N.C.
US National Archives, RG-80-G. Photo # 80-G-281873, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Mattole (AO-17)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Wilson, Julian DuBois||16 June 1940 - 6 March 1943|
|02||CDR. Michelet, William Giers||6 March 1943 - 18 October 1943|
|03||LCDR. Cruser, Arthur Lawrence||18 October 1943 - 23 November 1943|
|04||LT. Pickett, Stanley||23 November 1943 - 1944|
|05||LCDR. 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 11 December 2015
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