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USS Salinas (AO-19)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (30SEP1941) - American Defense Service Medal (with bronze "A") - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Patoka Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, as SS Hudsonian, under a USSB contact, at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 16 March 1920
  • Commissioned USS Salinas (AO-19), 16 December 1921, LCDR. Henry S. Chase, USNRF, in command
  • Decommissioned, 20 June 1922, at Norfolk and laid up in reserve
  • Recommissioned, 12 June 1926, at Norfolk, VA.
  • During World War II USS Salinas (AO-19) saw service with both the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets
  • Decommissioned, 16 January 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, Suisun Bay, for disposal, 30 June 1946
  • Sold to Hillcone S.S. Co., 14 November 1947
  • Sold to a Liberian company in January 1955
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 5,400 t.(lt) 17,820 t.(fl)
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60' 3"
    Draft 26' 2"(mean)
    Speed 11.2 kts.
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 230
    Largest Boom Capacity 7½ t.
    Cargo Capacity 11,100 DWT
    Oil 70,000 Bbls
    Gasoline 267,000 Gals
    two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 4,780 Bbls
    Newport News quadruple vertical reciprocating (#13 geared turbine) steam engine
    two Babcox and Wilcox header-type boilers, 265psi °Sat
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 50Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,900 shp

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    Salinas 35k USS Salinas (AO-19), fitting out at Newport News Shipbuilding Newport News Shipbuilding web site
    Salinas 67k USS Salinas (AO-19) at anchor riding light in the water with much of her dark red bottom paint showing, place unknown, 1919. Unlike later ships of the type, she does not have the extensive equipment required for underway replenishment.
    US Navy photo # NH 67794 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. and Robert Hurst
    Salinas 82k USS Salinas (AO-19) at anchor with ship's boat alongside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992", by Thomas Wildenburg.
    Robert Hurst
    Salinas 188k USS Salinas (AO-19) showing damage incurred when torpedoed, 30 October 1941. View taken from motor launch. Looking forward showing second torpedo hit under the bridge at #2 and 3 main tanks.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 108571
    Mike Green
    Salinas 266k USS Salinas (AO-19) showing damage incurred when torpedoed, 30 October 1941. View from quarter deck. Port side looking aft. Showing outward bulge of plating caused by first torpedo hit.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 108585
    Mike Green
    Salinas 241k USS Salinas (AO-19) showing damage incurred when torpedoed, 30 October 1941. View taken from motor launch. Showing where first torpedo hit on port side and quarter at #9 main and bunker tanks.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 108572
    Mike Green

    USS Salinas (AO-19)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Chase, Henry Salmon16 December 1921 - 25 July 1922
     Decommissioned25 July 1922 - 13 May 1929
    02CDR. Doherty, Stephen12 June 1926 - 25 July 1927
    03CAPT. McClure, Harry Adrian, USN (1907) :COMO25 July 1927 - 13 May 1929
    04CAPT. Rice Jr., Arthur Hopkins. USN (1904)13 May 1929 - 8 May 1930
    05CDR. Russell, Charles Frank8 May 1930 - 1932
    06CDR. Miles, Alfred Hard1934
    07CDR. Henning, Elmer Richard1936 - 8 June 1938
    08CDR. Norton, Stanley Cook8 June 1938 - ?
    09CDR. Kraker, George Patton? - July 1939
    10CAPT. Bottom Jr., John Thomas :RADMJuly 1939 - 20 June 1941
    11CDR. Cope, Harley Francis, USN (1920)20 June 1941 - 10 March 1942
    12CDR. Johnston, Donlad Hendrie10 March 1942 - 15 June 1942
    13CDR. Hudson, Homer Bernard15 June 1942 - 25 July 1943
    14LCDR. Reed, Walter E.25 June 1942 - 3 January 1945
    15LCDR. Brodine, Charles Albert3 January 1945 - 7 September 1945
    16LT. Wilson, Harold James7 September 1945 - 16 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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