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USS Chicopee (AO-34)
Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Delta - Mike
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Chicopee Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 14 May 1941 as SS Esso Trenton for Standard Oil of New Jersey at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched, 6 September 1941
Acquired by the US Navy, 3 January 1942
Commissioned USS Chicopee (AO-34), 9 February 1942, CDR. Graeme Bannerman in command
During World War II USS Chicopee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Formosa attacks, 3 to 4, 15 and 21 January 1945
Luzon attacks, 6 to 7 January 1945
China Coast attacks, 16 January 1945
Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
|Okinawa Gunto operation
5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March to 21 June 1945
Attack and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
|Iwo Jima operation
Attack and occupation of Iwo Jima, 16 February to 2 March 1945
|3d Fleet operations against Japan, 31 July to 15 August 1945
Following World War II USS Chicopee was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 29 October 1945
Decommissioned 14 February 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 February 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission for return to her owners, Standard Oil of New Jersey, 1 July 1946
1946 - Reverted to SS Esso Trenton
1947 - Renamed SS Esso Chattanooga
1963 - Bought by Sea-Land for conversion to a container ship, using the fore
and aft ends of SS Esso Chattanooga coupled to a new midship body built by
Blohm & Voss and fitted at Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, emerging as SS San Francisco (16401grt, 607ft x 78ft).
1978 - Bow and stern replaced by Mitsubishi, Kobe retaining the 1963 mid-body.
1978 - Renamed SS Sea-Land Adventurer (17618grt)
1989 - Renamed SS Sea Adventure
1999 - Renamed SS Maersk Constanza
2000 - Renamed SS Sea Adventure
2002 - Renamed SS Maersk Koper
Current Disposition, active in commercial service
Chicopee earned four battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 5,375 t.(lt) 22,325 t.(fl)
Draft 30' 9"
Speed 18 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
Cargo Capacity 15,800 DWT
Oil 115,700 Bbls
Gasoline 667,000 Gals
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 131,600 barrels
NSFO 9,900 Bbls
one General Electric geared turbine
two Babcock & Wilcox "D"-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double General Electric Main reduction gears
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 400Kw 240V D.C.
one turbo-drive 50Kw 240V D.C.
single propeller 9,000shp
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||USS Chicopee (AO-34) at Bizerte, Tunisia, 14 May 1944.
||Stanley C. Svec
||USS Chicopee (AO-34) at Oran, Algeria, 24 May 1944.
||Stanley C. Svec
||USS Chicopee (AO-34) underway in the Mediterranean Sea enroute to Casablanca, Morocco, 2 June 1944.
||Stanley C. Svec
||USS Chicopee (AO-34) during underway refueling of a destroyer, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS Chicopee (AO-34) conducts a replenishment at sea with USS Wasp (V-18), circa sometime in late 1944-early 1945.
Courtesy US Navy and Marine Corps Museum/Naval Aviation Museum. Photo No. 1977.031.074.098
||USS Chicopee (AO-34) refueling USS Intrepid (CV-11) to port while simultaneously refueling USS Norman Scott (DD-690) to starboard, Pacific Ocean, 10 April 1945
||USS Chicopee (AO-34) underway, date and location unknown.
||Ex-USS Chicopee (AO-34) underway as the Sea-Land Service Inc. containership SS San Francisco approaching her berth, date and location unknown. Originally copyrighted by Alex Duncan
||SS San Francisco underway in the Malacca Strait, early 1970s.
Photo copyright Airfoto Malacca.
||Ex-USS Chicopee (AO-34) underway as SS Maersk Koper at Heraklion, Greece on 20 March 2006.
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CAPT. Bannerman, Graeme||9 February 1942 - 12 August 1943|
|02||CDR. Brandt, Buell Fromern||12 August 1943 - 18 December 1943|
|04||LCDR. Peak, Charles Oscar||18 December 1943 - 6 August 1945|
|04||LCDR. Lehland, Trygve Mason||August 1945 - 14 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 9 May 2014
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