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USS Housatonic (AO-35)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Foxtrot - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Chicopee Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 30 April 1941, as SS Esso Albany for Standard Oil of New Jersey, at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched, 7 September 1941
Delivered to Standard Oil of New Jersey, 10 October 1941
Acquired by the US Navy and converted to a Fleet Oiler
Commissioned, USS Housatonic (AO-35), 9 January 1942, LCDR. Robinson Almerian Boileau, in command
During World War II USS Housatonic was assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|North Africa occupation
Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1942
Formosa attacks, 15 January 1945
||Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 23 February to 7 March 1945
5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 8 April to 11 June 1945
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 12 to 21 June 1945
||3d Fleet operations against Japan, 11 July to 3 August 1945
Following World War II USS Housatonic was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 13 November 1945
Decommissioned 11 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 March 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 October 1946
Sold to her former owners, Standard Oil of New Jersey, 15 October 1947, renamed SS Esso Bethlehem
Sold, 15 June 1962, to Sea-Land Ships Inc., renamed SS Los Angeles
Sold, 29 March 1963, to Beauregard Inc., converted to a containership in 1963, SS Los Angeles was fitted with a new mid-section
Sold. 13 November 1964, to Litton Industries Leasing Corp.
Sold, 28 February 1975, to Reynolds Leasing Corp.
Sold, 23 March 1978, to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd., for scrapping of bow and stern. A new bow and stern were fitted to the1962 mid-section
Sold, 1 August 1978, to Reynolds Leasing Corp., renamed SS Sea-Land Pioneer
Re-flagged Bahamian, 18 June 1989
Sold, 14 July 1989, to Intersea Operations Ltd., Inc.
Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
USS Housatonic earned five battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 5,375 t.(lt) 22,430 t.(fl)
Draft 30' 9" (lim)
Speed 17 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
two twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity 9,960Bbls
one General Electirc geared turbine
two Babcock and 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 Housatonic (AO-35) off Norfolk Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA., 12 September 1942. Her camouflage is measure 12(modified).
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-34862 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Housatonic (AO-35) underway, 21 October 1942, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Housatonic (AO-35) underway, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||USS Housatonic (AO-35) coming alongside USS Ranger (CV-4) to begin a Replenishment at Sea, date and location unknown.
||Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
||Housatonic (AO-35) refueling Ranger (CV-4), date and location unknown.
||Auke Visserīs ESSO Tanker web site
||USS Housatonic (AO-35) refueling USS Wilkes (DD-441) date and location unknown.
From the collection of William J. Mosher located at the National Destroyermens Museum housed aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD-850).
||Ex-USS Housatonic (AO-35) as the Esso tanker SS Esso Bethlehem in port, location unknown, circa early 1950s. ©World Ship Society (W.S.S.)
||Ex-USS Housatonic (AO-35) as the Sea-Land container ship SS Los Angeles, location unknown, circa mid to late 1960s.
©the late Alex Duncan.
USS Housatonic (AO-35)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Boileau, Almerian Robinson||9 January 1942- 31 May 1944|
|02||LCDR. Jacobs Jr., George Roger ||31 May 1944 - 9 November 1944|
|03||LT. Jones, Enoch David||9 November 1944 - 16 November 1944|
|04||LCDR. Ducat, John Reginald||16 November 1944 - December 1945|
|05||CDR. Mather, Paul Luker :RADM||December 1945 - 11 March 1946|
|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 12 July 2013
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