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Contributed by Don McGrogan, BMCS, USN Ret. - Popular Patch
USS Winooski (AO-38)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Lima - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Kennebec Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 23 April 1941, as SS Calusa, a Maritime Commission type (T2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 144), at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
Launched, 12 November 1941
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 January 1942
Commissioned USS Winooski (AO-38), 27 January 1942, at Baltimore, MD., CDR. Walter C. Ansel in command
During World War II Winooski was first assigned to the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater and later to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater participating in the following campaigns:
Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign
|North African operation
Algeria-Morocco landings, 8 to 11 November 1943
Lingayen Gulf landings, 4 to 15 January 1945
|Invasion of southern France, 15 August to 25 September 1944
||Consolidation and capture of Southern Philippines
Mindanao Island landings, 17 to 23 April and 3 to 4 May 1945
Following World War II USS Winooski was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 to 25 January 1946
Decommissioned, 30 April 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Winooski earned four battle stars during World War II
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, 1 August 1946, name reverted to SS Calusa
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
Sold, 3 March 1947, to Sinclair Refining Co., renamed SS Samuel L Fuller
Sold, 13 December 1963, to International Shipping & Trading Corp., renamed SS Seanymph
Sold, 19 October 1964, for $1, 598,949.00, re-flagged Liberian
Renamed SS Meracoulosa in December 1965
Final Disposition, scrapped, at Kaohsiung in September 1965
Displacement 6,013 t.(lt) 21,580 t.(fl)
Length 501' 5"
Draft 30' 9"
Speed 16.7 kts.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
Cargo Capacity 14,750 DWT
Oil 109,600 Bbls
Gasoline 689,000 Gals
NSFO 109,600 Bbls
Gasoline 689,000 Gals
one Westinghouse geared turbine
two Foster Wheeler "P" type boilers, 420psi 725°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
one turbo-drive 50Kw 240V D.C.
two turbo-drive 300Kw 240V A.C.
single propeller, 12,000shp
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||USS Winooski (AO-38) under repair at Casablanca, Morocco, 18 November 1942. She was torpedoed off Fedala 11 November 1942 by
U-173. Torpedo hole is visible below mast.
US National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-31204, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Winooski (AO-38) under way, 15 October 1943, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USS Winooski (AO-38) at anchor, probably during the summer or fall of 1942, location unknown. Her camouflage scheme is measure 22.
National Archives, College Park, Record Group 313, US Navy CINCPAC Confidential Files 1943-45 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Winooski (AO-38) at Manila, P.I. in 1945. Note her camouflage scheme has been changed to measure 32 design 6AO.
Photo by Fred Arouz and Thomas McKnight.
|Thomas McKnight GM3/c USS Winooski
||Aerial port quarter view of USS Winooski (AO-38) under way, date and location unknown
US Navy photo #80-G-200299
|Robert M. Cieri
USS Winooski (AO-38)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Ansel, Walter C.||27 January 1942 - ?|
|02||CAPT. Barrett, John Paul Barker :RADM||21 July 1942 - 21 July 1942 |
|03||CDR. Murphy, John Edward||21 July 1942 - 3 April 1943 |
|04||CAPT. Barrett, John Paul Barker :RADM||3 April 1943 - 21 March 1944|
|05||LCDR. Christenson, T. B.||21 March 1944 - ?|
|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
MARAD Vessel History Database
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