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USNS Tallulah (T-AOT-50)
International Radio Call Sign:
USNS Tallulah (T-AO-50) (1949 - c. 1960)
USS Tallulah (AO-50) (1943 - 1949)
November - Uniform - Juliet - Golf
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (15 February 1943) - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Suamico/Pecos Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 1 December 1941, as SS Valley Forge, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC hull 321), at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched, 25 June 1942
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 30 July 1942
Commissioned USS Tallulah (AO-50), 5 September 1942, CDR. Jesse B. Goode in command
During WWII USS Tallulah (AO-50) was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of Southern Solomon Islands, 17 February 1943.
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
Battle of Philippine Sea, 19 to 20 June 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
|Gilbert Islands operation
30 November to 7 December1943
|Iwo Jima operation
Capture and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 February to 2 March 1945
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro Atolls, 29 January to 8 February 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 March 1945
5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 16 March to 9 June 1945
|Asiatic-Pacific Raids - 1944
Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai raid, 30 March to 1 April 1944
Following World War II USS Tallulah (AO-50) was assigned to China service from 2 September to 14 December 1945
Decommissioned 2 April 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 3 October 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Reacquired, and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 1 October 1949, as USNS Tallulah (T-AO-50)
During the Korean War USNS Tallulah (T-AO-50) participated in the following campaign:
Korean War Campaign
|Campaign and Dates
|Second Korean Winter
24 March to 30 April 1952
Reclassified Oil Transporter (T-AOT-50), date unknown
Placed out of service in May 1975
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 31 March 1986
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 18 November 1986, to C.J.W. Shipping and Trading Inc. of San Francisco, CA. for $238,000, scrapped in Taiwan by Chi Shun Hua Steel Co., Ltd.
USS Tallulah earned seven battle stars during World War II service and one battle star for Korean War service
Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 22,380 t.(fl)
Length 523' 6"
Draft 30' 10" (lim)
Speed 15.1 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 7 t.
two single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity NSFO 15,300 DWT
Oil 120,400 Bbls
Gasoline 575,000 Gals
Fuel Capacity 9,235 Bbls
one General Electric turbo-electric engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
two turbo-drive 85Kw 120V D.C.
two turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 450Kw 450V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||USS Tallulah (AO-50) refueling USS Essex (CV-9), to port, and a destroyer, to starboard, probably during the Gilbert Islands operation. Tallulah is wearing camouflage scheme 32/7AO in this photo.
||Bob Pettit and Chet Morris
||USS Tallulah (AO-50) refueling USS Essex (CV-9) in a heavy seas off Luzon, 9 November 1944.
|USNS Tallulah (T-AOT-50)
||USNS Tallulah (T-AOT-50) shuttling water between Florida and Guantanamo Bay Cuba, date unknown.
||Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USNS Tallulah (T-AOT-50) entering Hampton Roads, VA., 9 February 1964.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # USN 1088985
USS Tallulah (AO-50) / USNS Tallulah (T-AO-50) / USNS Tallulah (T-AOT-50)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Goode, Jesse Benjamin||5 September 1942 - 13 March 1944|
|02||LCDR. Huckaby, William F.||13 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
Last Updated 18 April 2014
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