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USS Atascosa (AO-66)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Oscar - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (7) - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (2)
Atascosa Class Fleet Oiler:
Laid down, 30 April 1942, as SS Esso Columbia for the Panama Transports Co., at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched, 7 September 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 12 October 1942
Commissioned USS Atascosa (AO-66), 9 November 1942, LCDR. Melvin H. Bassett in command
During World War II USS Atascosa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Asiatic-Pacific Raids - 1944
Palau, Yap, Ulithi, Woleai raid, 30 March to 1 April 1944
|Iwo Jima operation
Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 15 February to 2 March 1945
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Assault on Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 20 March to 2 June 1945
Luzon attacks, 6 and 13 November, 14 to 16 December 1944
|3d Fleet operations against Japan, 10 to 23 July and 9 to 15 August 1945
Luzon attacks, 6 to 7 January 1945
Formosa attacks, 9, 15 and 21 January 1945
China coast attacks, 12 and 16 January 1945
Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
Following World War II USS Atascosa was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 10 to 23 September 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
Decommissioned, 21 January 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, at the US Maritime Commission Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benicia, CA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 26 May 1947, (pending sale to Panama Transports Co.
Sold to the Standard Oil Company of New Jersey, 3 October 1947, renamed SS Esso Syracuse, in 1961 renamed SS Esso Buffalo
Final Disposition, sold to General Cargo Corporation, for use in construction of the freighter SS Spitfire, using the after 274.5 ½ ft. of Esso Buffalo (ex-USS Atascosa) and 329' of the forepart of Esso Columbia
Displacement 5,730 t.(lt) 24,660 t.(fl)
Length 547' 3"
Speed 15.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 17,150 DWT
Oil 136,300 Bbls
Gasoline 534,000 Gals
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
four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 156,000 barrels
NSFO 6,135 Bbls
one Westinghouse turbine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 730°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 300Kw 240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 25Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 8,200 shp
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US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 19-N-43373
||USS Atascosa (AO-66) underway off Norfolk Navy Yard, 14 March 1943, outbound for the Pacific. Note she has a deck cargo of four PT boats, probably to be off-loaded in New Caladonia.
||Mike Green and Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 19-N-43374
USS Atascosa (AO-66)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Bassett, Melvin Hughes||9 November 1942 - 4 June 1943|
|02||CDR. de Rivera, Horace Leland||4 June 1943 = 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
Last Updated 12 July 2013
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