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USNS Cahaba (T-AO-82)
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USS Cahaba (AO-82) (1944 - 1949)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Alpha
NJUA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (8) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)


Escambia Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Lackawapen, later changed to SS Lackawaxen, a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A2) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1261) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
  • Launched, 19 May 1943
  • Commissioned USS Cahaba (AO-82), 14 January 1944, CDR. Edward H. Danesi, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Cahaba (AO-82) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Hollandia operation, 21 to 24 April 1944 Western Caroline Islands operation
    Assaults of the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
    Asiatic-Pacific Raids
    Truk, Sata, Ponape raid, 29 April to 1 May 1944
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assaults and occupation of Iwo Jima, 23 February to 5 March 1945
    Marianas operation
    Capture and Occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
    Battle of Philippine Sea, 19 to 20 June 1944
    2d Bonins raid, 24 June 1944
    Capture and Occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 to 25 June 1945
    Tinian operation, 20 July to 1 August 1944 3d Fleet operation against Japan, 17 July to 15 August 1945

  • Following World War II USS was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    8 September 1945 to 22 March 19468 September 1945 to 22 March 1946

  • Decommissioned, 15 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 8 May 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Withdrawn from reserve, 14 October 1947, for lease to American Petroleum Transport Corp.
  • Reacquired by the Navy, 5 March 1948, at Hoboken, N.J. and assigned to the Naval Transportation Service (NTS) and placed in service as Cahaba (AO-82)
  • Absorbed into the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and place in service as USNS Cahaba (T-AO-82), 8 May 1949
  • Placed out of service, 19 June 1956, and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 20 January 1956, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. Group
  • Struck from the Naval Register. date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Army, 11 May 1966, for Project Powerfloat, converted to a floating power station for Vietnam service at Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Mobile, AL.
  • Custody returned to the Maritime Administration, 30 August 1971, at Qui Nhon, Vietnam
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 August 1971, at Qui Nhon, Vietnam to China Tai Steel, Ltd.
  • USS Cahaba received eight battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,782 t.(lt) 21,880 t.(fl)
    Length 523' 6"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 10"
    Speed 15.1 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 245
    Armament
    one 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,300DWT
    Oil 120,400 Bbls
    Gasoline 575,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 9,235 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox D-type boilers, 600psi 825°
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 450V A.C.
    two turbo-drive 85Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 55Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 50Kw 450V A.C.
    single propeller, 10,000shp

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    Cahaba 76k Stern view of SS Lackawaxen at San Francisco just prior to the start of her conversion for Naval service, 6 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6367-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Cahaba 125k Amidships and forward view of SS Lackawaxen at San Francisco just prior to the start of her conversion for Naval service, 6 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6368-43 from NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files, NAR San Bruno.
    Tracy White
    Cahaba 96k Amidships and aft view of SS Lackawaxen at San Francisco just prior to the start of her conversion for Naval service, 6 September 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6369-43 from NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files, NAR San Bruno.
    Tracy White
    Cahaba 188k USS Cahaba (AO-82) during an underway refueling in the Pacific Ocean of the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) off her port side and the battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) off her starboard side, July 1945 Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cahaba 155k
    Cahaba 146k
    CV-38 Shangri-La 31k USS Cahaba (AO-82) during an underway refueling in the Pacific Ocean of the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La (CV-38) off her port side. Photo taken from USS Iowa (BB-61), July 1945. Pieter Bakels

    USS Cahaba (AO-82)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Danesi, Edward Herman USNR14 January 1944 - 1 June 1944
    02LCDR. Burnbaum, Julius1 June 1944 - 31 October 1945
    03CDR. Brockman Jr., William Herman :RADM31 October 1945 - February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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