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USNS Ocklawaha (T-AO-84)
Ocklawaha (AO-84) (1948 - 1949)
USS Ocklawaha (AO-84) (1944 - 1946)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - India - Echo
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 - Asiatic-Pacific Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Suamico Class Fleet Oilerr:
Laid down, 10 February 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T2-SE-A1) tanker hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1263) at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
Launched, 9 June 1943
Commissioned USS Ocklawaha (AO-84), 9 March 1944, CDR. Walter L. Sorenson in command
During World War II USS Ocklawaha (AO-83) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 July to 15 August 1944
Following World War II USS Ocklawaha 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 30 May 1946||8 September 1945 to 30 May 1946
Decommissioned, 19 July 1946
Struck from the Naval Register, 23 April 1947
Laid up, 12 May 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
Withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 10 October 1947, to Trinidad Corp. under a General Agency Agreement
Reacquired by the Navy, 22 May 1948 for reactivation at Boston
Operated under contract to Naval Transportation Service (NTS) by Marine Transport Lines, Inc
Reinstated in the Naval Vessel Register and placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Ocklawaha (T-AO-84), 1 October 1949
Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 9 June 1959 and simultaneously transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve
Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Struck from the Naval Register, 29 March 1971
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 September 1975, to Luria Bros. & Co. Inc. (PD-X-998) dated 16 July 1975, for $390,525.78,
withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, to River Development Corp., Kearny, N. J., arrived 20 September 1975
USS Ocklawaha earned two battle stars for World War II 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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||Ocklawaha (AO-84) being moved to her fitting out berth after launching on 9 June 1943 at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
US Maritime Commission photo courtesy Auke Visser's Famous T - Tankers Pages
||Ocklawaha (AO-84) (right) and Sebec (AO-87) (left), fitting out, circa 1943-44, after launching at Marinship, Sausalito, CA.
USS Ocklawaha (AO-84)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Sorenson, Walter Louis||9 March 1944 - 29 November 1944|
|02||LCDR. Foyt, Raymond Charles, USNR||29 November 1944 - 14 July 1945|
|03||LT. Smith, Adolph George, USNR||14 July 1945 - 22 August 1945|
|04||LCDR. Foyt, Raymond Charles, USNR||22 August 1945 - 14 December 1945|
|05||LT. Robinson, Sidney Albert, USNR||14 December 1945 - 22 December 1945|
|06||CDR. Jackson, Joseph Edmund, USN||22 December 1945 - 19 July 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
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 18 November 2016
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