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USS Allagash (AO-97)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Uniform - Zulu
NJUZ
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Club Flush (X)ray - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)

Cimarron Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 26 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T3-S2-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2559) at Bethlehem Steel Shipyard, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 14 April 1945
  • Commissioned USS Allagash (AO-97), 21 August 1945, LCDR. Howard C. Plummer, USNR, in command
  • Decommissioned, 21 December 1970, at Boston, MA.
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration, 13 November 1971, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 22 March 1976, to Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. (PD-X-1004) dated 16 March 1976, for $386,131.00. Withdrawn for the Reserve Fleet 22 March 1976, delivered to Hugo Neu Corp, Newark N. J.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,236 t.(lt) 25,440 t.(fl)
    Length 553'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.3 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 282
    Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
    Armament
    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
    NSFO 123,700Bbls
    Gasoline 788,000Gals
    Fuel Capacity 15,000 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Bethlehem geared turbines
    four Foster and Wheeler K-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 400Kw 230V A.C.
    one Diesel-drive 150Kw 230V A.C.
    twin propellers, 13,500shp

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    Allagash 31k USS Allagash (AO-97) at anchor, date and location unknown Tommy Trampp
    Allagash 110k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown Robert Hurst
    Allagash 204k USS Oriskany (CVA-34), USS Allagash (AO-97), and USS Compton (DD-705) refueling at sea, circa 1952. Note: The original mount card for this photo bears the date 17 August 1954, but it could not have been taken after about May 1952, when Oriskany went to the Pacific Fleet. Compton remained in the Atlantic at that time, and thereafter.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-642730 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Allagash 98k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way in the Mediterranean Sea with USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) coming alongside, 19 May 1953 Photo by Larry Bohn
    Allagash 136k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Albany (CA-123) and USS Leyte (CV-32), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Carey
    Allagash 162k USS Allagash (AO-97) in port Barcelona, Spain, probably July 1956.
    Photo photo-blog FOTOdeMAR, Photo # 16035F, courtesy Museu Marítim de Barcelona
    Fabio Peña
    Allagash 86k USS Allagash (AO-97) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, circa 1957-59 Photo by Leslie Levins SM2 USS Lester
    Allagash 1142k USS Allagash (AO-97), center, refuels, USS Essex (CVA-9) and USS Fiske (DDR-842) during training exercises at sea. Awaiting their turn to take on fuel are two sister ships of Fiske which will move alongside the Allagash when the others complete their refueling process, 27 August 1958.
    US Navy photo # 330-PS-9118.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Allagash 103k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Donald J Holland SKC, USN Retired
    USS Allagash September 1961 to February 1963
    Allagash 68k USS Allagash (AO-97) at East Boston in August 1961. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 48k USS Allagash (AO-97) steams ready to provide fuel oil to the approaching USS Shangri La (CVA-38) (background), 26 April 1962
    US Navy Photo # USN 1061093 by PH1 H. Lynn.
    Robert Hurst
    Allagash
    US National Archives photo # USN 1061088
    116k USS Shangra-La (CVA-38) and USS Purdy (DD-734) refuel from USS Allagash (AO-97) in the Mediterranean, 26 April 1962.
    US National Archives photo #'s USN 1061088, K-26858 and K-26859 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Allagash
    US National Archives photo # K-26858
    148k
    Allagash
    US National Archives photo # K-26859
    166k
    Allagash 113k USS Allagash (AO-97) at South Boston Naval Annex in September 1962. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 93k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Brownson (DD-868) off Newport, R.I. in 1962.
    Photo by Marvin Dockery, USN from the USS Brownson Association Gallery
    Robert Hurst
    Allagash 97k USS Allagash (AO-97) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Allagash 78k USS Allagash (AO-97) in the Mediterranean Sea, during an underway replenishment of USS Chilton (APA-38), circa 1966-67. Warren Polenesky USS San Marcos
    Allagash 430k USS Allagash (AO-97) anchored off Villefranche, France, 1 January 1968. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Allagash 180k USS America (CVA-66) prepares to refuel from USS Allagash (AO-97), 22 October 1969, in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1142917 a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Allagash 165k USS America (CVA-66) refuels from USS Allagash (AO-97), 22 October 1969, in the Atlantic Ocean.
    US National Archives photo #'s USN 1142917, USN 1142915 and USN 1142911 US Navy photos now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Allagash
    US National Archives photo # USN 1142915
    203k
    Allagash
    US National Archives photo # USN 1142911
    220k
    Allagash 80k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS Koelsch (DE-1049) , during Operation Squeezeplay V, 14 June 1970. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 88k USS Allagash (AO-97) refueling USS McCloy (DE-1038) during Operation Squeezeplay V, 14 June 1970. ©Richard Leonhardt
    Allagash 52k USS Allagash (AO-97) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Allagash 71k USS Allagash (AO-97) Officers Motor Boat tying up at a small boat landing, date and location unknown. Bob Hall USS Tidewater courtesy Al Murray USS Tidewater
    Allagash 37k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Allagash 55k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Allagash 60k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Allagash 68k USS Allagash (AO-97) under way, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Allagash, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Plummer, Howard C. USNR21 August 1945 - 21 November 1945
    02CAPT. Kaitner, William Eugene21 November 1945 - 27 June 1946
    03CAPT. Galbraith, William Jackson :RADM27 June 1946 - 29 March 1947
    04LCDR. Swart, Elliott M. USNR29 March 1947 - 7 April 1947
    05CDR. Mott II, Elias Bertram7 April 1947 - 27 August 1948
    06CAPT. Wilson Jr., Balch Beall27 August 1948 - 24 May 1949
    07CAPT. Kennaday, John Martin24 May 1949 - 7 November 1949
    08CAPT. Standley Jr., William Harrison :RADM7 November 1949 - 8 April 1950
    09CAPT. Maher, Joseph Benedict :RADM8 April 1950 - 6 December 1951
    10CAPT. Aichel, Alfred Montague6 December 1951 - 25 November 1952
    11CDR. Carlson, Wesley William25 November 1952 - 29 September 1954
    12CAPT. Seymour, Jack Murray29 September 1954 - 7 October 1955
    13CAPT. Sieglaff, William Bernard (Barney) :RADM7 October 1955 - 4 September 1956
    14CAPT. Perkins, William Beckwith :RADM4 September 1956 - 1 July 1957
    15CAPT. Rider, Eugene Carter1 July 1957 - 29 August 1958
    16CAPT. Foote, John Joseph29 August 1958 - 16 September 1959
    17CAPT. Thomas, William Bismarck16 September 1959 - 21 September 1960
    18CAPT. Lambing, Charles Leroy21 September 1960 - 10 September 1961
    19CAPT. Smith, Ellsworth Nelson10 September 1961 - 3 October 1962
    20CAPT. Wright, Whitney3 October 1962 - 8 November 1963
    21CAPT. Warner Jr., Arthur Hobart8 November 1963 - 29 October 1964
    22CAPT. Lanier, Samuel Lefcourt29 October 1964 - 12 November 1965
    23CAPT. Snyder, Edwin Knowlson (Ted) :VADM12 November 1965 - 13 September 1966
    24CAPT. Manship, Herbert Kaminer13 September 1966 - 1 August 1967
    25CAPT. Lyons, Kenneth Hugh1 August 1967 - 14 October 1968
    26CAPT. Gammill, James Lanahan14 October 1968 - 13 December 1969
    27CAPT. Rae Jr., William Clark13 December 1969 - 2 September 1970
    28LCDR. Farley Jr., Edward Bigelow2 September 1970 - 21 December 1970
    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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