Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.


NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive


Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Contributed by Al Grazevich

USS Genesee (AOG-8)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Bravo - Juliet
NCBJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons





Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (28 April 1968) - Navy Unit Commendation - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal (1)
Fourth Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2-Vietnam, 1 July 58 - 3 July 65) - Vietnam Service Medal (5) - Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation (6)
Sixth Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (1-KIA Arthur Ball SFM3, 22 April 1968)

USS Genesee (AOG-8) was transferred to Chile, renamed Beagle
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Cargill Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 23 September 1943
  • Commissioned USS Genesee (AOG-8), 27 May 1944, LT. Charles. R. Heath USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Genesee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 20 May to 30 June 1945

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

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 14 December 1945 
    26 January to 17 December 194726 January to 17 December 1947

  • Decommissioned, 16 December 1949, at Mare Island Navy Yard
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 28 July 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Genesee participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter Campaign
    25 February to 1 March 1952
    1, 7 to 8 and 15 to 16 April 1952

  • During the Vietnam War USS Genesee participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    4 July to 24 September 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase IV
    31 March to 30 June 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    3 June to 30 June 1966
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase IV
    1 July to 6 July 1968, 8 August to 16 October 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive-Phase II
    1 to 12 July 1966, 26 August to 25 October 1966
     

  • Decommissioned, 25 June 1972
  • Loaned to Chile, date unknown
  • Transferred to Chile under terms of the Security Assistance Program, 9 November 1987, renamed Beagle
  • Struck from the US Naval Register, 25 June 1992
  • Decommissioned by the Chilean Navy in January 1992
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
  • USS Genesee earned one battle star for World War II service, one battle star for Korean War service and five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(lim)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts. (trial speed)
    Complement
    9 officers
    118 enlisted
    Largest boom capacity 3 tons
    Armament
    four 3"/50 dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity
    Oil 7,975 Bbls.
    Gasoline 410,500 Gals.
    Ship's service generators
    two 225Kw 240V D.C.
    one 10Kw 240V D.C.
    Fuel Capacities 2,240 Bbls. diesel
    Propulsion
    two General Motors 16-278A diesel engines
    single Fairbanks Morse main reduction gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 3,300shp

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Contributed
    By
    Genesee 405k USS Genesee (AOG-8) in Mississippi River Lock No. 15 at Rock Island, IL. in tow of Federal Barge Lines Towboat James W. Good, 19 April 1944. She is painted in camouflage scheme 32/2D. John Fitzgerald, Archivist, USACE, Rock Island District.
    Genesee 81k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown. She is painted in camouflage scheme 32/2D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan.
    Genesee 137k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, overhead view, date and location unknown. She is painted in camouflage scheme 32/2D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Genesee 106k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown. She wears camouflage scheme 32/2D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Genesee 165k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown. She is painted in camouflage scheme 32/2D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Genesee 75k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown. Genesee wears camouflage scheme 32/2D. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Genesee 191k USS Genesee (AOG-8) decommissioning at US Naval Shipyard Mare Island , Vallejo, CA., 16 December 1949. Left to right; LT. R. F. Hopkins, Commanding Officer; CAPT. B. E. Bacon, Jr., Commander, Mare Island Groups, Pacific Reserve Fleet and CDR M. K. Clementson, Commanding Officer Sub Group Two, Pacific Reserve Fleet. Darryl Baker
    Genesee 144k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Genesee 143k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Genesee 77k Pearl Harbor, HI, 11 April 1969, in background USS Genesee (AOG-8),
    foreground, USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22), FTM2 Nelson,
    second from left, far right GMMC Northcut
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Genesee 109k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Genesee 94k USS Genesee (AOG-8) underway in 1965, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    USS Genesee (AOG-8)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01 LT. Heath, Charles Richard USNR 27 May 1944 - 31 December 1944
    02 LT. Halbert, Damon Howard USN 31 December 1944 - ?
    03 LT. Simms, Ernest Edgar USN 23 April 1947 - 1949
    04 LT. Hopkins, R. F. 1949 - 14 December 1949
      Decommissioned14 December 1949 - 28 July 1950
    05 LT. Mumford, Homer Ellis no dates
    06 LCDR. Burt, Thomas Evan no dates
    07 LCDR. Hoye II, James Mitchell1961
    08 LCDR. Gurke, Donald Lee July 1965 - June 1967
    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
    Genesee's Vietnam history

    Back To The Navsource Photo Archives Main Page Back To The Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The Gasoline Tanker (AOG) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 5 December 2014