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USS Kaloli (AOG-13)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Victor - Hotel
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Kaloli Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Charleston Shipbuilding & Drydock Co., Charleston, S.C., as MT Flying A for Tidewater Associated Oil Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Launched in 1941
  • Acquired by the Navy at Honolulu and commissioned USS Kaloli (AOG-13), 29 April 1942, LCDR. George H. Chapman, Jr.,USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Kaloli was assigned to Service Squadron 8 in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 7 December 1945, at New York, transferred to War Emergency Tankers Inc. at Bayonne N.J.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
  • Re-delivered to Tidewater Associated Oil Co., 13 February 1946
  • Reported as laying derelict at Harahan, LA. March 1976 (Lloyd's Confidential)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 3,610 t.(fl)
    Length 256'
    Beam 43'
    Draft 14' 10"
    Speed 9.5 kts.
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 54
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 1,825DWT
    Gasoline 800,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 975 Bbls
    two De La Vergne Co. Diesel engines
    two Diesel-drive 150Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    two propellers, 1,360shp

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    USS Kaloli (AOG-13)
    Kaloli 106k Bureau of Ships Measure 32 Camouflage Design 11-A drawing for the port and starboard sides of USS Kaloli (AOG-13) , dated 1 May 1944. The three colors on the ship's vertical surfaces were light gray (5-L), ocean gray (5-O), and dull black (BK). The decks were painted deck blue.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Kaloli 104k
    Merchant Service Tidewater Associated Oil Co.
    Kaloli 141k Ex-USS Kaloli (AOG-13) in merchant service as MT Flying A in New York Harbor in 1955. Note the decommissioned aircraft carrier Ex-USS Enterprise (CV-6) laid up in the background.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Kaloli (AOG-13)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Chapman Jr., George Herbert, USNR29 April 1942 - 22 December 1943
    02LT. Fisher, Conrad Wilhelm, USNR22 December 1943 - ?
    03LT. Deeble, Earl William, USNR15 February 1945 - 7 December 1945
    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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