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USS Mettawee (AOG-17)

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November - Charlie - India - Uniform
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines LIberation Medal

Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, as Clearwater (YOG-47), a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A1) tanker hull, 13 August 1942, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 899) at East Coast Shipyard Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 28 November 1942
  • Renamed and reclassified, Mettawee (AOG-17), 25 March 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy, 5 April 1943
  • Commissioned USS Mettawee (AOG-17), 26 August 1943, LTjg. Byron R. Everson, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Mettawee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown)
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 10 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to MV Clearwater
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1964, to National Metals & Steel Corp. for $16,500.00 (PD-X-653), withdrawn from the reserve fleet, 22 January 1964
    Displacement 846 t. (lt) 2,255 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 50
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,360 dwt
    Oil 12,100 bbls
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 200 bbls
    one direct drive Fairbanks-Morse 37E16 Diesel engines
    three Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 720shp

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    Mettawee - The Mettawee River is a tributary of Lake Champlain in western Vermont and eastern New York, passing the town of Granville, New York.
    Tommy Trampp
    154k The Design 16D drawing for the Mettawee class gasoline tankers using T1-M-A1 maritime hulls dated 4 August 1944, is shown. The standard Measure 32 range of colors is specified: dull black (BK), ocean gray (5-O) and light gray (5-L) on vertical surfaces with deck blue (20-B) on horizontal surfaces. This drawing also shows two waterlines: the load waterline and a camouflage line which is probably the light waterline.
    Ships of the U.S. Navy in WWII “Dazzle” Camouflage US National Archives photos 80-G-177455 and 80-G-177456.
    Tommy Trampp
    101k USS Mettawee (AOG-17) probably photographed in September 1943 just after completion of conversion. The secondary antiaircraft battery consisted of four 20mm guns amidships and two on the bridge. This arrangement was also initially fitted to a few of the ships of the Sakatonchee (AOG-19) class, before one or two 40mm singles were added.
    US National Archives photo #s 19-N-51429 and 19-N-51430, US Navy Buships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Mettawee 98k USS Mettawee (AOG-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Mettawee (AOG-17)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Everson, Byron Reginald, USNR26 August 1943 - 1 June 1944
    02LT. Shine, John Fitzgerald, USNR1 June 1944 - 15 December 1945
    03LT. Evans, David Francis, USNR15 December 1945 - 29 March 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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