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USS Sequatchie (AOG-21)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Tango - Sierra
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Sequatchie Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Originally assigned the name MV Royston by the Maritime Commission
  • Laid down, as MV Sequatchie (YOG-51), a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 790), 1 June 1943, at Todd-Galveston Dry Dock Inc., Galveston, TX.
  • Launched, 21 December 1943
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 5 August 1944
  • Commissioned USS Sequatchie (AOG-21), 2 September 1944, LT. Bertram W. Richelt, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Sequatchie (AOG-21) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Sequatchie (AOG-21) was assigned to Occupation service from 27 September to 28 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 7 October 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., name reverted to MV Royston
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by the Maritime Commission, 5 March 1948, to Oil Transfer Corp., renamed MV OTCO Bayway
    Sold, 18 April 1962, to Betty Moran Corp.
    Sold in February 1966 to Boston Fuel Transportation Co. (a Reinauer Transportation subsidiary), renamed MV Ethel Tibbetts
    Sold, 20 May 1975, to Metro Marine and Terminals Ltd., re-flagged Canadian, renamed MV Metro Landry No.1
  • Final Disposition, scuttled in 1979
    Displacement 2,255 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 58
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 1,350 DWT
    Oil 12,100 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity 200 Bbls
    one National Supply Corp. Diesel engine
    single Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp

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    USS Sequatchie (AOG-21)
    Sequatchie 481k USS Sequatchie (AOG-21) returning to San Francisco in March 1946. Note the homeward-bound pennant flying from the main mast.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Merchant Service
    Sequatchie 48k Oil Transportation Co. of New York motor tanker M/T OTCO Bayway (ex-USS Sequatchie (AOG021) moored pierside, opposite the Sinclair, East Chicago refinery.
    Photo, courtesy Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
    Stan Svec

    USS Sequatchie (AOG-21)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Richelt, Bertram W., USNR2 September 1944 - 26 June 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
    TugBoat - Sequatchie
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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