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USS Wautauga (AOG-22)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Tango - Whiskey
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

USS Wautauga (AOG-22) was transferred to the Republic of China, renamed ROCS Yu Chuan (AO-303)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Originally assigned the name MV Conroe by the Maritime Commission
  • Laid down, 14 June 1943, as MV Wautauga, a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 791) at Todd-Galveston Dry Dock Inc., Galveston, TX.
  • Launched, 10 January 1944
  • Commissioned USS Wautauga (AOG-22), 28 September 1944, LT. Robert E. McAllister, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Wautauga was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 26 April 1947, at Subic Bay Navy Yard, P.I.
  • Transferred to the Republic of China, renamed ROCS Yu Chuan (AO-303)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 13 July 1948
  • Final Disposition, scrapped by Taiwanese Navy in 1959
    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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    USS Wautauga (AOG-22)
    Wautauga 102k USS Wautauga (AOG-22) builders completion photo, underway near Huston, TX., 9 October 1944. Wautaugawas the second of four ships of this class built at Galveston, Texas, and completed at Houston. The upward sweep of the lower rubbing strake at the bow was steeper on the Texas-built ships than on the ones from Bayonne, otherwise they were nearly identical.
    US National Archives RG-19-LCM, Photo No. 19-N-76170 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    ROCS Yu Chuan (AO-303)
    Wautauga 18k ROCS Yu Chuan (AO-303, [ex-USS Wautauga (AOG-22)] underway, date and location unknown. Photo courtesy Robert Hurst

    USS Wautauga (AOG-22)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. McAllister, Robert Edward, USNR28 September 1944 - 21 November 1945
    02LT. Rountree Jr., Bert T., USNR21 November 1945 - 31 January 1946
    03ENS. Doban, Robert C., USNR31 January 1946 - 19 February 1946
    04LTjg. Miller, R. C., USNR19 February 1946 - 10 July 1946
    05LT. Berg, Kenneth Leroy, USN10 July 1946 - 26 Aprol 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

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