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USS Calamus (AOG-25)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Juliet
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
USS Calamus was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission (MC hull 1522) contract at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 4 May 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, and Commissioned, USS Calamus (AOG-25), 7 July 1944, LT. W. Hord, USCGR, in command
During World War II USS Calamus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 7 April to 30 june 1945
Following World War II USS Calamus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 30 January 1946
While at Okinawa Calamus was beached as a result of Typhoon Louise, 9 October 1945, re-floated 24 October 1945, repaired and returned to service
Decommissioned, 15 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 4 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.; Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 2 March 1964, to National Metal and Steel Corp.
USS Calamus received one battle star for service in World War II
Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
Length 220' 6"
Draft 13' 11"
Speed 10 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
three single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
Oil 12,100 Bbls
Diesel 200 Bbls
Fairbanks-Morse Diesel 37E16 direct drive
Ship's Service Generators
one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
two Diesel-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 800shp
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||USS Calamus (AOG-25) underway off San Francisco, CA., circa March 1946.
US Navy photo # NH 78644 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
|US Naval Historical Center
||USS Calamus (AOG-25) blown aground by Typhoon Louise at Naha, Okinawa, 12 October 1945. Unlike her sisters USS Sheepscot (AOG-24) and USS Sacandaga (AOG-40), which were destroyed in place after being wrecked in typhoons, Calamus was refloated within about three weeks and fully repaired.
Photo courtesy Shipscribe.com
USS Calamus (AOG-25)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Hord, W. (USCGR)||7 July 1944 - 1945|
|02||LT. Robinson, G. R. (USCGR)||1945 - 1946|
|03||ENS. Johansan, Julian Elliott (USCG) :RADM||1946 - 15 May 1946 |
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Calamus (AOG-25)
Last Updated 3 January 2014
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