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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
Commissioned, USS Calamus (AOG-25), 7 July 1944, LT. William Hord, USCG, 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, 7 February 1964, to National Metal and Steel Corp. for $13,560.55 (PD-X-657)
USS Calamus earned 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)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Hord, William, USCG||7 July 1944 - 1 June 1945|
|02||LT. Robinson, Gerald Roger, USCG||1 June 1945 - 19 November 1945|
|02||LT. Bigler, John E. USCG||19 November 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Calamus (AOG-25)
Last Updated 9 December 2016
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