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USS Gualala (AOG-28)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Victor
USS Gualala (AOG-28) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Gualala (AOG-28) was sold to Brazil, renamed Rijo (G-20)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1525) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 3 June 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 19 August 1944
Commissioned USS Gualala (AOG-28), 25 August 1944, LT. Gerald T. Allworth, USCG, in command.
During World War II USS Gualala was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Fleet and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at Kaiser Shipyard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 10 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Sold to Brazil, renamed Rijo (G-20)
Final Disposition, scrapped in 1970
USS Gualala earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
Balikpapan operation, 15 June to 3 July 1945
Displacement 846 t.(lt) 2,270 t.(fl)
Length 220' 6"
Speed 10 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
three single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
Oil 12,100 Bbls
Fairbanks Morse 37E16 Diesel, 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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| Rijo (G-20)
||Ex-USS Gualala (AOG-28) underway, circa 1948 while in service as the Brazilian navy oiler Rijo (G-20), location unknown.
||Rijo (G-20) underway, date and location unknown.
USS Gualala (AOG-28)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Allworth, Gerald Thomas, USCG||25 August 1944 - 29 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Gualala AOG-28
Last Updated 9 December 2016
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