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USS Gualala (AOG-28)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Victor
NHUV

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:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Western New Guinea operation
  • 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 846 t.(lt) 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 17'
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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)
    Gualala 42k Ex-USS Gualala (AOG-28) underway, circa 1948 while in service as the Brazilian navy oiler Rijo (G-20), location unknown. Robert Hurst
    Gualala 324k Rijo (G-20) underway, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS Gualala (AOG-28)
    DANFS history entry located on at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    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
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    Last Updated 21 January 2011