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USS Hiwassee (AOG-29)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
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)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1526) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 30 August 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 17 October 1944
Commissioned USS Hiwassee (AOG-29), 24 October 1944, LT. Ralph Rawcliffe, USCG, in command
During World War II USS Hiwassee 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, 30 April to 30 June 1945
Following World War II USS Hiwassee was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 2 September 1945 to 20 February 1946
Decommissioned, 20 February 1946, custody transferred to US Army
Returned to US Navy custody, 22 March 1947
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
Final Disposition, sold to Luzon Stevedoring Co., date unknown
Final Disposition, fate unknown
USS Hiwassee earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 2,270 t.(fl)
Length 220' 6"
Draft 13' 1"
Speed 10 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA Gun mounts
three twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 1,360 dwt
Oil 12,100 bbls
Diesel 200 bbls
Fairbanks-Morse 37E16 Diesel engine
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 Hiwassee (AOG-29) at anchor, date and location unknown.
USS Hiwassee (AOG-29)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Rawcliffe, Ralph, USCG||24 October 1944 - 20 February 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
US Coast Guard Historian's Office - Hiwassee AOG-29
Last Updated 9 December 2016
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