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USS Hiwassee (AOG-29)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Zulu

USS Hiwassee (AOG-29) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Returned to US Navy custody, 22 March 1947
  • 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"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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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    Hiwassee 39k USS Hiwassee (AOG-29) at anchor, date and location unknown. Robert Hurst

    USS Hiwassee (AOG-29)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rawcliffe, Ralph, USCG24 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

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