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USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Charlie
NHVC

USS Kalmazoo (AOG-30) 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 - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal



USS Kalmazoo (AOG-30) was transferred to Colombia, renamed ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 7 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1527 at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30), 14 October 1944, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N,Y., LT. Walter Pierson, Jr., USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS Kalamazoo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 May 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Transferred, 26 November 1947, to Colombia, renamed ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    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 12,200 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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    ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
    Kalamazoo 62k Ex-USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30) underway, circa 1948 while in Columbian service as ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62) Robert Hurst

    Kalamazoo (AOG-30)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval Historical Center web site
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Pierson Jr., Walter USCGR14 October 1944 - 31 October 1945
    01LT. Michaels, Charles USCGR31 October 1945 - ?
    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 Kalamazoo (AOG-30)
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    Last Updated 28 June 2013