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USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Charlie
USS Kalamazoo (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., USCG, 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
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 12,200 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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|ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
||Ex-USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30) under way, circa 1948 while in Columbian service as ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
||ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62), moored, date and location unknown.
Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 45342
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Pierson Jr., Walter, USCG||14 October 1944 - 31 October 1945|
|01||LT. Michaels, Charles, USCG||31 October 1945 - 18 May 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 14 April 2017
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|