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USS Kanawha (AOG-31)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Juliet
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
USS Kanawha was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Sequatchie Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 30 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1528) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 18 October 1944
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 13 November 1944
Commissioned USS Kanawha (AOG-31), 23 November 1944, LT. Charles J. Byrne, USCGR, in command
During World War II USS Kanawha was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Kanawha was assigned to Occupation service from 3 October to 14 November 1945
Decommissioned, 23 March 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 4 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 February 1964, to National Metal and Steel Corp. (PD-X-657 dated 14 January 1964) for $13,560.44, withdrawn from the Suisun
Bay Reserve Fleet and delivered to National Metal and Steel Corp., 2 March 1964
Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
Length 220' 6"
Draft 13' 1"
Speed 10 kts.
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
three single 20mm AA gun mounts
Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
Oil 12,100 Bbls
Diesel 200 Bbls
Fairbanks-Morse Diesel 37E16 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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USS Kanawha (AOG-31)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Byrne, Charles James, USCG||23 November 1944 - 3 April 1945|
|02||LT. Frost, George Thomas, USCG||3 April 1945 - 27 September 1945|
|03||LTjg. Phillips, Louis Alexander, USCG||27 September 1945 - 23 March 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Kanawha (AOG-31)
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 9 December 2016
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