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USS Oconee (AOG-34)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Mike
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Oconee (AOG-34) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II

Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker
  • Laid down, 18 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1531) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 19 November 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy, 23 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Oconee (AOG-34), 23 December 1944, LT. Joseph T. Collins, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Oconee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Oconee was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September to 13 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 March 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 1 July 1946, for disposal
  • Sold for commercial service, 25 April 1947, to Compania Maritima Brazilia for $225,000.00, renamed M/V Piratini, reflagged Brazilian.
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 50
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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 Oconee (AOG-34)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Collins, Joseph Thomas, USCG12 January 1945 - 28 March 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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Oconee (AOG-34)
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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