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USS Yahara (AOG-37)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 28 May to 8 July 1945, Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Sequatchie Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 6 June 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1800) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
Launched, 30 July 1944
Converted for Naval Service at Marine Basin Co., Brooklyn, N.Y.
Commissioned USS Yahara (AOG-37), 29 September 1944, LT. Norman C. Biggs, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Yahara was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 28 May to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, 21 May 1946, at New Orleans, LA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
USS Yahara earned one battle star for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Commission's War Shipping Administration, 5 November 1946
Acquired by the Texas Oil Co. in late 1947 for the company's Norwegian subsidiary, renamed M/V El Caribe reflagged Norwegian
Subsequently sold in September 1952 to the Verbomilia Steamship Co. London, reflagged Great Britain, name retained
Resold to Cousoltanker Co. Ltd. London in 1953, name retained,
Resold to a Soc Meridionale d'Armement, in 1954 and reflagged French, rename retained
Resold in 1957 to A. M. Printezis & G. A. Papadopoulos, reflagged Greece, renamed M/V Crysanthi P.
Resold in 1961 to Cie de Tpts Maritimes de Petrole, renamed M/V Petro Bourg
Resold in 1967 to NE Trais SA, renamed M/V Aghia Trias
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in 1974
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 Yahara (AOG-37)
||USS Yahara (AOG-37) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo courtesy Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
||USS Yahara (AOG-37) at anchor off Okinawa, circa May to December 1945.
Note dented starboard bow which resulted from a collision with Beale (DD-471)
|John S. Sandy for his father
John Sandy MoMM3c, Yahara 9/44-5/46
||M/V El Caribe (ex-USS Yahara (AOG-37) in merchant service tied up pierside, date and location unknown.
US Navy courtesy Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
||M/V Petro Bourg (ex-USS Yahara (AOG-37)) entering the port of Ouistreham, France, in 1964.
Photo courtesy Francois Jouison from Auke Vissar's Famous T-Tanker Pages
USS Yahara (AOG-37)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Biggs, Nehemiah Clark, USNR||29 September 1944 - 26 February 1945|
|02||LT. Hilton, Frank Edward, USNR||26 February 1945 - 9 March 1946|
|03||LTjg. Lussky, Vernon Bomar, USNR||9 March 1946 - 18 April 1946|
|04||LCDR. Modin, Benny C., USNR||18 April 1946 - 21 May 1946|
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 9 December 2016
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