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USS Towaliga (AOG-42)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Whiskey - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Towaliga (AOG-42) was transferred to the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 29 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 2068) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 29 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Towaliga (AOG-42), 14 December 1944, LT. Robert H. Smith, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Towaliga was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Towaliga was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    23 September 1945 to 16 August 194617 August 1946 to 10 May 1947

  • Decommissioned, 10 May 1947 and transferred to the Republic of China under the lend-lease program
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1948
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts. Complement
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 56
    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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    Towaliga 9k USS Towaliga (AOG-42) moored, date and location unknown. Jack A.Schark

    USS Towaliga (AOG-42)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Smith, Robert Michael, USNR14 December 1944 - 22 August 1945
    02LT. Coover, Mullen Otto, USNR22 August 1945 - 16 March 1946
    03LTjg. Baddeley, Philemon James, USNR16 March 1946 - 17 September 1946
    04LTjg. McPherson, Howard Raymond, USN17 September 1946 - 10 November 1946
    05LTjg. Raihle, Richard Redlin, USNR (USNA 1945)10 November 1946 - 10 December 1946
    06LCDR. Hoppe, William Everett, USN10 December 1946 - 31 January 1947
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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