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USS Tularosa (AOG-43)

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

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 31 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MC 2069) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 17 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Tularosa (AOG-43), 10 January 1945, LTjg. Rex Montgomery Stagner, USN in command
  • During World War II USS Tularosa (AOG-43) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1946
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 28 August 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 January 1964, to National Metals & Steel Corp. (PD-X-695 dated 3 January 1964) for $16,500.00, withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet and delivered to National Metal & Steel Co., 23 January 194.
    Displacement 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 56
    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 12,100 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls
    Fairbanks-Morse 37E16 direct drive Diesel engine
    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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    Tularosa 230k USS Tularosa (AOG-43) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec

    USS Tularosa (AOG-43)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LTjg. Stagner, Rex Montgomery, USN10 January 1945 - 23 April 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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    Last Updated 9 December 2016