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USS Chehalis (AOG-48)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Tango
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 - Philippine Liberation Medal

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 23 November 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Cargill, Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 15 April 1944
  • Commissioned USS Chehalis (AOG-48), 5 December 1944, LT. Edward G. Rifenburgh, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Chehalis was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Lost by explosion, with the loss of 6 lives, at Tutuila, American Samoa, 7 October 1949
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 27 October 1949
  • Final Disposition, salvaged hulk sold to government of Samoa, 21 October 1955,
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Officers - 8
    Enlisted - 116
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    four 3"/50 dual purpose guns
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,210 DWT
    Oils - 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline - 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel - 2,240 Bbls
    four 980 hp 12-278A General Motors Diesel-electric engines
    single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two Diesel-drive 225Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one Diesel-drive 10Kw 240V D.C.
    two propellers, 3,300shp

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    Chehalis 43k USS Chehalis (AOG-48) underway, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz, AOG-56
    Chehalis 88k USS Chehalis (AOG-48) at anchor, date and location unknown. Chehalis is wearing Camouflage Measure 32 Design 3D in this circa 1944 photo.
    US Navy photo # NH 83319 courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Chehalis (AOG-48)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Rifenburgh, Edward Garris, USNR5 December 1944 - 7 October 1945
    02LT. Howard, Marlin J., USNR7 October 1945 - 28 February 1946
    03LT. Bunting, Robert Louis, USNR28 February 1946 - 12 May 1946
    04LT. Tyler, Claude Leonidus, USN12 May 1946 - 16 July 1946
    05LCDR. Kupens, Harry Joseph, USN16 July 1946 - 14 October 1948
    06LT. Breezley, Jesse Wright, USN14 October 1948 - 7 October 1949
    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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