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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, D-M, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Chehalis was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Lost by explosion, with the lose 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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||USS Chehalis (AOG-48) underway, date and location unknown.
||Paul Gryniewicz, AOG-56
||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)
|01||LT. Rifenburgh, Edward Garris||5 December 1944 - 7 October 1945|
|02||LT. Howard, Marlin J.||7 October 1945 - 1946|
|03||LT. Tyler, Claude Leonidus||no dates|
|04||LT. Breezley, J. W.||1949 - 7 October 1949|
|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
marinelink.com "NAVSEA Removes Fuel from Sunken WW II Era Ship"
Last Updated 5 July 2013
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