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USNS Chestatee (T-AOG-49)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Chestatee (AOG-49) (1944 - 1952)
November - Hotel - Victor - Alpha
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
Navy & Marine Corps Medal (CQM Dexter O. Mays) - Purple Heart (27 July 1945 - 5 KIA, 8 WIA)
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 9 December 1943, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Cargill, Inc., Savage, MN.
Launched, 29 April 1944
Commissioned USS Chestatee (AOG-49), 14 December 1944, LT. William N. Ohly, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Chestatee was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Struck a mine, 27 July 1945, in the straits south of Balabac Island while enroute to Brunei Bay, Borneo
Casualties included five killed, eight injured, including the commanding officer, and the ship was damaged by the explosion and resulting fire
Repaired at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and Samar, Chestatee returned to her Philippine operations until 20 November 1945
Decommissioned, 8 April 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 30 June 1946, for lay up in National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay
Reacquired, 23 August 1948, and laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet
Placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Chestatee (T-AOG-49) in March 1952
Placed out of service in May 1954, laid up in Reserve
Placed in service, with MSTS as USNS Chestatee (T-AOG-49) in April 1956
Placed out of service, 8 November 1956, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Status - Arctic Ready
Withdrawn from Reserve and loaned to the US Air Force
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Placed out of service and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 14 September 1962
Returned to the Maritime Administration at Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA due to phase out of the Olympia Reserve Fleet, site, 2 June 1971
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 October 1975, to Levin Metals Corp. (PD-X-1000) for $1,500,000.00, withdrawn and delivered, 20 October 1975
Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,570 t.(fl)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8" (lim)
Speed 14 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity10 t.
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
twelve 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 2,040 DWT
Oil 7,975 Bbls
Gasoline 410,500 Gals
four 980 hp General Motors 6-278A Diesel 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 Chestatee (AOG-49) at anchor in December 1944, location unknown. She is painted in camouflage measure 32 design 3D.
||Jason Mays for his grandfather CQM Dexter O. Mays USN USS Chestatee and Paul Gryniewicz, courtesy Larry Sullivan
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Ohly, William Norbert, USNR||14 December 1944 - 26 July 1945|
|02||LT. Purcell, Francis Xavier, USNR||26 July 1945 - 8 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
Last Updated 16 December 2016
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