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USNS Chestatee (T-AOG-49)
USS Chestatee (AOG-49) (1944 - 1952)

International Radio Call Sign:
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

Individual Awards

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  • Withdrawn from Reserve and loaned to the US Air Force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 (PD-X-1000) for $1,500,000.00, withdrawn and delivered, 20 October 1975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)
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 116
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel-2,240 Bbls
    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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    Chestatee 108k 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

    Chestatee (AOG-49)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Ohly, William Norbert, USNR14 December 1944 - 27 July 1945
    02LT. Purcell, Francis Xavier, USNR27 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

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