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USS Chewaucan (AOG-50)

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


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal



USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) was transferred to Colombia and renamed ARC Tumaco (BT-7)
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down in 1943 at Cargill Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 22 July 1944
  • Commissioned USS Chewaucan (AOG-50), 19 February 1945, LT. Joseph M. Price, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned (date unknown)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1975
  • Sold under the Security Assistance Program to Colombia, 1 January 1976, renamed ARC Tumaco (BT-7)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown

    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,570 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8" (lim)
    Speed 14 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 116
    Largest Boom Capacity10 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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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    Chewaucan 43k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) underway, date and location unknown. Her camouflage scheme is measure 32 design 3D.
    US Naval Institute photo.
    Submitted by Brad Barker for his father Donald Barker USS Chewaucan
    Chewaucan 57k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) at Suda Bay, Crete, April 1952 Photo by Larry Bohn USS Chewaucan 1953-57
    Chewaucan 57k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) at Suda Bay, Crete, April 1952 Photo by Larry Bohn USS Chewaucan 1953-57
    Chewaucan 96k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) conducting an UNREP, in the Mediterranean Sea, 1952.
    Photo by Donald Barker.
    Submitted by Brad Barker for his father Donald Barker USS Chewaucan
    Chewaucan 65k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) and Newport News (CA-148) at anchor in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1952.
    Photo by Donald Barker.
    Submitted by Brad Barker for his father Donald Barker USS Chewaucan
    Chewaucan 81k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) refueling from USS Elokomin (AO-55) somewhere in the Atlantic, circa 1952.
    Photo by Donald Barker.
    Submitted by Brad Barker for his father Donald Barker USS Chewaucan
    Chewaucan 84k USS Guavina (AGSS-362) alongside USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) while taking on AVGAS, Suda Bay Crete, December 1956. Photo by Larry Bohn USS Chewaucan 1953-57
    Chewaucan 76k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    Photo by Dr Giorgio Arra from the 1966/67 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships".
    Robert Hurst
    Chewaucan 73k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) in the vicinity of Sardinia, fall 1968 Photo by Jerry Search
    Chewaucan 51k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) underway, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    Chewaucan 236k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) and a steering tug transiting the Corinth Canal in Greece, circa 1972-74. J. MacMichael USS Chewaucan 1972-74
    Chewaucan 274k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) change of command, 1971, at Charleston, S.C., LT. Mac Michael relived LCDR. Colthurst. LT. John (Skip) Mac Michael CO USS Chewaucan 1971-74
    Chewaucan 592k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) Command Officer LT. Mac Michael paying a courtesy call on the Port Captain at Genoa, Italy in the spring of 1973. LT. John (Skip) Mac Michael CO USS Chewaucan 1971-74
    Chewaucan 941k USS Chewaucan (AOG-50) passing under the Cooper River Bridge at Charleston, S.C. while returning from Med deployment in June 1972 LT. John (Skip) Mac Michael CO USS Chewaucan 1971-74

    USS Chewaucan (AOG-50)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Price, Joseph Martin19 February 1945 - 18 March 1945
    02LT. English, William Jonathan18 March 1945 - 1948
    03LT. Larson, Arnold Liberty (Liberty)1948 - 1950
    04LCDR. Kelly, John Hawkin 1950 - 1951
    05LCDR. Saylor, John B.1951 - 1953
    06LT. Erickson, Robert James1953 - 1955
    07LT. Lynch, Richard1955 - 1958
    08LT. Patton, James Eugene1958 - 1960
    09LCDR. Logner, Robert Louis (right)1960 - 1962
    10LT. Banham Jr., Herbert George1962 - November 1962
    11LT. Waldron, Michael JohnNovember 1962 - June1964
    12LT. Russell, Richard William USNJune 1964 - 30 April 1966
    13LT. Andersen, Olaf Christian (Andy) USN30 April 1966 - 8 March 1968
    14LCDR. McKinna, Michael Dennis USN8 March 1968 - 1969
    15LT. Keleher, John Allen1969 - April 1971
    16LT. Colthurst, Wallace R.April 1971 - 1972
    17LT. MacMichael, John Lee (Skip) (image as CAPT)1972 - 10 August 1974
    18LT. McCaffery, Francis Joseph10 August 1974 - . July 1975
    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
    USS Chewaucan Decommissioning and Transfer Ceremony Program

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