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USS Mattabesset (AOG-52)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Zulu - Alpha
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 - World War II Victory Medal
Bottom Row - Navy Occupation Medal (with Asia and Europe clasps) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Lebanon)

Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 6 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Cargill, Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 11 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Mattabesset (AOG-52), 16 June 1945, LCDR. Norman O. W. Adams, Jr., USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Mattabesset (AOG-52) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Mattabesset was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 20 October 1945 to 9 December 1946
  • While assigned to the Atlantic Fleet USS Mattabesset was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    24 September 1951 to 20 March 1952
    31 August 1952 to 31 January 1953
    7 June to 16 November 1953
    29 May to 30 August 1954
    16 December 1954 to 31 July 1955
  • Decommissioned at Norfolk, VA. and struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1968
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Title transfer to the Maritime Administration, 26 June 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 June 1969, to Peck Iron & Metal Co., (PD-X-833 dated 3 June 1969), for $26,863.42, delivered, 15 July 1969
    Displacement 1,846 t.(lt), 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 116
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    six twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 2,040 DWT
    Oil 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls.
    Diesel-Electric Drive - four General Electric 16-278A, 980hp 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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    Mattabesset 85k USS Mattabesset (AOG-52) under way, date and location unknown. Paul Gryniewicz USS Noxubee
    Mattabesset 204k USS Mattabesset (AOG-52) at anchor in the Harbor at Valletta, Malta, date unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    Mattabesset 184k USS Mattabesset (AOG-52) conducting an underway replenishment, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS Mattabesset (AOG-52)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Adams, Jr., Norman Otto Wilhelm, USNR16 June 1945 - 7 December 1945
    02LT. Gerecter, John Mason, USNR7 December 1945 - 15 April 1946
    03LT. Skinner, Frank Carrick, USN15 April 1946 - 15 June1946
    04LCDR. Ward, Rudolph Lee, USN15 June 1946 - 1947
    05LCDR. Henc, Charles, USN1947 - ?
    06LT. Zinsler, Frank George, USN (USMMA 1945)1955 - 1957
    07LCDR. Treadwell Jr., Lawrence Penfield, USN (USNA 1951)1957 - June 1958
    08LT. Johnson, Ivar Alex, USNJune 1958 - 1959
    09LT. Rodgers, Thomas Arthur, USN1959 - 17 July 1961
    10LT. Hayes Jr., James Clero, USN17 July 1961 - 1 February 1963
    11LT. Demmin, Lester Franz, USN1 February 1963 - 1964
    12LT. Roberts, Ned Cooper, USN (USNA 1956)1964 - 15 October 1965
    13LT. Brown, John William, USN15 October 1965 - 1967
    14LT. Ungemach, Seibert Arthur, USN1967 - 30 September 1968
    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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    MARAD Vessel History Database
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