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USS Natchaug (AOG-54)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Zulu - November
NCZN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)



USS Natchaug (AOG-54) was transferred to Greece and renamed HS Arethousa (A-377)
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 15 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract, at Cargill, Inc., Savage, MN.
  • Launched, 6 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Natchaug (AOG-54), 16 July 1945, LT. Harry E. Goza, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Natchaug was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • During the Korean War USS Natchaug participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Spring Offensive, 14 to 18 June 1951

  • USS Natchaug was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    18 to 25 November 194926 February to 7 March 1948
    13 to 30 July 195019 to 24 April 1955
     27 to 31 May 1955
     23 to 26 June 1955

  • Decommissioned, 24 July 1959 and transferred to Greece, renamed HS Arethousa (A-377)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1959
  • Final Disposition, decommissioned by the Greek Navy in 2003, to be disposed of as a target, date unknown
  • USS Natchaug received one battle star for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,846 t.(lt), 4,335 t.(fl)
    Length 310' 9"
    Beam 48' 6"
    Draft 15' 8"
    Speed 14 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 116
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo 2,040 DWT
    Oil 7,975 Bbls
    Gasoline 410,500 Gals
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 2,240 Bbls.
    Propulsion
    four 980 hp GM 16-278A 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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    Natchaug 128k USS Natchaug (AOG-54) underway date and location unknown Paul Gryniewicz
    Courtesy Larry Sullivan
    HS Arethousa (A-377)
    Natchaug 20k Ex-USS Natchaug (AOG-54) in Greek naval service as HS Arethousa (A-377) underway, date and place unknown Robert Hurst
    Natchaug 60k HS Arethousa (A-377) underway, date and place unknown.
    Official Greek Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1967-1968."
    Mike Green
    Natchaug 41k HS Arethousa (A-377) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
    Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition..
    Robert Hurst
    Natchaug 38k HS Arethousa (A-377) in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta, circa 1968. Robert Hurst
    Natchaug 36k HS Arethousa (A-377) ships crest Tony Vrailas

    USS Natchaug (AOG-54)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Goza, Harry Ellis, USNR16 July 1945 - 17 November 1945
    02LT. Pickering, Clifford Glenn17 November 1945 - 1946
    03LT. Gould, Floyd Howard1946 - ?
    04LT. Howe, Richard Bradford, USN1958
    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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