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USS Natchaug (AOG-54)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Zulu - November
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 1949||26 February to 7 March 1948
|13 to 30 July 1950||19 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
Displacement 1,846 t.(lt), 4,335 t.(fl)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8"
Speed 14 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
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.
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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| USS Natchaug (AOG-54)
||USS Natchaug (AOG-54) underway date and location unknown
Courtesy Larry Sullivan
| HS Arethousa (A-377)
||Ex-USS Natchaug (AOG-54) in Greek naval service as HS Arethousa (A-377) underway, date and place unknown
||HS Arethousa (A-377) underway, date and place unknown.
Official Greek Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships 1967-1968."
||HS Arethousa (A-377) underway, circa 1960, location unknown.
Official Royal Hellenic Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1961-62 edition..
||HS Arethousa (A-377) in Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta, circa 1968.
||HS Arethousa (A-377) ships crest
USS Natchaug (AOG-54)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Goza, Harry Ellis, USNR||16 July 1945 - 17 November 1945|
|02||LT. Pickering, Clifford Glenn||17 November 1945 - 1946|
|03||LT. Gould, Floyd Howard||1946 - ?|
|04||LT. Howe, Richard Bradford, USN||1958|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 5 July 2013
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