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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 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
    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
    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)
    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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