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USS Malanao (AG-44)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Whiskey - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal

Malanao Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
  • Built in 1912 as SS Paraiso by Craig Shipbuilding Co., Long Beach, CA.
  • Chartered by Pacific Coast Steamship Co. of San Francisco in 1914
  • Acquired by Long Beach Steamship Co. 27 October 1916
  • Acquired by Oliver J. Olson & Co., Inc., of San Francisco 24 July 1918, renamed SS Florence Olson
  • Acquired by the Navy, 3 May 1942
  • Converted for Naval service at General Engineering & Drydock Co., Alameda, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Malanao (AG-44), 3 June 1942, LCDR. Harry L. Liberg USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Malanao was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned 18 February 1946 at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 12 March 1946
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, 4 June 1946, at Mare Island Navy Yard
    Displacement 2,273 t.
    Length 224'
    Beam 40'
    Draft 13' 10"
    Speed 8 kts.
    Officers 5
    Enlisted 40
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity2,080 Bbls
    one Craig vertical triple-expansion steam engine
    two Scotch boilers 160psi Sat.
    two Diesel-drive Ship's Service Generators 30Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller 1,400shp

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    Merchant Service
    Malanao 96k SS Paraiso a very poor view of this six-year old ship taken when she was inspected in January 1918 for possible Navy service during World War I.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command (SH). Photo No. None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    USS Malanao (AG-44)
    Malanao 61k USS Malanao (AG-44) off Mare Island Navy Yard, 28 July 1942. She is painted in measure 22 camouflage
    US Navy photos from the San Francisco NARA, Mare Island Navy Yard Ship Files
    Tracy White
    Malanao 64k
    Malanao 80k
    Malanao 109k USS Malanao (AG-44) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USS Malanao (AG-49)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Liberg, Harry Louis USNR3 June 1942 - 1 March 1944
    02LCDR. Gately, John Paul USNR 1 march 1944 - 1 May 1945
    03LT. Littlefield, Nelson William USNR1 May 1945 - 18 February 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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