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YO-55 Gauger


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (2) - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal


Fuel Oil Barge (Self-propelled):
  • Laid down at RTC Shipbuilding Co., Camden, NJ (YN 140), 7 January 1942
  • Launched, 28 May 1942
  • Commissioned USS Gauger (YO-55), 28 September 1942, at Philadelphia, PA, LT Claude O. Fulgham, UNSR, commanding
  • During World War II Gauger was assigned to both the European and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters
  • Served as station tanker, Iceland (Navy Salvage & Fuel Depot, Hvalfjordur), early 1943-April 1944
  • Served in Mediterranean (Naval Operating Base Palermo, Italy), July 1944-June 1945
  • Arrived Canal Zone for duty in 15th Naval District, 02 September 1945
  • Towed YFD-6 from Canal Zone to Pearl Harbor, 07 September-12 October 1946
  • Sailed from Pearl Harbor to Guam, 03 March-20 April 1947
  • Decommissioned at Guam, Marianas Island, 21 July 1947
  • Towed to San Diego, CA, for lay up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego, Group, December 1947
  • Final Disposition, disposed of, sold by Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS) for scrapping, September 1974
  • Gauger received two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 893 tons(lt)
    Length 235' 0"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 15' 0"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Complement 34
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel engine

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    YO-55 241k Ensign (later LT(jg)) Michael Burke Flynn, USNR, on the bridge of Gauger (YO-55), circa 1945. Flynn was the Gauger's engineering officer. Stan Deming, in honor of his father-in-law, Michael Burke Flynn

    View the Gauger (YO-55)
    DANFS entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command web site
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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