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USS Victoria (AO-46)
USS George G. Henry (AO-46) (1942)
USS George G. Henry (ID#-1560) (1918 - 1917)

AO-46 International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Bravo - Lima
USS George G. Henry (ID-1560)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

World War I Victory Medal (with Armed Guard clasp)
Individual Awards

Navy Cross (Chief Water Tender Hal Neargardt, USN, and Fireman First Class W. W. Reese) - Distinguished Service Medal (Fireman First Class W. T. Vail)

USS Victory (AO-46)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Victoria Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Built in 1917 as George G. Henry by Union Iron Works, San Francisco, CA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy and commissioned, USS George G. Henry (ID-1560), 28 August 1918 at New York, LCDR. Henry F. Weeden, USNRF, in command
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 21 May 1919
  • Re-acquired at Sydney, Australia and commissioned, USS George G. Henry (AO-46), 15 April 1942, at LCDR. Jens G. Olsen USNR in command
  • Renamed USS Victoria (AO-46), 25 April 1942
  • During World War II USS Victoria was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Eastern New Guinea operation
    Lae occupation, 4 to 22 September 1943
    Hollandia operation, 16 May 1944
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Island landings, 3 to 6 April 1944
    Supporting and consolidating operations designated by Commander 7th Flt, 30 July 1944

  • Decommissioned, delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 14 December 1945, at Mobile, AL.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 January 1946
  • USS Victoria earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Re-delivered to Standard Oil of New Jersey, 15 March 1946
  • Sold in April 1948, reflagged Panamanian
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 4,650 t.(lt) 15,150 t.(fl)
    Length 453'
    Beam 56'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 10 kts (trial)
    Officers 13
    Enlisted 162
    Largest Boom Capacity 5 t.
    Cargo Capacity 68,000 barrels, 9,300DWT
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose guns
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 4,483Bbls
    one Sun vertical triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    two Union Scotch boilers, 220psi sat
    Ship's Service Generators
    two recip-drive 15Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 3,200shp

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    Merchant Service
    Victoria 57k SS George G. Henry on the morning of her trial trip, 3 June 1917. Built by the Union Iron Works of San Francisco, California, and owned by the Los Angeles Petroleum Transportation Company, this tanker taken over by the U.S. Navy for World War I service and placed in commission on 23 August 1918 as USS George G. Henry (ID # 1560). She was returned to her owner on 21 May 1919. The original print is in National Archives' Record Group 19-LCM.
    US Navy photo # NH 65594A.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Victoria 53k Standard Oil tanker SS George G. Henry in civilian dress between the wars.
    US Navy photo from "Gray Steel and Black Oil: Fast Tankers and Replenishment at Sea in the U.S. Navy, 1912-1992", by Thomas Wildenburg
    Robert Hurst
    USS Victoria (AO-46)
    Victoria - Victoria River is located in the Northern Territory of Australia about 280 miles south of the territory capital of Darwin and about 150 miles south of the municipal seat in Katherine.
    Photo - Victoria River
    Map - Northern Territory, Australia with Victoria River highlighted
    Tommy Trampp
    Victoria 211k Starboard quarter view of USS Victoria (AO-46) (ex SS George G. Henry) with four old four stack destroyers alongside. This photo could have been taken at Fremantle, Australia, when the tanker - still George G. Henry - fueled the four surviving American ships that took part in the Battle of the Java Sea, the destroyers
    USS Alden (DD-211),
    USS John D. Edwards (DD-216),
    USS John D. Ford (DD-228), and
    USS Paul Jones (DD-230), soon after they arrived in Australian waters. On 15 April 1942, while at Yarraville, a suburb of Melbourne, SS George G. Henry was taken over by the U.S. Navy under a bareboat charter and commissioned as USS Victoria (AO-46), 25 April at Sydney. Survivors from the sunken
    USS Langley (AV-3),
    USS Peary (DD-226), and
    USS Pecos (AO-6) made up the ship's new crew.
    Australian armed forces photo. This image is available from the Collection Database of the Australian War Memorial under the ID Number: 302766
    Robert Hurst
    Victoria 118k Photocopies of prints of USS Victoria (AO-46) that have not been located. These are but two in a series of photos that may have been taken upon completion of conversion of the ship in Australia in late 1942, although later dates are possible. The armament visible here is two 3"/50 and eight 20mm guns.US Naval History and Heritage Command (Ships Histories files), Photo #'s Unknown, courtesy Mike Green
    Victoria 78k
    Victoria 73k USS Victoria (AO-46) at anchor off Biak Island, 28 May 1944, providing support for ships that were covering troop landings there. To port is an Australian or British County class heavy cruiser.
    US. National Archives, Record Group RG-80-G photo # 80-G-254671, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Victoria 29k USS Victoria (AO-46) probably at anchor in Seeadler Harbor sometime during the period - summer 1944 to June 1945 prior to drydocking in USS ABSD-4. Allen Membry for his father Jerome P. Membry F1/c (deceased) USS Victoria

    USS Victoria (AO-46)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Weeden, Henry Frank, USNRF28 August 1918 - ?
     Decommissioned21 May 1919 - 15 April 1942
    02LCDR. Olsen, Jens Gothard, USNR15 April 1942 - 24 May 1943
    03LT. Clark, Francis Edward, USN24 May 1943 - 1 June 1943
    04LCDR. Olsen, Jens Gothard, USNR1 June 1943 - 27 July 1943
    05LCDR. Hawkinson, Leslie Herman, USN (USNA 1924)27 July 1943 - 15 December 1943
    06LCDR. Evans, William Ward, USNR15 December 1943 - 14 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves. Photos courtesy Bill Gonyo

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

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