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USNS Enoree (T-AO-69)
USS Enoree (AO-69) (1943 - 1951)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Zulu - Kilo - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal (1)
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Third Row - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)

Chiwawa Class Fleet Oiler:
  • Laid down, 8 April 1942, as SS Sachem, a Maritime Commission type (T3-S-A1) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 517) at Bethlehem Steel Shipbuilding, Sparrows Point, MD.
  • Launched, 29 August 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, and commissioned USS Enoree (AO-69), 23 January 1943, CDR. William S. Campbell in command
  • During World War II USS Enoree (AO-69) was assigned to both the Europe-Africa-Middle East and Asiatic-Pacific Theaters and participated in the following action/campaigns:

    Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Convoy UGS-36, 1 April 1944 Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 11 June to 10 August 1944
    Battle of the Philippine Sea, 19 to 20 June 1944
    2d Bonins raid, 24 June 1944
    Capture and occupation of Guam, 12 June to 15 August 1944
      Tinian capture and occupation, 20 July to 10 August 1944
      Western Caroline Islands operation
    Assault on the Philippine Islands, 9 to 24 September 1944
      Luzon operation
    Formosa attacks, 15 an 21 January 1945
    China Coast attacks, 16 January 1945
    Nansei Shoto attack, 22 January 1945
      Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3d Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto, 3 April to 8 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Enoree was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 15 September 1945 to 16 March 1946
  • USS Enoree (AO-69) was assigned to Joint Task Force 1, Task Unit 1.8.1 Service Group - Repair and Service Unit for Operation Crossroads the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in July 1946
  • Decommissioned, 27 March 1947
  • Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet
  • Recommissioned, 18 October 1950, CDR. Samuel H. Pattie, in command
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), 30 March 1951
  • Decommissioned, 10 December 1954
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 10 December 1956
  • Decommissioned, 22 October 1957
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 13 November 1957 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 February 1959
  • USS Enoree earned six battle stars for World War II service
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 May 1976, to Luria Brother and Co., Cleveland, OH., for Scrapping at Brownsville, TX. (PD-X-1006 dated 27 April 1974) for $361,666.76, withdrawn from the Reserve Fleet, 10 May 1972
    Displacement 5,650 t.(lt) 22,030t.(fl)
    Length 501' 8"
    Beam 68'
    Draft 30' 8"
    Speed 15.3 kts (trial)
    Officers 22
    Enlisted 192
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    four twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 15,200DWT
    Oil 109,500 Bbls
    Gasoline 738,000 Gals
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 11,050 Bbls
    one Bethlehem geared turbine
    two Foster-Wheeler D-type boilers, 450psi 730°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller 7,000shp

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    Enoree 25k Overhead view of USS Enoree (AO-69) under way, shortly after commissioning, January-February 1943 Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 96k USS Enoree (AO-69) under way from Norfolk, VA. to North Africa with a deck load of PT boats, 23 March 1943. Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    299k Aerial views of USS Enoree (AO-69) near Norfolk, 17 May 1943.
    US Navy photo #'s 80-G-66326 and 80-G-66328 from the collection of the US National Archives.
    John Chiquoine and Dave Schroeder
    CVE-61 Manila Bay
    330k USS Enoree (AO-69) refueling the escort aircraft carrier USS Manila Bay (CVE-61) at sea, 13 June 1944. Manila Bay is ferrying Republic P-47s to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands.
    US National Archives Identifier 193837166 U.S. Air Army Air Corps photo 63744A.C.,
    David Upton
    Taluga 263k Highline transfer of personnel from USS Enoree (AO-69) to USS Taluga (AO-62) in August 1945.
    Photo from LTjg Lloyd LaVack USS Taluga Photo Collection
    Tommy Trampp USS Taluga
    Taluga 353k USS Enoree (AO-69), background, and USS Tuluga (AO-62) in Tokyo Bay, November 1945.
    Photo from LTjg Lloyd LaVack USS Taluga Photo Collection
    Tommy Trampp USS Taluga
    Enoree 32k USS Enoree (AO-69) anchored at Saipan in 1945. Note, All booms on starboard side rigged for refueling. The only known photo of her loaded to the gills and wearing her "War Paint." (Camouflage Scheme Measure 32 Design 5AO.) Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 16k USS Enoree (AO-69) under way, date and location unknown. Note the large crane mounted on her main deck. The crane was used for loading landing craft onto repair ships and/or ships for transporting back to the states after the war. Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 53k USS Enoree (AO-69) under way, date and location unknown. Note the large crane mounted on her main deck and that she is flying her World War II call letters Nan, Zebra, King, Charley. Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 67k USS Enoree (AO-69) at Okinawa, hoisting an LCT on to the deck of USS LST-267 for return to the US in 1946. Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 140k
    Enoree 52k USS Enoree (AO-69) at anchor, date and location unknown. Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 65k USS Enoree (T-AO-69) entering San Diego harbor, mid-1952 Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953
    Enoree 418k USS Enoree (T-AO-69) moored at San Pedro, CA. while taking on a cargo of oil in 1952. Gordon D. "Doug" French QM3 USS Enoree 1950 to 1953

    USS Enoree (AO-69)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Campbell, William Stryker23 January 1943 - 19 December 1943
    02LCDR. Mikkelsen, Hans Michael19 December 1943 - 26 December 1943
    03CDR. Brandt, Buell Fromer26 December 1943 - 13 December 1944
    04LCDR. Jurewicz, Emil Leon13 December 1944 - 4 December 1945
    05LCDR. Smits, Cornelius Johannes4 December 1945 - June 1946
    06CDR. Cross, William CyprianJune 1946 - July 1946
    07CDR. Studley, William B., USNRJuly 1946 - September 1946
    08LCDR. Tredick Jr., George AndrewSeptember 1946 - 27 March 1947
     Decommissioned27 March 1947 - 18 October 1950
    09CDR. Pattie, Samuel Howard18 October 1950 - February 1952
    10CDR. Barr, James BarbourFebruary 1952 - February 1953
    11CDR. Taylor, Leslie KellyFebruary 1953 - 10 December 1954
     Decommissioned10 December 1954 - 10 December 1956
    12CDR. Tibbets, Richard Herbert10 December 1956 - 22 October 1957
    Courtesy Jon Strupp, Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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