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USS Rio Grande (AOG-3)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Mike - Juliet
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 (1)
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)
Patapsco Class Gasoline Tanker:
Laid down, 30 June 1942, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-MT-M1) tanker hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Seattle-Tacoma Shipbuilding Co., Seattle, WA.
Launched, 23 September 1942
Commissioned USS Rio Grande (AOG-3), 10 April 1943, LCDR. Lawrence J. Hasse USNR in command
During World War II USS Rio Grande was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Western New Guinea operation
Supporting and consolidating operations designated by Com 7th Flt, 15 September to 15 November 1944
Decommissioned, 28 June 1946
Laid up in the Reserve Fleet
Recommissioned, 12 October 1950, at Norfolk, VA., LT. Milton L. Elchinger USN in command
USS Rio Grande was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Decommissioned, 6 January 1956
Laid up, 18 March 1960, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Custody transferred to MARAD, 30 June 1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 February 1972 to General Metals, Tacoma, WA., delivered 3 March 1972
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|8 to 13 February 1953||8 to 13 February 1953
Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 4,335 t.(fl)
Length 310' 9"
Beam 48' 6"
Draft 15' 8"
Speed 14 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 3 t.
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose guns
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 2,010 DWT
Oil 1,000 Bbls
Gasoline 667,000 Gals
Diesel 2,240 Bbls
two General Motors Diesel 16-278A 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 Rio Grande (AOG-3) underway, date and location unknown.
USS Rio Grande (AOG-3)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Hasse, Lawrence John, USNR||10 April 1943 - 26 June 1943|
|02||LT. Dillon Jr., Daniel, USNR||26 June 1943 - 1 June 1944|
|03||LT. Lawton, Thomas Paul, USNR||1 June 1944 - 1 July 1945|
|04||LTjg. Cooper, Neil Stewart, USNR||1 July 1945 - 1 November 1945|
| ||Decommissioned||28 June 1946 - 12 October 1950|
|05||LT. Elchinger, Milton Lee, USN||12 October 1950 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
Fleet Tankers Association
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 2 December 2015
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|