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USS Halawa (AOG-12)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - Whiskey - Kilo
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

Halawa Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Built in 1929 as MV Blue Sunoco, for the Sun Oil Co., at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Chester, PA.
  • Acquired the Maritime Commission from Sun Oil Co., 24 December 1941
  • Transferred by the Maritime Commission to the US Navy 10 April 1942
  • Commissioned USS Halawa (AOG-12), 10 April 1942, at Pearl Harbor T. H., LCDR. William J. Lane USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Halawa was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Purchased from the Sun Oil Co. by the Maritime Commission, 3 May 1945 while still serving in US Navy
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 24 October 1945
  • Transferred, 25 October 1945, to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Sold, 4 June 1948, to Foss Launch and Tug Co. (PD-X-333 dated 23 March 1948) for $32,596.00, delivered, 5 July 1946
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 1,588 t.(lt) 2,500 t.(fl)
    Length 246' 6"
    Beam 43'
    Draft 18' 6"
    Speed 8.5 kts
    Officers 9
    Enlisted 54
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Cargo Capacity 2,150 DWT
    Oil 13,200 Bbls
    Gasoline 213,000 Gals
    Armament one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 900 Bbls
    two Bessemer Diesel engines
    two 75Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin propellers, 1,000shp
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    Merchant Service Sun Oil Co.
    Halawa 92k Artist's sketch of MT Blue Sunoco as designed and built in 1928-1929. This ship became USS Halawa (AOG-12) in 1942.
    Marine Engineering and Shipping Age, April 1929, page 215. Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Halawa 284k MT Blue Sunoco profile and deck plan as designed and built in 1928-1929. Note the absence from this plan of any exhaust system for the main propulsion diesel engines.
    Marine Engineering and Shipping Age, April 1929, page 216. Photo # None, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Halawa 840k MT Blue Sunoco under way, circa 1939, location unknown Greg Williams for his father-in-law John H. Brunner MT Blue Sunoco

    USS Halawa (AOG-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Lane William James, USNR10 April 1942 - 10 October 1943
    02LCDR. Peters, William Arthur, USNR10 October 1943 - 28 February 1945
    03LT. Jones Jr., Robert Thomas, USNR28 February 1945 - 1 August 1945
    04LT. Harlan, Reginald Kenneth, USNR1 August 1945 - 25 October 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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