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USS Calamus (AOG-25)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Juliet

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Calamus was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission (MC hull 1522) contract at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 4 May 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Calamus (AOG-25), 7 July 1944, LT. William Hord, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Calamus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 7 April to 30 june 1945

  • Following World War II USS Calamus was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September 1945 to 30 January 1946
  • While at Okinawa Calamus was beached as a result of Typhoon Louise, 9 October 1945, re-floated 24 October 1945, repaired and returned to service
  • Decommissioned, 15 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Calamus earned one battle star for service in World War II
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 4 September 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 7 February 1964, to National Metal and Steel Corp. for $13,560.55 (PD-X-657)
    Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 11"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    Cargo Capacity 1,365 DWT
    Oil 12,100 Bbls
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 200 Bbls
    Fairbanks-Morse Diesel 37E16 direct drive
    Ship's Service Generators
    one Diesel-drive 40Kw 120V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 75Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 800shp

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    Calamus 243k Starboard aerial view of USS Calamus (AOG-25) underway off Norfolk VA., 17 September 1944. Photo taken by an aircraft assigned to NAS Norfolk. Calamus is in camouflage MS32/8AO and the vertical colors are dull black, ocean gray and light gray.
    US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-280801, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Calamus 61k USS Calamus (AOG-25) underway off San Francisco, CA., circa March 1946.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78644, courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1974.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Calamus 129k USS Calamus (AOG-25) blown aground by Typhoon Louise at Naha, Okinawa, 12 October 1945. Unlike her sisters USS Sheepscot (AOG-24) and USS Sacandaga (AOG-40), which were destroyed in place after being wrecked in typhoons, Calamus was refloated within about three weeks and fully repaired.
    Photo courtesy
    Mike Green

    USS Calamus (AOG-25)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hord, William, USCG7 July 1944 - 1 June 1945
    02LT. Robinson, Gerald Roger, USCG1 June 1945 - 19 November 1945
    02LT. Bigler, John E. USCG19 November 1945 - 1946
    03ENS. Johansan, Julian Elliott USCG :RADM1946 - 15 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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