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USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II, later transferred to Turkey, renamed TCG Akpinar (A574)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1523) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 4 May 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26), 25 July 1944, LT. Chester S. Hoag, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Chiwaukum was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 31 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Transferred to Turkey, 10 May 1948, renamed TCG Akpinar (A574)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts.
    Officers 8
    Enlisted 54
    Largest Boom Capacity 4 t.
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    three single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity Oil 12,100 Bbls, 1,365 DWT
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 200 Bbls
    one Fairbanks Morse 37E16 Diesel direct drive engine
    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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    USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26)
    Chiwaukum 192k Port side view of USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26) at anchor in Hampton Roads, VA., 20 September 1944. Photo taken by an aircraft assigned to NAS Norfolk. Chiwaukum's camouflage is MS32/8AO and the vertical colors are dull black, ocean gray and light gray.
    US National Archives, Photo # 80-G-280813, courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,,
    Mike Green
    Chiwaukum 129k USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec
    TCG Akpinar (A574)
    Chiwaukum 38k Ex-USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26) underway, circa 1948 while in service as the Turkish oiler TCG Akpinar (A574). Robert Hurst
    Chiwaukum 81k TCG Akpinar (A574) underway, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Chiwaukum 33k TCG Akpinar (A574) at anchor, date and location unknown. CŁneyt Demir
    Chiwaukum 71k Drawings of TCG Akpinar (A574) by CŁneyt Demir. .
    Chiwaukum 41k

    USS Chiwaukum (AOG-26)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Hoag, Chester S. USCG25 July 1944 - 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

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