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USS Escatawpa (AOG-27)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Uniform - Romeo
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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

USS Escatawpa (AOG-27) 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 contract (MC hull 1524) at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 3 June 1944
  • Commissioned USS Escatawpa (AOG-27), 14 August 1944, LT. Hugo T. Nottage, USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Escatawpa 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, 30 April to 30 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Escatawpa was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 15 October 1945
  • Driven aground by typhoon Louise at Kagoshima Kaiwan, 17 September 1945
  • Refloated, 10 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 20 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS Escatawpa (AOG-27) earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Sold for merchant service in April 1947 to Standard Oil of Brazil
  • Final Disposition, sunk in 1970
    Displacement 845 t.(lt), 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 13' 1"
    Speed 10 kts. Complement
    Officers 6
    Enlisted 56
    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 1,365 DWT
    Oil 12,100 Bbls
    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 Escatawpa (AOG-27)
    Escatawpa 112k USS Escatawpa (AOG-27) under way in the vicinity of Hampton Roads, VA., 3 October 1944. Photographed from an aircraft based at NAS Norfolk, VA. Escatawpa's camouflage is Measure 32, Design 8AO.
    US Navy photo # NH 99534 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Escatawpa 215k USS Escatawpa (AOG-27) under way in the vicinity of Hampton Roads, VA., 3 October 1944. Photographed from an aircraft based at NAS Norfolk, VA. Escatawpa's camouflage is Measure 32, Design 8AO. From this angle the camouflage pattern on the bow definitely confuses the apparent direction and size of the ship.
    United States National Archives, Photo No. 80-G-280755, a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives. Courtesy of C. Lee Johnson,
    Mike Green
    Merchant Service
    Escatawpa 295k Ex-USS Escatawpa (AOG-27) in commercial service as the Standard Oil tanker M/T Esso Porto Alegre moored pierside at Governador Island, Guanara Bay near Rio de Janerio, Brazil, date unknown. Tommy Trampp

    USS Escatawpa (AOG-27)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Nottage, Hugo Thomas USCG14 August 1944 - 30 April 1945
    02LTjg. White Jr., James Louis USCG30 April 1945 - 1 October 1945
    03LT. Meyer, George Herman USCG1 October 1945 - 20 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

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