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USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Victor - Charlie

USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II

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 - Philippine Liberation Medal

USS Kalmazoo (AOG-30) was transferred to Colombia, renamed ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
Mettawee Class Gasoline Tanker:
  • Laid down, 7 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (T1-M-A2) tanker hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1527 at East Coast Shipyards Inc., Bayonne, N.J.
  • Launched, 30 August 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 7 October 1944
  • Commissioned USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30), 14 October 1944, at New York Navy Yard, Brooklyn, N,Y., LT. Walter Pierson, Jr., USCG, in command
  • During World War II USS Kalamazoo was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 May 1946, at Mobile, AL.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Transferred, 26 November 1947, to Colombia, renamed ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Displacement 846 t.(lt) 2,270 t.(fl)
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 37'
    Draft 17'
    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 1,365 DWT
    Oil 12,200 Bbls
    Fairbanks Morse 37E16 Diesel, 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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    ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62)
    Kalamazoo 62k Ex-USS Kalamazoo (AOG-30) under way, circa 1948 while in Colombian service as ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62) Robert Hurst
    Kalamazoo 210k ARC Blas de Lezo (BT-62), moored, date and location unknown.
    Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo No. NH 45342
    Mike Green

    Kalamazoo (AOG-30)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Pierson Jr., Walter, USCG14 October 1944 - 31 October 1945
    01LT. Michaels, Charles, USCG31 October 1945 - 18 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Fleet Tankers Association

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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