USS Chestatee (AOG-49)

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Name: USS Chestatee
Ordered: as T1-MT-M1 tanker hull
Builder: Cargill Inc., Savage, Minnesota
Laid down: date unknown
Launched: 29 April 1944
Commissioned: 14 December 1944
Decommissioned: 8 April 1946
In service: as USNS Chestatee (T-AOG-49)
in March 1952
Out of service: 8 November 1956
Struck: 1 June 1963
Fate: Disposed of by scrapping 16 October 1975
General characteristics
Class and type: Patapsco-class gasoline tanker
Displacement: 1,846 long tons (1,876 t) light
4,130 long tons (4,196 t) full load
Length: 310 ft 9 in (94.72 m)
Beam: 48 ft 6 in (14.78 m)
Draft: 15 ft 8 in (4.78 m)
Propulsion: 4 × General Electric diesel engines, electric drive, twin shafts, 3,300 hp (2,461 kW)
Speed: 14 knots (16 mph; 26 km/h)
Capacity: 2,120 long tons deadweight (DWT)
Complement: 131
Armament: • 4 × 3"/50 caliber guns
• 12 × 20 mm AA guns

USS Chestatee (AOG-49) was a Patapsco-class gasoline tanker acquired by the U.S. Navy for the dangerous task of transporting gasoline to warships in the fleet, and to remote Navy stations.

Chestatee was launched 29 April 1944 by Cargill Inc., Savage, Minnesota; sponsored by Mrs. J. D. Boren; and commissioned 14 December 1944, Lieutenant W. N. Ohly, USNR, in command.

World War II service

Laden with oil products, Chestatee cleared Baytown, Texas, 14 January 1945 for San Pedro Bay, Leyte, where she arrived 1 March for duty transporting high-octane gasoline among the Philippine Islands.

Damaged when hitting a mine

On 27 July, while underway for Brunei Bay, Borneo, Chestatee struck a mine in the straits south of Balabac Island; five of her men were killed, eight injured, including the commanding officer, and the ship was damaged by the explosion and resulting fire.

End-of-war activity

Repaired at Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and Samar, Chestatee returned to her Philippine operations until 20 November 1945, when she sailed from Leyte for San Francisco, California, which she reached 13 January. There she was decommissioned 8 April 1946, and, on 30 June 1946, transferred to the Maritime Commission.

Assigned to MSTS

Chestatee was returned to the Navy and placed in reserve, out of commission, in August 1948. Reactivated, she was assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) in March 1952 and operated by a civilian crew until May 1954 when she was again placed in reserve. A second tour of service with MSTS began in April 1956 and continued until 8 November 1956 when Chestatee transferred to the Suisun Bay branch of the National Defense Reserve Fleet[1].

Assigned to the Air Force and Fate

Withdrawn from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on 2 April 1957[2], she was lent to the Air Force in September 1957. Chestatee was transferred by the Air Force to the Olympia, Wa branch of the National Defense Reserve Fleet on 14 September 1962 and was stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on 1 June 1963. On 2 June 1971, Chestatee was transferred to the Suisun Bay branch of the National Defense Reserve Fleet due to the closure of the Olympia fleet site[3].

Chestatee was sold on 16 October 1975 as part of a lot of 7 vessels to the Levin Metals Corporation of San Jose, Ca[4]. She was removed from the Suisun Bay fleet on 16 February 1977[5] and was scrapped shortly afterwards.

Military awards and honors

Her crew was eligible for the following medals:

Individual Awards:


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.

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