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USS Oconee (AOG-34)
Career (US)
Name: USS Oconee
Ordered: as T1-M-A2 tanker hull
MC hull 1531
Builder: East Coast Shipyard, Inc., Bayonne, New Jersey
Laid down: 18 October 1944
Launched: 19 November 1944
Acquired: 23 December 1944
Commissioned: 23 December 1944
Decommissioned: 28 March 1946
Struck: 1 May 1946
Fate: Reflagged Brazilian, fate unknown
General characteristics
Class & type: Mettawee-class gasoline tanker
Displacement: 846 long tons (860 t) light
2,270 long tons (2,306 t) full load
Length: 220 ft 6 in (67.21 m)
Beam: 37 ft (11 m)
Draft: 17 ft (5.2 m)
Propulsion: Diesel direct drive, single screw, 720 hp (537 kW)
Speed: 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Capacity: 1,228 metric tons deadweight (DWT)
Complement: 62
Armament: • 1 × 3"/50 caliber gun
• 2 × single 40 mm guns
• 3 × single 20 mm guns

USS Oconee (AOG-34) was a Mettawee-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.

Oconee, formerly MC Hull 1531, was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract on 18 October 1944 by East Coast Shipyard, Inc., Bayonne, New Jersey; launched 19 November 1944; sponsored by Miss Ethel Borst; acquired by the Navy on 23 December 1944; and commissioned 12 January 1945, Lt. Joseph T. Collins, USCG, in command.

World War II service

Following shakedown in the Chesapeake Bay, Oconee, manned by a U.S. Coast Guard crew, sailed to Bermuda and Aruba before transiting the Panama Canal 15 March 1945. Stopping briefly at San Diego, California,, the gasoline tanker proceeded to Pearl Harbor, arriving there 4 May. After a short upkeep period she sailed unescorted to Eniwetok, Marshall Islands, thence on to Ulithi. From mid-June to the end of July she serviced all sizes of ships and craft in the huge anchorage then steamed to Okinawa with her vital cargo. She remained there through the end of the war, serving ships of the mighty U.S. fleet and riding out two treacherous typhoons.

Post-war decommissioning

On 12 November Oconee sailed for San Francisco, California, stopping at Pearl Harbor before arriving on 28 December. She decommissioned there on 28 March 1946, was struck from the Navy List on 1 May, and returned to the Maritime Commission on 1 July. She was sold for commercial service, as M/V Piratini, and reflagged Brazilian. Final disposition: fate unknown.

Military awards and honors

Oconee’s crew was eligible for the following medals:


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

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