AOG-7 General Specifications
Class: Patapsco-class gasoline tanker
Complement: 131 Officers and Enlisted
Length: 310 feet 9 inches
Beam: 48 feet 6 inches
Draft: 15 feet 8 in
Flank Speed: 15 knots
USS ELKHORN (AOG-7)
Elkhorn (AOG-7) was launched 15 May 1943 by Cargill Inc.
Minn.; sponsored by Mrs. J. A. Flynn
and commissioned 12 February 1944
Lieutenant (junior grade) T. A. Norris
Elkhorn sailed from New Orleans 25 February 1944 for the South Pacific
and arrived at Milne Bay
29 May for duty as station tanker. She made several voyages to Manus to reload and fueled ships in the invasion of Morotai in September 1944
otherwise serving at Milne Bay until March 1945 when she arrived at Leyte. Elkhorn served throughout the Philippines until 1 December
then returned to the west coast for overhaul.
Elkhorn remained on active service with the Pacific Fleet through 1962. From her base at Pearl Harbor she alternated tours of duty in the Far East with cruises among the islands of the South and central Pacific. During the Korean war she operated in Japanese waters and off the Korean coast twice
in 1951 and 1953
and in 1956 and 1957 she sailed from the west coast to Icy Cape and Point Barrow as a part of the Arctic resupply missions.
[Note: The above USS ELKHORN (AOG-7) history may or may not contain text provided by crew members of the USS ELKHORN (AOG-7) or by other non-crew members and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]