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Updated 11/19/14

The USS Chepachet

"Yes, there really was a USS Chepachet!"

 

USS Chepachet

 

 

 

USS CHEPACHET
A.O. 78

Launched
March 10, 1943
Commissioned
April 27, 1943
Decommissioned
May 15, 1946
Transferred
July 1950 to the Military Sea Transportation Service for service in a non-commissioned status
Specifications
528' long, 65' wide
Cargo Capacity
Black Oil, Diesel Oil, Gasoline
Total 109,330.04 gal.
Received
Four battle stars for World War II service

The ship, named in honor of Chepachet Village, apparently saw much service during World War II.

There was, at one time, a USS Chepachet Web Site, including a history of the ship, reunion info, and an "unofficial" log (6-22-1944 to 12-27-1946) covering numerous exotic ports of call!

An e-mail to the site's author, David Taylor, brought the following response:

"Yes, there really was a USS Chepachet. My father-in-law served on the ship in WWII. From my understanding the ship was an oiler named after a river (that has no water) in Chepachet, Rhode Island. It was decommissioned after the war and I believe it is now serving a foreign country. A reunion was held a couple of years ago in Chepachet and they have one each year in a different location. If you read through the website diaries you will see true accounts of things that happened in WWII.
... David"

Chepachet.com recently heard from a crew member of the USS Chepachet, Russell E. Darling of Sherman, TX, who noted: "The Chepachet was actually awarded five (5) battle stars (four in the Asiatic Pacific and one Philippine liberation campaign. I still have my ID card signed by Capt. Henry K. Wallace (Lt Cmdr.).

Be sure to see the USS Chepachet display, including the ship's bell, at the Glocester Town Hall in Chepachet!

 

 

 

 

 

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