Allied Warships

USS Laramie (AO 16)

Oiler of the Kaweah class

USS Laramie (AO 16)

NavyThe US Navy
PennantAO 16 
Built byWilliam Cramp and Sons (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.) 
Laid down 
Launched 1920 
Commissioned28 Dec 1921 
End service16 Nov 1945 

Decommissioned on 19 June 1922
Recommissioned on 6 December 1940
Decommissioned on 16 November 1945
Sold to be broken up for scrap on 1 July 1947


Hit by U-boat
Damaged on 28 Aug 1942 by U-165 (Hoffmann).

U-boat AttackSee our U-boat attack entry for the USS Laramie

Commands listed for USS Laramie (AO 16)

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1Cdr. James Joseph Hughes, USN26 Jun 194017 Sep 1941
2Peter Michael Moncy, USN17 Sep 19416 Feb 1943
3T/Cdr. Walter Smith Keller, USN6 Feb 19437 Feb 1944
4Ernest Bernard Holdorff, USNR7 Feb 19447 Nov 1944
5Lt.Cdr. George Ellsworth Nold, USN7 Nov 194420 Sep 1945

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Notable events involving Laramie include:

28 Aug 1942
At 0232 hours on 28 August 1942, German U-boat U-165 fired a spread of four and a spread of two torpedoes at the convoy SG-6 at the north end of Belle Isle Strait in position 51°44'N, 55°40'W heard three detonations and claimed two ships with 10.000 tons sunk and one ship of 5000 tons damaged. USS Laramie (AO 16) (Cdr P.M. Moncy) was struck by one torpedo on the port side forward, she immediately listed to port and went down by the bow some 37 feet, due to the extensive flooding forward, caused by a hole 41 feet long and 34 feet high. The explosion demolished the forward crew?s quarters, killing four men and ruptured the port gasoline tank, spraying the ship with volatile liquid and explosive fumes. Although gasoline ran ankle deep over the forward gun platforms, no fires broke out and a steam smothering system protected unruptured holds. Prompt pumping of liquid cargo corrected the list and reduced the forward draft. USS Laramie (AO 16) was escorted back to Sydney by the US Coast Guard cutter USS Mohawk (WPG 47), arriving on 30 August. The ship steamed from 2 to 5 September to Boston for damage repairs.

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