Welcome to USS CALIENTE AO-53

Welcome to the USS Caliente Association website.  The USS Caliente (AO-53) (Cal) was a fleet auxiliary oiler that proudly served our country in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  The Cal carried a crew varying in number between 200 and 300 and during her 30 years of service earned 14 battle stars and eight campaign ribbons. The Cal not only provided fuel for the fleet she bought mail, movies and supplies to ships that were unable to visit port as often as the Cal.  Fuel was transferred between ships during underway replenishments (unreps).  During unreps ships were about 75 feet apart and could be on both sides of the Cal.  The crew had to maintain station (keep on course and speed), keep fuel lines taut, keep fuel pumps running and transfer necessary mail, supplies and often personnel to the alongside ship(s).  
The Caliente served in three wars and we are continuously reminded of the fragility of life and how peace in the world (especially our country in the past 20 years or so) seems to be very fragile.  A reminder of the fragility of peace and the circle of events was written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950's.  We hope you appreciate his passion.

 Note a) The videos embedded in this site may have "pop up" ads for various and sundry items.  This is not intended to imply an endorsement of any of the advertisements they merely reflect the fact that the ads cannot be removed from the videos by this webmaster.  If an ad comes up you will notice an x in the upper right hand corner.  To close the ad just click on the x and enjoy the videos.
Note b)  The USS Caliente was decommissioned prior to Naval policy that allowed females on board our vessels.  If you see non "gender neutral" terms it is not intended to reflect chauvinism it is merely reflective of the times.


More than 40 years after serving on the USS Caliente (Cal) and after reading, in various military publications about ships' reunions, Bob LeGacy (BM2, 1943-1945) thought there should be a reunion of the Cal's ship's crew.


Get more information on upcoming USS CALEINTE AO-53 Reunion.


Find out more happenings regarding shipmates and goings on with the USS CALIENTE AO-53.


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