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The fleet oiler Neosho displaced some 21,000 tons and carried some 6,000,000 gallons of fuel. On 7 December she was completing the discharge of her cargo at the gasoline wharf just south west of Battleship Row when the attack began. She was close to Maryland and Oklahoma and her hoses were still attached to the shore. Under fire Ensign Arnold Singleton directed Chief Machinist's Mate Alfred Hansen and Aviation Machinist's Mate 2nd Class Albert Thatcher in the work of disconnecting before skipper Commander John Phillips was, at 0842, able to start moving. Neosho backed away and down South-East Loch towards Merry's Point, out of harm's way. Oilers were a vital element in the fleet's mobility. Neosho was lost on 6 May 1942 in the Battle of the Coral Sea.

See also: Battleship Row; Maryland; Merry's Point; Oklahoma; South East Loch

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