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Displacement 3460 Tons (Full), Dimensions, 390' 6"(oa) x 40' 10" x 14' 4" (Max)
Armament 6 x 5"/38AA (3x2), 12 x 40mm AA, 11 x 20mm AA, 10 x 21" tt.(2x5).
Machinery, 60,000 SHP; General Electric Geared Turbines, 2 screws
Speed, 36.8 Knots, Range 4500 NM@ 20 Knots, Crew 336.
Operational and Building Data
Laid down by Todd Shipyards, Seattle. July 10 1945.
Launched May 29 1946.
Fate Incomplete hulk was placed in Pacific reserve fleet where she remained until stricken
on March 1 1961 and sold September 12 1961 to Lerner Co., Oakland and broken up for scrap.

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Seaman 36kAllen Lang Seaman was born on 21 December 1916 at New Haven, Connecticut, and educated at Duke University during the years 1936 and 1937. During his tenure at the university he served as the President of Beta Omega Sigma fraternity. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve on 15 August 1938 and was ordered to Naval Air Station Pensacola as an Aviation Cadet five months later. Designated a Naval Aviator on 19 October 1939, he was commissioned Ensign in the Naval Reserve on 24 November. After service in several patrol squadrons, he was assigned to a bomber squadron in May 1943. He flew many missions including long range reconnaissance and bombing missions in support of major task force strikes in October 1943 against Wake Island, for which he was awarded the Air Medal, and missions in support of the Allied thrust toward Hollandia, New Guinea, in April 1944, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Appointed Lieutenant Commander on 15 April 1944, Seaman was declared missing in action on 1 May 1944 after inflicting substantial damage on enemy land and sea forces in the New Guinea area despite damage to his own aircraft. For that action and for his judgment and skill in crash landing his plane in such a manner as to save several members of his crew, he was awarded the Navy Cross. Declared dead as of 1 May 1944, he was also awarded, posthumously, a Gold Star in lieu of a second Navy Cross for the skill, leadership, and courage he consistently showed in pressing home, with great accuracy, low level strikes against enemy installations and shipping in the New Guinea area from November 1943 to March 1944. The citation for his second Navy Cross reads; "Lt. Comdr. Allen L. Seaman, USNR, Madison, Conn. (Missing in action): Piloting a patrol plane in the Pacific area from 1 Nov. 1943 to 24 March 1944, he flew repeatedly over enemy waters and strongly fortified bases to deliver devastating attacks against Japanese aircraft, ships, barges and land installation, returning safely on each occasion. On November 11 he made a low-altitude bombing and strafing attack on Kepingamarangi Island and destroyed three float-plane fighters and a fuel dump, probably destroyed a fourth plane and damaged a fifth.."Ed Zajkowski/Bill Gonyo

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