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USS Alcor (AD-34)
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USS Alcor (AR-10) (1941 - 1944 )
USS Alcor (AG-34) (1941)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Delta - Alpha
NWDA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal


  • Built in 1928 as SS Dixie at Federal Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Kearny, N.J.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 3 March 1941, from Southern Pacific Steamship lines (Morgan Line)
  • Converted for Naval Service at Bethlehem Steel, Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned as the Miscellaneous Auxiliary USS Alcor (AG-34), 4 September 1941, CDR. Edward A. Mitchell in command
  • Reclassified as a Repair Ship and designated (AR-10), 22 December 1941
  • Reclassified as a Destroyer Tender and designated (AD-34), 6 November 1944
  • Decommissioned, 5 August 1946
  • Sold, 6 August 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register 28 August 1946
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1950
    Specifications:
    Displacement 12,250 t. (lim)
    Length 445'
    Beam 60'
    Draft 25' 8"
    Speed 16.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 34
    Enlisted 700
    Largest Boom Capacity10 t.
    Armament
    (1941) four single 3"/23 cal gun mounts, replaced with
    (1942) four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    (1941) one single 5'?51 cal gun mount on the stern, replaced with
    (1945) one twin 40mm AA gun mount on the stern
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 6,700 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one De Laval steam turbine
    four Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 340psi 620°
    double De Laval Main Reduction Gear
    three turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 7,100shp

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    Alcor 62k SS Dixie photographed by her builder around the time of her entry into service with the Morgan Line in January 1928. This photo was attached to the inspection report by the Joint Merchant Vessel Board dated 15 August 1928 that assigned the identification number 4794 to the ship.
    US National Archives, RG-19, General Correspondence 1925-40, file QS1-(4794), box 3870, Photo No. None.
    Mike Green
    USS Alcor (AG-34)
    Alcor 52k USS Alcor (AG-34) being assisted by Baltimore harbour tugs, probably after completing conversion at the Bethlehem Steel Key Highway Yard. Her four 3"/23 guns, visible fore and aft, were installed at the end of September 1941. They were replaced by 3"/50 guns in August 1942. Note what appears to be a tower for searchlights aft of the bridge.
    US National Archives photo # 19-N-25597, RG-19-LCM, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Stan Svec and Robert Hurst
    USS Alcor (AD-34)
    Alcor
    19-N-96577, RG-19-LCM
    133k USS Alcor (AD-34) underway near the Norfolk Navy Yard, 5 January 1945, after being refitted for duty in the Pacific. The searchlight tower aft of the bridge has grown into a tall lattice radar tower. Her 5"/51 gun on the stern has been replaced with a twin 40mm mount.
    US National Archives photos # 19-N-96577, RG-19-LCM and # 19-N-96578, RG-19-LCM, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Alcor
    19-N-96578, RG-19-LCM
    130k
    Alcor 64k USS Alcor (AD-34) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Alcor 52k USS Alcor (AD-34) underway, date and location unknown. Russ Padden
    Alcor 114k USS Alcor (AD-34) tending destroyers at Pearl Harbor in early 1945.
    US Navy photo # NH 76374 from the collections of the US Naval Historical and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Alcor 38k USS Alcor (AD-34) moored pierside, NavSta Pearl Harbor, HI. in 1945. Joseph M. Connell
    Alcor 97k USS Alcor (AD-34) photographed from a plane from Naval Air Station, Norfolk, VA., 5 January 1945.
    US Navy Photograph # 80-G-307267, Still Pictures Branch, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Alcor (AD-34)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    CDR. Mitchell, Edward Alexander4 September 1941 - ?
    CDR. Millard, Junius WeakleyWWII
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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