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USS Shasta (AE-6)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Zulu - Whiskey
NAZW

JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Mainyard (Q)uebec - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons




Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - February 1945, Iwo Jima) - Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe Clasp) - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Fourth Row - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Philippines Liberation Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Lassen Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 August 1940, as a Maritime Commission type (C2 Cargo) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 125) at Tampa Shipbuilding Corp., Tampa, FL.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 16 April 1941
  • Commissioned USS Shasta (AE-6), 9 July 1941, CAPT. Francis A. Smith in command
  • During World War II USS Shasta was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 10 February to 10 March 1945
    3d Fleet operations against Japan, 5 to 31 July 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 1 April to 30 June 1945
     

  • Following World War II USS Shasta was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 2 September to 20 October 1945
  • Decommissioned, 10 August 1946, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 15 July 1953
  • USS Shasta was assigned to Occupation service in Europe from 18 January to 16 May 1955
  • During the Vietnam War USS Shasta participated in the following campiagns:
    Vietnam War
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase II
    4 to 23 November 1966
    2 to 24 December 1966
    11 to 22 January 1967
    10 and 15 to 28 February 1967
    12 to 27 March 1967
    5 to 16 April 1967
    23 and 24 April 1967
    Vietnam Ceasefire
    28 January 1973

  • Decommissioned, date unknown, at NAB Little Creek, VA. in 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1969
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Isaac Valera, Revalorizacionde Materials, SA, Madrid, Spain
  • USS Shasta earned five battle stars for World War II service and one campaign star and the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6.350 t.(lt) 14,225 t.(fl)
    Length 459'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 11"
    Speed 15.3 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 260
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal gun mounts
    two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
    eight twin 20mm AA gun mounts
    Cargo Capacity 5,450 DWT
    non-refirgerated 415,000 Cu ft.
    Fuel Capacity Diesel - 8,430 Bbls
    Propulsion
    two Nordberg Diesel TSM219 engine
    single Falk Main Reduction Gear
    Ship's Service Generators
    four Diesel-drive 360Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    two Diesel-drive 50Kw 450V A.C.
    single shaft, 6,000shp

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    Shasta
    19-N-91344
    58k USS Shasta (AE-6) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 26 October 1943.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-91344 and unnumbered., US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Robert Hurst
    Shasta
    unnumbered
    91k
    Shasta 117k Aft plan view of USS Shasta (AE-6) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 10 January 1945. The ex-Tamalpais (auto ferry) servicing as YHB-21 during World War II is at left.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 298-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Shasta 100k Forward plan view of USS Shasta (AE-6) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 10 January 1945. YHB-21, the ex auto ferry Tamalpais, four berthing barges and YHB-2, ex auto ferry Port of Stockton, are moored across from Shasta.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 300-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Shasta 68k Stern view of USS Shasta (AE-6) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 11 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 363-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Shasta 64k Broadside view of USS Shasta (AE-6) at anchor off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 11 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 365-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Shasta 67k Bow on view of USS Shasta (AE-6) at anchor off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 11 January 1945.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 367-45.
    Darryl Baker
    Shasta 159k USS Shasta (AE-6) rearming USS Vicksburg (CL-86) while underway, circa March to May 1945. USS Vicksburg was a unit of TG38.1/58.1.
    Photo by Ray Rabreau and Walt Lansky. Courtesy of Frank Romano and Jeff Herne.
    John Chiquoine
    Shasta 90k USS Shasta (AE-6) underway, probably in the early or mid-1950s.
    US. Navy photo # USN 1044022, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    Robert Hurst
    Shasta 36k USS Shasta (AE-6) at anchor, circa 1958, location unknown.
    Navy photo from "Jane's Fighting Ships" 1958-59 Edition
    Robert Hurst
    Shasta 328k USS Shasta (AE-6) and USS Enterprise (CVN-65) during a Replenishment at Sea (RAS), date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, August 1962.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Shasta 86k USS Shasta (AE-6) at anchor in Hampton Roads, VA., July 1964 © Richard Leonhardt
    Shasta 62k USS Shasta (AE-6) passing the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Hampton Roads in 1965.
    US Navy photo
    Michael Boyd for his father F.M. Boyd SF1 USN USS Shasta 1954-55
    Shasta 23k USS Shasta (AE-6) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
     
    Shasta 91k USS Shasta (AE-6) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1969.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.


    For more photos and information about USS Shasta, see:
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association
  • Commanding Officers

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

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