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Contributed by Don McGroganBMCS, USN (Ret.) - Popular Patch
USS Akutan (AE-13)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippine Liberation Medal
Lassen Class Ammunition Ship:
Laid down, 20 June 1944, under a Maritime Commission contract at Tampa Shipbuilding Co., Tampa, FL.
Launched, 17 September 1944
Commissioned, USS Akutan (AE-13), 15 February 1945, CDR. Robert C. Brown in command
During World War II USS Akutan was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 21 May to 18 June 1945
|3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 15 July to 15 August 1945
Decommissioned, 19 October 1946, at Orange TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange, 8 March 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
USS Akutan earned two battle stars for World War II service
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX., 30 June 1960
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 16 February 1978, to B.S. & S. Inc. Beaumont, TX. Physically removed from the Reserve Fleet, 10 March 1978
Displacement 6,350 t.(lt) 14,225t.(fl)
Draft 25' 11"
Speed 15.3 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
eight twin 20mm AA gun mounts
Cargo Capacity 387,000 Cu ft., 5,000 DWT
Diesel 10,925 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel, TSM219 Diesel engine
single Falk Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 150Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||Akutan (AE-13) launching, 17 September 1944, at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding.
||Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
||USS Akutan (AE-13), painted in camouflage measure 32 design 13F, underway near Tampa, FL. 23 February 1945.
US National Archives RG-19-LCM, photo #s 19-N-81981, 19-N-81979 & 19-N-81984, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos, taken by Tampa Bay Shipbuilding, now in the
collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Akutan (AE-13)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Brown Robert Copeland, USN (USNA 1921-B)||15 February 1945 - December 1945|
|02||LT. Chern, John Robert, USN||December 1945 - January 1946|
|03||CDR. Brown Robert Copeland, USN (USNA 1921-B)||January 1946 - June 1946|
|04||LT. Chern, John Robert, USN||June 1946 - 19 October 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
AE/AOE Sailors Association
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last updated 30 November 2018
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