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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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)
    Length 459'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 11"
    Speed 15.3 kts (trial)
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 260
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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 83k Akutan (AE-13) launching, 17 September 1944, at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    87k 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
    Robert Hurst

    USS Akutan (AE-13)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Brown Robert Copeland, USN (USNA 1921-B)15 February 1945 - December 1945
    02LT. Chern, John Robert, USNDecember 1945 - January 1946
    03CDR. Brown Robert Copeland, USN (USNA 1921-B)January 1946 - June 1946
    04LT. Chern, John Robert, USNJune 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
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