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Contributed by Don McGrogan
BMCS, USN (Ret.)

USS Akutan (AE-13)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Romeo - Whiskey
NJRW
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
  • 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
  • USS Akutan earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 6,350 t.(lt) 14,225t.(fl)
    Length 459'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 25' 11"
    Speed 15.3 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 260
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Armament
    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
    Propulsion
    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
    19-N-81981
    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.
    Robert Hurst
    Akutan
    19-N-81979
    113k
    Akutan
    19-N-81984
    118k

    USS Akutan (AE-13)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Brown Robert Copeland15 February 1945 - ?
    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

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