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USS Great Sitkin (AE-17)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Uniform - India - Delta

NUID
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Glamour (I)ndia - 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 - American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - National Defense Service Medal (2)
Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Cuba) - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Mount Hood Class Ammunition Ship:
  • Laid down (date unknown), as a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-AJ1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1706) at North Carolina Shipbuilding Co., Wilmington, N.C.
  • Launched, 20 January 1945
  • Commissioned USS Great Sitkin (AE-17), 11 August 1945, at Charleston, S.C., LCDR. William F. Smith in command
  • During the Vietnam War USS Great Sitkin participated in the following campaigns:

    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase IV
    1 to 12 May 1968
    25 May to 8 June 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive - Phase V
    23 September to 4 October 1968

  • Decommissioned, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 2 July 1973
  • Final Disposition, sold by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service for scrapping, 1 March 1974 to US Ship Co., Camden, N.J. for $152,666,60, dismantled, March to October 1974.


    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,295 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28' 3"
    Speed 16.4 kts (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 23
    Enlisted 244
    Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,275 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu. ft.
    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
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 10,925 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one General Electric geared turbine engine
    two Combustion Engineering "header-type" boilers, 450psi 750°
    double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
    three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Great Sitkin 100k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) underway off Charleston Navy Yard, Charleston, S.C., 15 August 1945, a few days after commissioning and a few days before completion of conversion.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-87473, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Great Sitkin 63k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine August 1959
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Great Sitkin 28k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) under way in port in 1961, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Great Sitkin 77k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine October 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Great Sitkin 69k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) is left behind as USS Lester (DE-1022) pulls away after an underway replenishment of ammunition, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine October 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Springfield 275k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) delivers ammunition to USS Springfield (CLG-7) during an underway replenishment in the Mediterranean Sea during 1965 William C. Swisher
    Great Sitkin 225k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) rearming USS America (CVA-66) while underway in the Mediterranean Sea in 1965. Thomas Becher
    Great Sitkin 87k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Great Sitkin 78k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) underway, date and location unknown. Hyperwar US Navy in WWII
    Great Sitkin 160k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) underway in the Mediterranean Sea in May 1967. Photo by Jim McCoy
    Great Sitkin 167k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) moored in the harbor at Genoa, Italy, date unknown Carlo Martinelli
    Great Sitkin 117k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Great Sitkin 71k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) and USS Wrangell (AE-12) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Great Sitkin 78k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Great Sitkin 156k USS Great Sitkin (AE-17) scale model courtesy motionmodels.com. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Great Sitkin 123k


    For more photos and information about USS Great Sitkin, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
  • MARAD Vessel History Database
  • USS Great Sitkin Association
  • AE/AOE Sailors Association

  • Commanding Officers
     LT. Guyon, Elmer Edward, USNR (Ferry Command Crew # 1)19 February 1945 - 21 February 1945
     Decommissioned21 February 1945 - 11 August 1945
    01LCDR. Smith, William P. 11 August 1945 - 21 February 1946
    02LCDR. Perry, Emil Bates 21 February 1946 - 23 July 1946
    03CAPT. Catterton, Max Lee 23 July 1946 - July 1947
    04CAPT. Hindman, Joseph Aloysius Esten July 1947 - June 1948
    05CAPT. Busck, Vilhelm Klein, June 1948 - July 1949
    06CAPT. Watson Jr., William Henry, July 1949 - July 1950
    07CAPT. King, George Edward, July 1950 - July 1951
    08CAPT. Butler Jr., William Clayton, RADM July 1951 - January 1952
    09CAPT. Phillips, George Lincoln, January 1952 - 10 January 1953
    10CAPT. Whitfield Jr., James Dickson, 10 January 1953 - 14 December 1953
    11CAPT. Wolseiffer, Frederick, USN 14 December 1953 - July 1955
    12CAPT. Gage, Norman Dwight, July 1955 - 28 June 1956
    13CAPT. Brock, James Ward, RADM 28 June 1956 - 9 August 1957
    14CAPT. Hahn, Harry Barrett, 9 August1957 - 21 September 1958
    15CAPT. Schlech Jr., Walter Frederick, RADM 21 September 1958 - 09 September 1959
    16CAPT. Stebbins, Edgar Erwin, 09 September 1959 - 15 August 1960
    17CAPT. Manning, William James, 15 August 1960 - 21 July 1961
    18CAPT. Weinel, John Philip, ADM 21 July 1961 - 18 July 1962
    19CAPT. Burley Jr., Thomas Grover, 18 July 1962 - 12 July 1963
    20CAPT. Boyle Jr., John Earl, 12 July 07.1963 - 14 July 1964
    21CAPT. English Jr., Elbert Hartwell 14 July 1964 - 16 July 1965
    22CAPT. Esler Jr., Clifford Myers, USN (41) 16 July 1965 - July 1966
    23CAPT. Boice, Grant (NMN)July 1966 - 4 September 1967
    24CAPT. Riehl Jr., Julian William, 14 September 1967 - 23 December 1968
    25CAPT. Hermann, Edward Paul, 23 December 1968 - 30 January 1970
    26CAPT. Gerhard Jr., Harry E. RADM30 January 1970 - 26 October 1970
    27CAPT. Rohrer, Paul W. RADM26 October 1970 - 16 July 1972
    28CAPT. Buchwald, Robert Dale, 16 July 1972 - 23 March 1973
    29LCDR. La Pean Sr., James W. 23 March 1973 - 02 July 1973
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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