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USS Aldebaran (AF-10)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Charlie - Golf
NBCG
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Goat Fish (Z)ulu - 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 Defense Service Medal (with Fleet clasp) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal(2) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Lebanon, 2-Vietnam, 1-Cuba)


Aldebaran Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 November 1938, as SS Stag Hound, a Maritime Commission type (C2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 27) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Launched, 21 June 1939
  • Delivered to Grace Lines, 4 December 1939
  • Purchased by the Navy from Grace Lines, 22 December 1940 and converted for naval service
  • Commissioned USS Aldebaran (AF-10), 10 January 1941, CDR. Royal Abbott in command
  • During World War II USS Aldebaran was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    5th and 3d Fleet operations in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 6 May to 11 June 1945
    3rd Fleet operations against Japan, 10 July to 3 August 1945

  • Following World War II USS Aldebaran was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    2 to 10 September 194525 December 1945 to 17 January 1946
    9 to 22 October 194524 May to 4 June 1946
    8 to 20 May 1946 
    6 to 18 June 1946 

  • USS Aldebaran was assigned to Occupation service in Europe for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal
    1949 - 30 May to 17 June, 10 to 29 August, 9 to 28 December
    1950 - 10 to 29 March, 31 May to 19 June, 15 August to 2 September
    1951 - 16 March to 4 April, 1 to 29 June 18 August to 5 September, 9 to 30 November
    1952 - 9 February to 2 June, 10 to 15 July, 2 to 10 December
    1953 - 19 March to 1 April, 23 May to 2 June, 14 September to 6 October
    1954 - 17 to 29 March, 15 July to 6 August, 8 to 26 October
    1955 - 3 May to 10 June

  • Decommissioned, 28 June 1968, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA. in October 1968
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1973
  • Permanent custody assigned to MARAD, 30 June 1969, for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 14 November 1974 to Andy International, Brownsville, TX., for scrapping
  • USS Aldebaran earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,860 t.
    Length 459' 3"
    Beam 63' 0"
    Draft 25' 10" (limiting)
    Speed 16.4 kts,
    Complement
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 270
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 5,715 DWT
    non-refrigerated 191,820 Cu ft.
    refrigerated 116,930 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    ten single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 9,000 bbls
    Diesel1,780 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Newport News Shipbuilding steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Maine Reduction gears
    Ship's Service Generators
    two turbo-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Aldebaran
    19-N-35605
    74k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) near Mare Island Navy Yard, 28 September 1942.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo #s 19-N-35605 & 19-N-35607, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Aldebaran
    19-N-35607
    103k
    Aldebaran 37k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way, circa 1942-43, location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aldebaran 113k Aft plan view of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) at San Francisco, CA., 3 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6899-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Aldebaran 59k Bow on view of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) in San Francisco Bay, 3 October 1943. The unidentified tug alongside appears to be steam powered based on the height of her stack.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6891-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Aldebaran 86k Broadside view of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) in San Francisco Bay, 3 October 1943.
    U.S. National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-54290, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Aldebaran 62k Stern view of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) in San Francisco Bay, 3 October 1943. The unidentified tug alongside appears to be steam powered based on height of stack and is likely to be a commercial tug from Crowley Marine's Red Stack Tugs
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6895-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Aldebaran 104k Amidships looking forward plan view of USS Aldebaran (AF-10) at San Francisco, 3 October 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 6897-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Aldebaran 60k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way at 2 knots (bow on view) off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 22 April 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Aldebaran 54k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way at 2 knots (broad on port bow view) off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 22 April 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Aldebaran 58k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way at 2 knots (broad on port beam view) off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 22 April 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Aldebaran 51k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way at 2 knots (port stern quarter view) off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 22 April 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Aldebaran 59k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way at 2 knots (dead astern view) off Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 22 April 1946.
    US Naval Shipyard Puget Sound photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, Seattle Branch.
    Tracy White
    Aldebaran 119k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) coming alongside to conduct an underway replenishment (UNREP), circa 1954. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aldebaran 55k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way, 8 September 1955. Note the superstructure extension added forward of the bridge.
    US Navy photo # USN 683231 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Aldebaran 54k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way, circa August 1960, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aldebaran 87k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) and USS Intrepid (CVA-11) during an underway replenishment, circa 1957 - 1962, probably the Mediterranean Sea.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aldebaran 136k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) preparing to come alongside USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA-42), 4 June 1963 to conduct an underway replenishment.
    US Navy photo # USN 10746659, from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Robert Hurst
    Aldebaran 99k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) inboard of USS Fremont (APA-44) at NOB Norfolk, VA., Pier 4, 26 August 1964. Fremont is being assisted into her berth alongside Aldebaran with the assistance of Okmulgee (YTB-765), forward, and Wapakoneta (YTB-766), aft, 26 August 1964.
    Photo taken from USS Multiphen (AKA-61) at berth 301
    © Richard Leonhardt
    Aldebaran 89k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) and USS Sylvania (AFS-2) conducting underway replenishment exercises at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 25 September 1964, their shakedown cruises.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1965.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Aldebaran 42k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) dry docked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. 1966. Ron Reeves
    Aldebaran 38k
    Aldebaran 44k
    Aldebaran 52k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) and USS Fort Mandan (LPD-21) underway, circa 1967 in the Caribbean Sea preparing to commence an UNREP. This photo was taken by Bruce Johnson from an unidentified LPH, possibly USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC HMM-261
    Aldebaran 43k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) and USS Fort Mandan (LPD-21) underway, circa 1967 in the Caribbean Sea preparing to commence an UNREP. This photo was taken by Bruce Johnson from an unidentified LPH, possibly USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7). Pete Harlem, Courtesy Bruce Johnson USMC HMM-261
    Aldebaran 304k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) anchored at Rapallo (Genoa), IT., 13 August 1967. Photo by Carlo Martinelli
    Aldebaran 122k USS Aldebaran (AF-10) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aldebaran 40k

    USS Aldebaran (AF-10)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Abbott, Royal William26 December 1940 - 8 December 1942
    02CAPT. Wyatt, James Louis8 December 1942 - 1
    03CDR. Burgess, Elwood Eclair1 February 1944 - 26 December 1944
    04CDR. Cole, Samuel Lovell Moore26 December 1944 - 3 December 1945
    05CDR. DeLaney, Charles James3 December 1945 - 9 August 1946
    06CDR. Hodgson Jr., James Thompson9 August 1946 - August 1947
    07CAPT. Wood, Lester Orin, USN (31)21 September 1949 - 22 July 1951
    08CDR. Klinker, Roy Craig, USN (35)22 July 1951 - 10 December 1952
    09CDR. Fey Jr., William Louis, USN (37)10 December 1952 - 1954
    10CDR. Keenan, Joseph Ingram? - 1960
    11LCDR. Waller Jr., Thomas Carlyle1960 - 1960
    12CAPT. David, Richard James1962 - 30 August 1963
    13CAPT. Bryan Jr., George Raymond, USN (43)30 August 1963 - 4 September 1964
    14CAPT. Fly, William Edward, USN (40)4 September 1964 - 11 October 1965
    15CAPT. Blair, Carvel Hall, USN (44)11 October 1965 - 1966
    16CAPT. Whidden, Wynn Victor1966
    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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    USS Aldebaran undergoing Inclining Experiments at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, 30 March 1946
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