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USS Mizar (AF-12)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Alpha - Charlie
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Defense Service Medal (with "A" device) - American Campaign Medal Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (4) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Mizar Class Stores Ship
  • Built in 1932 as SS Quiriqua for United Fruit Co. at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp., Quincy, MA.
  • Acquired by the US Navy through the Maritime Commission on a bare-boat basis
  • Converted for Naval service at Brewer's Drydock Co., Staten Island, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Mizar (AF-12), 14 June 1941, CDR. Edward D. Walbridge in command
  • During World War II USS Mizar was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 1 April 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission the same day for return to United Fruit Co. name reverted to SS Quiriqua
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS Mizar earned four battle stars for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Sold by United Fruit in 1959 to their subsidiary shipping company Elder & Fyffes, renamed SS Samala, reflagged Great Britain
    Final Disposition, broken up at Kaohsiung, February 1964

    Displacement 6,982 t.(lt) 11,875 t.(fl)
    Length 447' 10"
    Beam 60'
    Draft 26' 2" (limiting)
    Speed 18 kts. (max)
    Cargo Capacity 2,225 DWT
    refrigerated 166,108 Cu ft.
    Officers 18
    Enlisted 220
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,700 Bbls
    two General Electric turbo-electric engines
    three Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 350psi 660°
    three turbo-drive 500Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    twin screws, 11,000shp

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    USS Mizar (AF-12)
    Mizar 71k USS Mizar (AF-12) at Norfolk Navy Yard, 20 December 1941. This was the only ship of this class initially converted with its 3"/50 guns fore and aft on raised platforms.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N- 26531 a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Mizar 61k USS Mizar (AF-12) departing Hvalfjord, Iceland February 15-18, 1942. Imperial War Museum Admiralty Official Collection, by Parnall, C.H. (Lt.), Photo No. IWM (A 7685) Mike Green
    Mizar 84k Stern view of USS Mizar (AF-12) departing Mare Island, 8 February 1946. Ships to the right: LST is either USS LST-772 or USS LST-271 both arrived at the Ammunition Depot on this date, next is USS Starr (AKA-67) and an identified tug.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 564-46, 2/5/46.
    Darryl Baker
    Mizar 81k Broadside view of USS Mizar (AF-12) departing Mare Island, 8 February 1946. Mizar was under going repairs at Mare Island from 28 January to 8 February 1946. Note USS LST-1138 in the background.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 566-46, 2/5/46.
    Darryl Baker
    Mizar 74k Bow on view of USS Mizar (AF-12) departing Mare Island, 8 February 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 568-46, 2/5/46.
    Darryl Baker
    Merchant Service United Fruit Lines Merchant Service Elder & Fyffes Lines
    Mizar 78k Pre-war view of United Fruit Company's. SS Quiriqua moored pierside, date and location unknown. David Nixon
    Mizar 53k Ex-USS Mizar (AF-12) moored pierside in merchant service as Elder & Fyffes' SS Samala, date and location unknown. David Nixon
    Mizar 297k Elder & Fyffes' SS Samala moored pierside, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Mizar 208k Elder & Fyffes' SS Samala under way, date and location unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Mizar (AF-12)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Walbridge, Edward Dewey14 June 1941 - 24 April 1942
    02CAPT. Michaux, Woodson Vaughan24 April 1942 - 13 August 1943
    03CDR. Dix, John PatrickWW II
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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