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USS Karin (AF-33)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Alpha - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (2) - United Nations Korean Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Adria Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2197) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, TX.
  • Launched, 22 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy and commissioned USS Karin (AF-33), 3 February 1945, LT. Richard C. Mallon in command
  • During World War II USS Karin was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Karin was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    6 October to 22 November 194514 to 25 October 1946
    26 January to 7 November 19465 March to 19 April 1947
    27 May to 23 June 194925 August to 1 September 1947
     17 May to 1 June 1948
     1 to 8 November 1948
     7 April to 24 May 1949
     12 to 18 September 1950
     10 to 16 October 1950
     23 November to 7 December 1950

  • During the Korean War USS Karin (AF-33) participated in the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Communist China Aggression
    22 to 31 December 1950
    Third Korean Winter
    21 to 24 May 1952
    14 to 15 August 1952

  • Decommissioned, 15 December 1958
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register in September 1961
  • USS Karin earned two battle stars for Korean War service
  • Commercial Service
    Sold by the Maritime Administration in 1969 to Strom Drilling Co., Corpus Christi, TX., converted to a drillship and renamed MVTyphoon
    Resold in 1975 to Ocean Drilling & Exploration Co., New Orleans, LA., renamed MV Ocean Typhoon
    Resold in 1976 to Canam Offshore, Ltd., Panama, renamed MV Ben Ocean Typhoon, reflagged Panama
    Final Disposition, broken up Gadani Beach, Pakistan in 1987

    Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 74
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    non-refrigerated 47,510 Cu ft
    refrigerated 114,580 Cu ft
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM engine
    three Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 1,700shp

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    USS Karin (AF-33)
    Karin 77k USS Karin (AF-33) underway probably near Galveston, TX., in February 1945 upon completion of her conversion for naval service.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-78305, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst
    Karin 74k USS Karin (AF-33) underway probably in San Francisco Bay, CA., circa 1945-1946.
    US Navy photo # NH 82220 Courtesy of Donald M. McPherson, 1975.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Karin 79k Bow on view of USS Karin (AF-33) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 28 November 1949. Karin was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 30 September to 10 December 1949.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 4911-11-49, 11/28/49.
    Darryl Baker
    Karin 69k Broadside view of USS Karin (AF-33) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 28 November 1949.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 4913-11-49, 11/28/49.
    Darryl Baker
    Karin 83k Stern view of USS Karin (AF-33) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 28 November 1949.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 4915-11-49, 11/28/49.
    Darryl Baker
    Faribault 79k USS Faribault (AK-179), left, and USS Karin (AF-33), right, at anchor in Along Bay, North Vietnam during operation "Passage to Freedom," while evacuating Catholics refugees from the North to South Vietnam in 1955.
    Photo courtesy Ernie Showalter USS Faribault
    Andre Pilon
    Karin 352k USS Karin (AF-33) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    Karin 383k USS Karin (AF-33) passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco, CA. while outbound to sea, date unknown.
    US Navy photo
    David Buell
    Karin 62k USS Karin (AF-33) being towed into San Francisco Bay by Red Cloud YTB-268, date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Commercial Service
    Karin 199k Ex-USS Karin (AF-33) in commercial service as the Strom Drilling Co. drillship MVTyphoon, circa 1969-75. David Wright

    USS Karin (AF-33)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01 LT. Mallon, Richard C.3 February 1945 - 28 January 1946
    02 LCDR. Dalby, Maxwell T.28 January 1946 - August 1947
    03 LCDR. Toran, William PaulAugust 1947 - December 1949
    04 LCDR. Maddox, Berley Lee, USN1950 - 16 February 1951
    05 LCDR. Kuykendall, William Oliger, USN16 February 1951 - 21 June 1952
    06 LCDR. Eakin Jr., Sydney Lee, USN21 June 1952 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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