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USS Kerstin (AF-34)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Bravo - Uniform
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
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Adria Class Stores Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2198) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, TX.
Launched, 16 July 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 22 January 1945
Commissioned USS Kerstin (AF-34), 23 February 1945, LT. Harlow C. Prichard in command
During World War II USS Kerstin was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Kerstin was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|12 to 27 August 1946||28 August to 13 September 1946
|14 to 15 February 1947||3 to 11 February 1947
| ||11 to 22 January 1949
| ||1 to 10 October 1949
Decommissioned, 12 May 1950 and transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 16 June 1950
Final Disposition, scrapped, date unknown
Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
Length 338' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
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 Kerstin (AF-34) at anchor near or soon after the end of World War II, possibly at San Francisco, with original armament
for the class of one 3"/50 gun aft and six 20 mm single mounts, including two on the upper bridge wings. The single 20 mm guns were later replaced in most of these
ships by four twin mounts, freeing up the bridge wings.
US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 82219, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
USS Kerstin (AF-34)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01|| LT. Prichard, Harlow S.||23 February 1945 - 18 March 1946|
|02|| LT. Smith, Milton Graham USN (USNA 1942)||18 March 1946 - 5 February 1948|
|03|| LCDR.Banyon, Howard Harrison, USN||5 February 1948 - 1 December 1948|
|04|| LT.Steimer, Walter Vernon, USN||1 December 1948 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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Last Updated 14 March 2014
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