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USS Latona (AF-35)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Charlie - Victor
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 (1) - 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 2199) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc., Beaumont, TX.
Launched, 10 August 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 31 January 1945
Commissioned USS Latona (AF-35), 25 February 1945 at Houston, TX., LCDR. Ned W. Landis Jr. in command
During World War II USS Latona was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 22 May to 2 June 1945
Following World War II USS Latona was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|22 October to 5 November 1945||15 to 30 August 1946
|28 March to 11 May 1946||9 to 26 May 1947
|2 to 6 September 1946||24 October to 3 November 1947
|27 to 30 May 1947||
|19 to 23 October 1947||
Decommissioned, 15 April 1949, at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA.
Declared surplus by the Navy, 15 April 1949
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 15 April 1949, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
USS Latona earned one battle star for World War II service
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in Taiwan, 14 June 1973, to China Dismantled Vessel Trading Corp. (PD-X-959, dated 9 May 1973) for $117,500.00, delivered, 9 July 1973
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
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 Latona (AF-35) underway near Galveston, TX., probably in February or March 1945 upon completion of her conversion for
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-78310, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the
US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Latona (AF-35) moored at San Francisco, date unknown.
B. Nicol negative, K Wood print.
|Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
USS Latona (AF-35)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Landis Jr., Ned W. ||25 February 1945 - 27 October 1945|
|02||LT. Cosby||27 October 1945 - 3 April 1946|
|03||LT. Barry, Lynn Forbes, USN (USNA 1941)||3 April 1946 - 5 April 1947|
|04||LCDR. Foushee, Clarence Lucius, USN||5 April 1947 - 1 September 1948|
|05||LT. Gunn, Louis Claude, USN||1 September 1948 - 15 April 1949|
|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 Data Base
Last Updated 5 October 2018
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