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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:

    Asiatic-Pacific 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 194515 to 30 August 1946
    28 March to 11 May 19469 to 26 May 1947
    2 to 6 September 194624 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"
    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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    Latona 71k USS Latona (AF-35) underway near Galveston, TX., probably in February or March 1945 upon completion of her conversion for naval service.
    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
    Robert Hurst
    Latona 1065k 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)
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Landis Jr., Ned W. 25 February 1945 - 27 October 1945
    02LT. Cosby27 October 1945 - 3 April 1946
    03LT. Barry, Lynn Forbes, USN (USNA 1941)3 April 1946 - 5 April 1947
    04LCDR. Foushee, Clarence Lucius, USN5 April 1947 - 1 September 1948
    05LT. Gunn, Louis Claude, USN1 September 1948 - 15 April 1949
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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