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USS Malabar (AF-37)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Golf - Juliet
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
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia or Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Adria Class Stores Ship:
Laid down, 17 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2201) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
Launched, 17 September 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 24 February 1945
Converted for Naval service at Tennessee Coal & Iron Dock, Houston, TX.
Commissioned, USS Malabar (AF-37), 8 March 1945, LT. Charles S. Rogers, USNR in command
During World War II USS Malabar was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Malabar was assigned to Occupation and China service for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|(Asia) 16 to 30 September 1945||16 November to 3 December 1945
|(Europe) 27 March to 7 April 1948||
|(Europe) 11 December 1950 to 2 January 1951||
Decommissioned, 20 June 1955, at Galveston, TX.
Laid up in Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
Title transferred to the Maritime Administration, 26 May 1960
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1960
Final disposition, disposed of by MARAD sold for scrapping, 27 July 1977, Consolidated-Andy Inc., 19 August 1977
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 Malabar (AF-37)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Rogers, Charles Sanders||8 March 1945 - 12 June 1946|
|02||LCDR. Buker, Melvin Charles, USNR||12 June 1946 - 19 April 1947|
|03||LCDR. Lyman, John Grant, USNR||19 April 1947 - 9 March 1948|
|04||CDR. Dodson, Boykin Robinson||9 March 1948 - 1949|
|05||LCDR. Garland, John Dexter||1949 - 1950|
|06||CDR. Lewankowski, Stanley John||1950 - June 1952|
|07||LCDR. Chern, John Robert, USN||June 1952 - 1953|
|08||CDR. Moody, Jr., Harold, A.||1953 - ?|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information Web Sites
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 14 March 2014
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