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USS Palisana (AF-39)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 28 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
  • Launched, 21 October 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 22 March 1945
  • Commissioned USS Palisana (AF-39), 16 April 1945
  • Decommissioned, circa April-May 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 May 1946 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 June 1946
  • Leased by the Maritime Commission for commercial service, to the Alaska Steamship Co., renamed MV Spirit
  • Purchased by an unknown company in Tacoma, WA., in 1957
  • Friend Ships obtained Spirit, 2 October 1985 for humanitarian purposes
  • MV Spirit is in service as of 2005
    Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 6,240 t.(fl)
    Length 338'
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1" (lim)
    Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 76
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    Refrigerated 114,580 Cu ft.
    Non-refrigerated 47.610 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, TSM Diesel engine
    three Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp
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    Palisana 62k Ex-USS Palisana (AF-39) in commercial service as the Friend Ship MV Spirit under tow, date and place location.
    US Navy photo
    Sondra Tipton

    USS Palisana (AF-39)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Dietrich, G. S.16 April 1945 - 1945
    02LT. Weber, R.1945 - 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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