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USS Lucidor (AF-45)


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, 1 December 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2207) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
  • Launched, 25 January 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 June 1945
  • Commissioned USS Lucidor (AF-45), 6 July 1945, LT. Eugene L. LaVoy in command
  • During World War II USS Lucidor was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Lucidor was assigned to Occupation service and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    23 November 1945 to 3 January 194622 March to 15 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 26 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission the same day for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown

    Commercial History:
  • Sold for commercial service by the Maritime Administration in 1967 to Alaska Steamship Co., Seattle, WA. and renamed MV Polar Pioneer
  • Resold in 1972 to Sea Nutrients Corp., Seattle, WA, and renamed MV Mermaid
  • Resold for the second time in 1972 to Operaciones y Servicios S.A. (OYSSA), Salaverry-Peru and renamed MV Mochica
  • Resold, 15 November 1974, to Naviera Humboldt S.A., Callao-Peru
  • Resold, 23 July 1975, and laid up at Callao, Peru
  • Resold, 12 January 1977, to Tranave, Panama and resold to Mar. Claro S.A., Buenos Aires-Argentina, renamed MV Polar MC
  • Resold in 1977 to Norsur S.A., Ltd., Cayman Islands
  • U.K. flagged and renamed MV Caribea; 28 December 1977
  • Laid up in April 1980 at Necochea, that same month she broke away from her moorings during a storm on the 29th and beached one mile from Quequen
  • ex MV Lucidor was declared a total loss as a result of the beaching
    (Source, Teun van der Zee)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 10
    Enlisted 74
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,170 DWT
    Non-refrigerated - 47,610 Cu ft
    Refrigerated - 114,580 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity - Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel TSM engine
    three 250Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp
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    USS Lucidor (AF-45)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. LaVoy, Eugene L.6 July 1945 - 15 February 1946
    02LCDR. Bogley, John Albert15 February 1946 - 26 May 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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