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USNS Valentine (T-AF-47)
USS Valentine (AF-47) (1945 - 1946)

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 in 1944 as MV Pier Bend, a Maritime Commission type (R1-M-AV3) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC Hull 2339) at Pennsylvania Shipyards, Inc, Beaumont, TX.
  • Launched, 3 February 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 19 June 1945 and placed in service for ferrying to here conversion yard, Todd-Galveston Shipyard, Inc., Galveston, TX.
  • Commissioned USS Valentine (AF-47), 19 July 1945, at Galveston, TX., LT. John W. Perdue in command
  • During World War II USS Valentine was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Valentine was assigned to Occupation and China service for the following periods;

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    7 to 12 October 194514 October to 10 November 1945
    16 January to 26 February 1946 

  • Decommissioned, 6 August 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
  • Transferred to the War Department, 9 October 1946
  • Operated under GAA agreement, 13 June 1947, by Northland Transportation Co.
  • Chartered by the War Department, 23 September 1947
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 31 October 1959
  • Custody assumed by the Military Sea Transportation Service, 5 July 1951, placed in service as USNS Valentine (T-AF-47)
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 16 April 1959
  • Acquired by Point Adams Packing Co. via "title exchange", 30 January 1967
  • Delivered, 8 February 1967
  • Renamed MV Northgate, 20 March 1967
  • Released from work - fish processing, May 1967
  • Sold in 1977 to All Alaskan Sea Foods, renamed MV All Alaskan
  • Final Disposition, grounded on St. Paul Island, Pribilof Islands in the winter of 1986/87, dismantled on site for scrapping
    Displacement 3,139 t.(lt) 7,435 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 11.5 kts. (trial)
    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
    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 250Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp

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    USAT Valentine
    Valentine 74k Ex-USS Valentine (AF-47) in Army Transportation Service, circa 1946-47, location unknown.
    Un-numbered US Navy photo from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, courtesy
    Mike Green
    USNS Valentine (T-AF-47)
    Valentine 997k USNS Valentine (T-AF-47) moored in the background of this photo of USS Sargo (SSN-583) arriving at Pearl Harbor, 16 October 1958.
    A US Navy photo now in the collections of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum.
    Darryl Baker
    Commercial Service
    Valentine 85k Ex-USNS Valentine (T-AF-47) in commercial service as the All Alaska Sea Foods fish processing plant MV All Alaska underway in Puget Sound near Seattle, WA. in October 1976. Robert Hurst
    Valentine 40k All Alaska Sea Foods fish processing plant MV All Alaska aground on St. Paul Island, Pribilof Island group, winter 1986/87. She was later dismantled in situ for scrap.
    Photos courtesy Marine Exchange Alaska.
    Robert Hurst
    Valentine 144k

    USS Valentine (AF-47)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Perdue, John William19 July 1945 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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