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USS Alstede (AF-48)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Yankee - Victor
NCYV
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Abate (U)niform - Section 6A of JANAP 119(F) 1968
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal - Korean Service Medal (4)
Bottom Row - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (1-Dominican Republic) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal


Alstede Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 30 September 1944, as SS Ocean Chief, a Maritime Commission type (R2-S-BV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1206), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 28 November 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 4 May 1945
  • Operated by United Fruit Co. under contract to the WSA for one year
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission and acquired by the US Navy, 10 May 1946
  • Commissioned USS Alstede (AF-48), 17 May 1946, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., CDR. Alexander Kusebach, USNR, in command
  • During the Korean War USS Alstede (AF-48) participated in the following campaigns:
    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Second Korean Winter
    26 to 28 January 1952
    12 to 15 February 1952
    28 February to 3 March 1952
    8 to 12 March 1952
    14 to 17 and 27 to 30 April 1952
    Third Korean Winter 20 to 22 April 1953
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    17 to 20 June 1952
    5 to 7 and 13 to 14 July 1952
    18 to 21 September 1952
    Korean Summer-Fall 1953
    27 June to 1 July 1953
    10 to 13 July 1953

  • Decommissioned, 31 October 1969
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 October 1969
  • Laid up at the Naval Inactive Ship Maintenance Facility, Norfolk, VA., for non-industrial stripping
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 17 June 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD for scrapping, 24 July 1970, to Desguaces Maritimos c/o Boston Metals, for $223,724
  • USS Alstede earned four battle stars during the Korean War
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,500 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 292
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion
    one cross-compound turbine engine
    single propeller

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    Alstede 105k Forward plan view of US Alstede (AF-48) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 18 May 1946. USS Birmingham (CL-62) is to the left.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 1826-46, 5/18/46
    Darryl Baker
    Alstede 101k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Alstede (AF-48) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 18 May 1946. Alstede was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 10 to 18 May 1946.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 1830-46, 5/18/46
    Darryl Baker
    Alstede 121k Change of Command ceremonies aboard USS Alstede (AF-48) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 28 October 1953. Alstede was undergoing repairs at Mare Island from 11 September to 11 November 1953.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 19160-10-53, 10/28/53
    Darryl Baker
    Alstede 95k Broadside view of USS Alstede (AF-48) off Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA., 10 November 1953.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 19306-11-53, 11/10/53
    Darryl Baker and
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alstede 200k USS Alstede (AF-48) at anchor, date and location unknown. Jim McCoy
    Alstede 285k USS Alstede (AF-48) at anchor, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alstede 168k USS Alstede (AF-48) moored pierside at Naval Station Rota, Spain, 28 May 1962.
    US Navy photo
    Mike Smolinski
    Alstede 408k USS Alstede (AF-48) moored pierside at Genoa, Italy, 1 October 1968. Photo by Carlo Martinelli, Genoa, Italy
    Alstede 65k USS Alstede (AF-48) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Alstede 137k USS Alstede (AF-48) moored in the harbor at Valletta, Malta, date unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR ret.
    Alstede 91k USS Alstede (AF-48) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR ret.
    Telfair 21k USS Alstede (AF-48) and USS Telfair (APA-210) moored pierside at Norfolk, VA., October 1964. Photo by Jim McCoy
    Alstede 84k USS Alstede (AF-48) and USS Northampton (CC-1) conduct an underway replenishment at sea as they steam side by side, date unknown.
    US Navy photo # 1103939 by C.F. Knapp PH1 USN, released 6-4-64,. from the archives of the US Naval Photographic Center Naval Station, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.
    David Buell
    Alstede 107k USS Alstede (AF-48) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1969.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

    USS Alstede (AF-48)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Kusebach, Alexander, USNR17 May 1946 - ?
    02CDR. Lank, Theodore Small, USN1950 - 21 January 1952
    03LCDR. Frey, Saleem DeWitt, USN21 January 1952 - 10 October 1952
    04LCDR. Mabus, Henry Wilson, USN10 October 1952 - ?
    06CAPT. Ryan, Paul Brennan11 May 1955 - 8 June 1956
    07CDR. Wilson Jr., Frederick Charles8 June 1956 - 6 November 1957
    08CDR. Marcy, Lincoln6 November 1957 - 22 October 1958
    09CDR. Mulderrig Jr., Martin Joseph22 October 1958 - 20 November 1959
    10CDR. Sanders, Charles Clifton20 November 1959 - 16 March 1961
    11CDR. Baker, Howard Jefferson16 March 1961 - 22 March 1962
    12CAPT. Fickenscher Jr., Edward Robinson22 March 1962 - May 1963
    13CAPT. Beling, John Kingsman :VADM1964 - 6 May 1965
    14CAPT. Robinson, Roy J.6 May 1965 - ?
    15CAPT. Shelton, John Presley1966
    16CAPT. Ray, Charles EdwinJanuary 1969 - 31 October 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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