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USS Zelima (AF-49)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Yankee - Zulu
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Charity (P)apa - 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 (2)
Second Row - Korean Service Medal (1)- Armed Forces Service Medal (Korea, Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam) - Vietnam Service Medal (5)
Third Row - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)

Alstede Class Stores Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1944, as SS Golden Rocket, a Maritime Commission type (R2-S-BV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1212), at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 2 March 1945
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 16 July 1945
  • Operated by United Fruit Co. under contract to the WSA
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission and acquired by the Navy in the summer of 1946
  • Converted to a Provisions Store Ship, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Commissioned USS Zelima (AF-49), 27 July 1946, CDR. Earl H. Pope, USN (28), in command
  • During the Korean War USS Zelima (AF-49) participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    First UN Counter Offensive
    21 to 23 February 1951

  • During the Vietnam War USS Zelima (AF-49) participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    24 to 25 April 1963
    16 to 30 September 1964
    7 to 11 October 1964
    24 to 25 October 1964
    22 to 28 June 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase V
    20 October to 1 November 1968
    Vietnam Defense Campaign
    6 to 14 July 1965
    31 July to 8 August 1965
    15 to 22 and 26 to 30 August 1965
    24 to 25 October 1965
    Vietnam Counteroffensive - Phase VI
    2 to 5 November 1968
    20 November to 2 December 1968
    Vietnam Counteroffensive
    26 January to 7 February 1966
    13 to 20 February 1966
    6 to 12 March 1966
    10 to 19 July 1966
    29 July to 4 August 1966
    17 to 24 August 1966
    Vietnam CounteroffensiveTet 69/ Counteroffensive
    21 May to 3 June 1969

  • Decommissioned in September 1969, at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Vallejo, CA.
  • Transferred to MARAD custody, 3 June 1970, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title transferred to MARAD, 1 September 1971
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 June 1976
  • USS Zelima earned one battle star for Korean War service, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with five campaign stars for Vietnam War service
  • Final Disposition, sold by MARAD, 25 November 1981, to Levin Metals Corp. (fishing)
    Displacement 15,500 t.(fl)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 292
    Armament unknown
    Propulsion cross-compound turbine, single propeller

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    Zelima 51k USS Zelima (AF-49) underway, date and location unknown.
    ©Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.
    Mike Smolinski
    Zelima 88k USS Zelima (AF-49) underway, date and location unknown. Courtesy Lyle Hildebrand USS Vega web site
    Zelima 74k USS Zelima (AF-49) moored, NavSta Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA., circa 1952-53 From the collection of CAPT. T.C. Edrington III PhD, USN - courtesy of his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington
    Zelima 34k USS Zelima (AF-49) ships officers . Photo taken on board Zelima while she was moored at NavSta Treasure Island, San Francisco, CA., circa 1952-53. Cdr T.C. Edrington, the Commanding Officer at that time, is the father of Tom Edrington, the contributor of this photo, the Zelima photo, the Christmas 1953 wardroom menu, Christmas card. From the collection of Capt. T.C. Edrington III PhD, USN - courtesy of his daughter Kyra Larn Edrington
    Zelima 276k USS Zelima (AF-49) steams alongside USS Boxer (CVA-21) for an underway replenishment, 16 November 1955. Note the signs hanging from her superstructure. US National Museum of the US Navy
    Zelima 125k USS Zelima (AF-49) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, April 1963.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Zelima 141k USS Zelima (AF-49) underway during a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with USS Sproston (DD-577) and USS Nicholas (DD-449), date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Zelima 39k USS Zelima (AF-49) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Zelima 77k USS Zelima (AF-49) underway, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Zelima 23k USS Zelima (AF-49) underway off Vietnam, circa, 1960s. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Basilone 48k USS Zelima (AF-49) replenishes the destroyer USS Basilone (DD-824) and the attack carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) in the Western Pacific, circa first half of 1966. Robert Hurst

    USS Zelima (AF-49)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Pope, Earl Hallett USN (28)27 July 1946 - 1948
    03CDR. Lewis, Porter, USN ;RADM1950 - March 1952
    04CDR. Bourke, Robert Emmet, USNMarch 1952 - ?
    05CDR. Edington III, Thomas Craighead1953 - 1954
    06CAPT. Cochran, Dale Eugene1954 - 1956
    07CAPT. Graff, Victor Bernard1956 - 29 April 1958
    08CDR. Laliberte, Joseph Henry29 April 1958 - 1959
    09CDR. Kuhn Jr., Martin1959 - 1960 -1961
    10CAPT. Peterson, Dale Killdeer1961 - 1963
    11CAPT. Edwards, Eldon Leo11 January 1963 - 3 January 1964
    12CAPT. Carnody, Martin Doan (Red) :RADM3 January 1964 - January 1965
    13CAPT. Johnston, Philip DevereauxJanuary 1965 - January 1966
    14CAPT. Hodgson, Gordon SeymourJanuary 1966 - 2 February 1967
    15CAPT. Potter, John Richard, USN (45)2 February 1967 - February 1968
    16CAPT. Brozo, John GreinerFebruary 1968 - 1969
    17CDR. Tredick, William Heulings, USN (61)1969 - September 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
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