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USS Aludra (AF-55)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Papa - Victor
NJPV
JANAP Tactical Voice Radio Call Sign - Wallop (L)ima - 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
Second Row - Korean Service Medal (1) - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Taiwan Straits, Quemoy-Matsu, Vietnam, Korea) - 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, 23 August 1944, as the Refrigerated Cargo Ship SS Matchless, a Maritime Commission type (R2-S-BV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC 1202), at Moore Dry Dock Co., Oakland, CA.
  • Launched, 14 October 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for a bare boat charter to United States Line, 23 March 1945
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 August 1949 at Mobile, AL.
  • Transferred to the Waterman SS. Corp., 11 August 1949
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 18 August 1949 at Mobile, AL.
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 30 November 1950
  • Converted for Naval service at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
  • Commissioned USS Aludra (AF-55), 19 June 1952, CDR. Ralph H. Moureau in command
  • During the Korean War USS Aludra participated in the following campaign:

    Korean War Campaign
    Third Korean Winter Campaign
    14 and 15 December 1952
    10 and 11 and 18 to 19 February 1953
    2 and 3, 14 and 15, and 28 to 39 March 1953
    7 to 12 April 1953

  • During the Vietnam War USS Aludra participated in the following campaigns:

    Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Vietnam Service Medal
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Vietnam Advisory Campaign
    4 March to 4 April 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase III
    1 to 11 June 1967
    29 November to 13 December 1967
    28 December 1967 to 5 January 1968
    14 to 20 January 1968
    29 January 1968
    Vietnam Defense
    3 to 17 October 1965
    24 October to 1 November 1965
    15 to 21 November 1965
    Tet Counteroffensive
    1 to 4 February 1968
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    7 to 20 August 1966
    27 August to 2 September 1966
    7 to 17 September 1966
    20 April to 2 May 1967
    22 to 31 May 1967
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive-Phase V
    14 to 29 September 1968
    10 to 21 October 1968

  • Decommissioned, 12 September 1969, at Oakland, CA.
  • USS Aludra 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
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 October 1969, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, withdrawn from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 19 January 1977 for stripping by the Navy prior to sale
  • Purchased from MARAD by Sea World Processors Inc., for non-transportation use, 16 November 1977
  • Delivered, 16 February 1978
  • Final Disposition, burned and scuttled in 1981
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,050 t.(lt)
    Length 459' 2"
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 292
    Armament twelve 3"/50 guns
    Propulsion
    cross-compound turbine
    single propeller

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    Aludra 134k USS Aludra (AF-55) conducting an UNREP (Underway Replenishment) with the destroyer USS Theodore E. Chandler (DD-717) and attack aircraft carrier USS Valley Forge (CVA-45) in the Pacific, circa January to May 1953. with F9F Panther jets of VF-51 and VF-53
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aludra 75k USS Aludra (AF-55) under way at sea, 17 September 1954. Photographed from USS Yorktown (CVA-10).
    US Navy photo # NH 104028 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 98k USS Aludra (AF-55) transferring supplies to USS Yorktown (CVA-10) during underway replenishment operations, 17 September 1954.
    US Navy photo # NH 104029 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 37k USS Aludra (AF-55) at anchor in a Japanese harbor, circa 1950s. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
    Aludra 55k USS Aludra (AF-55) at anchor in the harbor at Sasebo, Japan, January 1955. Richard Miller BMCS USNR (Ret.)
    Aludra 85k Starboard bow view of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956.
    US Navy photo # NH 104030 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 78k Broadside of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956.
    US Navy photo # NH 104031 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 89k Stern view-starboard of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956.
    US Navy photo # NH 104032 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 75k Stern view-port of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956.
    US Navy photo # NH 104033 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 88k Port bow view of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956.
    US Navy photo # NH 104034 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 95k Bow on view of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956. The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge is in the background.
    US Navy photo # NH 104035 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 90k Stern view of USS Aludra (AF-55) off San Francisco, CA. Aludra was enroute to Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, San Francisco CA., 20 February 1956.
    US Navy photo # NH 104036 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 161k USS Aludra (AF-55) under way in San Francisco Bay, October 1957. Photo by ©Allied Photographers of San Francisco. Robert M. Cier
    Aludra 248k Outboard profile drawing (Bureau of Ships plan # S 0103 972649) of USS Aludra (AF-55) showing the ship as she was during the 1960s, with a helicopter platform aft. Photo, courtesy of Commander Stephen S. Roberts, USNR, 1982.
    US Navy photo # NH 104040 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    Richard Miller BMCS RET. USNR
    Aludra 120k USS Aludra (AF-55) at left, steams away from USS Ponchatoula (AO-148) after transferring stores. In the right distance USS Jupiter (AVS-8) makes her approach to take on fuel. Photo taken from USS Ponchatoula, 23 August 1963, released with Commander Service Squadron THREE press release # 3-154. .
    US Navy photo # NH 104026 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 114k USS Aludra (AF-55) during underway replenishment with USS Coontz (DLG-9) and USS Kitty Hawk (CVA-63) during a WESTPAC deployment in 1964.
    US Navy photo
    EMC(SW) Brian Kroenung
    Aludra 95k USS Aludra (AF-55) center, is approached by USS Cochrane (DDG-21), at left, and USS Midway (CVA-41) for underway replenishment, during operations in the South China Sea. Photographed by USS Midway, 15 May 1965.
    US Navy photo # NH 104027 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center
    US Naval Historical Center
    Aludra 95k USS King (DLG-10) approaching USS Aludra (AF-55) in preparation for an underway replenishment, circa 1965 Photo by Chuck White USS King (DLG-10)
    Aludra 69k USS Aludra (AF-55) and USS King (DLG-10) during an underway replenishment, circa 1965. Note that the shot lines are across between the ships. Photo by Chuck White USS King (DLG-10)
    Aludra 82k USS Aludra (AF-55) alongside USS King (DLG-10) during an underway replenishment, circa 1965. Photo by Chuck White USS King (DLG-10)
    Aludra 103k USS Aludra (AF-55)outbound to sea from San Diego, date unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aludra 76k USS Aludra (AF-55)outbound to sea from NAS Alameda, date unknown Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aludra 92k USS Aludra (AF-55) coming alongside to replenish USS Oriskany (CVA-34) while the carrier conducts air operations off the coast of Vietnam, date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Aludra 515k USS Hopper (DE-1026) replenishing from USS Aludra (AF-55) in the Sea of Japan in May 1967. The bow of the USS Evans (DE-1023) is to the right. Photo by Darryl Baker
    Aludra 69k USS Aludra (AF-55) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    CVA-43 451k USS Coral Sea (CVA-43), with A-4E Skyhawks from VA-153 "Blue Tail Flies" and VA-155 "Silver Foxes," moored to pier #3 South, NAS Alameda, California, 22 to 26 July 1967. USS Hancock (CVA-19) is moored to pier #3 North, and USS Ranger (CVA-60) to pier #2 North. Other ships present include: USS Bellatrix (AF-62) and USS Aludra (AF-55), moored port side and starboard side, respectively, to pier #2 South; and probably USNS Breton (T-AKV-42), astern of Coral Sea. William T. Larkins

    USS Aludra (AF-55)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Moureau, Ralph Henning, USN (26)19 June 1952 - ?
    02CAPT. Gowen, George AnthonyApril 1961 - May 1962
    03CAPT. Gray, Paul NagleMay 1962 - June 1963
    04CAPT. Shropshire Jr., Paul Haynes, USNJune 1963 - 12 March 1964
    05CAPT. Miller, Robert Nicholas12 March 1964 - 24 June 1966
    06CAPT. Barrow Jr., William Ballard, USN (44)24 June 1966 - 26 May 1967
    07CAPT. Bondy Jr., Robert Earl, USNR26 May 1967 - 10 October 1968
    08CAPT. Fries, William Don, USN10 October 1968 - 25 July 1969
    09CDR. Reifschneider, Jack Loren25 July 1969 - 12 September 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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