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USS Acontius (AGP-12)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Xray - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Acontius Class Motor Torpedo Boat Tender::
Laid down, 5 June 1943, as SS Cape Carthage, a Maritime Commission type (C1-A) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 304) at Pusey and Jones Corp., Wilmington, DE.
Launched, 12 October 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 22 December 1943
Converted for naval service at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore MD.
Commission USS Acontius (AGP-12), 23 June 1944, LCDR. R. G. Heppard in command
During World War II USS Acontius was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Decommissioned, and transferred to the Maritime Commission, 22 March 1946
Laid up, 22 March 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS Cape Carthage
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 April 1965, to Nicolai Joffe Corp., Beverly Hills, CA.
USS Acontius earned one battle star for World War II service
|Campaign and Dates
|Luzon operation, 3 March to 1 April 1945
Displacement 5,236t.(lt) 10,590 t.(fl)
Draft 22' 6"
Speed 14 kts
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four twin 40mm AA gun mounts
twelve single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 8,000 Bbls
Diesel 360 Bbls
Gasoline 105,000 Gals
one Allis Chalmers geared turbine engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double Falk Main Reduction Gears
three 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 4,000shp.
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||USS Acontius (AGP-12) underway, 24 December 1943, enroute to her conversion yard, two days after delivery to the Navy by the Maritime Commission and the builder. Features not required in the conversion to AGP - including the entire merchant ship rig forward of the bridge - were omitted by the builder.
US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo # 80-G-299221, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||USS Acontius (AGP-12) underway in Chesapeake Bay off Port Covington, Baltimore, MD., 5 July 1944, shortly after completing conversion
US National Archives, RG-80-G, Photo #s 19-N-68352, 19-N-68351 & 19-N-68353, US Navy Bureau of Ships photos now in the collections of the US National Archives.
||Aerial view of USS Acontius (AGP-12) taken from a blimp from NAS Lakehurst, N.J. while underway off the eastern seaboard, 12 August 1944. The ship is pained in Measure 31, design 2F camouflage (dull black, ocean green and Navy green). The ship appears complete, note the cradle for repairing PT boats on deck forward under the ship's 50-ton main boom.
US National Archives photo # 80-G-453343, a US Navy photo, now in the collections of the US National Archives.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. and Robert Hurst
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DANFS history entry located on the US Naval History and Heritage Command
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Fleet Reserve Association
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 9 April 2010
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