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USS Haven (AH-12)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons



Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Second Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - National Defense Service Medal
Third Row - Korean Service Medal (9) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Haven Class Hospital Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Marine Hawk. a Maritime Commission type (C4-S-BB2), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC 743), at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 24 June 1944
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 19 June 1944
  • Converted to a Hospital Ship at Todd-Erie Basin Shipyard, Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Commissioned USS Haven (AH-12), 5 May 1945, CAPT. T. T. Patterson in command
  • During World War II USS Haven (AH-12) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Haven was assigned to Occupation service from 2 September to 3 October 1945
  • Temporarily reclassified Evacuation Transport (APH-112), 12 June 1946
  • Reclassified Hospital Ship (AH-12) in October 1946
  • Decommissioned, 1 July 1947, at San Diego, CA.
  • Laid up in the Pacific Reserve Fleet, San Diego Group
  • Recommissioned, 15 September 1950
  • During the Korean War USS Haven (AH-12) participated during the following campaigns:

    Korean War Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    North Korean Aggression
    17 October to 2 November 1950
    Second Korean Winter
    30 January to 20 March 1952
    1 to 30 April 1952
    Communist China Aggression
    3 November 1959 to 9 January 1951
    Korean Defense Summer-Fall 1952
    1 May to 28 June 1952
    19 July to 24 August 1952
    First UN Counter Offensive
    5 February to 2 April 1951
    Third Korean Winter
    10 February to 6 April 1953
    26 to 30 April 1953
    Communist China Spring Offensive
    26 April to 8 July 1951
    Korea Summer-Fall 1953
    1 May to 17 June 1953
    9 to 27 July 1953
    UN Summer-Fall Offensive
    9 July to 22 August 1951
    9 September to 7 October 1951
     

  • Decommissioned, 30 June 1957, at Long Beach, CA. and placed in service at Long Beach Naval Station
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, 1 March 1967
  • Transferred, 5 June 1967, to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Title transfer to the Union Carbide Corp., 12 January 1968, as part of the MARAD Exchange Program
  • Merchant Service
  • Delivered to Union Carbide Corp., 9 February 1968
  • Converted to a chemical tanker, renamed SS Clendenin in October 1968
  • Renamed SS Alaskan, 16 May 1969
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 December 1988
  • USS Haven earned nine battle stars for Korean War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 11,141t(lt).15,400 t.(lim)
    Length 520'
    Beam 71' 6"
    Draft 24' 6" (lim)
    Speed 18.3 kts. (trial speed)
    Complement
    Officers 76
    Enlisted 498
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    Patient Capacity 800
    Armament none
    Fuel Oil Capacity
    Navy Standard Fuel Oil 13.170 bbls
    Diesel 280 bbls
    Propulsion
    one GE geared turbine
    two Babcock & Wilcox hearer-type boilers 450psi 745°
    double Falk Main Reduction Gears
    six turbo-driven Ship's Service Generators 3-500kW 450V D.C., 3-300kW 120V/240V D.C.
    single screw 9,000 shp

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    USS Haven (AH-12)
    Solace 125k USS Solace (AH-5) alongside USS Haven (AH-12) at Pearl Harbor between 13 and 16 July 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # 80-G-354889
    Mike Green
    Haven 96k USS Wichita (CA-45) in Nagasaki Harbor, Japan, in September 1945, a few weeks after the end of World War II. The hospital ships in the left background are USS Sanctuary (AH-17) and USS Haven (AH-12).
    US Navy photo # NH 65834 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, collection of Admiral Harry W. Hill, USN, 1968.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 74k USS Haven (AH-12) in San Francisco Bay, CA., between July 1945 and May 1946. Note the hospital ship markings with a single red cross and a horizontal bar the length of the ship.
    US Navy photo # NH 98754 from the collections of the US Naval History and Heritage Command, donation of BM1 Robert G. Tippins, USN (Retired), 2003.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 300k USS Haven (AH-12) at Mare Island Naval Shipyard, 7 February 1946. USS Arneb (AKA-56) is in the foreground.
    Mare Island Naval Shipyard photo # 557-46, 2/7/46
    Darryl Baker
    LSM-451 394k Ships berth at Mare Island, 12 February 1946, are from left to right;
    USS LSM-451,
    USS Montrose (APA-212),
    USS Uvalde (AKA-88),
    USS Arneb (AKA-56) and
    USS Haven (AH-12).
    Additional LSMs that can be identified include;
    USS LSM-428,
    USS LSM-350, and
    USS LSM-426,
    US Navy photo courtesy Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum photo.
    Darryl Baker
    Haven 312k Forward plan view of USS Haven (AH-12) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 27 March 1946
    File name: AH 12 1251-46, Navy Photo, 3/27/46
    Darryl Baker
    Haven 282k After plan view of USS Haven (AH-12) at Mare Island Navy Yard, 27 March 1946
    File name: AH 12 1251-46, Navy Photo, 3/27/46
    Darryl Baker
    Haven 56k USS Haven (AH-12) date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Naval Hospital Corps School Web Site
    Haven 69k USS Haven (AH-12) date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    US Navy Hospital Ships Web Site
    Haven 42k USS Haven (AH-12) date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Hyperwar US Navy in WWII Web Site
    Haven 145k USS Haven (AH-12)'s volunteer crew member band holding a practice session.
    Photo from the authors collection, "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 160k USS Haven (AH-12) crew members line up to make their purchases at the slop chest counter.
    Photo from the authors collection, "Hospital Ships of World War II: An Illustrated Reference" by Emory A. Massman.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 107k USS Haven (AH-12) pierside Nagasaki, Japan to take aboard liberated ex allied prisoners of war, some of whom were suffering from radiation exposure, circa 11 September 1945. Russ Padden from the USS Lanier cruise book
    Haven 122k USS Haven (AH-12) pierside Nagasaki, Japan, circa 11 September 1945. Russ Padden from the USS Lanier cruise book
    Haven 109k USS Haven (AH-12) underway between 1946 and 1952. Note the postwar hospital ship markings consisting of three red crosses connected by a horizontal bar.
    US Navy photo # NH 98791, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Haven 72k USS Haven (AH-12) at Pearl Harbor, 9 October 1950, soon after reactivation for the Korean War.
    US Navy photo # NH 98792, by JO3 T.H. Shole, USN, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Haven 61k USS Haven (AH-12) at anchor off Inchon, South Korea, 15 December 1950. Photographed by C. K. Rose, AF2.
    US Navy photo # NH 98794, by AF2 C.K. Rose, USN, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Haven 168k USS Haven (AH-12) docked at Pusan, Korea, 11 June 1951.
    USN Navy photo # USN 430052. BUMED photo # 09-5074-5.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 215k Aerial view of USS Haven (AH-12) at anchor off Inchon, South Korea. The platforms on each side of the ship permit helicopters to land with wounded men they have picked up at the fighting front only minutes earlier.
    US Navy Photo # USN 134343. BUMED photo # 09-5074-16.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 108k USS Haven (AH-12) at anchored off Inchon South Korea in the summer of 1952. Haven was equipped with specially constructed and moored platforms, designed to receive wounded personnel via helicopter, making her look like a giant space station with solar panels extended. A painted yellow disk on the deck of each barge marked the landing zone.
    US Navy photo from BUMED Library and Archives, [Hospital ships. Transport of sick and wounded.][Scene.] Haven (AH-12). 08/1952; USN 445550; US Navy.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret. and Bill Gonyo
    Haven 137k USS Haven (AH-12) anchored at Inchon, Korea in 1952 with newly installed pontoon landing floats.
    US Navy photo from the collection of CDR Nancy Crosby, NC, USN, Ret., "Navy Medicine" magazine, March-April 2002.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Haven 49k USS Haven (AH-12) receiving wounded from the front lines, while anchored off Inchon, South Korea, in August 1952. Note the Marine HRS-1 helicopter approaching the landing float to starboard. A second float was moored to port. These were replaced in late 1952 by a helo deck on the fantail.
    US Navy photo # NH 98793, by R. J. Franks, CCGT-3702, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Haven 150k Aerial view of a Marine helicopter bringing in wounded from the front lines approaching the landing float on the starboard side of USS Haven (AH-12) off the coast South Korea, August 1952.US Navy photo # USN 445546, BUMED photo # 14-0063-003. Robert Hurst
    Haven 139k USS Haven (AH-12) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    BUMED photo # 14-0062-003
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 28k Stern USS Haven (AH-12) being painted, circa 1953, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Haven 100k USS Haven (AH-12) underway circa 1953. Note the new helicopter deck on the fantail. Courtesy of The Mariners Museum, Newport News, Virginia. Ted Stone collection.
    US Navy Photo # 98795 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center
    Haven 84k Aerial view of USS Haven (AH-12) anchored in Inchon harbor, Korea, 14 June 1953.
    US Navy Photo # K-16519, by PHAN L. R. Dylina, now in the collections of the US National Archives
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Haven 198k Bird's eye view of USS Haven (AH-12) from a helicopter about to land on the helo deck. USS Consolation (AH-15) lies off her starboard bow. Photo was taken, 14 August 1953 off the Korean coast by a Marine Corps photographer. Courtesy of LCDR Youssef H. Aboul-Enein, MSC, USN.
    US BUMEDPhoto # 14-0063-005.
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 133k USS Haven (AH-12) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Capt Jerry Mason, USN Ret
    Haven 281k USS Haven (AH-12) at anchor, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp
    Haven 376k USS Haven (AH-12) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy of World War II Photography.
    Bill Gonyo
    Haven 994k USS Haven (AH-12) underway, date and location unknown. David Buell
    Haven 994k USS Haven (AH-12) underway, 19 January 1954. Note the new hospital ship markings, without horizontal bars between the three red crosses.
    US Navy Photo # 98796 by Dick Bavior, from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    David Buell
    Haven 96k USS Haven (AH-12) moored at pier 7, Naval Station Long Beach, CA., 1955 Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Merchant Service
    Haven 241k Plate 1 of SS Alaskan's Conversion.
    1. Here's how the vessel looked when she served as the US Navy Hospital Ship Haven during World War II and the Korean conflict. She was originally laid down as a C4-S-B2 freighter.
    2. When she entered Bethlehem Steel's Beaumont yard for conversion and jumboizing into a modern liquid chemical carrier she was essentially unchanged.
    3. A new midbody 330 feet long was constructed and launched by the Bethlehem yard. Meanwhile work proceeded on dismantling and rearranging deck and interior structures on the original vessel.
    4. The stern section was detached first and joined to the new midbody. After these two sections were undocked (right), the bow and old midbody (left) were drydocked for their separation. Photo 52189A-1 from Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
    US BUMED photo # 14-0063-010
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 190k Plate 2 of SS Alaskan's Conversion.
    5. Following the separation from the bow, the old midbody was towed out of the dry dock (see background). This left only the specially-braced bow on the dock and set the stage for the next step.
    6. For the final joining operation, the new midbody with stern attached was brought into the dry dock and connected to the bow. The jumboizing operation lengthened the vessel 145 feet.
    7. After the final connection was made, the jumboized ship was undocked and towed to a wet slip for completion. Officers' and crews' quarters as well as the bridge, are in the five-level aft deck house.
    8. Here's SS Alaskan as completed. Now 665 feet overall, her nominal deadweight is more than 50 percent greater than before. Her 28 cargo compartments carry approximately 170,000 barrels of chemical products. Photo 52189A-2 from Bethlehem Steel Corporation.
    US BUMED photo # 14-0063-011
    Robert Hurst
    Haven 464k Ex-USS Haven (AH-12) underway at Boston in 1972 as the chemical tanker SS Alaskan
    Photo © William Schell.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Haven (AH-12)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01CAPT. Patterson, Theodore Thomas5 May 1945 - 1 July 1947
     Decommissioned1 July 1947 - 15 September 1950
    02CAPT. Tate, U. B.15 September 1950 - 20 September 1951
    03CAPT. Hamblett, Cyril Bertram :ADM20 September 1951 - 10 August 1953
    04CAPT. Clark, John Pascoe10 August 1953 - August 1954
    05CAPT. Winkel, Robert Paul16 August 1955 - 19 October 1956
    06CAPT. Jewett Jr., Garry William19 October 1956 - 4 August 1957
    07LCDR. Wilson, Walter Kenneth4 August 1957 - 1959
    09LT. Reid, Jack Moody1962 - 1962
    10CAPT. Roy, Gustave Assara1962 - 1963
    11LT. Reid, Jack Moody1963 - ?
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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