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Attu occupation, 20 May to 4 June 1943
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|USS Spica (AK-16)
|31k||USS Spica (AK-16) commissioning ceremony, 1 March 1940 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. CDR. Edwin D. Gibb, Commanding Officer Spica, (at right) reads his orders.||Tom Donovan for his father Charles "Chuck" Donovan RM1/c USS Spica 1940-May 1942.|
|72k||USS Spica (AK-16) underway while departing New York City, 13 March 1940
Photo by Art Cor Photo Service, Brooklyn, N.Y.
|Tom Donovan for his father Charles "Chuck" Donovan RM1/c USS Spica 1940-May 1942.|
|111k||USS Spica (AK-16) near Boston Navy Yard, 26 April 1940, soon after commissioning. She has been armed with one 5"/51 gun on
a platform forward and one on the fantail, two 3"/50 guns on the bridge wings and two more on a platform on the poop. The Navy was not yet fitting splinter protection
(low bulwarks) around such guns. There is no visible provision for anti-aircraft machine guns.
US Naval History and Heritage Command. Photo # NH 86626, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|30k||USS Spica (AK-16) off Sitka, Territory of Alaska, 1941.||Tom Donovan for his father Charles "Chuck" Donovan RM1/c USS Spica 1940-May 1942.|
|107k||USS Spica (AK-16) underway while servicing Alaskan ports as a supply and troop transport during World War II.
US Navy photo, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|107k||USS Spica (AK-16) underway with the assistance of a tug, circa June-July 1944 after change of armament. She now has an
armament of one 5"/38 and four 3"/50s, but in contrast with her sisters the forward pair of 3"/50 guns and the 5"/38 gun aft are mounted directly on the decks
instead of on raised platforms. Her bridge has also been remodeled and made more compact.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo # 19-N-68034, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|100k||Ex-USS Spica (AK-16) in Merchant service as SS Pleamar after World War II. Note her bridge remains
essentially as it was remodeled circa 1944.
US Naval History and Heritage Command.Photo # NH 105650, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
|01||CDR. Gibb, Edwin Dowling||1 March 1940 - 10 April 1941|
|02||CDR. Teuscher, Louis Frederick, USN||10 April 1941 - 5 June 1941|
|03||CDR. Granum, Alfred Marcellus :RADM||5 June 1941 - September 1941|
|04||CDR. Bushnell, Carl Hilton||September 1941 - 12 September 1942|
|05||CDR. Long, Joseph Wayland||12 September 1942 - 30 October 1942|
|06||CDR. Bushnell, Carl Hilton||30 October 1942 - 10 November 1942|
|07||CDR. Long, Joseph Wayland||10 November 1942 - 6 September 1943|
|08||LCDR. Kiley, Francis Michael||6 September 1943 - 28 March 1945|
|09||LT. Brooks, Fred Robert||28 March 1945 - 23 October 1945|
|10||LCDR. Purcell, Raymond Frederick||23 October 1945 - 18 January 1946|
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