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USS Adhara (AK-71)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Guadalcanal, 7 April 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 16 September 1942, as SS G. H. Corliss, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 425) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 27 October 1942
Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 6 November 1942
Commissioned USS Adhara (AK-71), 16 November 1942, CDR. William W. Ball, USNR, in command
During World War II Adhara was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of the Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomons, 29 March and 7 April 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 8 to 27 May 1945
Decommissioned, 7 December 1945, at Baltimore, MD.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 11 December 1945, for disposal or lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, named reverted to SS G. H Corliss
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1971 to Hierros Ardes S.A. Spain, Removed, 23 November 1971
USS Adhara earned two battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 406,031 Cu ft
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Willamette Shipbuilding vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Broadside view of USS Adhara (AK-71) at anchor off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 26 November 1942.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7296-11-42, 11/26/42.
||Aft plan view of USS Adhara (AK-71) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 18 August 1943. The bow of USS St. Louis (CL-49) is in the background, far right along with covered lighter YF-467.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5950-43, 8/15/43.
||Broadside view of USS Adhara (AK-71) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 20 August 1943.
USS Adhara was in overhaul from 11 July to 20 August 1943.
US National Archives Photo # 19-N-50249, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
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||Bow on view of USS Adhara (AK-71) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 20 August 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 5956-43, 8/20/43.
USS Adhara (AK-71)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Data Base
Last Updated 14 July 2017
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