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Lost to enemy action, 22 June 1943

USS Aludra (AK-72)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Whiskey - Uniform
NXWU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (22 June 1843)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Personnel Awards

Purple Heart (2-KIA, 22 June 1943)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 October 1942, as, SS Robert T. Lincoln, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 437), at Permanente Metals Corp., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 December 1942
  • Acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Commission, 14 December 1942
  • Commissioned USS Aludra (AK-72), 26 December 1942, LCDR. Dale E. Collins in command
  • During World War II USS Aludra was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Consolidation of Solomon Islands
    Consolidation of southern Solomons, 16 June 1943

  • Sunk by the Japanese submarine HIJMS RO-103 torpedo attack, 22 June 1943
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • USS Aludra earned one battle star for her World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 180
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 406,031 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy 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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    Aludra 48k USS Aludra (AK-72) underway, circa late 1942 or early 1943. Note her deck cargo of four Grumman F4F "Wildcat" fighters and several landing craft.
    US Navy photo # NH 104025 from the collections of the US Naval Historical Center.
    US Naval Historical Center

    USS Aludra (AK-72)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Collins, Dale Edmond :RADM26 December 1942 - 22 June 1943
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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