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USS Carina (AK-74)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Juliet - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (Tulagi, 23JAN43, Okinawa, 04MAY45)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal
Purple Hearts (6-Tulagi, 23JAN44, 6-Okinawa, 04MAY45)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 30 September 1942, as SS David Davis a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 502) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 6 November 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 20 November 1942
Commissioned, USS Carina (AK-74), 1 December 1942, LCDR. James I. MacPherson, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Carina was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Capture and defense of Guadalcanal, 1 February 1943
||Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 April to 3 May 1945
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomon Islands, 11 March 1943
Decommissioned, 16 October 1945, at Suisun Bay, CA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal, 17 October 1945
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 November 1945
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 February 1952, to National Metal and Steel Corp., Removed 7 April 1952, Scrapping completed, 20 March 1953
USS Carina earned three 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 (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 421,627 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co., vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and 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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||USS Carina (AK-74) underway, date and location unknown. Note the patrol bomber overhead.
Photo from World War II U.S. Navy Armed Guard and World War II U.S. Merchant Marine web site.
||USS Carina (AK-74) anchored after a Japanese suicide boat attack at Okinawa, 4 May 1945.
||USS Granville (APA-171) cruise book
USS Carina (AK-74)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. MacPherson, James Ian||1 December 1942 - 1 December 1943|
|02||LCDR. Koerner, Ben||1 December 1943 - 30 July 1945|
|03||LT. Archibald, Paul Bensen||30 July 1945 - 16 October 1945|
|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 Database
Last Updated 4 April 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|