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USS Cassiopeia (AK-75)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee- Lima - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 8 October 1942, as SS Melville W. Fuller, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE-504) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 15 November 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 27 November 1942
Commissioned USS Cassiopeia (AK-75), 8 December 1942, LCDR. W. E. Carlson in command
During World War II USS Cassiopeia was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaigns and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomons, 11 March 1943
Decommissioned, 21 November 1945, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission the same day for disposal
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
Final Disposition, returned to US Navy, 27 June 1971, disposed of as a target by USS Cutlass (SS-478), in the VACAPES area, date unknown
USS Cassiopeia earned one battle star 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 Cassiopeia (AK-75), date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
||Broadside view of USS Cassiopeia (AK-75) off San Francisco, 19 December 1942.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8017-12-42, 12/19/42
|David Friederich and Darryl Baker
USS Cassiopeia (AK-75)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Carlson, William Edward||8 December 1942 - June 1945|
|02||LCDR. Brooke, Russell James||June 1945 - 21 November 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 Data Base
Last Updated 4 April 2014
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|