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USS Celeno (AK-76)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Juliet - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Guadalcanal, 16 June 1943) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (3) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 3 November 1942, as SS Redfield Proctor, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 439), at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 12 December 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 19 December 1942
Commissioned, USS Celeno (AK-76), 2 January 1943, LCDR. Niles E. Lanphere, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Celeno was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomon Islands, 16 June 1943
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 18 April to 27 June 1945
|Bismarck Archipelago operation
Admiralty Island landings, 24 to 28 March 1944
Following World War II USS Celeno was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 26 to 27 November 1945
Decommissioned, 1 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA., and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal, name reverted to SS Redfield Proctor
Struck from the Naval Register, 20 March 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 March 1961, National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA., Removed 6 June 1961, Scrapping completed, 4 August 1961
USS Celeno earned three battle stars for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,470 DWT
non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 230psi 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 Celeno (AK-76) moored at Mare Island Navy Yard, 23 November 1943, across from USS Orion (AS-18). Orion was completing her post commissioning overhaul.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo File name: AS 18 7821-43, US Navy, 11/23/43
||Forward plan view of USS Celeno (AK-76) at Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 26 November 1943. The stern of USS Chincoteague (AVP 24) is in the background.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7865-43.
||Stern view of USS Celeno (AK-76) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 27 November 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7878-43.
||Broadside view of USS Celeno (AK-76) off Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 27 November 1943. Celeno was in overhaul at the shipyard from 4 September until 30 December 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7880-43.
||Bows on view of USS Celeno (AK-76) departing Mare Island Navy Yard, Vallejo, CA., 27 November 1943.
Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 7882-43.
USS Celeno (AK-76)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Lanphere, Niles Edward, USNR||2 January 1943 - 13 October 1943|
|02||LCDR. Breed, Horace Herbert, USNR||13 October 1943 - 9 November 1943|
|03||LCDR. Gately, John Paul, USNR||9 November 1943 - 18 January 1945|
|04||LCDR. Haines Jr., Arthur Stephen||18 January 1945 - 1 March 1946|
|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
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Last Updated 4 April 2014
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