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Lost to enemy action, 23 June 1943
USS Deimos (AK-78)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Oscar - Victor
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 23 June 1943)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 27 November 1942, as SS Chief Ouray, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract, (MCE hull 513) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.; Launched, 28 December 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 7 January 1943
Commissioned, USS Deimos (AK-78), 23 January 1943, LCDR. Walter L. Sorenson, USNR, in command
During World War II Deimos was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Consolidation of Solomon Islands
Consolidation of southern Solomons, 15 June 1943
Severely damaged by Japanese torpedo attack, 23 June 1943, off Guadalcanal
Final Disposition, abandoned and sunk by gun fire from USS O'Bannon (DD-450), at 11°26' S., 162°01'E.
USS Deimos received one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,250 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,500 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
two 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 Combustion Engineering 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 Deimos (AK-78) underway off San Francisco, 26 January 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 732-1-43, 1/26/43.
USS Deimos (AK-78)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Sorenson, Walter Louis||23 January 1943 - 23 June 1943|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 6 September 2013
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|