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USS Draco (AK-79)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Quebec - Quebec
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down in 1942 as SS John M. Palmer, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 453) at Permanente Metals Corp.,Richmond, CA.
Launched, 19 January 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 31 January 1943
Commissioned, USS Draco (AK-79), 16 February 1943, LCDR. Earle L. Evey, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Draco was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Guam, 27 July to 9 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 26 to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, 28 November 1945, at Tacoma, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
USS Draco earned two battle stars for World War II service
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 27 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR.
Laid up, 22 July 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Sold, 9 August 1947, to Southern Steamship Proprietary Ltd., reflagged South African, renamed SS President Kruger
Resold in 1951, renamed SS Riviera
Resold in 1953, renamed SS Effie
Renamed SS President Pretorius in 1958
Final Disposition, scrapped in April 1968, at Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,350 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 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 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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||Starboard broadside view of USS Draco (AK-79) at anchor, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo.
||USS Draco (AK-79) underway in Puget Sound in August 1945.
US Navy photo.
| Merchant Service
||Ex-USS Draco (AK-79) in merchant service as SS President Kruger, under way, date and location unknown.
Photo © Alex Duncan.
||Ex-USS Draco (AK-79) in merchant service as SS President Pretorius, under way, circa early-1960s, location unknown.
USS Draco (AK-79)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Evey, Earle Llewllyn||16 February 1943 - 26 September 1944|
|02||LCDR. Drysdale Jr., Robert Maxwell||26 September 1944 - 28 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 Database