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Etamin (IX-173)
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USS Etamin (AK-93) (1943 - 1944)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Tango - Echo
NJTE
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive, 27 April 1944)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal



USS Etamin (AK-93) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 28 March 1943, as Isaac Babbitt, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1106) at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard No. 2, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 25 April 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 8 May 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Etamin (AK-93), 25 May 1943, LCDR. George W. Stedman, Jr., USCGR, in command
  • During World War II USS Etamin was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Bismarck Archipelago operation
    Admiralty Islands landings, 7 to 22 March 1944
    Hollandia operation, 21 April to 1 May 1944

  • Decommissioned, 26 June 1944, at Cairns Australia after being struck by a Japanese aerial torpedo at Milne Bay, New Guinea, 27 April 1944
  • Placed in service with a Navy crew, 12 August 1944, as the non-self propelled storage hulk Etamin (IX-173)
  • Placed out of service, 9 July 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1949 at Shanghai, China
  • USS Etamin received two battle stars for World War II service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock & 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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    Etamin 83k Aft plan view of USS Etamin (AK-93) moored pierside, San Francisco, CA., 11 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3509-43, 5/11/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Etamin 111k Amidship plan view of USS Etamin (AK-93) moored pierside, San Francisco, CA., 11 May 1943. Note that she still has the name board for SS Isaac Babbitt displayed.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3510-43, 5/11/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Etamin 75k USS Etamin (AK-93), broadside view, underway off San Francisco, 25 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3932-43, 5/25/43
    Darryl Baker
    Etamin 108k USS Etamin (AK-93), broadside view, underway off San Francisco, 25 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3933-43, 5/25/43, from the NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Navy Yard Ship Files
    Tracy White
    Etamin 51k USS Etamin (AK-93), bows on view, underway off San Francisco, 25 May 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 3934-43, 5/25/43
    Darryl Baker

    USS Etamin (AK-93)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Stedman Jr.,George Washington USCGR25 May 1943 - 26 June 1944
     Decommissioned26 June 1944 - 12 August 1944
    02LT. Lanier, Walter USN12 August 1944 - 9 July 1946 (in service)
    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
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Etamin AK-93
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