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

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Tango - Echo
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, at Subic Bay, Republic of the Philippines
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 31 July 1946, and returned to the Maritime Commission for disposal
  • Final Disposition, sold, 2 February 1948, to Asia Development Corp., Shanghai Republic of China for scrapping, removed 3 March 1948
  • USS Etamin earned two battle stars 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.
    Officers 16
    Enlisted 190
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    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
    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)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Stedman Jr.,George Washington USCGR25 May 1943 - 26 June 1944
     Decommissioned26 June 1944 - 12 August 1944
    02LT. Lanier, Walter Irvin, 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
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Etamin AK-93
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