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USS Sterope (AK-96)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Golf - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
USS Sterope (AK-96) was manned by the US Coast Guard during World War II
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 9 December 1941, as SS James Wilson, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 183), at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
Launched, 22 February 1942
Acquired by the US Navy, 27 March 1943
Commissioned, USS Sterope (AK-96), 14 May 1943, LCDR. Leo P. Toolin, USCG, in command
Converted for Naval service by the Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., completing shakedown, 10 June 1943
During World War II USS Sterope was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Guam, 21 July to 9 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 31 May 1945
Decommissioned, 16 May 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission in August 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS James Wilson
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 November 1947
Final Disposition, SS James Wilson was sold for scrapping, 16 August 1963, to The Learner Corp./Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., Oakland, CA., removed, 26 September 1963, to The Learner Corp., Oakland, CA.
USS Sterope 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.
Cargo Capacity 7,700 DWT
non-refrigerated 404,274 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
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one General Machine Corp. 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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|SS James Wilson
||SS James Wilson launching, 22 February 1942, at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
|USS Sterope (AK-96)
||USS Sterope (AK-96) unloading cargo onto pontoons at Guadalcanal, 1943
US Navy photo from DANFS
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret
USS Sterope (AK-96)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Toolin, Leo P., USCG||14 May 1943 - 1 May 1944|
|02||LCDR. Krestensen, John B., USCG||1 May 1944 - 12 December 1945|
|03||LCDR. Sutter, Harry S., USCG||12 December 1945 - 16 May 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office - USS Sterope AK-96
Last Updated 13 June 2014
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