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USS Auriga (AK-98)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Hotel - Bravo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - 25 October 1944)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (5) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippine Liberation Medal (2)
Purple Hearts (5-WIA, Leyte, 25 October 1944)
Auriga Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 9 June 1942, as SS Alcoa Partner, a Maritime Commission type (C1-B) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 493) at Consolidated Steel Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 7 September 1942
Completed and delivered to the War Shipping Administration, 13 March 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 16 March 1943
Converted for Naval service at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
Commissioned USS Auriga (AK-98), 1 April 1943, at San Francisco, CA., LCDR. John G. Hart in command
During World War II USS Auriga was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
|Gilbert Islands operation
Tarawa landing, 13 November to 8 December 1943
|Manila Bay-Bicol operations
Zambales-Subic Bay, 29 to 31 January 1945
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 16 to 17 and 25 to 28 June 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 10 to 19 April 1945
Leyte landings, 20 October and 18 November 1944
Following World War II USS Auriga (AK-98) was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 26 September to 27 November 1945
Decommissioned, 22 January 1946, at New York Naval Shipyard
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
Delivered to Alcoa S.S. Co, 22 January 1946, at Weehawken, N.J., name reverted to SS Alcoa Partner
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 November 1963, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
Transferred to the US Army, 17 June 1966, for stevedore training at Fort Eustis, VA.
Returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River Group, 2 October 1968
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 May 1970, to Aguilar Y Peris , S.L. Valencia, Spain
USS Auriga earned five battle stars for her World War II service
Displacement 12,975 t.(fl)
Draft 27' 6"
Speed 14.7 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 6,650 DWT
non-refrigerated 400,000 Cu ft.
one single 5"/51 cal surface gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO - 7,930 Bbls
one Westinghouse steam turbine engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 450psi 750°
double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 4,000shp
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||Aft plan view of USS Auriga (AK-98), after conversion, at San Francisco, 1 April 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photos # 2237-4-43, 4/1/43.
||Forward plan view of USS Auriga (AK-98), after conversion, at San Francisco, 1 April 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photos # 2239-4-43, 4/1/43.
||Bow on view of USS Auriga (AK-98) underway off San Francisco, 2 April 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photos # 2281-4-43, 4/2/43.
||Broadside view of USS Auriga (AK-98) underway off San Francisco, 2 April 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photos # 2283-4-43, 4/2/43 now in the collections of the US Naval Historical Center, photo # NH 91135.
||Stern view of USS Auriga (AK-98) underway off San Francisco, 2 April 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photos # 2285-4-43, 4/2/43.
||USS Auriga (AK-98) at anchor in San Francisco Bay, 21 June 1945.
US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, Photo #'s 19-N-87736 and 19-N-87737
USS Auriga (AK-98)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Hart, John Charles||1 April 1943 - 9 December 1944|
|02||LCDR. Fonda, Charles Henry||9 December 1944 - 22 January 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
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Last Updated 13 June 2014
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