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USS Bootes (AK-99)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Tango - Papa
NJTP
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


Crater Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 24 April 1943, as SS Thomas Oliver Larkin, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1656), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 16 May 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 29 May 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Bootes (AK-99), 15 July 1943, LCDR. Howard P. Bacon, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Bootes was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates
    Hollandia operation, 21 April to 1 May 1944

  • Decommissioned, 22 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Towed to San Francisco, in the spring of 1947
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 September 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., name reverted to SS Thomas Oliver Larkin
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 August 1947
  • Final Disposition, scrapped in 1973
  • USS Bootes received one battle star 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 21
    Enlisted 183
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 411,750 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single 5"/51 cal surface gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four 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 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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    Bootes 123k Amidships looking aft plan view of USS Bootes (AK-99) at Alameda, CA., 4 December 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 8076-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Bootes 121k Amidships looking forward plan view of USS Bootes (AK-99) at Alameda, CA., 4 December 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 8076-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Bootes 66k Stern view of USS Bootes (AK-99) off San Francisco, CA., 10 December 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 8261-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Bootes 69k Broadside view of USS Bootes (AK-99) off San Francisco, CA., 10 December 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 8076-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Bootes 89k Bows on view of USS Bootes (AK-99) off San Francisco, CA., 10 December 1943.
    Mare Island Navy Yard photo # 8076-43.
    Darryl Baker
    Bootes 94k USS Bootes (AK-99) off San Francisco, CA., 10 December 1943.
    US National Archives Record Group RG-19-LCM photo # 19-N-57818, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    Mike Green
    Bootes 65k USS Bootes (AK-99) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USS Bootes (AK-99)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Bacon, Howard Perry USNR15 July 1943 - 1 January 1945
    02LT. Anderson, Nils Walter1 January 1945 - 1 November 1945
    03LT. Burkhart, Valentine Anthony1 November 1945 - 22 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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