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USS Naos (AK-105)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Sierra - Uniform
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 - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 8 June 1943, as SS William R. Nelson, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1684) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 30 June 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 15 July 1943
Converted for Naval service at Los Angeles Shipbuilding and Drydock Corp., San Pedro, CA.
Commissioned, USS Naos (AK-105), 16 July 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LCDR. N. E. Wilcox in command
Decommissioned, 6 December 1945, at San Francisco, CA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 6 December 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, name reverted to SS William R. Nelson
Struck from the Naval Register, 3 January 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 30 June 1969, to Union Minerals and Alloys, physically delivered, 18 February 1970
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12.350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 24' 6"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 4,759 DWT
non-refrigerated 369,399 Cu. ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Joshua Hendy Ironworks vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
one propeller, 2,500shp
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||Amidships plan view of USS Naos (AK-105) at San Francisco, 4 December 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8083-43.
||Bows on view of USS Naos (AK-105) underway off San Francisco, 10 December 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8266-43.
||Stern view of USS Naos (AK-105) underway off San Francisco, 10 December 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8269-43.
||Broadside view of USS Naos (AK-105) off San Francisco, 10 December 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8270-43.
USS Naos (AK-105)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Wilcox, N. E.||17 August 1943 - ?|
|02||LT. Bornander, P. O.||WWII|
|03||LCDR. Alcott, A. M.||WWII|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 1 April 2011
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