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USS Naos (AK-105)
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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), 17 August 1943, at San Pedro, CA., LCDR. Norman E. Wilcox in command
During World War II USS Naos was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Naos was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 1 to 15 October 1945
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.
||Broadside view of USS Naos (AK-105) anchored at an unknown location.
Note the badly worn condition of the ship's MS21 camouflage scheme.
LIFE Magazine Archives - Carl Mydans Photographer, shared by Peter DeForest.
USS Naos (AK-105)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Wilcox, Norman Edward||17 August 1943 - 20 April 1945|
|02||LT. Bornander, Paul Otis||20 April 1945 - 10 May 1945|
|03||LCDR. Branson, John Joseph||10 May 1945 - 14 May 1945|
|04||LCDR. Alcott, Alexander Malcolm||14 May 1945 - 6 December 1945|
|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 10 November 2017
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