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USS Caelum (AK-106)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down as SS Wyatt Earp, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1860) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 30 June 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 10 August 1943
Commissioned, USS Caelum (AK-106), 22 October 1943, LCDR. Edgar Johnson in command
During World War II USS Caelum was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
Following World War II USS Caelum was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
|Campaign and Dates
|Marshall Islands operation
Occupation of Kwajalein and Majuro, 3 to 8 February 1944
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|10 September to 6 November 1945||1 to 26 April 1946
|9 February to 29 March 1946||
Decommissioned, 30 July 1946, at Seattle, WA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 31 July 1946, for disposal, the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 15 August 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 19 October 1961, to Hyman-Michaels Co., removed, 26 October 1961, scrapping completed, 2 January 1962, at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co (NASSCO), Terminal Island, CA.
USS Caelum earned one battle star 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. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
non-refrigerated 417,330 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60Kw, 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Caelum (AK-106) under way probably near San Francisco Bay, date unknown.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo.
||USS Caelum (AK-106) under way circa 1945, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 84657. Courtesy of D. M. McPherson, 1976.
USS Caelum (AK-106)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Johnson, Edgar||22 October 1943 - 23 December 1944|
|02||LCDR. Dineen, James John||23 December 1944 - 30 July 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
Last Updated 16 December 2016
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