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USS Giansar (AK-111)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Xray
NHLX
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 - Philippines Liberation Medal


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down. 27 December 1942, as SS Thomas Ewing a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 625) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 19 January 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 5 October 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Giansar (AK-111), 29 October 1943, LCDR. Claude J. King, USNR in command
  • Decommissioned, 28 November 1945, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission the same day
  • Name reverted to SS Thomas Ewing, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1945
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Bethlehem Steel Corp, 31 July 1961, removed, 8 August 1861, scrapping completed, 24 April 1963, at Bethlehem Steel Corp, Sparrow Point
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
    Complement
    Officers 17
    Enlisted 237
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,750 DWT
    non-refrigerated 435,584 Cu ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    two single 40mm AA gun mounts
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 7,285 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Iron Fireman vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    Giansar 133k USS Giansar (AK-111) (aft plan view) prior to conversion for Naval Service at San Francisco, 16 Oct. 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7171-43, 10/16/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Giansar 186k USS Giansar (AK-111) (forward plan view) prior to conversion for Naval Service at San Francisco, 16 Oct. 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7173-43, 10/16/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Giansar 68k USS Giansar (AK-111) (bow view) at anchor off San Francisco, 8 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7535-43, 11/8/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Giansar 50k USS Giansar (AK-111) (stern view) at anchor off San Francisco, 8 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7536-43, 11/8/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Giansar 74k USS Giansar (AK-111) (broadside view) at anchor off San Francisco, 8 November 1943.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7538-43, 11/8/43.
    Darryl Baker
    Giansar 543k USS Giansar (AK-111) at anchor, date and location unknown. Janice Carroll for her uncle Robert Yost S2/c USNR USS YMS-54

    USS Giansar (AK-111)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. King, Claude J. USNR29 October 1943 - 28 November 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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