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USS Zaurak (AK-117)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Charlie - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive - Leyte operation) - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Presidential Unit Citation - Philippines Liberation Medal (1)
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 7 October 1943, as SS Hugh Young, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1964), at Todd Houston Shipbuilding Co., Houston, TX.
Launched, 18 November 1943
Acquired by the US Navy, 27 November 1943
Moved to Todd Johnson Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., for conversion to a Navy cargo ship
Commissioned, USS Zaurak (AK-117), 17 March 1944, LCDR. John S. Kapuscinski, USNR, in command.
During World War II USS Zaurak was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 29 October to 8 November 1944
Following World War II USS Zaurak was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following period:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|20 October to 2 December 1945||20 October to 2 December 1945
Decommissioned, 12 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission the same day for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 26 March 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 14 May 1963, to The Learner Corp./Union Minerals & Alloys Corp., Oakland, CA., removed, 19 June 1963, to The Learner Corp., Oakland, CA., completed, 14 August 1963
USS Zaurak earned one battle star for service in World War II
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 12,350 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.8 kts. (trial)
Largest Boom Capacity 37 t.
Cargo Capacity 4,520 DWT
non-refrigerated 417,330 Cu ft.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 7,285 Bbls
one Filer and Stowell vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||USS Zaurak (AK-117) moored midstream, date and location unknown.
||Sketch by Cressy of USS Zaurak (AK-117) underway.
USS Zaurak (AK-117)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||CDR. Kapuscinski, John Stanislaus, USNR||17 March 1944 - 12 March 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 13 June 2014
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