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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)
Second Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Third Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - 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;
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, 19 June 1963, to Union Minerals and Alloy Co.
USS Zaurak earned one battle star for service in World War II
|Campaign and Dates
Leyte landings, 29 October to 8 November 1944
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
Fuel Capacity NFSO 7,285 Bbls
one Filer and Stowell vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60Kw 120 V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
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
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 1 April 2011
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