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USS Lesuth (AK-125)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Bravo - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1)
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 24 March 1943, as SS William M. Gwin, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1638) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 17 April 1943
Delivered to American President Lines to operate under GAA contract for the War Shipping Administration
Acquired by the US Navy, 9 October 1943
Converted for Naval service at United Engineering, Alameda, CA.
Commissioned, USS Lesuth (AK-125), 1 November 1943, LCDR. Bertrand H. Bassett, USNR in command
During World War II USS Lesuth was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Western Caroline Islands operation
Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 October 1944
Following World War II USS Lesuth was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|2 September to 16 October1945
|24 December 1945 to 10 April 1946
Decommissioned, 16 August 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 29 May 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1947
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 31 July 1964, by Union Minerals and Alloys Corp. Physically delivered for dismantling at Oakland CA., 20 August 1964
USS Lesuth 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 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 414,996 Cu ft.
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
one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Combustion Engineering header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||Broadside view of USS Lesuth (AK-125) off San Francisco, 11 November 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 7587-43.
||USS Lesuth (AK-125) at anchor off Okinawa, date unknown.
||Kevin Kennedy for his father John C. Kennedy USS Lesuth
USS Lesuth (AK-125)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Bassett, Bertrand Hale, USNR||1 November 1943 - 1 July 1945|
|02||LT. Gilkerson, Ray C., USNR||1 July 1945 - 15 August 1945|
|03||LCDR. Giles, Albert Baker, USNR||15 August 1945 - 17 July 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
George A. Hill|
4948 North 6th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55430-3648
Telephone (612) 521 - 8946
E-Mail: George A. Hill
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 11 July 2014
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