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USS Leonis (AK-128)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Delta - Zulu
NHDZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal


Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 November 1942, as SS Key Pittman, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 512) at Kaiser Permanente Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 6 October 1943
  • Commissioned, USS Leonis (AK-128), 25 October 1943, LCDR. Anthony J. Barkowsky, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Leonis was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 20 June to 3 July 1944
    Western Caroline Islands operation
    Capture and occupation of southern Palau Islands, 6 September to 14 November 1944

  • Decommissioned, 5 December 1945, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 9 December 1945, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., name reverted to SS Key Pittman
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Sold for scrapping, 29 April 1966, to Universal Salvage Corp., canceled because of default in payment, returned to the James River Reserve Fleet, August 1966
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 21 November 1967, to North American Smelting Co.
  • USS Leonis earned two battle stars for World War II service
    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 18
    Enlisted 216
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 4,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 408,312 Cu ft.
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 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 General Machinery Corp. 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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    Leonis 96k USS Leonis (AK-128) underway with the assistance of a tug, near Portland, OR., circa October 1943. David Nixon

    USS Leonis (AK-128)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Barkowsky, Anthony James, USNR25 October 1943 - 5 December 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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