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USS Leonis (AK-128)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Delta - Zulu
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||Campaign and Dates
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, 15 December 1946
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, 2 November 1967, to North American Smelting Co., removed, 21 November 1967. scrapping completed, 17 November 1968
USS Leonis earned two battle stars 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 4,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 408,312 Cu ft.
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
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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||USS Leonis (AK-128) underway with the assistance of a tug, near Portland, OR., circa October 1943.
USS Leonis (AK-128)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Barkowsky, Anthony James, USNR||25 October 1943 - 5 December 1945|
|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 11 July 2014
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