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USS Ara (AK-136)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 17 July 1941, as SS Daniel Boone, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 69) at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
Launched, 14 January 1942
Completed and delivered, 15 April 1942, to the War Shipping Administration for operation under GAA contract by American Hawaiian SS Co.
Acquired by the US Navy, 3 December 1943
Commissioned, USS Ara (AK-136), 4 January 1944, LCDR. William B. Hudgins in command
During World War II USS Ara (AK-136) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
Capture and occupation of Guam, 27 July to 15 August 1944
Decommissioned, 26 November 1945, at Norfolk, VA. and returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., name reverted to SS Daniel Boone
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 October 1971, removed from the Reserve Fleet anchorage, 6 January 1972, for delivery to Hierros Ardes S. A. Spain
USS Ara 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.
non-refrigerated 420,277 Cu. ft. 7,800DWT
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
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
NSFO 9,660 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 Bbls
one General Machine Corp. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ships Service Generators
three reciprocating-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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|SS Daniel Boone (MCE hull 69)
||SS Daniel Boone at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA., after launching on 14 January 1942.
|USS Ara (AK-136)
||Stern view of USS Ara (AK-136) off San Francisco, CA., 11 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 267-44.
||Broadside view of USS Ara (AK-136) off San Francisco, CA., 11 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 269-44.
||USS Ara (AK-136) off San Francisco, CA., 11 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 270-44, now in the collections of the NARA San Francisco, Mare Island Naval Shipyard Ship Files.
||Bow on view of USS Ara (AK-136) off San Francisco, CA., 11 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 271-44.
USS Ara (AK-136)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Hudgins, William B.||4 January 1944 - 1 June 1945|
|02||LT. Jacobs, William H.||1 June 1945 - 26 November 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 16 September 2013
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