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USS Ascella (AK-137)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)

Crater Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 January 1943, as SS George C. Yount, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 708), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Wilmington, CA.
  • Launched, 4 February 1943
  • Delivered to American President Lines for operation
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 30 November 1943
  • Modified for Naval service at Matson Navigation Co., San Francisco, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Ascella (AK-137), 7 January 1944, at Hunters Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, CA., LCDR. Alexander Kusebach, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Ascella (AK-137) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following World War II USS Ascella was assigned to Occupation and China service in the Far East for the following periods:

    Navy Occupation Service Medal

    China Service Medal (extended)
    17 September to 3 October 194531 December 1945 to 10 April 1946

  • Decommissioned, 13 August 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947, returned to the Maritime Commission, name reverted to SS George C. Yount
  • Laid up, 28 May 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 July 1964, to National Metal & Steel Corp.
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 21
    Enlisted 180
    Cargo Capacity
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    NSFO 9,660 Bbls
    Diesel 2,010 Bbls
    one Joshua-Hendy vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Western Pipe & Steel 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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    Ascella 69k Bows on view of USS Ascella (AK-137) off San Francisco, CA., 13 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 272-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Ascella 68k Broadside view of USS Ascella (AK-137) off San Francisco, CA., 13 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 274-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Ascella 73k Stern view of USS Ascella (AK-137) off San Francisco, CA., 13 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 276-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Ascella 69k Aft plan view of USS Ascella (AK-137) at San Francisco, CA., 15 January 1944.
    Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 351-44.
    Darryl Baker
    Ascella 42k USS Ascella (AK-137) at anchored with an unidentified ship alongside, 19 January 1946, on the Yangtze River, Shanghai, China. Robert Allerton USS LST-1040

    USS Ascella (AK-137)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Kusebach, Alexander USNR7 January 1944 - 1 July 1945
    02LT. Blee, James Benjamin1 July 1945 - 1 September 1945
    03LT. Middleton, Richard B.1 September 1945 - 1 November 1945
    04LT. Bell, Warren S.1 November 1945 - 13 August 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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