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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 1945||31 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, 7 July 1964, (PD-X-670) for $49,653.18 to National Metal & Steel Corp. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 27 July 1964.
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 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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||Bows on view of USS Ascella (AK-137) off San Francisco, CA., 13 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 272-44.
||Broadside view of USS Ascella (AK-137) off San Francisco, CA., 13 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 274-44.
||Stern view of USS Ascella (AK-137) off San Francisco, CA., 13 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 276-44.
||Aft plan view of USS Ascella (AK-137) at San Francisco, CA., 15 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 351-44.
||Panoramic view of the officers and crew of USS Ascella (AK-137) at Auckland, New Zealand, circa 1944.
US Navy Photo # UA571.51
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
||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)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Kusebauch, Alexander USNR||7 January 1944 - 1 July 1945|
|02||LT. Blee, James Benjamin||1 July 1945 - 1 September 1945|
|03||LT. Middleton, Richard B.||1 September 1945 - 1 November 1945|
|04||LT. 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
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 15 June 2018
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