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USS Cheleb (AK-138)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp) - Philippines Liberation Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 29 December 1942, as SS Lyman J. Gage, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE Hull 520) at Permanente Metals Corp. Yard No. 1, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 29 January 1943
Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 6 February 1943
Commissioned, USS Cheleb (AK-138), 1 January 1944, LT. Addison E. McKimmey, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Cheleb, was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Cheleb was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 16 November 1945 to 2 April 1946
Decommissioned, 25 July 1946, at Pearl Harbor, T.H.
Cheleb was retained by the Navy and used in a special explosives test, before being returned to the Maritime Administration
Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1947
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 23 May 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 March 1978, (PD-X-1026) to Levin Metals, Corp. for $111,653. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 19 April 1978
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 373,943 Cu ft
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 Combustion Engineering 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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||USS Cheleb (AK-138) amidship looking aft while at Alameda, CA., 4 December 1943.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 8072-43.
||Stern view of USS Cheleb (AK-138) off San Francisco, CA., 3 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 90-44.
||Broadside view of USS Cheleb (AK-138) off San Francisco, CA., 3 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 92-44.
||Bow on view of USS Cheleb (AK-138) off San Francisco, CA., 3 January 1944.
Navy Yard Mare Island photo # 94-44.
USS Cheleb (AK-138)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LT. McKimmey, Addison, E.||1 January 1944 - 3 January 1944|
|02||LCDR. Clark, Matthias S.||3 January 1944 - 8 February 1945|
|01||LCDR. McKimmey, Addison, E.||8 February 1945 - 25 July 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 11 July 2014
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