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USS Situla (AK-140)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Echo - Tango
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from to bottom, left to right
Top Row - 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, 9 January 1943, as SS John Whiteaker, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1590), at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 7 February 1943
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 2 December 1943
  • Converted for Naval service at Hunter's Point Navy Yard, San Francisco, CA. and fitted out at Terminal Island, San Pedro, CA.
  • Commissioned, USS Situla (AK-140), 14 January 1944, LCDR. Dewey F. Anderegg, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Situla was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Following WWII USS Sktula was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East 2 September to 1 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 23 April 1946, at Pearl Harbor Navy Yard, Pearl Harbor, T.H.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 30 December 1947 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 January 1948
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 8 August 1961, by Union Minerals & Alloys Corp.
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Total Accommodations
    Officers 28
    Enlisted 253
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 416,489 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 37 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 Iron Fireman vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock & Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    Ship's Service Generators
    three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
    one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
    one propeller, 2,500shp

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    Situla 58k USS Situla (AK-140)in San Francisco Bay, late 1945. Edward R. Middleton, S-1/c, USNR, Crew Member 1945-46

    USS Situla (AK-140)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Anderegg, Dewey F.14 January 1944 - 8 September 1944
    02LCDR. Higenbotham, LeRoy H.8 September 1944 - 23 April 1945
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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