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USS Autauga (AK-160)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Foxtrot - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 10 May 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2105), at Kaiser Cargo, Co., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 7 August 1944
Acquired by the Navy, 24 November 1944 and Commissioned USS Autauga (AK-160) the same day, LCDR. George L. Eastman, USNR, in command
Converted for Naval service at US Navy Dry Docks, Terminal Island, CA.
During World War II USS Autauga was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 24 June 1946, at Puget Sound Navy Yard, Bremerton, WA.
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 June 1946, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission, 6 April 1948, to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's., Amsterdam. Removed from the Reserve Fleet to Pope & Talbot Lines, agent for buyer. Reflagged Dutch, renamed MV Hersilia
Sold in 1963, to Saudi Lines, renamed MV Fauzia B
Final Disposition, disappeared from shipping registers in 1972, fate unknown
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 8"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,750shp
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||USS Autauga (AK-160) underway off San Francisco, CA. late 1945.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 78145
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| Merchant Service
||Ex-USS Autauga (AK-160) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hersilia underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Hersilia operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
USS Autauga (AK-160)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Eastman, George Louis, USNR||24 November 1944 - 9 June 1945|
|02||LT. Rininger, Jack Albert, USNR||9 June 1945 - 1 October 1945|
|03||LT. Faulkner Jr., James Michael, USNR||1 October 1945 - 24 June 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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