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USS Beltrami (AK-162)
International Radio Call Sign:
November (Nan) - Echo (Easy) - Foxtrot (Fox) - Uniform (Uncle)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Second Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Third Row - Navy Occupation Service Ribbon (with Europe clasp) - National Defense Service Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 18 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2107) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 26 September 1944
Acquired by the Navy 4 January 1945
Commissioned USS Beltrami (AK-162), 4 January 1945, Lt. Gerald W. Rahill, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Beltrami was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Beltrami was assigned to Occupation duty in Europe and China service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
China Service Medal (extended)
|3 to 29 March 1949||17 November 1945 to 27 June 1946
|27 October to 18 November 1949||14 October 1946 to 3 March 1947
Decommissioned, 10 November 1955, at Savannah, GA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 April 1960
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 21 June1960, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Savannah
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 29 August 1960, to Hugo Neu Steel Products
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, 1,700shp
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||USS Beltrami (AK-162) at anchor, on the Whangpoo River, off Shanghai, China, circa 18 November to 26 January 1946.
||Alice Volkert for her father
Arden Keith Colby, SC USNR USS Beltrami July 1944 to January 1945
||USS Beltrami (AK-162) underway off the Massachusetts coast during a shakedown following overhaul at the Boston Navy Yard, May to July 1949.
||Gerald J. Smith, ET2 USN, USS Beltrami, September 1948 to June 1950
||USS Beltrami (AK-162) at anchor, circa 1952, location unknown.
USS Beltrami (AK-162)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LT. Rahill, Gerald Wells||4 January 1945 - ?|
|02||LT. Woodard, D.J.||WWII|
|03||LT. Lyden, John R.||WWII|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 10 June 2011
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