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USS Blount (AK-163)

International Radio Call Sign:
November- Echo - Golf - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 7 August 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2108) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 19 October 1944
  • Commissioned, USS Blount (AK-163), 26 January 1945, LT. William H. Leverett, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Blount was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 18 April 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
  • Returned to the War Shipping Administration, 24 April 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 May 1946
  • Merchant Service
  • Sold for merchant service in the spring of 1948, to Koninklijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij N.V., renamed MV Hecuba, re-flagged The Netherlands
  • Sold, date unknown,renamed MV Anna
  • Sold, date unknown, renamed MV Panes
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown after January 1975
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 388' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    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
    Fuel Capacity
    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 Blount (AK-163)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Leverett, Willam Henry, USNR26 January 1945 - 6 August 1945
    02CDR. Henriques, Charles Buck, USNR6 August 1945 - 5 October 1945
    03LCDR. Chance, Albert Ingham, USNR5 October 1945 - 18 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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