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USS Brevard (AK-164)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - Echo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - China Service Medal (extended)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 2 September 1944, as Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2109) at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 18 November 1944
Delivered the US Navy and commissioned USS Brevard (AK-164), 19 February 1945, Lt. Paul J. Wild, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Brevard was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Brevard was assigned to China service from 25 October 1945 to 30 January 1946
USS Brevard (AK-164) holds the Guinness Book of Records for "Most People Rescued at Sea (Civilian)" - On 22 January 1946 the crew of
Brevard, commanded by LT. John Elliott, rescued 4,296 Japanese civilians whose ship, Enoshima Maru was sinking after hitting a mine off Shanghai, China, See Brevard - Newspaper Article and Photos
Decommissioned, and returned to the Maritime Commission, 3 July 1946, at Olympia, WA.
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 5 July 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 8 October 1946
Sold by the Maritime Commission, 17 March 1947, Netherlands owner, for $693,826.00, renamed MV Zeehond
Resold in 1948 to Koninglijke Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj., Amsterdam, renamed MV Hestia
Resold in 1962 to Saudi Arabian owners, renamed MV Leila B
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping at Tienstsin, China in August 1970
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 29' 2" (limiting)
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
refrigerated 9,830 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 TSM6 engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,750shp
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||USS Brevard (AK-164) at anchor in the stream on the Whangpoo River at Shanghai, China, 27 October 1945.
||Jesse Bradford for his Father LTjg J. L. Bradford USS Brevard and LCT-659
||Ex-USS Brevard (AK-164) in merchant service as the Netherlands flagged MV Zeehond
||Ex-USS Brevard (AK-164) in merchant service as the Saudi Arabian flagged MV Leila B
||Ex-USS Brevard (AK-164) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Hestia underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Hestia operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
USS Brevard (AK-164)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Wild, Paul James, USNR||19 February 1945 - 4 December 1945|
|02||LT. Elliott, John, L. O., USNR||4 December 1945 - 3 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 2 December 2016
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