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USS Charlevoix (AK-168)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - Uniform
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, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2141) at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
Launched, 20 April 1944
Commissioned USS Charlevoix (AK-168), 1 February 1945, LT. George F. Vietor, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Charlevoix was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 18 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 25 January 1946 for lay up at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Sold, 7 February 1947, for $693,862.00, to D/S A/S Imica
Acquired by Norwegian buyer, 26 February 1947, renamed MV Benny, reflagged Norway
Renamed MV Benny Viking in 1959
Renamed MV Benny and then MV Stella Oceanica in 1963
Resold in 1965, reflagged Panama, renamed MV Jasolinan
Sold a second time in 1965, renamed MV Paraskevi
Final Disposition, scrapped in Spain in 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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||Ex-USS Charlevoix (AK-168) in merchant service as the Norwegian flagged M/V Benny under way, date and location unknown.
Photo copyright World Ship Society
|Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
||Ex-USS Charlevoix (AK-168) in merchant service as the Panamanian flagged M/V Paraskevi in the port of Bremen, Germany, December 1965.
||Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
USS Charlevoix (AK-168)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Vietor, Jr., George Francis, USNR||1 February 1945 - 18 January 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
USS Charlevoix (AK-168) War Diary February to November 1945 and History
Last Updated 10 May 2019
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|