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USS Chatham (AK-169)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Golf - Whiskey
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 - Navy Occupation Service Medal (with Asia clasp)
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2142) at Froemming Brothers, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.
Launched, 13 May 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 20 January 1945
Commissioned USS Chatham (AK-169), 22 February 1945, at Galveston, TX., LCDR. Norman C. Harrison, Jr., USNR, in command
During World War II USS Chatham was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Chatham was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East for the following periods:
Navy Occupation Service Medal
|21 September to 21 October 1945
|20 to 30 December 1945
Decommissioned, 2 April 1946, at Baltimore, MD.
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 4 April 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Sold for merchant service by the Maritime Commission, 6 February 1947, to Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's., Amsterdam. Removed from the Reserve Fleet, 28 February 1947, under GAA contract by Dickman, Wright and Pugh
Transferred to buyer, 15 April 1947, reflagged Dutch, renamed MV Helena
Resold in 1963, owner unknown, renamed MV Lincoln Express
Final Disposition, broke in two and sank in December 1972 in heavy weather West of San Juan, Puerto Rico with a load of Gypsum
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 Chatham (AK-169)
||USS Chatham (AK-169) departing an island port in the Pacific, circa mid-1945.
US Navy photo
|Submitted by Jacqueline O. Morrow,
in honor of her father William H. O'Connell, USS Chatham.
||Ex-USS Chatham (AK-169) Dutch flagged, in merchant service as the Koninklikje Nederlandsche Stoomboot Mj's MV Helena underway, date and location unknown. While under the Dutch flag MV Helena operated in the Netherlands - Caribbean trade for 15 consecutive years, sometimes transiting the Panama Canal, ongoing to Peruvian ports.
USS Chatham (AK-169)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Harrison Jr., Norman C., USNR||22 February 1945 - 2 October 1945|
|01||LCDR. Trynks, Herman G., USNR||2 October 1945 - 2 April 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 18 July 2014
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