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USS Fairfield (AK-178)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Kilo - Echo
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 r II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
Laid down in 1944 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2374), at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
Launched, 6 February 1945
Acquired by the US Navy, 28 March 1945, and commissioned USS Fairfield (AK-178), the same day, LT. Charles R. Snyder, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Fairfield (AK-178) was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Decommissioned, 11 January 1946, at Yokosuka, Japan
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 5 February 1946, custody transferred to the US Army the same day
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
Final Disposition, declared a total loss, 29 April 1947
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 338' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
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, 1,700shp
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||Christening by Mrs. Henry W. Creeger Jr., Kaiser employee from Fairfield, Ohio and launching of Fairfield (AK-178), 6 February 1945, at Kaiser Cargo Inc., Richmond, CA.
USS Fairfield (AK-178)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LT. Snyder, Charles Robert, USNR||28 March 1945 - 11 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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 8 March 2019
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