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USS Gadsden (AK-182)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Lima - Echo
NELE
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 in 1943-44 as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2113) at Walter Butler Shipbuilders, Inc., Superior, WI.
  • Launched, 8 April 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 26 December 1944
  • Commissioned USS Gadsden (AK-182), 28 February 1945, at New Orleans, LA., LT. Walter J. Sattel, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Gadsden was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 31 January 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 February 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Sold by the Maritime Commission, 16 August 1946, to American Eastern Corp. New York, N.Y. for $693,862.00, US flagged, name retained
  • Re-purchased by the Maritime Administration, 23 May 1955, at Seattle, WA.
  • Sold, 2 June 1955, to the Republic of Korea, reflagged South Korean and renamed MS Yosu
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5kts
    Complement
    Officers 15
    Enlisted 70
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu. ft.
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu. ft.
    Armament
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    six single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    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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    Gadsden 97k Ex-USS Gadsden (AK-182) underway in merchant service as the Korean flagged MS Yosu in the Malacca Strait, circa 1970s.
    ©Airfoto Malacca.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus

    USS Gadsden (AK-182)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command.
    (Note the difference in name spelling, DANFS [Gadsen] vice [Gadsden] in the classical WW II Standard Ship Publication "From America to United States" by L.A. Sawyer and W.H. Mitchell (Part One), 1979, page 74 - and Lloyd's Shipping Register 1958/59, Vol. One)
    Commanding Officers
    01LT. Sattel, Walter J., USNR28 February 1945 - 31 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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