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USS Rockdale (AK-208)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - November - Romeo
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, 15 January 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2162), at Leatham D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Launched, 1 October 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 5 June 1945
Commissioned, USS Rockdale (AK-208), 26 June 1945, at Galveston, TX., LCDR. Robert F. Mendler, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Rockdale was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
Following World War II USS Rockdale was assigned to Occupation service in the Far East from 17 October to 1 November 1945
Decommissioned, 22 March 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 12 April 1946
Returned to the Maritime Commission, 26 June 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.;
Sold, 11 February 1947, to Nerlof Andersens A/S, for $693,862.00
Final Disposition, fate unknown
Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
Length 388' 6"
Draft 21' 1"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
Cargo Capacity non refrigerated 177,515 Cu ft., 3,945 DWT
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
one Nordberg TSM6 Diesel engine
two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 1,700shp
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|01||LCDR. Mendler, Robert Frederick, USNR||26 June 1945 - 22 March 1946|
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USS Rockdale (AK-208)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
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Last Updated 23 May 2014
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