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USS Appanoose (AK-226)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - 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 (1) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal
Crater Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 20 June 1944, as SS A.J. Cassatt, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2662) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Inc., Baltimore MD.
Launched, 27 July 1944
Acquired by the US Navy, 10 August 1944
Commissioned USS Appanoose (AK-226), 26 September 1944, LCDR. Volmer H. S. G. Holm, USNR in command
During World War II USS Appanoose was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign:
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 3 May to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, 26 November 1945, at Portsmouth Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA. and turned over to the War Shipping Administration (WSA) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
Sold to Fordom Trading Co, N.Y., November 1947, for Cia de Operaciones Maritimas SA, Panama RP - renamed SS Santa Ana - reflagged Panamanian.
Sold to Cia Nav San Maritine SA, Panama RP in 1951- name retained - Panamanian flagged
Sold to San Martin Cia de Nav SA, 1952, - name retained - Panamanian flagged
1958 managed by Cargo & Tankship Management Corp, N.Y.
1961 managed by Santa Maria Shipowning & Trading Co (Bermuda) Ltd - name retained.
Arrived Yokohama, 4 November 1964, in tow after losing propeller while bound from Osaka to Portland, OR.
Sold to Japanese breakers - arrived Yokosuka about 23 December 1964
Final Disposition, scrapped in January 1965
USS Appanoose earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts. (trial)
Cargo Capacity 7,160DWT
non-refrigerated 451,000 Cu ft.
Largest Boom Capacity 35 t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
two single 40mm AA gun mounts
six single 20mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 13,500 Bbls
Diesel 2,010 bbls
one General Machinery Corp. Hamilton, OH. vertical tripe-expansion steam engine
two Babcock & Wheeler header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
Ship's Service Generators
one turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
three recip-drive 20Kw 120V D.C.
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||SS A. J. Cassatt on delivery from Bethlehem-Fairfield in August 1944.
US Navy photo.
||Ex-Appanoose (AK-226) in merchant service as SS Santa Ana underway, date and place unknown.
||SS Santa Ana departing Vancouver, BC, circa 1950s
Photo ©F. R. Sherlock.
USS Appanoose (AK-226)
DANFS history at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Holm, Volmer H. S. G,, USNR ||26 September 1944 - 26 November 1945|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 8 November 2013
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|