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USS Las Vegas Victory (AK-229)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Uniform - Uniform
NXUU
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (1) - World War II Victory Medal

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract MCV hull 538) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched in 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 25 October 1944 and commissioned USS Las Vegas Victory (AK-229), LCDR. William P. Lally, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Las Vegas Victory was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945

  • Decommissioned, 8 April 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 17 April 1946
  • USS Las Vegas Victory earned one battle star for World War II service
  • Merchant Service
    Chartered, 8 April 1946, by American Foreign Steamship Co.
    Chartered, 15 January 1947, by United Fruit Co.
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 14 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group
    Chartered, 28 July 1950, by United States Lines
    Chartered, 1 June 1951, by Isthmian Steamship Corp.
    Chartered, 18 January 1952, by Waterman Steamship Corp.
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 22 May 1952, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
    Chartered, 16 January 1957, by Marine Transport Lines Inc.
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 31 March 1958, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia Group
    Chartered, 3 June 1966 by American Mail Lines Ltd. (MSTS operations)
    Returned to the Maritime Commission, 4 February 1979, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay Group
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 1 November 1993 to DJJ Maritrade, MARAD contract MA-12834, $341,100.00
    Specifications:
    Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
    Armament
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse turbine
    two Foster Wheeler header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    one propeller, 6,000shp

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    Las Vegas Victory 101k USS Las Vegas Victory (AK-229) at anchor, probably in Puget Sound at the end of 1945 or at San Francisco after arriving there in February 1946. Her armament was removed soon after the end of the war, probably during the Puget Sound stop.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 51241, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
    Mike Green

    USS Las Vegas Victory (AK-229)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Lally, William Francis, USNR25 October 1944 - 8 April 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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