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USS Bedford Victory (AK-231)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Victor - Mike
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
Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
Laid down, 20 July 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 540) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
Launched, 23 September 1944
Commissioned USS Bedford Victory (AK-231), 11 November 1944, LCDR. Dudley A. Durrant, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Bedford Victory was assigned to the Asiatic Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaign;
|Campaign and Dates
|Okinawa Gunto operation
5th and 3rd Fleet raids in support of Okinawa Gunto operation, 25 April to 7 June 1945
Decommissioned, 29 March 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 28 August 1946
Transferred to the War Shipping Administration, 29 March 1946
GAA Shepard SS Co., 29 March 1947, at San Francisco
GAA Isthmian SS. Co., 8 February 1947, at Baltimore, MD.
Laid up, 20 October 1947, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
GAA Alaska Hawaiian SS Co., 1 August 1950, James River Reserve Fleet
Chartered to Alaska SS Co., 25 August 1950
GAA Alaska SS Co., 24 January 1952, Seattle, WA.
Laid up, 5 May 1962, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA.
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 28 March 1972, to Bruce A. Blakey for non-transportation use (PD-X-932) for $53,000
USS Bedford Victory earned one battle star for World War II service
Displacement 15,580 t.(fl)
Draft 29' 2"
Speed 15.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
Cargo Capacity 7,800 DWT
non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
one single 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
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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| Merchant Service
Isthmian SS Corp.
||Ex-USS Bedford Victory (AK-231) in merchant service as the Isthmian SS. Co. Inc. cargo ship SS Bedford Victory in New York harbor, circa 1947, she wears the yellow smokestack of the Isthmian SS. Co. Inc.
Photo originally copyrighted by the World Ship Society.
USS Bedford Victory (AK-231)
DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
|01||LCDR. Durrant, Dudley Albert, USNR||11 November 1944 - 29 March 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 15 August 2014
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