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USS Bedford Victory (AK-231)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Xray - Victor - Mike
NXVM
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;
    Asiatic-Pacific 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
  • Merchant Service
    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, 24 April 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 January 1972, to Bruce A. Blakey
  • USS Bedford Victory earned one battle star for World War II service
    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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    USS Bedford Victory (AK-231)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Durrant, Dudley Albert, USNR11 November 1944 - 29 March 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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