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USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235)

USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Charlie - India
NYCI
SS Red Oak Victory International Radio Call Sign:
Kilo - Yankee - Victor - Mike
KYVM
USS Red Oak Victory Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - American Campaign Medal
Second Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal


SS Red Oak Victory Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - US Merchant Marine Korean Service Medal
Bottom Row - US Merchant Marine Vietnam Service Medal - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korean War Service Medal


Boulder Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 544) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 7 November 1944
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 5 December 1944 and commissioned USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235), the same day, LCDR. John Sayers, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Red Oak Victory was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater
  • Decommissioned, 21 May 1946, at Seattle, WA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 19 July 1946
  • Merchant Service
    Leased under GAA contract, 4 April 1947, to American Mail Line
    Bare bottom charter, 22 May 1947, to Alaska SS. Co.
    Bare bottom charter, 27 June 1947, Crosby Navigation Co.
    Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 27 October 1947, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    Leased under GAA contract, 4 August 1950, to Stockard SS Co.
    Leased to Luckenbach Gulf Steamship Company, Seattle, WA., 11 February 1952
    Returned to the Maritime Administration, 23 November 1953, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet Astoria OR. Group
    Re-actived, 20 November 1956, by Pacific Atlantic SS. Co.
    De-actived, 24 September 1957, by Pacific Atlantic SS. Co.
    Laid up, 3 October 1957, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR. Group
    Re-actived, 21 December 1965, leased to American Mail Lines (MSTS operations)
    De-actived, 19 December 1969, by Wisco Shipyard
    Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 12 January 1970
    Released from the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 19 September 1998 for restoration at the Richmond, CA. Museum of History
    Towed to BAE Shipyard San Francisco for re-activation, 15 September 2011
    Returned to her museum mooring at Richmond, CA., 15 October 2011

    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,480 t.(lt) 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29' 2"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Cargo Capacity 7,800DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Armament
    one single stern mounted single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    one single bow mounted 3"/50 cal dual purpose gun mount
    eight single 20mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacity NSFO 18,575 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Westinghouse cross compound steam turbine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Red Oak Victory 324k Ex-USS Red Oak Victory (AK-235) at Richmond Museum of History awaiting restoration, December 2000 Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Red Oak Victory 54k Ex-Red Oak Victory (AK-235) at Richmond Museum of History awaiting restoration, December 2000 Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Red Oak Victory 55k Ex-Red Oak Victory (AK-235) at Richmond Museum of History undergoing restoration Jerry Souza RD1 USNR
    Red Oak Victory 123k Ex-Red Oak Victory (AK-235) at Richmond Museum of History, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    Red Oak Victory 155k Ex-Red Oak Victory (AK-235) moored pierside at Richmond Museum of History, 2012 Photo by Mike McCullough
    Red Oak Victory 143k Ex-Red Oak Victory (AK-235) moored pierside at Richmond Museum of History, 20 July 2013. Photo by Leonard G. Robert Hurst


    For more photos and information about USS Red Oak Victory, see;
  • Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
  • Suisun Reserve Fleet photos by Michael McDermott
  • SS Red Oak Victory
  • Red Oak Victory
  • Red Oak Victory Comes Home
  • Historic Naval Ships Association - Red Oak Victory
  • National Park Service - Red Oak Victory
  • MARAD Vessel History Database

  • Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Sayers, John Smith, USNR5 December 1944 - 22 January 1946
    02LCDR. Krupa, Harry22 January 1946 - 21 May 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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