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USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Delta - India
NYDI
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 (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Philippines Liberation Medal

Boulder Victory Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 16 September 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP2) hull, under Maritime Commission contract MCV hull 545) at Permanente Metals Corp., Yard No.1, Richmond, CA.
  • Launched, 17 November 1944
  • Commissioned USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236), 11 December 1944, LCDR. Eric H. Petrelius, USNR in command
  • During World War II USS Lakewood Victory was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
    Asiatic-Pacific Campaign
    Campaign and Dates
    Iwo Jima operation
    Assault and occupation of Iwo Jima, 28 February to 5 March 1945
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 24 March to 30 June 1945
    5th and 3rd Fleet raids on support of Okinawa Gunto operations, 3 to 25 April 1945

  • Decommissioned, 16 May 1946, at San Francisco, CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 16 May 1946
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Merchant Service
    GAA Prudential SS Corp., 16 May 1946, San Francisco, CA.
    Chartered by Pacific Far East Lines, Inc., 9 January 1947, at Suisun Bay
    Sudden & Christenson, 15 June 1949
    Chartered by Pacific Transportation Lines, Inc., 22 July 1950
    GAA Pacific Transportation Lines, Inc., 2 June 1952, at Baltimore, MD.
    Laid up, 31 July 1952, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
    GAA Wessel, Duval & Co., 31 March 1953, James River
    Laid up, 29 September 1953, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
    GAA American Foreign Steamship Co. (MSTS operations), 7 December 1965, Hudson River
    Laid up, 24 October 1969, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 September 1993, to California Import Export Inc.
  • USS Lakewood Victory earned two battle stars for her 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 steam turbine
    two Foster Wheeler header-type boilers, 525psi 750°
    double Westinghouse Main Reduction Gears
    two turbo-drive 300Kw 120V/240V Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 6,000shp

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    Lakewood Victory 92k USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) at anchor, probably when she returned to San Francisco in March 1946 after a postwar voyage to the Western Pacific. Her armament had been removed, probably during repair work at Puget Sound in October and November 1945.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 83248
    Mike Green

    USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Petrelius, Eric Harmon, USNR11 December 1944 - 16 May 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

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