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USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Delta - India
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:
|Campaign and Dates
||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
USS Lakewood Victory earned two battle stars for her World War II service
Acquired by General Agency Agreement by Prudential SS Corp., 16 May 1946, San Francisco, CA.
Chartered by Pacific Far East Lines, Inc., 9 January 1947, at Suisun Bay
Laid up, 27 June 1949, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Chartered by Pacific Transportation Lines, Inc., 22 July 1950
Acquired by General Agency Agreement by 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.
General Agency Agreement to Wessel, Duval & Co., 31 March 1953, James River
Laid up, 29 September 1953, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River Group
Acquired by General Agency Agreement by 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, 9 August 1993, to California Import Export Inc., for $368,512, removed from the Reserve Fleet anchorage, 25 September 1993
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 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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|USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)
||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, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
| Merchant Service
Pacific Far East Lines
||Ex-USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) as the Pacific Far East Lines SS Lakewood Victory moored at San Francisco, CA., circa 1947-1949
USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
|01||LCDR. Petrelius, Eric Harmon, USNR||11 December 1944 - 2 April 1946|
|02||LT. May, John Donald USN||2 April 1946 - 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
USS Lakewood Victory (AK-236) War Diary 1Dec 1944 - 29 Sept 1945 and History
Last Updated 19 April 2019
This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo|