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USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - National Defense Service Medal (2) - Korean Service Medal - Antarctic Service Medal
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal (2) - United Nations Service Medal - Republic of Korea War Service Medal (retroactive)


Greenville Victory Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 21 March 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV 18), at California Shipbuilding Corp., Los Angeles, CA.
  • Launched, 28 May 1944
  • Delivered to the War Shipping Administration (WSA), 8 July 1944
  • Placed in operation, 7 July 1944, as SS Greenville Victory under charter by Sea Shipping Co., New York, N.Y.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 8 August 1946, and chartered to Pacific Transport LInes, Inc.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 1 January 1948, and chartered to States Marine Corp. of Delaware
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission and acquired by the US Army Transportation Service, 30 March 1948, commissioned USAT Greenville Victory
  • Decommissioned by the US Army and acquired by the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237)
  • During The Vietnam War USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) participated in the following campaigns:
    Vietnam War Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Vietnam Defense
    16 December 1965
    Vietnamese Counteroffensive
    23 February 1965

  • Struck from the Naval Register, 16 January 1987
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 22 March 1976 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 May 1983, to Andy Corp.
  • USNS Greenville Victory earned two campaign stars for Vietnam War service
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement
    Officers 12
    Enlisted 87
    Largest Boom Capacity 50 t.
    Cargo Capacity 7,800DWT
    non-refrigerated 453,210 Cu ft
    WWII Armament
    one bow mounted single 5"/38 dual purpose gun mount
    one stern mounted single 3"/50 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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    Greenville Victory 467k USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) underway with cargo for Operation Deep Freeze 1955. Note the UC-1 aircraft loaded over No. 4 hold. There is helicopter visible on hatch No. 5, and other deck cargo in the background.
    US navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Greenville Victory 163k USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) working cargo in the Long Beach/San Pedro area, date unknown.
    Photo by Dick Markell
    David Buell
    Greenville Victory 120k USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) crew while the ship was in port, Long Beach/San Pedro area, date unknown.
    Photo by Dick Markell
    David Buell
    Greenville Victory 99k USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) underway, date and location unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Greenville Victory 390k USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, September 1967. Photo by Gerhard L. Mueller-Debus
    Greenville Victory 92k USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237) underway, date and location unknown.
    Photo courtesy Skyfotos.
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Greenville Victory (T-AK-237)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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