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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
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 15,580 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 29'
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    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
    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)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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