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USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
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USAT Capt. Arlo L. Olson (1946 - 1950)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Echo - Romeo
NYER
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Alamosa Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down as MV Bell Ringer, a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2478) at J. A. Jones Construction Company, Brunswick GA
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 11 August 1945
  • Operated for the War Department under bare bottom charter to Waterman Steamship Corp.
  • Returned to the War Department, 13 August 1946, at New York, N.Y.
  • Assigned to the US Army Transportation Command, commissioned, USAT Capt. Arlo I. Olson, 30 August 1946
  • Title transferred to the US Navy, 1 March 1950
  • Placed in service by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
  • Placed out of service, 25 October 1956
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 22 May 1958 and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
  • Final Disposition, sold for non operational use to American Ship Dismantlers Inc., 4 March 1971 and subsequently scrapped
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 388' 8"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Largest Boom Capacity 30 t.
    Cargo Capacity 3,945 DWT
    refrigerated 9,830 Cu ft
    non-refrigerated 227,730 Cu ft
    Armament unarmed
    Fuel Capacity
    Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    one Nordberg Diesel, TSM 6 engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,750shp

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    Arlo L. Olson (April 20, 1918 – October 28, 1943) was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in World War II. Olson joined the Army from Toronto, South Dakota, and by October 13, 1943 was serving as a captain in the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division. On that day and the following two weeks, he showed conspicuous leadership during the push across the Volturno River in Italy. Olson repeatedly led his men in attacks against German forces, personally capturing several enemy positions, until he was mortally wounded during a reconnaissance patrol. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor ten months later, on August 31, 1944. Olson, aged 25 at his death, was buried in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    Text: Wikipedia
    Photo from the South Dakota Department of Military & Veterans Affairs
    Bill Gonyo
    Capt. Arlo L. Olson 85k USAT Arlo L. Olson moored pierside, possibly at Okinawa, circa 1946-1950. Mike Harpe

    USNS Capt. Arlo L. Olson (T-AK-245)
    DANFS history entry located the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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