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USS Indus (AKN-1)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Golf
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 (2)

Indus Class Net Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, as SS Theodore Roosevelt, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE 1814) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 29 October 1943
  • Completed and acquired by the Navy, 5 November 1943
  • Converted to a Net Cargo Ship at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Indus (AKN-1), 15 February 1944, CDR. Andreas. S. Einmo, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Indus was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaigns and Dates Campaigns and Dates
    Leyte operation
    Leyte landings, 24 to 29 November 1944
    Luzon operation
    Lingayen Gulf landings, 9 to 23 January 1945

  • Decommissioned, 20 May 1946, at Norfolk, VA.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 23 May 1946, name reverted to SS Theodore Roosevelt
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 June 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 26 April 1967, to Horton Industries Inc.
  • USS Indus earned two battle stars for World War II service
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 56' 11"
    Draft 28' 4"
    Speed 12.5 kts.
    Officers 20
    Enlisted 208
    Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
    one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
    four single 40mm AA gun mounts
    Fuel Capacities
    NSFO 10,000 Bbls
    Diesel 2,000 Bbls
    one General Machine Corp. vertical triple expansion reciprocating steam engine
    two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
    three turbo-drive 60Kw 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 2,500shp

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    USS Indus (AKN-1)
    Indus 81k USS Indus (AKN-1) near Baltimore, MD. around the time of her completion in February 1944.
    US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, photo # 19-N-62101, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy
    Robert Hurst and Mike Green
    Indus 77k USS Indus (AKN-1) with net panels being assembled on her main deck at Manus, Admiralty Islands, circa June-July 1944.
    US Navy photo
    Glen Paulson RM/2c USS Anaqua
    SS Theodore Roosevelt
    Indus 58k Ex-USS Indus (AKN-1) laid up in reserve as SS Theodore Roosevelt, at Wilmington, N.C., date unknown. David Nixon

    USS Indus (AKN-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Einmo, Andreas Sorenson, USNR15 February 1944 - 7 September 1945
    02LCDR. Dubail, George Raymond, USNR7 September 1945 - 10 December 1945
    03LCDR. Bartell, Russell James, USNR10 December 1945 - 20 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
    USS Indus (AKN-1) history from the ship's book "The Indus Log"
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