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USS Sagittarius (AKN-2)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (retroactive -Okinawa)
Bottom Row - American Campaign Medal - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal
Indus Class Net Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 8 September 1943, as SS J. Fred Essary, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 1835) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
Launched, 30 September 1943
Acquired by the Navy, 8 December 1943
Commissioned USS Sagittarius (AKN-2), 18 March 1944, CDR. L. B. Hillsinger USNR in command
During World War II USS Sagittarius was assigned to the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:
|Campaigns and Dates
||Campaigns and Dates
Capture and occupation of Saipan, 1 to 6 August 1944
|Okinawa Gunto operation
Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 30 June 1945
Decommissioned, 16 January 1946
Transferred to the Maritime Commission, 19 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, name reverted to SS J. Fred Essary
Struck from the Naval Register, 7 February 1946
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 12 September 1972, to Issac Varela for scrapping at Castellon, Spain
USS Sagittarius earned two battle stars during World War II
Displacement 4,023 t.(lt) 14,550 t.(fl)
Length 441' 6"
Beam 56' 11"
Draft 28' 4"
Speed 12.5 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10t.
one single 5"/38 cal dual purpose gun mount
four single 40mm AA gun mounts
NSFO 10,000 Bbls
Diesel 2,000 Bbls
one Hoover, Owens, Rentschler Co. vertical triple-expansion reciprocating steam engine
two Babcock and Wilcox header-type boilers, 220psi 450°
three turbo-drive 60K 120V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
single propeller, 2,500shp
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||i>Sagittarius (AKN-2) after launching at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD., 30 September 1943.
||USS Sagittarius (AKN-2) preparing to lower a Sea Mule over the side in April or May 1945 during the invasion of Okinawa.
The Sea Mule helped deploy the nets, bundles of which are piled high on deck.
US Navy photo # 80-G-327857 RG-80-G, US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Sagittarius (AKN-2) at anchor off San Francisco, 17 January 1945.
US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-85162 RG-10-LCM,
now in the collections of the US National Archives, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USS Sagittarius (AKN-2) CDR. L. B. Hillsinger USNR stands on the pier beside his ship, circa August 1945, location unknown.
US Navy photo.
USS Sagittarius (AKN-2)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||CDR. Hillsinger, L B., USNR||18 March 1944 - 21 November 1945|
|02||LCDR. Smith, Michael P., USNR||21 November 1945 - 16 January 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
Last Updated 21 November 2014
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