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USS Tuscana (AKN-3)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Alpha - Sierra
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Combat Action Ribbon (28 March 1945, Okinawa) - American Campaign Medal
Bottom Row - Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (2) - World War II Victory Medal - Navy Occupation Service Medal

Indus Class Net Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 5 December 1943, as SS William R. Cox, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 2406) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, 29 December 1943
  • Completed and delivered to the US Navy, 8 January 1944, as a bareboat charter, renamed Tuscana
  • Converted to a Net Cargo Ship at Maryland Drydock Co., Baltimore, MD.
  • Commissioned USS Tuscana (AKN-3), 29 March 1944, CDR. Thomas J. Butler, USNR, in command
  • During World War II USS Tuscana was assigned to Asiatic-Pacific Theater and participated in the following campaigns:

    Asiatic-Pacific Campaigns
    Campaign and Dates Campaign and Dates
    Marianas operation
    Capture and occupation of Saipan, 1 to 10 August 1944
    Okinawa Gunto operation
    Assault and occupation of Okinawa Gunto, 17 April to 6 June 1945

  • Following World War II USS Tuscana was assigned to Occupation duty from 13 October to 22 November 1945
  • Decommissioned, 28 January 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 January 1946, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 25 February 1946
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 March 1967, to Horton Industries, Inc. for $50,600.00 (PD-X-752 dated 1 March 1967)
  • USS Tuscana 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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    Tuscana 242k SS William R. Cox launching, 29 March 1943, at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard Inc., Baltimore, MD. David Nixon
    Tuscana 84k USS Tuscana (AKN-3) in Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, 5 April 1944.
    US Navy Bureau of Ships photo # 19-N-63634 from the collections of the US National Archives, RG-19-LCM, courtesy
    Mike Green
    Tuscana 87k USS Tuscana (AKN-3) underway probably in Chesapeake Bay near Baltimore, circa 5 April 1944.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec

    USS Tuscana (AKN-3)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Butler, Thomas J., USNR29 March 1944 - 14 January 1945
    02CDR. Ames, John G., USNR14 January 1945 - 13 June 1945
    03CDR. Ide, Charles E., USNR13 June 1945 - 16 December 1945
    04LCDR. Waugh, Gordon Bruce, USNR16 December 1945 - 28 January 1946
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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